Welcome to my 2020 GROW BLOG for the

 

Catasetum Melana Davison ( Catasetum denticulatum 'Orange Lip' x Catasetum Penang 'Sweetheart' )

 

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Let the fun in growing begin....

 

 

Brief Grow Blog and Pictures

 

This grex has produced a variety of eye-catching flower colors, from solid deep burgundy to white blotched burgundy and white with fine red spotting.  Thanks to the influence of the small-growing Catasetum denticulatum, this is a mini-Catasetum, with mature plants only 5” tall. It sure is a floriferous cross for its stature: expect 15-20 flowers, 2-3 times per season.  This is a great cross! Everybody has room for a small plant, and if not, you should make room!. ( - Fred Clarke, Sunset Valley Orchids )

 

 

 9 April 2020

SVO 7650

Acquired during a sale at Sunset Valley Ochids, first pictures be mid April of 2020

 

 

 

19 April 2020

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 1 May 2020

Through April, I resisted the urge to water except by backfilling the reservoir.  I repeated as needed every few days keeping in mind a brief hot spell.

 

The new growth is developing nicely.

 

In my growing area I have two divisions of this orchid growing side by side.  One is slightly more ahead of the other in the development of growth.

 

As long as temperatures stay near seasonable for this time of year I will refrain from top watering.  However, these bulbs are much thinner then other Catasetinaes so will also keep an eye on the condition of the supporting backbulb.

 

 

 

June 2020

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July 2020

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August 2020

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September 2020

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October 2020

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November 2020

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December 2020

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