Friday, December 30, 2005
Sunday, December 25, 2005
Thursday, December 22, 2005
This book covers almost 400 orchid species from South East Asia. A color photo for each species and short description about cultural information, temperature, rainfall in the area, flowering period, sunshine requirement, growing media, and distribution map. I would like to congratulate Peter O'Byrne for his outstanding book, and I'm waiting for his next book (vol 2, 3... South East Asian Species).
Friday, December 09, 2005
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Saturday, December 03, 2005
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Friday, October 28, 2005
Rainy season in Indonesia this year starts at late October and will last by April. The number one enemy in the rainy season for growing orchids is snail and rot disease. Snail will eat root and spread out diseases. I used snailex (snail bait) for snail elimination every week.
Rot disease is cause by excess water on the potting media and very humid air. Fungicide such as Physan 20 will help to reduce the chance of rot disease. I use 1 teaspoon of Physan 20 diluted into 4 liter of water and spray every week to my orchid.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
One good information for orchid grower is: Orchid Photo Encyclopedia. It has brief information -description, size, growing temperature, light requirement - and of course the photo. Many thanks to Jay Pfalh for doing such a great work which beneficial for all orchids grower. In addition to the encyclopedia, you can find some links to others orchid site and orchid species glossary.
Monday, October 24, 2005
Friday, October 14, 2005
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Sunday, October 02, 2005
Jl. Raya Ngemplak No. 6, Prigen
Sien Orchid located on Prigen, East Java - one hour drive from Surabaya. This is a very big nursery with a lot of Hybrid collection and also has a tissue culture laboratory. The owner, Mr. Moling Simardjo is the chief of Indonesian Orchid Society (Perhimpunan Anggrek Indonesia) and one of most respectable Orchid Hybridizer in Indonesia.
Last year I visited Sien, and bought two orchid hybrid: Dendrobium Claudia (Den. lasiantera x helix) and Schomburgkia Emma Solosa
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Monday, September 12, 2005
My comment for this book is simply fantastic. The book has more than 600 color pages with over 1200 species. This book is consider very cheap (US$16.47 if you bought from Amazon) therefore it is a must have book for both beginner and advanced grower.
This is not a how to book, which will teach you how to grow orchid. I consider this book as a reference book for orchid grower who would like to get a brief and general information about specific orchid. The color photo for each species helps identification. Even though the cultural information is very short but I think it is very useful. The book also shows some photo of orchid hybrid from several genera.
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
The American Orchid Society (AOS) is probably the largest orchid society in the world with almost 26000 members. You can join the society - even though you are not American or live in US ;-) for around US$ 50 and you will get 12 issue of Orchids magazine. The Orchids is very good magazine with a lot of high quality orchids photos and culture tips for both beginner and advanced grower.
Their web pages provides a lot of information such as culture sheet for many orchids genera, directory, guide to growing healthy orchid etc . You can buy books and merchandise online from AOS web.
Sunday, September 04, 2005
Sunday, August 28, 2005
Thursday, August 25, 2005
Monday, August 08, 2005
Friday, August 05, 2005
Jl. Agrobimo no. 25
My last visit to Handoyo Hardoyo nursery was December 2004, when I bought some oncidium and phalaenopsis. His nursery located at Lawang, East Java, about 2 hours drive from Surabaya. He has extensive collection of dendrobium species, some of his dendrobium reach 2 meters high. He also sells orchid seedling in the bottle for both hybrid and species.
Friday, July 29, 2005
Thursday, July 28, 2005
This book is must for every orchid grower/enthusiast in the tropics area. The 208 pages is very usefull guide for beginner to growing orchid in the tropics. The book start with an introduction to different type of orchid, discuss the culture requirement for each genera, and at the end shows the orchid disease and treatment. A lot of color photograph included in the book.
This is the first orchid book I bought when getting serious into growing orchid. I ordered directly from OSEA (http://home1.pacific.net.sg/~ossea/)
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Some web pages stated that B1 for stimulating root is only myth and the others say that B1 need to be combine with root hormone or plant growth regulators in order to achieve maximum result. Which statement is true, I don't know, but many growers still use B1 nowadays. Therefore during B1 application, I mix B1 with Atonik (Plant Growth Regulators)
Links related to B1 and plant growth regulators:
Thursday, July 21, 2005
To promote flowering I use Growmore and Vitabloom (with high P) quater strength every other week. Orchid likes frequent fertilizing with less strength and from my observation orchid prefer organic fertilizer ;-).
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Monday, July 18, 2005
Starting from today, I will post my blooming orchid photo and write how to grow my orchid in this weblog.