Popcorn Orchids


When I was growing up, my Popo grew orchids. On one side of the house were the giant yellow Oncidium “Popcorn” orchids.  On the other side was the screen house with numerous Cattleya and Anthurium.  She hung old nylon stockings full of chicken manure in the screen house for fertilizing. 

The popcorn flowers were grown along with the red torch ginger with one purpose.  To decorate graves.  And it seemed that whenever the holidays or Memorial Day would come along, there would always be plenty of flowers to use. 

I have fond morning memories of my Popo misting her orchids with a hose spray every morning while listening to Hawaiian music and smoking cigarettes.  And she put a LOT of evaporated milk in her instant coffee too… us grandkids learned early on how to use the pump pot to make her coffee, and the lighter to help light the cigarettes.  I liked tasting the coffee after making it and feeling all grown up.  

Her kitchen was painted yellow and overlooked the Oncidium.  

Wallace


We are going to call this plant Wallace.

Because it’s one of the two large orchids given to me by my aunt BB about a year ago, from my late grandma’s collection.  I named the other one Kamila, after my Popo, Margaret Kamila Yuen.  This one is Wallace, after my Goong Goong, Wallace Lin Chew Yuen. 

With some help from r/orchids on Reddit, I’ve found the possible ID of this plant, Epidendrum ciliare, or now, Coilostylis ciliaris.  This forum has helped me with ALL of my orchid concerns.  Do find some general help online first though. 

Viola

A new acquisition from the Mililani Farmer’s Market, Penny’s Orchids’ booth.  Very nice plant, in great condition!  Just potted her up in LECA. 

She’s a dendrobium miniature with No ID.  

2016, jun 6

Orchids from Aunty BB, Popo

The other day, my Aunt calls, distressed because she has to get rid of her plants.  “Of course, I’ll take the orchids,” I say.

These are what she brought. #nicknames #organizing #newhashtageverytime 

Above: a very mature #dendrobium

Above: a very mature #oncidium

This plant interests me very much because it is apparently originally from my Popo’s garden, making it over 20 years old.  I can confirm my popo’s use of concrete pots.  She had many yellow “popcorn orchid” in front of their home on Kawainui Street in these same concrete pots when I was a little kid over 30 years ago. My cousins and I used to play with the little black beetles that would come crawling out of the gravel in the pots after Popo had done her morning misting.  Daniel and Kaipo would try and convince us younger kids that we should eat them. 

We’ll call this plant #MargaretKamila, and hope it turns up yellow

Above: some #cattleya 

Can’t wait to see the blooms on these guys!

Above: Oncidium Wildcat “Green Valley”

Above: very big canes on this #dendrobium

Above: Oncidium Hilo Firecracker

Above: a #dendrobium with a will to survive.  3 keiki just starting on the far left. We’ll give her a name, because we’ll be tracking her progress. 


I’ll have to figure out the above plants soon.  I think I’m just a little overwhelmed at the amount of plant I received.  Totally excited!