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Tillandsia capitata ” yellow” variety blooming and creating micro-climate in our garden

Quezon City, Philippines

Tillandsia capitata ” yellow” with monarch ferns

 In our frequent trips to the former Manila Seedling Bank Foundation and garden shows , We would always marvel with  the different colors, sizes and shapes and the care and importance given by local gardeners and plant collectors to bromeliad and tillandsia family .

Origin:

Tillandsia are epiphytes, a member of the Bromeliad family . These lovely plants require no soil or rooting medium as nutrients required for their growth and good health are absorbed through their leaves, which has earned them the designation of ‘air plants’. The roots, which can grow to be quite large, are used to anchor Tillandsias to trees, power lines and other surfaces. Reproduction of Tillandsia is most commonly by offsets called ‘pups’, and also by seeds (very slow growth). They are mostly found over wide areas of the New World. While cultivation in other parts of the world might have started during the Spanish , Portuguese , Dutch and English colonial rulers which spread these species to many parts of the colonies.

While Tillandsia are not normally cultivated for their flowers, many species bloom regularly and are quite unique and attractive. Often the leaves on some species turn blood red when the plant is in bloom.

Tillandsia are epiphytes, a member of the Bromeliad family. These lovely plants require no soil or rooting medium as nutrients required for their growth and good health are absorbed through their leaves, which has earned them the designation of ‘air plants’. The roots, which can grow to be quite large, are used to anchor Tillandsias to trees, power lines and other surfaces. Reproduction of Tillandsia is most commonly by offsets called ‘pups’, and also by seeds (very slow growth). Single plants can ‘pup’ into huge clumps of plants over time.

While Tillandsia are not normally cultivated for their flowers, many species bloom regularly and are quite unique and attractive. Often the leaves on some species turn blood red when the plant is in bloom.

Acquisition:

I normally observed how tillandsias are grown and exhibited during garden shows. I have seen some growers growing them in their backyard or farms.  It was mid-2010 ( around May ) when i went to the MSBF compound and saw a plant sale at the Purificacion Store  . They normally price of Tillandsia capitata is between Php 250 to Php 450 per pot .

During the big SALE,  It was offered at 3 pots for just Php 450 or around $10. The exchange rate was around Php 45.75 to 46.31=$1.00. It was relatively almost a give away price.  I bought 3 potted plants with some emerging pups ! It was a wise move, gave away the 2 other pots to my friends and neighbors. However all of them rotted away after few months ( maybe due to over-watering ). I learned the plants sad fate , when i visited one of them few months after.

I again bought 3 pots of Tillandsia capitata at a much expensive price of Php 450 together with Tillandsia fasciculata commonly known as the giant airplant or cardinal airplant, each plant would fetch for Php 1,350 per plant.  Tillandsia fasciculata is more hardy plant. Since this plant is still rare in cultivation, This was offered at a more expensive retail price.

Tillandsia fasciculata specimen sized plants would fetch Php 4,500 per small clump. Depending on the variety. I bought 3 specimen size plants.

It took some time ( around 5 months ) to acclimatized my Tillandsia capitata, I just hung them in a bright spot with minimal watering and fertilization .

Care and Cultivation:

After 5 months of carefully observing my plant, My Tillandsia capitata started producing pups , I carefully removed the pups with roots and mounted them on our Manila Palm . Since it was almost the start of the dry season ( October 2010) , I also put a little piece of coconut husk at the base of the roots just to retain the moisture .

I would only mist the plant once every 2 to 3 days so to avoid rot. It took about a month when i saw roots gradually attaching  at the trunk of the Manila Palm. I also saw Phymatosorus scolopendria  or ( monarch fern ) a species of fern growing at the base of the Tillandsia . It seems that it prefers the moist condition of the coconut husk.

It will take several months when i saw that pups began encircling the trunk and I had to separate them and mount them at the other portion of the palm. Sometimes, visiting relatives and friends would marvel at the size of the plant. A few would ask me for some pups.

The same clump would bloom again in 2011 . However the plants would not flower in 2012 and 2013 .  I suspect that  it was the sudden change in the climatic conditions in our area.  It was the year, when  there was a construction boom within our street , some trees were cut, more houses were built . It became hotter compared  to pre-2012 .

millepede

Fertilization

Decided not to remove the pups so that it can create a small micro-climate.   The weekly-weakly regimen of fertilization of water soluble fertilizer of 1/4 strength or 1/4 teaspoon per gallon, with 20-N20-P20-K alternately switching to 2 or 3 fertilizer brands. I would also flush the entire plant with running water once a week, This is to remove excess salts and fertilizer residues.

