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    Do paphs form sheaths before the flower spike? (Haven't witnessed the process.) This is a paph. Deception II (from RVO) and the fuzzy microscopic thing coming up doesn't look like a leaf. And it's fuzzy.

    If this is a sheath, just how long will I have to cool my heels till it actually blooms? I've read scary things about paphs not caring how impatient their grower is...

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    Yup that is a spike.Well a bud.
    It depends on the the particular plant & conditions for how long till it opens but don,t hold your breath , you,ll be orchid compost before it blooms

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    LOL! "Orchid compost...."

    Julie, about two months or so from that point until it opens....

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    I can create a lot of compost in two months!

    Cool - it's not actually that long. Somebody recently posted about a 6 month wait. That's a long time. (Was that for parvis?)

    Thanks, guys!

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    Julie, that was the parvis, so no, it won't take that long as long as it likes you!

    I can tell you exactly how long mine took from that stage to bloom...(H<---consulting database....) Yep, 2 months, almost exactly. 8/27/04 noticed bud, bloomed 10/25. My sister's went into bud on 8/30/04 and bloomed right around Nov. 1st. The bud does take a while to finally open, we think that's why the name 'Deception' - it deceives you into thinking "today's the day"!

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    August buds on Heather's two and a January bud on mine...

    Are similar species plants that variable? I thought, giving some variance for growing conditions, certain plants had rough blooming seasons. How much wiggle room is there really? And is it more dependent on a particular plant's history than the species it is?

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    Julie, yes. As a general rule, the hybrids acclimate much more easily and faster to particular growing conditions. Species, on the other hand, can be very particular about conditions, and many will only bloom during that time of year at which they've evolved to do so. That said, all of them can still have minds of their own, and they'll bloom whenever they darn well feel like it, sometimes against all rhyme or reason!

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    Thanks for the info, Louis! I hadn't realized how much variability there can be.

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    That is interesting. What kind of compost?

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    Here's how the bud's progressing. Over the last few days the stalk has been growing, but the bud seems to be doing a face plant into the leaf below it. Is this normal? Will it pick itself up eventually? (That is, does it know more about what it's doing than its obsessive mother does?)

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