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Den spectabile

This is a discussion on Den spectabile within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; While Dendrobiums don't necessarily equal death in my experience, as Diane is fond of claiming, ...

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    Default Den spectabile

    While Dendrobiums don't necessarily equal death in my experience, as Diane is fond of claiming, they certainly don't equal blooms. I only have one earned bloom in my experience (an earned bloom is the blooming of a plant that wasn't purchased in spike or bud - that is, you got the culture right and the plant decided to reward you!)

    I've lost a lot of plants in the last year from neglect. I simply don't have the time with my hectic schedule of school visits and book promotion to give them the care they want. Some succomb to scales or mealies, others are simply stressed from the underwatering and find other excuses to croak.

    I actually suspect I'm weeding out the weaker plants in my collection. That any bloom amazes me, and I love the plant all the more in my appreciation.

    I have great fondness for the Latouria Section of Dendrobiums. They've the weirdest, neatest flowers. I have four or five Latouria species, but only ever had the atroviolacea bloom (I bought it in bloom with Qing last April).

    I was trying to water the most neglected plants this morning, before a weekend away, and what to my wondering eyes should appear, than my Den spectabile with a fully grown spike with eight large buds! Spectabile is...well spectacular. It's the queen of Latourias. I got this mature plant at a private estate sale last fall with Aaron Tester. Stay tuned bat fans - a photo shoot will be in order in the near future!

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    Wooo hoooo!!!! Well Done to kitty who's been looking after it! Can't wait for the pics!

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    Congrats! You do have a thumb that's partial green, hehehe!

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    Default Den spectabile revealed

    The first of eight buds began to open yesterday morning. Here's a shot of the first flower this noon, and two more buds are starting to crack open, so within a week or so, I ought to have a good looking spike.

    I'll do a more fancy photo shoot when the plant's more fully open. This was just a quick snap to update on the spike's activity I couldn't resist so I didn't worry about the shadows or lack of a decent closeup.

    What a nice holiday surprise!

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    Very Interesting, I like it.
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    Wow you did good McJulie. I love Dens, even though I killed (oops I mean euthanized)my share.

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    Piper, what a neat bloom, I like the ruffled turning lip. The colors are just perfect to set it off. Can't wait to see the full spike!

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    What an interesting flower!

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    Yeah Julie!

    This is my favorite Den...I have a young-ish plant I've been very impatiently keeping alive and hoping for a bloom for about a year and a half now. It sends up a new cane every spring!

    Yours is lovely, looking forward to more photos!

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    There are now three flowers open. The first one is getting even twistier. This isn't uncommon with orchids whose flowers are highly twisted. They can start out flat, but over 3-5 days after opening they twist all up. That's what happened with my Paph hirsutissimum:
    http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...squirolei.html

    On the Den spectabile, the petals (the long ears) are starting to corkscrew, and the dorsal sepal and lateral sepals are curling in even tighter. It should be fun to watch the progression. I keep stepping over to stare at the crazy thing!

    Well I just noticed something else... There are some green nubs sticking out of two of the canes. The one on the right in the picture below looks like the start of another spike. The one on the left might be yet another spike on the cane with the existing spike. But I don't know this species. I don't know if it produces multiple spikes per cane. If not, it could be the vestiges of a spike from last season that never really got going. Only time will tell...

    Note the flowers are blooming upside down. I've tried asking them to turn rightside up, but they seem to be interested in doing their own thing. Weird plant!

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