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Mokara Walter Oumae 'Robin' - and a Gold Medal group

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    Default Mokara Walter Oumae 'Robin' - and a Gold Medal group

    Not a favourite ; look at the big flower pic and you will say "what's not to like ?". Look at the big plant pic and you will see what I mean.
    It is of course a plant I have had for ever, and I don't grow it well enough to produce multiple spiukes, or giant spikes, or branch ( they don't branch, as far as I know). There are no aerial roots on the top 90cm, so I can't chop it off as a top cutting. I have tried scoring around the stem, packing it with moss, and keeping that moss damp - I think its called "marcottage" ? or aerial layering or something like that ? But that's been there for a 12 month, an nothing has happened...
    The only value of this plant is that in the summer, I may provide a dozen or so tall plants such as Vandas, Renantheras , phallies , Odas, etc to be put as a group in my Society's display - I've added a couple of shots of the stand at Peterborough last year; we had a London barrow-boys barrow -technically (!) a "costermongers barrow" as a centre piece and piled my contribution to the group onto it ; then a lanky thing like this Mokara can be hidden and the flowers poke over the top - although in fact it wasn't out at the time.
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    Mabuhay!

    What a spectacular display of colors and shapes. Anyway regarding your Mokara, like mine its not also a "prolific" kind but i love it. thanks for the pics

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    I've just about decided to shoot my Mokara. At least yours blooms!

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    As always Geoff your plants and this display are quite remarkable. I can say with your Mokara that I am impressed with the 'lengths' its gone to to bloom! Kathi please do not shoot that Mokara...........that would be orchiside..........a terrible crime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orchidsal View Post
    As always Geoff your plants and this display are quite remarkable. I can say with your Mokara that I am impressed with the 'lengths' its gone to to bloom! Kathi please do not shoot that Mokara...........that would be orchiside..........a terrible crime.
    Is it a crime if you kill them on accident?? Mine are out shivering in the garage waiting for it to warm up. A couple look like the equivilant to a human turning blue...

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    No Connie its not. I would not know how to tell you to do CPR on a orchid. All kidding aside I really do hope it warms up in Florida. It does not make me happy to hear of the hard times all these warm loving plants/orchids are going through. I can imagine how I would feel. AL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cjcorner View Post
    Is it a crime if you kill them on accident?? Mine are out shivering in the garage waiting for it to warm up. A couple look like the equivilant to a human turning blue...
    Oh no , don't let it be a crime to kill them by accident - think of the tens of thousands I have finished off in my years of growing !

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    [QUOTE=orchidsal;216827]......I really do hope it warms up in Florida.

    I have some friends run a UK specialist nursery, who moved the whole operation to Florida, dreaming of that warmth, and reduced fuel bills for heating ; the year they went, all the orange growers were complaining of frost which had damaged the orange blossom... and thenin warmer winters, they found that what they did save on heating they spent on air-conditioning in the summer. No-one, but no-one, needs/uses air conditioning in Uk.
    They came back to UK btw, after a few years for other reasons.

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    I like the Mokara's I have only one and the first time it flowered it had four spikes the next year only three, but it got awarded at a summer show. I had to cut it down early this year and the base has four growths so I carn't wait for it to flower again. The plant is Luenberger Gold

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    Thats one stunner Geoff. About it not producing aerial roots, try using a copper wire (2-4 mm) instead of scouring it, just twist the wire, so that it stops the sap flow. I find it better than scouring. But try it in summer when the humidity and temperatures are high, I am sure it will produce aerial roots then.

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