Since it is mounted on a living palm,  withered leaves from plants , palm flowers, dried palm fruits , bird dropping would accumulate at the base of the tillandsia ,  hence adding natural compost . It is also a beehive of activities where black ants, millepedes and tree frogs hiding at the base of the leaves. I would sometimes remove the withered leaves or dead leaves of the Tillandsia capitata, but much to my surprise that there are ant colonies!

Watering

As a rule of the thumb, I avoid watering my Tillandsia capitata varieties during the entire rainy season and try to prune the surrounding trees to increase air circulation in my growing area. I try to fertilize them with 10N-30P-30K switching with 20N-20P-20K water soluble brands before the onset of the rainy season . While during the dry season , watering is only done early in the morning or late in the afternoon in 2 to 3 days  interval . Natural humidity , mineral and organic nutrients in the air could be absorbed by the plant leaves.  Trichomes are structures on plant leaves which help in absorbing nutrients .

Reference: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0367253009000954

Tillandsia capitata “yellow” in bloom

Flowering

In my 5 years of growing Tillandsia capitata “yellow” variety – I missed the 2012 and 2013 flowering cycle ( it did not bloom ) . When i purchased my plants it had flowers and from the pups of 2010, it flowered in 2011. In early May 2014 – I noticed the change of the color of the center leaves , gradually all my specimen plants started to bloom.

What i notice is that my “yellow” variety starts its blooming cycle during the onset of the rainy season . ( between May to July ) .

Tillandsia capitata ” yellow ” grown attached to a Manila Palm

Propagation

I started removing pups or suckers several months after the mother plant had almost died -out , I wait for the aerial roots to grow before detaching them . I apply a little bit of fungicide and air dry them in an enclosed area for several days before mounting them on a piece of wood or living palm.

Since, I am very conservative in my propagation techniques , i only manage to have 3 clumps with 3 to 5 plants per clump. BUT i have remove at least half a dozen pups over the 4 or 5 year period. To think that i started with just 1 mature plant in 2010.

I am planning to separate some more pups and hope to increase them.

Cultivar Varieties

Tillandsia capitata had about 10 to 15 cultivar varieties and 8 to 12 kinds of natural hybrids depending on Tillandsia experts, the number may vary. There are also different forms in each of the localities where they are located .

Tillandsia capitata ” Bacchus” , Tillandsia capitata ” Lorenzo “, Tillandisa capitata ” Love Knot” , Tillandsia capitata” Marron ” , Tillandsia capitata ” Maya” , Tillandsia capitata” Old Gold” , Tillandsia capitata ” Pink Velvet” , Tillandsia capitata ” Red Fountain”, Tillandsia capitata ” Rio Hondo” , Tillandsia capitata “Vicente Bacaya” ,  Tillandsia capitata ” Yellow” Tillandsia capitata variety balbisina, Tillandsia capitata ” Orange”, Tillansia capitata ” Select”

Natural Hybrids:

Tillandsia capitata x fasciculata
Tillandsia capitata ‘Peach’ x fasciculata
Tillandsia capitata x harrisii
Tillandsia capitata x polystachia
Tillandsia capitata x streptophylla
Tillandsia capitata x xerographica
Tillandsia harrisii x capitata
Tillandsia xiphioides X capitata

References:

http://www.bsi.org/brom_info/cultivar/bcr.html Retrieved 11 October 2009

fcbs.org : http://fcbs.org/articles/t_brachycaulos_capitata_Complex.htm

IUCN : http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/44392605/0

National Biodiversity Institute : http://www.inbio.ac.cr/en/default.html

plantsdb.gr:  http://www.plantsdb.gr/en/plants-library/tillandsias/230-tillandsia-capitata

Tillandsia International : http://www.airplant.com/

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Philippine Orchid Society’s 67th orchid and garden show sneak preview during the ingress

Hardin ng mga Bulaklak ( Flower Garden) Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City- Philippines

Hardin ng mga BulaklakHardin ng mga Bulaklak ( Flower Garden)

After several months of preparation and promotion thru various forms of media – newspapers, television, radio, posters, internet and other social networking sites.

