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This is a discussion on Incoming cargo within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I now I just need to get the Phal and the Vasco in bloom...
I now I just need to get the Phal and the Vasco in bloom
They are not so I'm going to have to work for those flowers.
A nice haul, Elena! Congratulations!
Bllra Peggy Ruth Carpenter 'Morning Joy' has not earned any awards, unless it's done so since last Sept. My database is only current through then.
Oh...and, sniff sniff, I snapped the bud off my Psychopsis Mariposa spike this morning. Luckily the plant has a second spike, but they take sooo long to grow, I cried! My Psychopsis versteegianum is also forming a bud. That's been growing since last July, but the tip browned off in August from extreme heat, then when it grew back, mealies got it. I'm hoping third time is the charm!
Thank you Julie, I suspected as much about Bllra because I think I only saw it on one website so thought it might not be accurate.
I can't blame you for crying about the snapped spike, I think I would too. Fingers crossed you'll get some blooms SOON! Incidentally I'm planning on placing a large order with a nursery in Netherlands which I would then pick up at the Peterborough show in June (that's a big one, I think someone mentioned it might be the biggest in EU) and after I emailed the enquiring about some plants they suggested Phsychopsis Green Valley which is not on their website instead of Butterfly which I was asking about so I might finally get one of these guys this summer!
Sounds like you have a fun-filled, orchid-filled spring and summer. Congradulations!
I remember reading other members posts about Psychopsis buds and spikes getting snapped off, soon after I joined the forum. I really took it to heart, and have all the long spikes carefully staked.
Yet despite my caution, it happened. Just be forewarned. On some species and hybrids they can get very long. And we're just not used to handling something so sticky-outty.
Glad you have one in your near future! And enjoy the rest of your haul!
Julie, perhaps now that Mariposa has one spike it might grow faster? It can imagine it being absolutely gutting when the spike snaps off when you've been so careful trying to prevent exactly that!
The Dutch nursery told me that Green Valley has larger flowers and shorter spikes which sound like two big pluses to me.
The Mariposa is shorter than the versteegianum, but the Mariposa is hard to get completely turned out of the way because of where it sits, and it's big firm leaves.
What it will probably do is sulk for a bit and then branch a new spike off from several bracts down. That's what the versteegianum did the two times its tip died off. So the shorter spike will probably bloom first, and then the branched longer spike will simply take longer.
They seem to be pretty stubborn about blooming, just not speedy!
Diane is the Psychopsis master - she has a bunch, and they've bloomed many times for her. I just have these two, both in bud, and first blooms.
I've read about them hating to have their roots disturbed and sulking for months as a result. They sound ...well...sulky