Orchid Expeditions 2014

Redfern Natural History Productions will be organizing 3 orchid expeditions this year between July to September, namely the 16-day Borneo Orchid Expedition, 12-day...

Orchid Expeditions 2014

Chinese New Year 2014

Chinese new year sales started early this year. Aside from our usual staple of tropical orchids, this year, we’ve also brought in a several types of...

Chinese New Year 2014

Merry Christmas 2013

This Christmas, we are adding some miniature orchids books to our giftshop, a good Christmas gift for those who love orchids. These two volume of miniature...

Merry Christmas 2013

Random Orchids

Here are some random orchids snapped earlier month. The mutation on the left is my favourite amongst the three Dendrobium mutations that flowered again recently....

Random Orchids

Trendy Office Gift – Tillandsia

Tillandsias in glass balls are popular and trendy office gifts and desktop decorations. They require minimal care aside from an occasional...

Trendy Office Gift - Tillandsia

Orchid Expeditions 2014

Redfern Natural History Productions will be organizing 3 orchid expeditions this year between July to September, namely the 16-day Borneo Orchid Expedition, 12-day Orchids of Mount Roraima Expedition and 16-day Orchids of Auyan Tepui and Angel Falls.

Paphiopedilum lowii

Paphiopedilum lowii

The 16-day Borneo Orchid Expedition involves an action-packed itinerary to four locations to explore Borneo’s amazing diversity of orchids. Highlights include exploring four locations to see Paphiopedilum lowii, P. rothschildianum, P. sanderianum and a variety of Bulbophyllum, Calanthe, Coelogyne, Cryptostylis, Cymbidium, Dendrobium, Habenaria, Liparis, Phaius and Stigmatodactylus species. Other sights include a plethora of carnivorous pitcher plants, proboscis monkeys, vast caves, canoe trips through lowland rainforest, and (with luck) open Rafflesia and Amorphophallus blooms.

The 12-day Orchids of Mount Roraima Expedition. Mount Roraima is South America’s lost world – a gigantic tableland encircled on all sides by vertical cliffs up to 700 m tall. Towering over the surrounding savannahs and rainforest like an immense fortress above the clouds, Roraima’s summit has been isolated for millions of years, and in reality, the mountain truly is home to one of the most striking assemblages of unique animals and plants found anywhere on earth, including one of South America’s greatest concentrations of orchids. During the ascent, we pass some of the most spectacular scenery in all of South America to observe orchids of the lowland tropical savannahs, orchids of mossy cloud forest, and orchids of the “lost world” summit of Roraima.

The 16-day Orchids of Auyan Tepui and Angel Falls. At 3200 ft (979 m) tall, Angel Falls is twice the height of the Empire State building and fifteen times the height of Niagara Falls. This, the tallest waterfall in the world, plunges over the sides of a massive plateau called Auyán Tepui that is home to a unique world of orchids. This 16-day expedition takes you on an intrepid canoe trip to the base of Angel Falls, and to the summit of Auyán Tepui to explore the wealth of orchids that Auyán Tepui harbors, set amongst some of the world’s most spectacular scenery near the top of the tallest waterfall on earth.

For more information, you may download the itineraries here: 2014 Orchid Expeditions

UPDATE:

For those who require more information, the organizers have provided us with the confirmed timeline for these trips.

Orchids of the Lost World of Mount Roraima (2 trips will be available)
August 7th – August 18th (1st trip)
September 3rd – September 18th (2nd trip)
More Info: Orchids of Mount Roraima Expedition Itinerary

Orchids of Angel Falls and Auyan Tepui (Only 1 trip)
August 20th – September 1st
More Info: Orchids of Angel Falls and Auyan Tepui Expedition Itinerary

Borneo Orchid Expedition (Only 1 trip)
July 28th – August 12th
More Info: Borneo Orchid Expedition Itinerary

On a side note, the heat wave is finally broken by cool showers of rain this week in Singapore. Many of us growers has been using twice the amount of water and manpower to sustain our crops by watering the plants twice daily. With water catchment running almost dry, this was a great relieve. The hot weather reminds me of a brochure that I caught sight of at Hock Hua traditional medicine stall recently. Despite being aware that Dendrobiums are used in Chinese medicine, I wasn’t aware that this was so readily available locally until I chance upon it recently, that’s pretty cool and thus I’m sharing them here. Images below are copyright of Hock Hua Group.

Herba Dendrobiums which are used as herbal medicine for reducing heatiness with various other functions. Of course this is not the usual Dendrobiums cultivated for display purposes but rather to a small group of Dendrobiums (Dendrobium nobile Lindl, Dendrobium officinale, Dendrobium candidum, Dendrobium huoshanense, and Dendrobium devonianum). So if you are feeling heaty after the dry spell, why not try out some of this Herba Dendrobiums. =)

Chinese New Year 2014

Chinese new year sales started early this year. Aside from our usual staple of tropical orchids, this year, we’ve also brought in a several types of flowering Bromeliads. There are also many colourful, fragrant Cattleyas for selection this year.