Philippine Orchid Show SecretariatSecretariat complete with office equipments

The ingress had started last August 27, 2013.  Setting the tents, shade nets for the commercial  and exhibit areas.   While the secretariat had to bring their office equipments to the pavilion area together with trophies, medals , ribbons and even speakers  !

delivery trucksdelivery trucks

Some commercial exhibitors came in early, The tried to bring their plants , gardening materials and their stocks. Some traders came from as far sa Visayas and Mindanao .

Mokara and Kagawara orchidMokara and Kagawara orchid hybrids neatly tied . Their inflorescence & flowers were wrapped in newspapers to avoid wilting and bruises .

These are Mokaras and Kagawaras orchids came from the  First Bloom Farm in Laguna.  Some of the orchids were already purchased by landscapers and orchid wholesalers in other provinces.

Vanda Tan Chay YanVanda Tan Chay Yan neatly packed

The mokaras and kagawaras intergeneric hybrids were an old time- favorite among orchid growers and floral arrangers .

Mokara Chark Kuan Mokara Chark Kuan – a tri-generic hybrid

Mokara Chark Kuan has been registered with the Royal Horticultural Society in the year 1976 by Lum Chin Orchids , an orchid nursery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  The flowers of the Mokara Chark Kuan hybrids get a size of about 7-8 cm in diameter and are available in several colours, like pink, orange and red. a crossing between Aranda Christine (seed parent) and Ascocenda Cholburi (pollen parent)

Their long  stalks , colorful bright yellow/ pink/ orange/ red colored flowers and longer vase life makes them ideal  to grow them in the garden or in flower arrangements.

Floral Designers' Circle of the Philippinesmembers of the Floral Designers’ Circle of the Philippines

This is  to avoid the rush the following day. Their efforts were rewarded with people buying their plants  .   Orders were made by their customers.

Ms. Delia PionelaMs. Delia Pionela

Ms. Delia Pionela is one of the “early birds” at the commercial section. A regular participant during plant shows . She had a ready supply of various gardening materials like coco choir, loamy soil, pebbles, driftwood, mosses etc…

She also rents a commercial space within the Manila Seedling Bank Foundation where buyers can purchase plants and gardening materials.

Architect Bimbo VergaraArchitect Bimbo Vergara

Architect Vergara is an active member of different plant societies.   His Waling-waling ( Vanda sanderina / Euanthe sanderiana)  paintings were displayed at the lecture area .

Ms. Vangie GoMs. Vangie Go

Ms. Vangie Go– President of the Philippine Orchid Society personally supervises the landscaping job –  She is a perennial winner of various plant and landscaping  competition . Mrs. Go was recently invited to judge in Putrajaya, Indonesia and Kadayawan Festival in Davao City.

driftwoodmadre de cacao / kakawate driftwood

Some landscape exhibitor and park visitors  bought  their plants and other materials from the early birds at the commercial section . While serious orchid and plant hobbyists entered their prized plant or orchid collection in the competition.

Ms. Jenny Rivera and Mr. Serapion MetillaMs. Jenny Rivera and Professor Serapion Metilla

I took some time taking pictures during the ingress period , then I spotted Ms. Jenny Rivera ( POS Secretariat ) and Professor Serapion Metilla – They gamely pose while i took their souvenir photo.

Botchie CaniculaMr. Noel ” Botchie” Canicula

Mr. Noel Vincent ” Botchie” Canicula -is a board member of the Philippine Horticultural Society , Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines ,   also an active member of the Philippine Orchid Society.

Ms. Susan LeeMrs. Susan Lee

Mrs. Susan Lee is a bonsai connoisseur and a collector before joining the Philippine Orchid Society – She had 2 showcase landscape exhibit ( bonsai at orchid) .

Note: The author left the venue site shortly after 6:00PM

Horticulture 2011 a plant show with a mission

Plant connoisseurs and garden lovers flock to this year’s Philippine Horticultural Society garden show at the Manila Seedling Bank Foundation in Quezon City. After all, the event is showcasing the creative landscape designs by some of the country’s leading plant growers and aficionados.

members , officers, special guests pose for a souvenir photo shoot at the entrance of greenhouse #2 within the Manila Seedling Bank Foundation compound

The exclusive opening ceremonies were held last January 28, 2011 , friday at around past 4:00 pm .The  very important guests list includes Mr. Lucito Bertol ( Manila Seedling Bank Foundation chair)  Madam Katsura ( wife of the Japanese ambassador to the Philippines ) ,Hon. Raquel S. Malangen (councilor  4th district of Quezon City)   , representative  of the Vice Mayor Ms. Joy Belmonte , members of other affiliated plant societies , members, media and others.

ceremonial cutting of the ribbon by invited guest of honor

The colorful opening ceremonies marked the societies’ 35th anniversary , with most of the guests wore beaded Filipinana inspired formal wear . The show’s mission is to educate the people on how important conservation and using native plants in gardening . After all the country is one of the riches in terms of floral diversity in this part of the world.

