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My Bl. Yellow Bird, to compare

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    Default My Bl. Yellow Bird, to compare

    I had to post these photos, because the "original" photo of how my plant looked upon first blooming during the previous bloom cycle, is SO different from what Traci described. Mine blooms almost bluish/purple, then turns stark yellow.

    Check it out. Also, note that this time it didn't bloom as purple as last time. The yellow photo is how mine looks now, after a few weeks, and the purplish one is how it bloomed last time for the first few days. Note: This is the SAME plant.
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    That is so crazy! Did you change lighting or something? Temps? Or do you just have an orchid who thinks it is a chameleon?

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    LOL I have no idea. The buds are definitely purplish before they open, so it does start darker, but then lightens up. This time, however, it didn't start as dark. It's been inside since the fall, so perhaps that's why. I'm just astounded since I didn't look at that old shot until just the other day, and realized how dark it came out that one time (and then still lightened up to yellow after a week)

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    Traci,

    Sue mentioned this to me when she helped ID my NOID mini-catt as a Richard Mueller hybrid. She said the color shift is a very typical feature of Richard Mueller crosses. Mine opens nearly green and then darkens to a vibrant orange-yellow (http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...ead.php?t=1734)

    I thought my green was a funky place to start, but John's blue beats me hands down! What cool plants!

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    Pretty wild, huh? Thanks for showing that, John. Many people don't believe that that really happens, but it's true, it does. Flower color can change from the time a flower first opens to when it matures; it can change from being one color one blooming season to a different color the next. Factors that influence that are light, warmth, and the micronutrients (or lack of them) in the water you're fertilizing with. Pretty amazing stuff, I think.

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    I've never seen a change like that. That's amazing!

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    I think it's the Brassavola nodosa parentage which tends to produce this kind of dramatic color shift . . . kind of odd, since B. nodosa doesn't do any color shift at all. Anyhow, it's a parent of both Yellow Bird and Richard Mueller.

    I used to have a Yellow Bird. It didn't do a color shift anywhere near as dramatic as yours, John.

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