This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A fine species, with long, green foliage; flowers produced singly on stalks eight to ten inches long, are very large, measuring five to six inches across; petals are purple, sepals and lip green, with numerous dark spots. This plant does well in the intermediate house, and requires a good supply of water during the growing season.
This plant is more valuable for its beautiful foliage than flowers, which are distinct in shape from any other species. The color is yellowish brown, with dark points; the leaves are short, dark green, beautifully marbled with white. Being a native of Borneo, it requires to be grown in East Indian house, and should receive careful attention, as it is a more delicate grower than many.
This is a grand variety, seldom seen in collections. The leaves are much larger than in the type, dark, beautifully blotched and marbled with light green. The flowers are also distinct, the sepals are much broader, and the dark spots more regular than in venustum. This plant does well under the same treatment as the common variety.
This magnificent orchid should be in every collection, where East Indian heat could be given it. The leaves are bright green, flowers very large, sepals and petals pure white, broad, well-rounded, lip orange yellow, changing to bronzy, and streaked with red in the inside. This is the Bornean variety, which is superior to those coming from Java. This plant should never suffer from drought, and while growing a liberal supply of water should be given. Being a profuse bloomer, this plant is seldom seen in good health. To get a good specimen, the spikes should be cut off from weak plants, especially when making new leaves. It grows best in baskets, with sphagnum potsherds and charcoal.
This is another splendid species,. and one that growers can never have too many of. The leaves are dark, finely mottled with white, the roots are also curious and distinct. The flowers are produced on a much branched spike, gracefully bending. They vary in shade from light to dark mauve, spotted with red inside the flower. It requires the same treatment as Phalaenopsis grandiflora, only it could be grown in a much cooler house than the preceding.
A good species of this large genus. In aspect, it resembles a Cat-tleya. The flowers are deep orange color, and of moderate size. It grows well either in pots or baskets, with peat and sphagnum, in the intermediate house.
Of a graceful habit, indeed, this plant at first sight could be mistaken for an aerides, but the flowers would tell, and were they only larger, this plant would be worth growing. The flowers are produced on along spike, thirty to forty together, of a bright rose color, with a yellow-spot in the center of the lip, which is finely fringed.
This is a very showy plant when in flower. It may be well compared with Dendrobium Pierardii, both being deciduous, dropping habit, and produce flowers in pairs from nods nearly all the length of the stem. The individual flower is about two inches wide, petals and sepals are pinkish-purple, lip yellowish. It grows best in baskets, and needs a good supply of water during summer and strong rest in winter.
This popular and beautiful species holds its place against all the new comers, and is certainly one of the most useful Dendrobes. Easily grown, either in the intermediate or East Indian house, in pots or baskets, with peat, sphagnum and charcoal. It is evergreen in habit, and produces its beautiful flowers for two or three seasons from the same growths. The flowers are three to: our inches across, sepals and petals, and are pinkish, lip of the same color, with a large crimson blotch in the centre. After it has completed its growth, it should be put to rest, and can be had in lower any time when wanted, even till summer, if kept cool and dry.
Dendrobium nobile var., differs from the type by having the lip nearly double the size, flatter and more pointed. The crimson spot is also much darker. This is a fine variety.
This splendid species resembles Dendrobium crassinode, a strong grower, free bloomer. It is deciduous, and on account of the pendulous habit, should be grown in baskets with peat, sphagnum and charcoal. This plant presents a grand sight when in flower. The blooms are of a large size, petals and sepals white and pink, lip orange with two dark spots on the inside.
White and yellow flowers on short stalks, not of any merit.
Large leaves in pairs from a round bulb. Flowers on a short raceme, of whitish color, lip dark.
The spike is produced from a pseudo-bulb a foot high. Flowers in an umbel, about ten to a spike, petals and sepals reddish brown, lip light rose. It grows best in baskets, and requires the same treatment as Cattleyas.
This is a terrestrial species, bulbs are round, leaves bright green about two feet long. Spike is three feet long, flowers more than an inch across, yellowish brown and sweet scented.
Very pretty little plant of compact and evergreen habit. Its dropping spikes support a quantity of small white flowers. It is easily grown in pots in a mixture of sphagnum, peat and charcoal. This plant should never receive too strong rest.
This beautiful Chinese plant grows well in a cool house in pots with good turfy loam and dry cow manure. The flowers are of beautiful rose and pink color on a spike a foot long.
A most beautiful and useful species. The long spikes are produced from short pseudo-bulbs, the flowers, three to four in number on a spike, are each four inches across; sepals and petals of a delicate rose and lilac, lip beautiful purple color, the throat is yellow with purple rays. This plant does well in a cool house in a basket with peat and sphagnum.
Cypripedium insigne, Cypripedium purpuratum, C venus turn, Cypripedium Sedenii, Cypripedium longifolium, Lycaste Skinnerii and Epidendrum floribundum, Maxillaria variabilis variety lutea, which were described last month, are still in beauty. Botanic Gardens.