Welcome to my 2021 GROW BLOG for the

 

Cycnoches Brown's Choice (Cyc. Richard Brandon 'SVO II' AM/AOS x Cyc. Swan Cascade 'Best Select')

 


I am such a fan of these modern Cycnoches hybrids. They’re easy to grow, mature quickly and produce impressive flowers. Richard Brandon (warscewiczii x Jean E. Monnier) has been proving itself as a significant parent, with its fine flower shape, color, ease of growth and ability to bloom with 14-16 flowers per stem. Swan Cascade (cooperi x Jean E. Monnier) is incredibly floriferous, regularly producing 35-45 flowers per inflorescence, and the flower color favors the rich bronze/chocolate colors of Cyc. cooperi. I bet this cross will average 25 flowers per inflorescence, and flowers will be richly colored, many spotted with dark burgundy.  An excellent pairing for creating Bronze Swans…. ( - Fred Clarke, Sunset Valley Orchids )

 

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Let the fun in growing begin....

 

 

 

1 March 2021

 

I have no explanation as to what may have happened to this back bulb, but it has my full attention.  The rot is not soft which makes up for it not affecting the entire thickness of the back bulb.  The damaged bulb does not have enough water to sustain any new growth, but it is trying.  There is a good chance I might have to start wetting the medium sooner then I prefer as the backbulb is drained by the new growth.  Hopefully any roots be long at that time.  In the meantime I can compare bi-monthly pictures from the past to the orchid in hand and gauge the health and the situation.

 

 

Pay no attention to how this Cychnoches is situated in the pot, this is temporary.  Once the new roots have started to develop I will finish potting this orchid.

 

For now I have this orchid in a group of 4 others that get extra special handling and care.  This also forces me to pay more attention to it. It gets plenty of sun in my growing area.

 

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 3 March 2021

 

New growth is very tender, protect it at all costs!.  Bad enough the back bulb is in bad shape, but my grow area where this was staged for the day got so unexpectedly warm, warm enough to cook the new growth.  Hopefully the orchid will sense the trauma and pop another eye and new growth follow.  Others reported that if by accident they broke or damaged new growth early in the season, the plant will develop another growth in it's goal to survive and thrive.

 

 

 

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