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Collierara Snow Ballet

This is a discussion on Collierara Snow Ballet within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I bought this plant in Oct. 2012 as a large plant growing out of a ...

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    I bought this plant in Oct. 2012 as a large plant growing out of a basket. I wanted to take it to our Orchid Show in March so I had to do some cutting and trimming in order to tidy it up and give it a nice shape. I received a 1st prize for it when it probably had only 6-8 spikes. Since the Show I have had to constantly move it around the garden to keep it from too much direct sun. It has grown considerably and is now "hunormous", (a local term for real big!!!). I think it really likes me!!! there are 22 spikes and several tiny ones making their way out.

    The divisions I took off in Oct. are all growing well.
    I am tempted to Cut this "giant " and get them into more manageable baskets.
    What would you do? to cut or not to cut?
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    I understand your quandry. I put my huge Maxima into a clay bulb pot as they are shallow enough to keep the roots happy and wide enough to let it stretch out some. I'm not sure i'd do it again as it's so heavy and huge to deal with. I love your flowers, that is an amazing display it's putting on! It is obviously happy being a big ol' monster. lol

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    This is one beautiful plant but then I wouldn't expect less from you and your talents as a grower.Since you have other starts doing so well I would let this baby go and see how large it will get and what a fantastic show it will give you. Truly a fantastically beautiful plant and blooms!

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    If it's too big to handle you should divide it.
    If not keep it as it is. Unless you want to use a division to trade with other plants.
    Personally I love this big showy plants.

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    I love the bicolor flowers.

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    I like it big, too.

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    well, if you have to continue moving it to keep it happy, maybe divide it, otherwise, if you know a good spot it can stay in, i'd let it go.

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    What a magnificent specimen !!! To cut or not to cut? Sorry can't help here.

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    I too like big specimens and wouldn't divide if I could manage it staying large

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    Great looking Specimen size plant! I love the pink as pictured but the yellow version is my favorite!

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