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Several Vandas....

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    I had the camera out today and a lot of our Vandas are blooming, so thought I'd post a few pics. This first one is V. Rothschildiana 'Blue Ribbon' FCC/AOS. The plant is at least 25 years old and I've been growing it for the last 14. It's about 16 feet tall at this point so it's become pretty much a permanent fixture in the greenhouse. Size and scale are hard to tell with pics, but each of these blooms is almost the width of my outstretched hand.
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    This next one is V. Fuchs Delight. Bob Fuchs (pronounced "fukes"--ahem!!!...) is the country's (if not the world's) premiere Vanda grower and hybridizer; this is one of his early crosses. Again an old plant, with very large blooms. This spike is the first bloom on one of the plant's many keikis:
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    This last one is V. Sansai Blue 'Sawat'. I've been growing this for the past 7 years, and this is its first spike.
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    16 foot tall
    Those are really superb plants .

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    Wow, Louis! Those vandas are very beautiful! Awesome!

    You've definitely done an "A++++" job on growing them!

    And a 16-foot-vanda?
    Oh my...
    I never knew vandas grow that tall!

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    absolutely stunning! now those are what vandas are SUPPOSED to look like!

    I've seen baby plants of the 'blue ribbon' for sale recently (presumably it has been cloned recently) but nobody seems to have a photo. That plant must be a sight to behold.

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    wowie!!!!! absolutely beautiful.

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    Breathtaking Louis ! Great pics ,too !
    An observation we made at the Charleston Orchid show....there were some really nice huge blooms vandas and not one got a ribbon ...the ribbons went to the smaller ascos...ect. ! Strange....I inquired and was told the judges thought the huge blooms were too big and gawdy...what do judges know ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilda
    Breathtaking Louis ! Great pics ,too !
    An observation we made at the Charleston Orchid show....there were some really nice huge blooms vandas and not one got a ribbon ...the ribbons went to the smaller ascos...ect. ! Strange....I inquired and was told the judges thought the huge blooms were too big and gawdy...what do judges know ?
    must be species snobs...

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    Thanks guys.

    Gilda, I've noticed a similar trend where judges shy away from huge plants. A couple shows ago, a well-known Phal grower brought in and exhibited the biggest Phalaenopsis I've ever seen, something any grower could have been intensely proud of, and it wasn't gigantea. This phal was literally four feet tall, with leaves all the way down the stem, four spikes each extending 6 or 7 feet out, supported by a really artisticly contrived bamboo skeleton, each spike full of gorgeous, huge blooms--a plant everyone thought would easily win Best of Show, never mind garner some kind of AOS quality award.

    It got a blue ribbon, and that was all. It didn't even get a CCM because the two lowest leaves (on a stem of at least 30 or more) had started to wrinkle and die back.

    (Understandably miffed, that particular grower, in full view of everyone in the show lobby, tore up all of his ribbons, threw them in the trash, and wiped his hands...)

    Plants that get big like that apparently start getting considered to be easy weeds instead of specimens, proving nothing but that the grower managed only to cook up the right conditions, and little more. It seems that a plant really needs to *invite closer inspection* to be considered a quality specimen, and the huge ones tend to make people step back to take them in instead of come forward. So if "large size" is the only thing a plant and its flowers has going for it, it may not make the cut.

    However, this is all just my own observation and I might be totally off base here. Maybe someone who's an accredited judge or involved in the judging program can help clear things up--I'm kind of curious myself.

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