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Old 06-01-2006, 12:23 AM
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Only the coolest orchid on the planet! Ok, I may be a little biased. Since some of you may not be familiar with the joy of growing Neo's, as I call them, let me tell you what I know. If you want to learn more, the most recent issue of Orchid Digest has an article written by Jason Fischer on the subject.

What follows is part of a written history I have compiled. It is not to be published anywhere else, because it hasn't been fact checked. These are snippets of information taken from reliable sources, but they are in many cases, third hand information. I hope someday to travel to Japan and really discover the history behind the orchids.

Neofinetia falcata are found in Japan, China and Korea. They are epiphytes, meaning they grow on trees but don't take nutrients from the tree like a parasite. They grow in clumps, so mature growths don't die, they keep growing and blooming and producing more new growths.
They are small, measuring from 3 inches up to 10 inches in some varieties. The flowers can be pink, green, yellow or white and they smell like sweet coconut or vanilla depending on who you ask. They are more fragrant at night if you ask me, and can fill an entire house with fragrance from just a few small blooms.

They are mentioned in texts written in the early 1600's as "Kieran Ichimei Fuuran" which is later shortened to fuuran. Fuuran literally means "wind orchid."

The gardeners of the Somei region of Japan began collecting the orchids from the wild in the 1660's. A text written in 1665 contains growing information for many plants, including fuuran. You may know of the Somei region and its famous gardeners, who are responsible for perfecting the cultivation of cherry trees and crysanthemums in Japan. These gardeners were hired to tend the gardens of the daimyo, and the gardens of the shogun at Edo palace.

The daimyo were wealthy samurai. In order to become daimyo, a samurai had to have 10,000 koku of rice. One koku of rice is enough to feed one person for one year. According to the Tokugawa museum in Japan, the gardens of the daimyo were "designed for strolling: they had rolling land representing mountains, valleys and plains surrounding a large pond representing the sea at the center. Such vast gardens were used for entertaining visits from the shogun, for greeting other daimyo, and for conducting ceremonies."

Only the daimyo and shogun were allowed to grow fuuran. Indeed, peasants in Japan were not allowed to grow many ornamental plants, except bonsai. With the reign of the 11th Tokugawa shogun, Ienari, the fuuran would be linked forever with the Japanese elite.

Ienari had an elaborate garden where the fuuran were kept. Wooden stands made of ebony and rosewood supported his large collection of more than 200 fuuran. He covered the most valuable orchids in nets made of silver and gold. Visiting daimyo were required to cover their mouths when viewing his fuuran garden so that they did not breathe on the orchids. Ienari was especially fond of plants that had variations in leaf shape and flower color. Daimyo would often bring him rare fuuran to influence political decisions.

Around this time the name fuuran is changed to fuukiran. Fuukiran means “orchid (admired by those with) wealth and rank.” The term fuukiran is still used today to describe the various cultivars grown in Japan.

There is a lenghty and demanding process that is required for a Neofinetia falcata to be classified as a fuukiran. See Jason's article for more about this.

There is much variety in the plants themselves. There are different types of leaves, flower shapes and colors, and even root tip colors. If you want to see more of them, head on over to Orchids Limited, or New World Orchids and take a look at the selection of different types of Neo's, or fuukiran they offer. I don't want to post commercial links here, so if you can't find the websites for the above vendors, private message me and I can point you in the right direction.

I hope this little history makes you want to own one of these gems.
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Old 06-01-2006, 08:39 AM
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this is a great info on such a great orchid! thanks alot i made it a sticky!
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Nice background, Neo - but how about some photos?

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Great post. I want to find one now. Then all I will need is a silver and gold netting.

So if you werent permitted to breath on them, what would happen if you touched one.
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Hi Piper,

I will post photos of mine as they bloom, or I get new and interesting ones. Though I don't want to steal any photos from the commercial sites listed above. They tend to frown on stuff like that!

If you touched some of Ienari's orchids, I imagine they would force you to dress like a geisha and sing "I feel pretty." That can't be proven historically.
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John, I think that needed some Japanese music in the background and the voice from the history channel reading it aloud Very informative, I can easily see how people can get obsessed with these little guys.
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In Japan, these are trained much like bonsai. They pluck out new growths that aren't pleasing to the eye. They also use wooden skewers to shape them.

I wonder how a true Neofinetia/Fuukiran grower would react if they saw mine growing in S/H and untrained! I imagine it would look something like this

Jason Fischer once tossed out the idea of starting an American Neofinetia Appreciation Society. I would be there in a heartbeat.
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Jason Fischer once tossed out the idea of starting an American Neofinetia Appreciation Society. I would be there in a heartbeat.
HEY John, I'm here to crash the party! Well, let's see, if you started that society there would be five members nationwide: you, Jason, and three other guys! Just kidding, but not quite. I just went to a fuukiran show this weekend and saw some amazing stuff. I also managed to keep my purchases below ¥20,000!

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I had my first up-close and personal look at a Neo Falcata at today's meeting...and may I say: "CUTE!!!"
it, of course, is now part of the ever-growing wish list!
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