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This is a discussion on Hey, take a look! within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; You guys are killing me..."Master of the Moth"--that's a great title! Gilda, 10 flowers on ...

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    You guys are killing me..."Master of the Moth"--that's a great title!

    Gilda, 10 flowers on a harlequin is excellent, excellent work. They've come quite a ways increasing the flower count on those, but many will still only put out around 5 or 6. "Master of the Moth" is actually a very apt title for your Phal growing.

    (For anyone wondering--it's not uncommon for harlequin blooms, many of them with heavier substance, to last nearly twice as long as those of "regular" phals. Think of it as compensation for their typically lower flower counts....)

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    The "fault" I find with harliquens is their shape....usually reflexed, either forward or backward... but like Louis said, they do last a long time.

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    OK, here another opinion. I really dislike any of the Phals with the thick, waxy substance. They may last longer, but I think a lot of the beauty of the traditional Phal flower is lost. They just look too meaty for me. I had a Sogo Grape for a long time. I kind of liked the dark, wine color, but it took me forever to figure out what bothered me about that plant. It was the texture, so I traded it away. The new owner is very happy and so am I.

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    How about this one. I've already posted this in the photo section, but here it is again. This is one of the mini kind. The whole plant with flowers is only about 12-13 inches in length. They certainly do offer a lot of blooms in a small space - a plus for people with limited space. I would be curious to hear some recommendations for other smaller sized plants. Isn't there a really tiny species?

    Dtps. (Happy Valentine x Sun Prince) 'B#1 x Phal. Cassandra 'Red'

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    Yep. Phal mannii is a species that is along the same size as the one you have. Flowers aren't as round and broad, but still small and cute.

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    I think I'm thinking of something even smaller and pink. Maybe I'm imagining this plant, but I think I used to grow something tiny.

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    hm. Not sure which one you might have grown or imagined, but on my wish list, besides the wilsonnii noted by Mike, is phal. parishii. Tiny and white with a rose red or dark pink lip.

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    Maybe it is equestris you are thinking of....I have one in bloom and will take a piccie tomorrow...it's blooms are the size of a penny.

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    Gilda, that's absolutely amazing! Beautiful blooms AND healthy looking plants...great combo!

    If you don't mind my asking, what's the orientation of your windows? I also notice the trays are rather shallow. Do you take them all off the shelves at watering time?

    You've sure got their culture down pat! Congratulations!!!

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    Gilda, that's amazing! Congratulations on all those lovely blooms AND healthy plants!

    If you don't mind my asking, what's the orientation of your windows? Also, I notice your trays are somewhat shallow. Do you remove the plants from the shelves for watering?

    Thanks for sharing your amazing set up!

    Maggie

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