Ms. Wendy Regaldo in her opening speech

Through its daily lecture – people from all walks of life learn the importance of a green environment and its ability to somehow combat climate change .

Madam Katsura – wife of the Japanese ambassador to the Philippines received a token ( Platycerium grande) from Architect  Patricia ” Wendy ” Regalado -President of Philippine Horticultural Society Inc.

Mr. Noel Vincent ” Botchie ” Canicula pose in his landscape exhibit

The highlights of this year’s event was the awarding of the  best landscape exhibit , best in show, best Philippines species . The show also paid tribute to Mr. Leonardo Co -founder and president of Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society, Inc. which was killed  in Leyte last year.

Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society , Inc. exhibit booth

 

Mr. Leonardo Co memorabilia exhibit

A candle lighting ceremonies also capped the emotional opening .  Special mention to Mr. Karl Aguilar a blogger friend who also went to the show .

candle lightning ceremonies by Mr. Botchie Canicula, Professor Serapion Metilla and Mr. Modesto Manglicmot

The list of participants include the members of the Philippine Orchid Society, Malvarosa Orchids, Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society,  King Louis Plants and Flowers, Aroid Study GroupHoya Study Group and Fern Study Group of the PHSI, Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines , Professor Serapion Metilla, George Mendoza, Botchie Canicula, Vic De Rona, and the group of Jun Golamco, Bong Makawile, and Lawrence Chan.

Landscape exhibit made by the tandem of Mr. Jun Golamco, Mr. Wilfrido G. Macawile and Lawrence Chan

Dominating the show are our very own Philippine plant species such as tree ferns, birds nest ferns, cycads, aroids, bonsai trees, orchids, Hoya (flowering vines), flowering and shade trees, fruit trees,  and the colorful plant hybrids.

Mr. Vic de Rona and his wife received the plaque ( first place landscape exhibit )

Surrounding the exhibit are  about 70 commercial stalls selling various garden plants, orchids, bonsai, bromeliads, fruit trees, cacti, and an assortment of garden accessories.

Mr. Norberto Bautista – board member of Philippine Orchid Society received the  award from the organizers for winning the  second place in landscape exhibit

Ms. Susan Calo Medina – television host – Travel Time and media personality

BLC. Christine Bersola- Babao – a cattleya hybrid -named after ABS-CBN channel 2  news person by orchid breeder Atty. Hernando Perez

Mr. Jun Golamco lectured on native orchids, ferns, pitcher plants

Here are the list of the winners of the 35th annual Philippine Horticulture Society , Inc. show

Landscape Exhibit booth

Most Innovative Landscape Exhibit – Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines

Third Place- Mr. George Mendoza ( Booth #3)

Second Place- Malvarosa Orchids / Philippine Orchid Society ( Booth #10)

First Place – Lugar Huerta – Mr. Vic de Rona

Liparis condylobulbon

Best Philippine Species -Mrs. Teresa Baldonado

Angiopteris palmiformis “variegata”

