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This is a discussion on Age within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; My mother has a "friends of kew" pass so she can go in whenever she ...

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    My mother has a "friends of kew" pass so she can go in whenever she wants, so shouldn't be too hard.

    Funnily enough Tom and I did go a couple of months ago, but saw very few orchids. They do have a very old pot plant though, it's a palm that is in what looks like a big packing chest about 4 foot wide, apparently it was one of the first plants brought back and donated to the Royal Botanic Society.

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    Wow! Great stuff here!

    And I think that is really a tough call whether to count the age of a division as the age of the mother plant. I guess genetically you should. But that is a pretty horrifying conclusion to see so many plants die out at once! I wonder what the expiration date is too...

    Anybody out there with a really old monopodial orchid? As I do think that a clone is different than a division - genetically the same, but age-wise you start fresh.

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    my great grandmother had a Cattleya mossiae collected from the wild probably in the ~1930s in Venezuela.

    This original plant became the source of countless divisions through the years given to her friends and relatives. The "original" plant that she kept still "exists" in one ancient piece my great grand aunt has and least 2 divisions that I know of - one with my mom for like 20 years and another with my grandmother. They bloom every year in May and still are vigorous plants.

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