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Ascocenda Princess Mikasa 'Blue Velvet'

This is a discussion on Ascocenda Princess Mikasa 'Blue Velvet' within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Okay..so I haven't had this plant 6 months, but I've had it 4. I watched ...

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    Default Ascocenda Princess Mikasa 'Blue Velvet'

    Okay..so I haven't had this plant 6 months, but I've had it 4. I watched the spike form and elongate...six buds...then four blasted. I guess I'm moving in the right direction...still working no perfecting culture.

    I'm not sure how 'Blue Velvet' differs from just plain old 'Blue'..

    *shrug*



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    Its still really pretty!! I think Asco's are hard...I had one too, and it just died right before my eyes...$40 something dollars down the drain. At least you have two blooms, and they are awesome!! That's a..uh...33% survival rate...frankly, not bad for only having the plant 4 months!! I'm sure next time it'll be better after it acclimates to your conditions a little better, ya know? Nice job!

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    Nice ascocenda. Clint.

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    Oh, it is a beauty, Clint!! Blue velvet or blue - still a vibrant color to add to your collection! Congrats on the bloom!

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    Beautiful blooms, Clint, I love this color!
    And congrats on taking up this challenge, keep us posted!

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    I have been growing an Ascocenda that started out as a baggie baby. It was growing like a weed all summer. Recently I found brown something on the body of the plant, four bottom leaves were affected. I drowned it with hydrogen peroxide a couple times and thought I had it back, but lately I'm not so sure. Asco's are definitely difficult!
    Lovely Blue there...good luck with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Becky15349 View Post
    Its still really pretty!! I think Asco's are hard...I had one too, and it just died right before my eyes...$40 something dollars down the drain. At least you have two blooms, and they are awesome!! That's a..uh...33% survival rate...frankly, not bad for only having the plant 4 months!! I'm sure next time it'll be better after it acclimates to your conditions a little better, ya know? Nice job!

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    Clint I used to have the 'Blue Indigo' clone...grew well at home but lost it once I moved it to a greenhouse..Mine used to bloom 2-3X a year...good luck with yours!

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    Hey, a question for you all....if I have a ascofinetia 'twinkle' that is thriving on my windowsill and putting out new leaves as we speak, do you think I could grow one like this Ascocenta Princess Mikasa?

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    Sure can , I have the blue and the pink it was growing in the X plant area which is now the bird room , grew and bloomed just fine they are in the greenhouse and still doing well .
    I have noticed if there is a problem part of the time it comes from the base of the plant especially if there is bark in the basket that is old, trouble starts in the stub and works it's way up I lost one not a Mikasa long time ago now use nothing in baskets, or grow them on an S shaped wire . Yours is a beauty Clint .. Gin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Becky15349 View Post
    Hey, a question for you all....if I have a ascofinetia 'twinkle' that is thriving on my windowsill and putting out new leaves as we speak, do you think I could grow one like this Ascocenta Princess Mikasa?
    Becky...I used to grow mine bare-root in a basket with it hanging in a western window exposure. It would summer outdoors. While inside I would soak the roots in a bucket of water for 20 min a few times a week. Then it would drip back into the bucket and then head back to the window, hanging from a tension pole.

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