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Paph philippinense

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    Default Paph philippinense

    I bought a small plant last fall, because I wanted to get a cheap one to see if I could grow them.. It's a no-name, home grown kind of cross. (you know p. philippinense #4 x p. philippinense #6). It actually is blooming for me but the flowers look so pathetic I am too ashamed to post a picture...

    So paph gurus - - will it look better as it gets older?

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    as a plant matures the quality of the flower does improve... somewhat... it won't be a major change so best you show us what it looks like and we'll let you know if it needs to be shipped to Oz

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    if it's a young plant, then you can expect bigger and more flowers on a subsequent blooming. if it's already mature sized, then that's pretty much it.

    philippinense is quite variable in terms of size and conformation--I don't think the smaller ones are necessarily "bad", and since they tend to be smaller plants, you can think of them as a miniature race!

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    as a plant matures the quality of the flower does improve... somewhat... it won't be a major change so best you show us what it looks like and we'll let you know if it needs to be shipped to Oz
    Now Tim - you know I'd never send you anything but a top quality plant!!

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    Default Okay here is the picture....

    It is in a 6" pot, has about 6 growths, the flowers are fairly small, and somehow the color of the pouch doesn't seem right.. although they are slightly faded as they have been open for about 2 weeks.

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    I gotta say, that doesn't look that bad...clean stripes, dark petals, and the characteristic soft yellow pouch. how long are the petals?

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    Really??!!! , the petals are about 4.5"

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    hmm.... sorry Diane, it looks like one that needs to be shipped to OZ!

    Immediately!

    As Jason said, that is actually a good coloured philippinense! Dark petals with clean looking dorsal stripes. The lighter pouch gives it a very good contrast! (just realised I've said exactly what Jason said... ahh well, it's for emphasis )

    Size wise, philippinense tends to be smaller than the other multiflorals, but it is also the one that is easier to grow out of the lot (for me anyway) and tends to become a specimen size faster so you get more spikes. Let it grow and then you will have three spikes with four flowers on each and that will be an awesome plant to have in the collection!

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    4.5" is probably around average for philippinense, definitely not small. var. roebbelenii might have petals in the 7-8" range but that's quite large. as tim said, philippinense doesn't have flowers as large as your roths or stonei types.

    the smallish phil plants might only have 3" petals but those tend to be much smaller plants too.

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    I'm not a phil guru, Diane, but I think the colors are striking and clean, and the petal length is decent. The lighter pouch is quite typical, although some can be darker. But I love yours because it's so yellow. Many are very green. The yellow is lovely constrasted to the darker petals and sepal.

    It's a keeper!

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