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Renanthera citrina , the best flowering yet...

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    Bought as a seedling some 3 years ago and took almost a year before I saw the first flower spike of about a dozen flowers. Has flowered several times since then , each one better than the last - this is maybe the fourth flowering, and now up to 4 branches from the main stem ( best previously was 3 ) and a total of about 55 buds and flowers.
    The flowers about 2.5 inches when fully expanded, but the plant is not large or robust - not much more than 15 or 18 inches high ; the leaves also are quite narrow . Put it by the side of philipinensis or storei for example it looks like a baby - and by the side of my largest one - a seedling of R. Nancy Chandler with leaves getting up to six inches long and an inch and a half wide and looks like a real miniature - until you look again at the spike.

    I know from recent posts trhat some folk find Renantheras, or at least this one, difficult - in fact the general opinion in UK is that they are so impossible that its not worth trying (apparently). In my conditions it certainly is an easy orchid - I'm not claiming any great expertise in the genus - it gets the same treatment as everything else.

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    Geoff, How large is your plant? From seedling to this amount of blooms in three years is remarkable. Very pretty blooms. I can't wait to have a few in my backyard. Thanks for sharing.

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    Wonderful flowering, bravo.

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    It must have loved your culture dearly!! Congrats on this very nice orchid .

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdayinflorida View Post
    Geoff, How large is your plant? From seedling to this amount of blooms in three years is remarkable. Very pretty blooms. I can't wait to have a few in my backyard. Thanks for sharing.
    I have just been out with a tape measure ; 14 inches from the surface of the compost to the top of the stem where the newest leaf grows out. . Longest leaf = 6 inches, and 1/2inch wide. Interestingly (from the point of view of some of my theories about vandaceous plants ) the longest leaf is just below the current flower spike. I believe that the leaves ( and stem) above that point are still immature - and still growing - perhaps they will all get to that length or more...
    You only get spikes from mature stem - and that is why ( to digress) that I never get Vanda spikes from the top three pairs of leaves ( of broad leaf Vanda hybrids) - but if there are more than say 5 pairs since the last spike, then I apply stimulus - leave the plant out in the cold for a bit . With Rennys it has never been necessary to apply stimulus.

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    Thanks for the info!

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    Wow, the close up is really beautiful !

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    stunning orchid, Geoff! Nice growing.

    cheers,
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    Would love to have one, great growing Geoff!

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