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Sophronitis Cernua

This is a discussion on Sophronitis Cernua within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Picked this up today to use as a stud plant in my schomb crossings. I ...

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    Default Sophronitis Cernua

    Picked this up today to use as a stud plant in my schomb crossings. I am hoping to get some small plants with a long spike. The picture isn't that great, so I'll follow up tomorrow with something better.
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    Wow - do Schombs and Sophs cross? That's like trying to mate a mouse and an elephant. Will you cross in both directions, Aaron?

    I can see progeny from one direction: the diminutive plant will have a 5" flower that will pull the pot over into a face plant.

    In the other direction, you'll have a towering flower spike ten feet tall, but a step ladder will be required so you can view the bloom with a magnifying glass!

    Good luck!

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    That's a beauty! And interesting cross.... but unlike McPessimist I think you might get a really nice intermediate plant with a medium size flower. It will likely have lovely undulating petals with a rich red colour. hmm... put me down for a plant will ya... now I just need to organise Quarantine

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    I think it is gonna be a great cross! Best of luck with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piper View Post
    Wow - do Schombs and Sophs cross? That's like trying to mate a mouse and an elephant. Will you cross in both directions, Aaron?

    I can see progeny from one direction: the diminutive plant will have a 5" flower that will pull the pot over into a face plant.

    In the other direction, you'll have a towering flower spike ten feet tall, but a step ladder will be required so you can view the bloom with a magnifying glass!

    Good luck!

    McJulie
    Very funny!

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    Thanks all! I am actually pretty sure that the flower will turn out very well. I know of a cross made in South America that was made using this very same Sophronitis and undulata. I am planning to use a rosea, and a brysiana in this cross. Making each plant the parent. We'll have to wait and see!

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    'stud orchid' made me laugh

    nice bloom, though, and a cool idea

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    What about schombs and Rynch's? OH!

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    I saw them today, I thought they were cute. I will take one of the mutts if you can't find a home for them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Piper View Post
    I can see progeny from one direction: the diminutive plant will have a 5" flower that will pull the pot over into a face plant.

    In the other direction, you'll have a towering flower spike ten feet tall, but a step ladder will be required so you can view the bloom with a magnifying glass!

    McJulie
    Actually the flowers of Soph aren't all that terribly small, Julie. Usually they are about 3/4-1" across, quite large for the size of the plant. The biggest detractant of Soph [to me at any rate], is that it only blooms once a year. Fortunately, hybrids using Soph often bloom more often than that.

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