Well, my original intent was to leave all three flasks untouched for a week or so to allow them to settle down after their long travels, but my impatience was overwhelming, so I decided to unflask the oldest of the three, which is Hsinying Webber 'Happy' AM/AOS x Hsinying Sonata. I finally found a good picture if Hsinying Sonata, and it is a nice whitish colour with pink candy stripes, so I should get some neat purplish pinks with a mix of blushes and strips. In total, there were 27 seedlings, the three largest of which I am definitely keeping, which leaves me 24 to sell or trade!
February 25, 2013
Well, my Kingfisher's Princess has opened up some more, except the problem is that I don't know if it is even going to fully open. I remember when I first got it, the two open flowers it had weren't fully opened, but I thought it could have been because it was shipped as the flowers were opening. However, these flowers appear to not want to fully open at all. For others, this wouldn't be too much of an issue, but for a breeder, some consider cupping to be undesirable. Personally, I prefer cupping (flowers not opening all the way) over reflexing (petals opening too far), but the colour on this is also a bit muddy. I think I may sell this at my next orchid society meeting and buy a different seedling from Patrick.
February 24, 2013
Sooooooooooo excited right now! My orchid society went to a show in Edmonton, Alberta this weekend, and although I couldn't go, I was able to preorder from a few vendors. I was going to get some mature plants, but when I saw that Ching Hua had a list of flasks for sale that could be brought to the show, I decided to take a look at the list. At first I stared in awe as dozens of unfamiliar names appeared. After a few minutes of Googling names, I found three flasks that suited my fancy and wants. Going left to right in the picture below, I bought: Dtps. (Hsinying Webber 'Happy' AM/AOS x Hsinying Sonata), Dtps. Hsinying Pink Mount x sib, and Phal. (Sogo Yukidian 'F4' x Join Grace 'TH288-4').
The first cross is sorta a gamble; I found a few excellent pictures of Hsinying Webber 'Happy', yet I could only find one, low quality picture of Hsinying Sonata, and none of Hsinying Sonata's parents. From the pictures I've seen, this cross should yield some great, large purples with some veining on the flowers.
The next cross is pretty safe, as it is a sibling cross between a semi alba hybrid, so I think this will mainly be semialbas, with some potentially having a blush, depending on the genetics.
The last cross, Sogo Yukidian 'F4' x Join Grace 'TH288-4' is the one I'm looking forward to the most! For those who don't know, Sogo Yukidian is one of the cutting edge, huge standard whites with fabulous form. The specific Join Grace cultivar used in this cross is another great white that can have flowers up to six inches across. I can't wait to have I've of these give me a two to three foot long inflorescence with fifteen or more flowers that are five and a half inches or more wide. It is guaranteed to be high quality, and something I use in breeding a lot!
February 22, 2013
February 18, 2013
Well, I just got a new Galaxy S III, SOOO, if you see this post, you'll finally learn of the issues I had with my old phone and Blogger mobile. If not you'll never see this post and this will pretty much just be me talking to myself.
Anyways, here is a pic of a bud on my Kingfisher's Princess that's going to open soon.