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Becka Ketchum- Still Learning !!

This is a discussion on Becka Ketchum- Still Learning !! within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; ( Bc.Binosa x Epi. Mariae) I wanted to post this for other novice growers.I did ...

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    Cool Becka Ketchum- Still Learning !!

    ( Bc.Binosa x Epi. Mariae) I wanted to post this for other novice growers.I did not remove the outer shealth off the new growth as the flower started to bloom.As you can see the bloom was stuck between the two leafs.The stem of the bloom looks almost like a corkscrew ? I'm bad ! The color of the petals is a Greenish,Yellow. You learn something new every day !! This is another plant indoors underlights. Take Care,Rich
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    Still it's lovely with nice color combo!

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    hmmmm I rarely remove the outer sheath off the new growth, unless I am dealing with infestation. I have never had one get stuck for that reason, that I am aware of.

    I don't have the the cross that you have but have both of the parents of your cross. I am a bit surprised by the size of your growths. It appears to be larger than either parent. Epi. mariae only grows about 4-5" and Binosa about 6". I would have expected a plant about 5" from that cross. I also would have expected more of a tubular lip. The Binosa parent is quite evident. It could be the growths are looking more towards the C bicolor grandparent

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    Even with the twist, it is lovely. Congrats on the bloom, Rich! The plant also looks extremely healthy. If must love the conditions you are providing for it. Nice growing.

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    i feel like that twisted stem is more appropriate for that variety than a straight one
    it's got attitude and spunk, from the colors down to the corkscrew stem

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    I think it's lovely, unique. Great color combo! Good job.

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    Thanks everyone. The older p-bulbs are 5" tall & the leaves are 8" long.The new p-bulb is 3" tall & the leaves are 6" long. The flower it self is 3" across.I'm hoping that in the next few days that the stem of the bloom will straighten.Due to budget issues,there will be very few additions to the collection this year.I have plenty to keep me busy though. Take Care,Rich

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    Either way it's still a really nice flower! I really enjoy the green orchid flowers with the complimentary colors, beautiful!

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    I had Onc alliance spikes always getting stuck in leaves and cork screwing, but I've never had a Catt alliance have a problem.

    Nature doesn't care for asthetics, it just wants to pollinate that flower. We're the ones who care, lol!

    McJulie

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    My Bc. Yellow Bird has tons of p-bulbs kinked from being stuck in their sheaths as they grew. I got it that way and now try and catch them and peel back the sheath a little so they grow straight. Mine don't corkscrew though, they go hump-backed!

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