Best Plant in  Show- Mr. George K. Mendoza

Other Lists of Winners

Horticulture 2011 Winners
Category (Sub-category)   / Plant Name  /  Owner

Orchid
Monopodial       No-Winner

Sympodial ( Species)    BLC. Olga Severino  Martel  Malvarosa
Local Species    Liparis condylobulbon    Teresa Baldonado
Aroid    Raphidophora sp.”variegata”    George K.Mendoza
Aroid A    Aglaonema Sirimanee Red    Georgae K.Mendoza
Aroid B    Alocasia cuprea    Botchie Canicula
Aroid C    Raphidophora sp.”variegata”    George K.Mendoza
Cactus and Succulent    Agave agustifolia “alba”    Adoracion S.Bernabe
Cactus     Astrophytum myriostigma    Adoracion S.Bernanbe
Succulent    Agave parviflora    Adoracion S.Bernanbe
Variegated & Mutant    Agave angustifolia “ alba”    Adoracion S.Bernanbe
Fern/Fern Ally    Angiopteris palmiformis “variegata”    George K.Mendoza
Fern A    Asplenium colubrinum    George K.Mendoza
Fern B    No Winner
Fern Ally    Psilotum nudum    Botchie Canicula
Variegated & Mutant    Angiopteris palmiformis “variegata”    George K.Mendoza
Foliage     Sorombrom    Serapion Metilla
Tree    Sorombrom    Serapion Metilla
Shrub    Leea species    Botchie Canicula
Herbaceous    Brown spiderwort (Sederasis friscata)    Botchie Canicula
Miniature    Dypsis lutescens (mutant palm)    Fely Gupit
Variegated& Mutant    No Winner
Local Species    Loheria sp.    George K.Mendoza
Flowering Plant    Indian Beads Clerodendron    RodrigoEugenio
Perennial     Indian Beads Clerodendron    Rodrigo Eugenio
Annual    No entry
Bonsai    Desmodium sp.”BlueBell”    Vic de Rona
Single    No Winner
Grouping    Malabayabas    Vic de Rona
Local Species    Desmodium sp.”BlueBell”    Vic de Rona
Palm/Cycad   No Winner
Palm  No Winner
Local Species    Korthalsia laciniosa
Bromeliads    Tillandsia ( xerographica x chiapensis )    Rene Dofitas
Bromeliads A    No entry
Bromeliads B (Special)    Variegated Aechmea hybrid    Botchie Canicula
Variegated & Mutant    No entry
Other Species & Hybrids    Tillandsia ( xerographica x chiapensis )    Rene Dofitas
Curiosity/S.I. Plant    Nepenthes globosa    WilfridoG. Macawile
Large    No entry
Medium    Nepenthes globosa    WlfridoG. Macawile
Small    No entry
Variegated and Mutant

64th Mid-Year Orchid Show

Manila Seedling Bank Foundation  , Quezon City -Philippines

poster of the event

The Philippine Orchid Society or simply known as  (POS), country’s premier orchid club, held its 64th Mid-Year Orchid and Garden Show in line with their 64th Anniversary at the Manila Seedling Bank  Foundation compound in EDSA corner  Quezon Avenue ,  Quezon City  from August 12 to 23, 2010.  The exclusive opening ceremonies  held last August 12, 2010 was open to members, distinguished guests, affiliated garden societies , media and sympathizers.

Quezon City -Vice Mayor Ms. Joy Belmonte , Mr. Chito Bertol-Manager of Manila Seedling Bank Foundation  , Mr. Modesto Manglicmot and Mrs. Adoracion S. Bernabe were among the prominent guests of honor  present during the ribbon cutting ceremony

Dubbed with the theme “Protecting Our Orchids from Climate Change”, the show focused on the conservation and protection of our Philippine orchid species. It also featured the best orchid blooms of the season set in landscaped exhibits executed by the country’s top orchid collectors and landscapers.

First place winner of ” Best Orchid Landscape”  by Mr. Rap Eugenio , Ms. Mary Ann-Wu , Dr. Jay Silvestre and Mrs. Rosie Santos

Second place winner ” Orchid Landscape ”  – Mrs. Ana Ruth Purificacion- Conde and Mrs. Corazon Purificacion

Dr. Hernando B. Perez – Malvarosa Orchid – Third place winner ” Orchid Landscape exhibit” with colorful arrays of cattleyas, vandas,  native huts , ferns , dendrobium orchids


Mr. Vic de Rona of Lugar La Huerta won  ” First Place ornamental landscape exhibit


Constel Nature  Landscape of Mr. Constacio Basis won second place in the ornamental landscape exhibit


Professor Serapion Metilla – Mett’s Plant Art won third place in the ornamental landscape exhibit

The overall show chair of this mid-year show is Mrs. Mary Ann Castillo -Wu. The guest of honor during the show is Ms. Joy Belmonte -Vice Mayor of Quezon City ,  Mr. Lucito Bertol , prominent members various horticultural societies , media and members of  the Philippine Orchid Society.

There were about 50 commercial ” flea market ” style stalls within the MSBF compound aside from the hundreds of plant stalls within the compound.

( left) Best Vandaceous Alliance – Vanda Gordon Drillon X Vanda Dr. Anek exhibited by Mrs. Ana Ruth Purificacion- Conde and Mrs. Corazon Purificacion

parent of this orchid hybrid may be traced back its origin from our native Vanda ” Euanthe ” sanderiana and a cross between  a Thai species.

