Brother Peacock Orchid

In 1992, Brother Orchid Nursery registered the cross of P. Paifang’s Queen and P. Golden Peoker as Phal. Brother Peacock. The resulting hybrid produced flowers different from Black Orchids – that varied greatly in size, flatness, floriferousness and with widely varying amounts of blotching. However, overall, the resulting flowers were fairly round, white spotted with red. To date, there are only 12 registered hybrids made with P. Brother Peacock but these 12 hybrids have already made their mark and it is rapidly becoming apparent that several of them may soon be candidates for the Phalaenopsis Hall of Fame as very important stud plants. Continue reading

Phalaenopsis Misty Green

The hybrid was registered in 1981 by George Schwartz for Joseph Redlinger as a hybrid between Phal. Barbara Moler and Phal. Bamboo Baby. Presumably, Mr. Schwartz wanted to register the hybrid for one reason – or at least 10 reasons: the 10 awards that he had received for various clones of Misty Green at the time that he registered the hybrid.

Writing about Phalaenopsis Misty Green at this point is a little like Macaulay Culkin writing an autobiography. Sure, he’s made some movies but there’s so much ahead of him. The first Phal. Misty Green hybrid was registered in 1983. Eighteen years later, it’s just too early to say anything. I have plants of Phal. Misty Green ‘Nilsa’, AM/AOS as well as ‘Moncho’, AM/AOS (the latter being one of the most vigorous plants I have ever grown) and I can’t wait for the crosses I’ve made to bloom. Considering Phal. Misty Green’s record to date, some of these hybrids should be magnificent. (N.B. For those new to phals, you have to realize that yellow phal. breeding only began in earnest about 30 years ago.) Continue reading

Cultural Infomation

Cultural Notes

Seedlings in Flask – The most critical thing is to keep them cool. I have been told that because of the light source, heat builds up in the flask and will be about 10 degrees F warmer than the surrounding air. Excessive heat in phrags slows or stops growth. This is especially true of seedlings. You might try a room temp of around 68 F. I would think that lower would be fine. I am currently working with the light source at about 14″ above the shelf and running to 4′ flourescent bulbs for a 2′ x 4′ shelf. Continue reading