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    Default Paph Pinocchio Culture

    I searched and read the posts about Paph Pinocchio cultures but still could not find what I was looking for. I have one that's been blooming for a long time and the inflorescence is approaching 3ft (on its 9th or 10th flower with more buds developing).

    MAIN ??? => Should I let the little guy bloom itself out or should I cut the inflorescence to let the plant rest ? I've read that the Psychopsis would literally bloom itself to death if the stem is not cut off after the first year.

    Where are all you PAPH gurus at ?

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    Cut the spike off a psychopsis??? Never!! It's supposed to be a sequential bloomer, the spikes can last for years.... (mine is 2 yrs old) - -

    but as for your particular paph - I don't have any of that background. Jmoney or Hoa or Paphman could probably help you.

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    Is your plant producing new growths and new roots? This is important in determining the health of your flowering plant. If the new growth is producing new roots I would say you are OK to leave the plant flowering. If I where you I would cut the flower spike off during fall because plants don't grow much during the fall and winter. Your plant looks young and it would be a good idea to cut off the flower spike to conserve energy for the new growth. One of my friend flowered his plant to death and the plant had no roots and it eventually died.

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    Hi Diane,

    I got that idea from reading one of LJA's reply on a Psychopsis post. Louis said he made a mistake of letting one bloomed itself to death (for 2+ yrs).

    For the Paph., it has 2 new growths growing nicely (just repotted the plant last week). I will take your advice and hack off the spike this October.

    Unless someone suggests otherwise, that will be the plan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by work2ski
    Hi Diane,

    I got that idea from reading one of LJA's reply on a Psychopsis post. Louis said he made a mistake of letting one bloomed itself to death (for 2+ yrs).

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    I'll have to check with ! Mine seems fine and healthy, with another new bud on the way.... Plus a new spike. Better PM him...

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    Our Psychopsis bloomed and bloomed and bloomed and then DIED. very sad.

    Cheers!
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    One of my friend killed a Paph victoria-regina by letting it flower to death. He is one of the best Paph grower that I know. He managed to flower a paph sangii which is a very difficult species to grow and flower. He got an AM for his plant two years ago.

    Thanks for taking my advice. Your plant is very pretty

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer
    Our Psychopsis bloomed and bloomed and bloomed and then DIED. very sad.

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    Hmm - My Kahili has been blooming for almost 2 years, and just put out a new spike about 3 months ago, the new spike is now about 12" tall, the original spike, which has another bud on it is about 2 feet tall. The biggest leaf is about 13 inches.

    I have a versteegianum in spike, and what looks to be a start of a spike on my versteegianum alba, my others are all too small to bloom yet. (I've got six different ones, Mendenhall, Kahili, versteegianum, versteegianum alba, versteegianum aurea, and krameranianum (Uh, not sure that's right.. might be kramerianum.... damn taxonomy!)

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    I've just bought a versteegianum - should arrive in spike today! How would you compare the different species, Diane?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piper
    I've just bought a versteegianum - should arrive in spike today! How would you compare the different species, Diane?

    Julie
    The Kahili is larger, both the plant and the blossoms, with solid color on the "antennii" of maroon. ((the versteegianum has two toned antennii, the lower portion a light yellow, the upper maroon, sometimes with yellow edging) The spine on the back may have a yellow stripe. The Kahili 'wings' are more spread, or open and the orange or brown coloration (depends on your plant) is fairly heavy - almost solid with yellow stripes. (the versteegianum has thinner, sort of droopy wings that are highly mottled or leopard spotted orange on yellow). The Kahili lip is wider, flatter, and again the outer rim markings are almost solid orange instead of spotted like versteegianum.

    I love them both. Have not gotten the kramerianum to bloom yet. The alba versteegianum is spectacular in bloom, pale yellow marked with medium yellow vs bright yellow marked with orange on the non-alba.

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