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Multifloral Paphs

This is a discussion on Multifloral Paphs within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Something disturbing has dawned upon me. Paphs usually flower from the top of the stem, ...

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    Unhappy Multifloral Paphs

    Something disturbing has dawned upon me.

    Paphs usually flower from the top of the stem, and multiflorals only have one stem, which takes about six years to mature, when they flower, right?

    So I would take it that multiflorals first flower, and then push new growth, which then would take another six odd years to flower.

    Essentially, that means its takes years for multiflorals to rebloom. This information makes me sad.

    Please tell me I'm wrong or that there's a method to get them to rebloom every year or every second year.

    Praveer

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    Much mistaken! Multi-florals can produce spikes every year, even more often. It depends on how mature the plant is. And the blooms open from the bottom of the spike. Take a look at my post under "opening soon" in the paph/phrag photo section and you will see my multi-floral Bel Royal. She spiked last year, is in bloom now and has 2 new growths plus an unbloomed mature growth. I also have 2 multi floral phrags, and they also bloom at least one spike a year, off the latest maturing growth. It does take a few years for these plants to get to flowering size, but once there, each successive new growth can produce a spike. Also check out uncasteeb's Phragenstein... an amazing multi floral phrag.

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    Multifloral Paph general takes six to seven years for it to mature. Once it is mature the plant will bloom and new growths should be half grown. My paph roth took me 4 years to bloom. It was a seedling about 10 inches in leafspan. I grew it under very bright light and warm temperature year round. It now has four growths and I know once it is mature the new growths should mature every two years. You should expect it to flower every two years. The more growth you get the more chances that the plant will flower annually. Under no circumstances should you divide it otherwise the plant will take a long time to recover and flower.

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    in all paphs, the first growth takes by far the longest to mature. after that, growths will mature in anywhere from 6 months in some maudiae types to 2 years for the multiflorals. once you get a few extra leads going, you'll have blooms every year.

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    Thanx for the info. What concerns me is that my one only has one growth, and it doesn't appear like its going to push out new growths.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scopinox
    Thanx for the info. What concerns me is that my one only has one growth, and it doesn't appear like its going to push out new growths.
    Which 1 is it ?
    Some get pretty big before they,ll start a second growth , 24"+ is common for some species & their hybrids.

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    healthy multiflorals will usually but not always bloom on a growth and a start, although that start may be 1/3 mature before the first growth blooms. multiple leads are the norm in most cases and if you a few more years without dividing, they will usually start blooming on a yearly basis.

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    Mine's a susan booth (roth x praestens), witha leafspan of about 22cm (+- 9"). If it needs to grow to 60cm before pushing out new growth my mum's gonna kill me; mainly because of the space needed. Add to that, it's my most expensive orchid and isn't even flowering size!

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    Sorry to tell you my friend that my P Susan Booth is over 24" Leaf span & no new growth yet.With P. roth as 1 of the parents they tend to be pretty big &slow growing as well(there are exceptions).Also depends on the particular roth clone used.
    The flowers could be as big as what the plant is now !
    Expensive because they are so beautiful & worth the wait.
    Patience young scopinx

    Best thing to do is tell your mum they flower @ 30 cm & cut the first foot off a tape measure

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    Quote Originally Posted by scopinox
    Something disturbing has dawned upon me.

    Paphs usually flower from the top of the stem, and multiflorals only have one stem, which takes about six years to mature, when they flower, right?

    So I would take it that multiflorals first flower, and then push new growth, which then would take another six odd years to flower.

    Essentially, that means its takes years for multiflorals to rebloom. This information makes me sad.

    Please tell me I'm wrong or that there's a method to get them to rebloom every year or every second year.

    Praveer
    Don't know if anyone's responded to this, but I got my stunning, white, multifloral Paph at Safeway of all places, and it blooms faithfully every year, with each year producing more blooms. So the first year, there were two, the second year there were 3, and now four.

    Sadly, I just broke off the buds on my new spike, that's why I'm here. I thought somewhere there'd be someone who'd say it will grow new buds but I won't hold my breath. 8 (

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