Planting continues

Over the weekend, I did a few more plantings for my weekend farm.

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a peach/pink Mussaenda philipicca planted in between the heliconia plants

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a dark pink Mussaenda philippica

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a white Mussaenda philippica along the barbed fence

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at the rightmost and the leftmost are cacao seedling planted a few weeks ago, in between are new plantings of Mussaenda philippic and a Lanzones seedling

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a second Lanzones seedling

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from left to right: the third Lanzones seedling, a giant custard apple sapling, and the cacao seedling planted a few weeks ago

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This coffee tree used to be filled with at least 7 species of native orchids. It was stripped bare by orchid bandits a few months ago. I planted clumps of Vanda lamellata on this tree. (Notice how the powder puff tree and the Dracaena multiflora are all growing nicely!)

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This coffee tree used to be filled with Phalaenopsis schilleriana plants and Vanda javierae plants. The orchid thief stripped this tree bare a few months ago, now I’ve planted some Vanda lamellata on it.

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Mang Joel has done a great job of cleaning the area and keeping the weeds from growing tall. The front-half of my weekend farm now looks cleaner. If you look closely, you will already see seedlings of vegetables growing!

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work in progress! The middle portion of my weekend farm is still being prepared by Mang Joel for planting

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Upo (Bottle Gourd) seedling growing on my weekend farm

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corn seedlings sprouting from the ground

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Sitaw (string beans) also sprouting from the ground

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A pleasant surprise. This Phalaenopsis linden grows at the mountain regions of North Luzon at elevations more than 1000 mask. This plant has survived the orchid looters and has been growing in my weekend farm for a year. This is its first blooms in my weekend farm

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flowers of the Phalaenopsis lindenii up close

The other tiger orchid, Phalaenopsis stuartiana

In Southern Luzon, tiger orchids are very popular. Its scientific name is Phalaenopsis schilleriana. These orchids captivated  me as kid. It had leathery leaves that reminded me of elephant ears and its leaves were stripped  with silver and purple. These never flower in the lowlands since they need cooler temperature to bloom, but a lot of people still keep them anyway.

I was fascinated growing them since its leaves and roots looked wild.

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a Phalaenopsis schilleriana, the common tiger orchid growing on my weekend farm. These plants will produce flowers soon!


flower of the Phalaenopsis schilleriana, taken a few years ago. The plant, which I bought already with flowers, lived for a bit in the city, but it died a few months later.

This tiger orchid, Phalaenopsis schilleriana, is definitely more common. It produces pink flowers that sometimes smell like cotton candy. I’ve planted a lot of these in the coffee trees and I want to plant more because the coffee trees will look like cherry blossoms when these are in bloom.

The other tiger orchid is the less common Phalaenopsis stuartiana.

I saw a few plants of Phalaenopsis stuartiana at the sunday market a few weekends ago, so I bought two plants.

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this Phalaenopsis stuartiana plant is less common. It stayed in the city for a bit before I planted it in the farm

Instead of pink flowers the Phalaenopsis stuartiana has white flowers. When not in bloom, it’s close to impossible to distinguish it from the more common tiger orchid (Phalaenopsis schilleriana)… but I noticed that this plant might have rounder and greener leaves.

Last week during my weekend farm visit, I planted the two Phalaenopsis stuartiana plants on their coffee trees.

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The first Phalaenopsis stuartiana plant was planted in the middle of two Phalaenopsis schilleriana plants. It’s flower is spent and its leaves yellowed.

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the second Phalaenopsis stuartiana also had 2 flowers when it was bought.

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When I planted it on the weekend farm, it already lost its flowers. It was planted on a different coffee tree.