It deserved a thread of its own I felt, considering it being 14 plants after all!
So, the package arrived yesterday and I had planned to post this thread yesterday too, but the checking the plants, trimming the roots and leaves, spraying them with pesticide, and the re-potting took much longer than I had anticipated. I wasn't done until late in the night (or early in the morning if you prefer that) and I'm NEVER re-potting so many on the same day ever again! It ended with me having migraine and feeling dizzy from lack of sleep - not to be recommended. Kids, don't do as I did in other words.
Now to what matters; the order!
First of all, the speedy delivery surprised me, they posted it on Monday and I had it three days later! Before noon! The other German vendors posted my orders on Monday as well, and they are still stuck in Germany...
Oh well, back to this order! The plants were VERY well packed, I don't think I've ever seen so much bubble-wrap in my life. The plants conditions ranged from good to excellent. Some of them have some spots and discolourations that I don't like, so I'm keeping an extra vary eye on those. I don't think there's anything wrong with them, but it's best to be cautious I think.
Anyway, here they are!
Prillan and Pelle are checking out the new box, filled with treasures:
The entire order, which should have been 13 plants since two of them had died (P. stuartiana and P. equestris var. coerulea), so I was very surprised when the "dead" P. equestris var. coerulea was included in it. I'm not surprised they did
note is as dead because it's not in good shape:
Here are four of my babies, from left to right (the upper row) ; Phal. philipinensis (this guy actually came in bloom despite being so small - evil me cut it since it needs its energy elsewhere) and Phal. stuartiana var. nobilis, the lower row, from left to right; Phal. lindenii and Phal. celebensis:
Here are three thirds of the Phal. equestris crew, from left to right; Phal. equestris 'Apari' pink which doesn't have that many roots unfortunately, and Phal. equestris 'Apari' which is in much better shape than its colleague. The smallest one is the Phal. equestris var. coerulea which might make it, or it might die - it's hard to tell:
Here is my MONSTER! It's HUGE! It's a Phal. equestris aurea, and I somehow feel the great orchid god decided that I deserved some compensation for the aurea I lost a couple of months ago, and made sure this specimen (if one can't use the term "specimen" to describe this monstrosity, I don't know how big the plants must be before one can) made its way into my home:
Here are my two Phal. Ambotris where the one to the left has a P. amboinensis white as one of the parents, while the other has a regular amboinensis. It's going to be interesting to see if there will be any difference between the flowers (if I get them to bloom that is):
And the two odd ones; Phal. Equalacea (Phal. violacea var. Indigo x Phal. equestris var. alba) and my tiny Phal. pulchra, I hope this little guy will survive the shipping:
And finally; Dtps. Liu's Berry and Dtps. Purple Gem 'blue', both in excellent condition:
All in all, I'm VERY satisfied with my order and, hopefully, they'll all make it through the shock of being shipped and abused (by me that is) and start growing.