Welcome to my 2021 GROW BLOG for the

 

Catasetum Karen Armstrong ( Ctsm. denticulatum 'Dark Spots' x Ctsm. Susan Fuchs 'Burgundy Chips' FCC/AOS )


When this cross was first introduced, it caused a sensation with hobbyists around the world.  This was the first of the new mini-Catasetum breeding line.  Mature plants are only 5” tall with relatively large blooms, and flowers come in rich yellow colors with bold burgundy spots.  It has taken several years to get female flowers for a remake, but it finally happened.  Here is an opportunity to get a really special hybrid, and because of the plants' small stature, everyone has space for at least one of these.  Expect 15-20 flowers per inflorescence, two to three times per season.  Pictures from the first batch:  PICTURE, PICTURE, PICTURE       ( - Fred Clarke, Sunset Valley Orchids )

 

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Let the fun in growing begin....

 

I have 2 of these and they are distinguished by "A" and "B".  Growblog for "B" is below.

 

 

Growblog for "A"

 

 

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December 2021

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Growblog for "B"

 

 

1 March 2021

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1 April 2021

 

My second favorite time of the year, listening o the sound of new growth elongating.

 

However, new growth is tender and vulnerable to heat.  Good air flow to cool plant surfaces is a must or your young leaes could burn.  I know this with personal experience on this Catasetum.  Leaves have some "burn" on them.  I remember the day this occurred was not warm but a comfy heat after near freezing temperatures the previous night. I made the mistake of closing the zipper-door on my grow rack and temperatures inside the rack soared enough to burn some plants  in varying degrees.  I will not repeat this mistake in fact I am motivated to set my fans up as soon as possible.

 

Still holding back all water.

 

 

 

 

 

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1 May 2021

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June 2021

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July 2021

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August 2021

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September 2021

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October 2021

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November 2021

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December 2021

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