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green emerald ladyslipper rebloom?

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    Hi everyone,
    I've inquired about this plant before, but I'm still frustrated with her, and lately she has been putting out tons of new growth. But still, I can't get even a whisper of a spike. I have her potted in s. moss with a mixture of fine orchid bark at the very bottom. She gets fairly bright indirect sun from a south-facing window (which is really really big) and I feed her about once every 14 days. In the past three months she has put out four new leaves, and today I saw a fifth baby leaf. She's getting taller and taller, and she seems to be a healthy, happy plant. Do any of you have a suggestion on how I can get her to rebloom. She hasn't sent up a spike since March of last year, and when she did, it was a gorgeous bloom that lasted over three months!! Any help would be great.
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    I dont see anything wrong with what you are doing. Maybe some classical music? Extra ventilation? Talking to her? A small change in light amounts?
    What usually induces a Paph/Phrag to bloom? Is it some kind of change in environment? Warmer wheather, cooler wheather?
    Sorry I can't be better help.
    P.S. I'm serious about the music and talking.

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    Well I've tried Jimi Hendrix and the Who. Perhaps she's the folkie type. I'll load my ipod up with some Carpenters and Peter Paul and Mary... see if she likes that.

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    Bagpipes - they really dig bagpipes! At least mine do...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piper
    Bagpipes - they really dig bagpipes! At least mine do...

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    But what do your neighbors say !!!
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    let the plant grow.It is only just getting to be flowering size going by the bottom pic

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    Orchid man is right, just let it grow. Sometimes they skip a year to gain size and strength. That's a baby you have there. Patience. Next year about 4 months before bloom time you might want to try getting it a little cooler in the evening, and adding some bloom fertilizer to it's feeding.

    As for bagpipes - it's easier just to throw a couple of cats into a tub of (shallow) water - - -


    Did you know the translation of "bagpipes" from gaelic into english literally means Caterwalling????

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    looks like the new growth still has a ways to go before it is big enough to bloom. as long as the roots are good, it's only a matter of time. these types of paphs don't need any special treatment, no cold snap needed. when it's time, they bloom.

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    Yo Jason,

    Been slowly transferring most of my phrags into NZ Sph. from reading your posts.

    Trung

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    Quote Originally Posted by work2ski
    Yo Jason,

    Been slowly transferring most of my phrags into NZ Sph. from reading your posts.

    Trung
    It works but it can get to be a pain in the #@!% if you have more than a few plants, since you end up repotting every 6-8 months. I only use it for besseae and, experimentally, for the long-petalled species. The hybrids all go into s/h and they love it.

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