Star of the 2010 mid-year show

The pinkish colored

( right) – Vanda sanderiana owned by Dr. Jay Silvestre – ”  Best Vanda sanderiana

” Best Other Genera -Sympodial Orchid ” and ” Best Cultured Orchid Plant” won by the mother and daughter tandem of Mrs. Ana Ruth Purificacion- Conde and Mrs. Corazon Purificacion  – Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis


” Best Philippine Hybrid ” – LC. Annette Castro “Dainty” exhibitor  Malvarosa Orchid of Atty. Hernando Perez – This cattleya hybrid was bred in the country and was registered in Royal Horticultural Society in London .

“Best Phalaenopsis ” Phalaenopsis Zuma’s Pixie ” Taida Little Cutie ” exhibited by Mrs. Rosie Santos

The event started with a ribbon cutting ceremony, awarding of the winners in their respective categories like ” Best Orchid Landscape Design ” , ” Best Orchid in Show ” , ” Best Ornamental Landscape Design ” , ” Best Philippine Orchid Species” , ” Best Cattleya ” , ” Best in Show” among others. After the awarding ceremonies , strong afternoon monsoon rain poured prompting some invited guest to leave the place. Light afternoon cocktail was served .

” Best Cattleya ” Cattleya Pink Diamond – owned by Mrs. Mable Chua

Aside from the bragging rights , ribbons, awards, there is also a price money amounting to Php 10,000 for the ” Best Orchid Landscape Design ” winner and ” Best Orchid in Show”.

Note: all photos are courtesy of Mr. Art Serbio and Philippine Orchid Society

64th Annual Orchid and Garden Show

The 64th annual Orchid and Garden show kicked off  last February 25, 2010 within the Manila Seedling Bank Foundation compound while the landscaped exhibits ,   orchid  and plant competitions  were held at the nearby Greenhouse #2 site of major plant and horticultural exhibits.

After several unconfirmed venue  sites like those at the  Sunken garden within the  Quezon City Hall grounds,  Quezon Memorial Circle  in Quezon City – Ugarte fields  , Makati Park , Makati Cityhall  grounds , The orchid society board decided on the last minute to move the venue of the show back  to Quezon City.

64th annual orchid show poster

This marked the return of the Philippine Orchid Society annual show at the Manila Seedling Bank compound after almost 14 years ! The show theme  focus on climate change,  Hence the annual theme , “Protecting our Orchid Species from Climate Change.”

This event is expected  to enhance interest in the orchid culture.  Thus, it has been the tradition of the Society provide awareness, appreciation and knowledge in the field of orchidology, and with this inspire Filipinos to value and conserve Philippine orchid species and create improved hybrids. There are about 50 commercial ” flea market style ” stalls selling various ornamental plants, orchids, pots, seeds.

Guests of honor included Umagang Kay Ganda host Ms. Bernadette Sembrano- Aguinaldo , Manila Seedling Bank Foundation – General Manager  Mr. Lucito  Bertol and Dr. Helen Valmayor of UPLB  an authority on Philippine orchids.

In addition, the Society aims to be at the forefront in raising the level of awareness and appreciation of its members and orchid enthusiasts alike, in the rich and diverse Philippines orchid flora.

BLC. Chia Lin a Cattleya inter-generic hybrid

The orchid show is also being held to mark the beginning of the blooming season of the Phalaenopsis (butterfly orchids) and  Dendrobium species such as Dendrobium anosmum or Sanggumay .

Malvarosa Orchid – Best Orchid landscape exhibit

Big winner in the”  Best  Orchid Landscape exhibit ”  category is Malvarosa Orchids and ” Best Orchid in  Show ” was  a big specimen -sized  orchid known as  Grammatophyllum multiflorum.

Grammatophyllum multiflorum

Among the newly released orchid hybrid was a yellow colored BLC variety  an orchid named after the former Department of Agriculture Secretary Mr. Arthur Yap .

Best ornamental landscape exhibit winner

Winner for “Best Ornamental Landscape exhibit” went to Mr. Vic de Rona a bonsai  plant collector with a store within the Manila Seedling Bank compound.

There was also a landscape exhibit with a lot of yellow flowering orchids , plants and yellow ribbons  on display purposely celebrating the 24th anniversary of the EDSA People Power .

Here are the daily list of lecture series