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Brassophranthe Hawaiian Treat 'Prairie Sunrise'

This is a discussion on Brassophranthe Hawaiian Treat 'Prairie Sunrise' within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; those colors are so hot and tropical! just love it!...

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    those colors are so hot and tropical! just love it!

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    The nicest thing about this plant is it seems to be a really easy bloomer & vigorous grower. It has bloomed on every growth but one in the two or three years I've had it. (The one exception put up a spike, but something--very possibly me!--caused the spike to shrivel.) It was my first Cattleya Alliance plant, and it seduced me into getting a bunch more. I do have one question about it--on one occasion it produced several deformed flowers on a spike. Many of the sepals/petals were fused to the lips or missing altogether. Has anyone seen this with other Catts, especially Richard Mueller crosses?

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    I had a Richard Mueller cross that was a reliable bloomer on multiple spikes, as well. I do remember a spike with weirdly deformed flowers once. I attributed it to too little water when the spike was setting.

    I played with water levels and found that if I watered the plant 2x normal during spike formation and blooming, I could stretch the length of the blooms from 2-3 weeks up to 6-7 weeks.

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    McJulie, what about fertilization? Just plain water?

    A questioning joe

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    That is simply gorgeous and cudos to you for the clonal name. Very appropriate.

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    Joe, with Catts, fert during spike/sheath growth always helps.

    The whole flowering system needs "more power to the engines..." It's moisture and fert and sun that produce good blooms.

    I always try and water and fert Catts when they push out new growth and sheaths. More power to the engines!

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    I love the colour change of those blooms! I need one of these crosses eventually

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    Hi all,

    McJulie, Regarding the pelhoric (sp?) blooms, I think you nailed it with your suggestion it was insufficient moisture during bud development--especially given my badly uneven watering practices!

    Ischel, thanks for the kind words!

    Fren, you live on the right side of that international boundary--maybe somewhere down the line I could trade a division of this for a division of one of your gorgeous Phrags!

    Cheers,

    Rob

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    Good discussion about deformed flowers on Mueller crosses. I have two in bloom now, every spike has at least 1-2 buds died half way developing. I guess I haven't water/fertilize them regularly between busy holidays and out of town.

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    Rob don't be reluctant to post your pics...I for one enjoy them. This is not a Photo forum but an orchid forum

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