Dendrobium Avril's Gold 'Pumkin Pie' flowered with pride by one of our customers.
This orchid was released by us as a clone in 2004.
Yes 14 years ago.
Much has changed in 14 years and there are of course better Avril's out there such as Pheobe,Angus and Brandon.
But this pure coloured Avril's has always performed as a good grower and not a "sulker".
Robbie Mc Innes even bloomed a 4N form from one of our clones.
It is a slow grower, but no where near as slow as deeper more orange clones.
The original plant after cloning was sold to a buyer in California for a substatial sum and so cant be re cloned.
When it first bloomed it opened a butterish solid yellow as seen in all the following photos
This particular Avril's (although it applies to them all) varies in colour depending on when they bloom.
The darker, colder, months of winter produce deeper shades of yellow to gold.
They also deepen with age becoming more orange after 6-10 days.
This is seen in many native Dendrobiums.
We once had a complaint about a clone of Dendrobium Jesmond Sparkler 'Greg Hall' that had bloomed near yellow in summer, wheras in winter it has more red than gold on the blooms.
It was aggressivly commented on social media that maybe we had cloned or tagged the wrong plant of Avril's Gold 'Pumkin Pie' as the blooms where yellow.
Maybe had the owner of the Pumpkin Pie, and or, the recidivist ragger of AON on Facebook contacted us we could have explained this point.
Over 18 years we have sold millions of orchids, maybe tens of millions, and yes some have been mistagged by inexperienced workers who didnt understand the importance of a correct name.
Would you like to have to keep track of this many tags and push them all in?
For over 6 years now I have supervised the tagging myself and mislabelled plants will occure less frequently.
It is known that certain malicious visitors to AON used to change tags on us (for a laff)???!!!
It would only take the moving of four tags to make 200 orchids to be misnamed.
Why, because after deflasking we wait 6 months for the stock to settle and mortality to occur. Tnen when established we tag them commercially,before this there is only a tag in each corner of a tray of 100.
I didnt take much effort for much mischeif to occur. And our reputation to suffer a bit.
On learning this, we have banned contact with any young plants these days and more and more areas have been made "out of bounds"
We have released, bred and cloned over 3900 different orchids over the past few years, those undermining us on social media always have an agenda to push, be it their close friends at other nurseries, or their own plants or products to sell.
We are watching and reading the posts and believe in free speech.
But there are such things as libal laws.