Orchids and ornamental plants can be selected direct from our nursery. We provide services to transplant your selection of orchids into decorative ceramic pots for Chinese New Year display.

We will be open till 30th Jan 2014 for Chinese New Year sales. Business will resume as usual on the 2nd Feb 2014.

Merry Christmas 2013

This Christmas, we are adding some miniature orchids books to our giftshop, a good Christmas gift for those who love orchids. ;) These two volume of miniature orchid species, published by Redfern Natural History Production, comprises of more than 500 different species of miniature orchids across 120 genera, and presents a richly illustrated insight into the very finest lithophytic and epiphytic miniature orchids. The focus is not only on species with remarkable flowers but also on many species that are grown for their striking leaves and vegetative forms. Each species includes its nomenclatural and etymological information, guide to cultivation and information on its habitat, conservation status and convergence with other orchids. There’s an extensive coverage with high resolution photos, many which are taken on site of their natural habitats.

These two volumes of miniature orchid books covers the follow genera from A-Z:

Volume 1:

Acianthera, Aerangis, Alamania, Amesiella, Anathallis, Andinia, Angraecum, Ascocentrum, Barbosella, Bolusiella, Brachionidium, Bulbophyllum, Caluera, Campanulorchis, Campylocentrum, Capanemia, Cattleya, Centroglossa, Ceratocentron, Ceratochilus, Ceratostylis, Chiloschista, Christensonella, Chytroglossa, Comparettia, Conchidium, Constantia, Cyrtochilum, Dendrobium, Dendrochilum, Dickasonia, Dinema, Diodonopsis, Domingoa, Dracula, Dresslerella, Dryadella, Drymoda, Epidendrum, Erycina, Fernandezia, Gastrochilus, Gomesa, Grandiphyllum.

Volume 2:

Haraella, Hintonella, Hofmeisterella, Holcoglossum, Homalopetalum, Hymenorchis, Ionopsis, Isabelia, Jumellea, Kefersteinia, Kraenzlinella, Leochilus, Lepanthes, Lepanthopsis, Leptotes, Loefgrenianthus, Macroclinium, Masdevallia, Maxillaria, Mediocalcar, Meiracyllium, Microsaccus, Monosepalum, Mystacidium, Neobathiea, Neofinetia, Oberonia, Octomeria, Oestlundia, Oncidium, Ornithidium, Ornithocephalus, Pabstiella, Panisea, Papillilabium, Pelatantheria, Penducella, Phalaenopsis, Phloeophila, Phymatidium, Platyrhiza, Platystele, Plectrophora, Pleurothallis, Pleurothallopsis, Polystachya, Porpax, Porroglossum, Promenaea, Prosthechea, Psychopsis, Pteroceras, Restrepia, Rhetinantha, Rodriguezia, Saccolabiopsis, Sarcochilus, Scaphosepalum, Schistotylus, Schoenorchis, Specklinia, Stelis, Stenia, Stereochilus, Sunipia, Telipogon, Tetramicra, Thrixspermum, Tolumnia, Trias, Trichocentrum, Trichoceros, Trichoglottis, Trichosalpinx, Trichotosia, TrisetellaZootrophion, Zygostates.

If you appreciate such works like us, please support the authors by getting the signed copies. =) Shipping will take between 2 – 7 working days (average about 3.5days) depending on where you are residing.Here’s a brief estimate:

USA | 2- 4 working days
Japan | 2 – 4 working days
UK | Next working day
Europe | 2 – 3 working days
International | 3 – 7 working days

Shipping is via 1st class priority Air Freight service.

We will also be adding various pesticide/fungicide for home use shortly. There will be both inorganic and organic options.

The climate this year is relatively cooler than usual in most regions probably due to climate change, however I think its just perfect for Christmas here! Wish everyone a Merry Merry Christmas!

Random Orchids

Dendrobium Splash Mutation

Dendrobium Splash Mutation

Here are some random orchids snapped earlier month. The mutation on the left is my favourite amongst the three Dendrobium mutations that flowered again recently. These mutations are not available for sales at the moment, just sharing the pictures in the meantime.  :-P

A few varieties of Epidendrums has also started flowering this month. Epidendrum funckii from Ecuador, a green, yellow and red lipped Epidendrum (unsure whether this is actually Epidendrum Plastic Doll) which we obtained from Taiwan and a red Epidendrum hybrid obtained from Thailand.

Our batch of Vanda Loke, which started flowering this August, has started flowering again. There are more variations with brighter colours during the second round of flowering.

Trendy Office Gift – Tillandsia

Tillandsias in glass balls are popular and trendy office gifts and desktop decorations. They require minimal care aside from an occasional whiff of NPK solution once a week. Most Tillandsias thrive well but grows slow under normal office lighting. These glass balls have a hook casted at the top and thus can be hung up using fishing strings to display an array of hanging Tillandsia orbs.