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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by allanladd, Feb 24, 2016.

  1. allanladd

    allanladd New Member

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    Hi I grow orchids as well as bromeliads, caladium & a multitude of other plants from seed, used to be in the nursery industry though now on a pension just having fun.
    Live on the East coast of NSW Australia near the town of Byron Bay.
    My latest project is to breed dwarf hybrid reed stem (Epidendrum) orchids, though getting started was a problem as found almost all sources of this plant group were carrying virus. I now have a stock collection which is to the best of my knowledge free of harmful virus.
    My first batch of seedlings in now flowering & am getting a multitude of colours.
    The attached image is of some of my stock plant Epidendrums, image taken years ago so does not my new plants.
    Would like to know which forum is the best one to find others breeding these epidendrum hybrids (assuming others grow them from seed?). orchid_1.jpg
     
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  2. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Hello Allan and welcome to Orchids Forum. Those are some beautiful plants in the photo. Congrats. I don't know of anyone that specializes in these but certainly a lot of us appreciate them.

    You live in a beautiful area and also a great place to grow orchids. Many of us have to take extreme measures to replicate your conditions.

    Are you proficient at identifying your local native orchids? I personally have some Dockrillias that I question the ID of.
     
  3. allanladd

    allanladd New Member

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    Thank you for the welcome, yes my climate is ideal for many tropical & temperate orchids, I moved here 26 years ago for this reason.

    Am familiar with many native orchids though Dockrilias r not my favourites, can take your image & send it off to a native specialist & possibly get a name that way?

    Thought that seed raising was not common with the reed stem growers as many people consider them common over here & hence of little value.
    Have attached images of 2 of my Epi. stock plants in full flower to give u an idea of their show, & remember this show lasts most of the year with best performance being in late winter & spring. Epi. Sunlight Valley 'Arkane'.jpg Epidendrum Topaz Delight.jpg

     
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    allanladd New Member

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    I look for information about a plant when I go on a forum, though some times contacts in other countries who may be able to help me with some info or plant material.
    Am aware that all people have different reasons for forums ie social, validation, curiosity about what else may exist? I personally like the idea of meeting some one who lives out the comfort zone box?? has a sense of humour & understands plants, is always fun.........
    What about every one else?