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Paph Wardii Surprise

This is a discussion on Paph Wardii Surprise within the **NOT IN BLOOM** All Genera forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Hi Everybody, I apologize for having been away for so long. Just to update you, ...

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    Hi Everybody,

    I apologize for having been away for so long. Just to update you, my landscaper did not take very good care of my orchids while I was in California, and frankly, I didn't know if I could save any of them, and so, did not really have anything to contribute to the site.

    Thank you Bruce for worrying about me.

    Anyhow, I've been fighting to save my babies. Had some success, although I did lose some also. This, however is just boggling my mind. This beautiful Paph Wardii is not only back from the brink, it seems beyond happy and healthy. And then one day, I noticed something that could have been either a leaf, or a bud. Well, turns out to be a bud, and it's growing like a little weed. It's a thirsty little one, and I've been watering it almost daily. But the biggest surprise for me is when I purchased it, I was told it would probably take about two years to see blooms. The date on the tag I made when it arrived though, was May 28th of this year, so you can just imagine my shock at finding it budding.

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    I can't wait to see her when that amazing bud opens up!!

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    OH Anne, I am so happy about this little one, I know how upset you were at the state your babies came back to you in, they were more than very sad and neglected. This guy is showing you he appreciates all your hard work and tenderness in trying to save them and not giving in and throwing them in the trash. I look forward to seeing it in full bloom and knowing that you did this yourself, my favourite orchids are always the ones that bloom for me and my most favourite is the one that bloomed first. I am sure you will feel the same about this little one.

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    I know a grower that likes to stress his plants to get them to bloom. Those are the ones I call rescues. Looks like some stress worked with yours.

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    Sorry to hear about your plants Anne, don't know the shape you found them in but
    orchids are very resilient and will go to great length to survive.
    They may be set back but I am sure you can save most.
    And yes, calculated stress can "wake up" an orchid that doesn't do much.
    (same as with people I guess )

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    Thanks you two. While I'm thrilled at the prospect of blooms, I would much rather my babies didn't go through the stress they did (and me too). They even came back with nasty old snails. What a mess, but like I said, I managed to save most of them (at least I think I did.... I'm seeing new growth/roots on most of them).

    I must say that I was very depressed at the condition they were in. Mr. Landscaper decided it was the stress of moving them. I think NOT!! Needless to say, he won't be getting my orchids to care for anymore. I was so upset, that for quite a while, I had decided to just give up on orchids. I totally lost interest. But suddenly, I had a talk with myself and said, "NO... you will NOT give up on them." And just like everyone here says, the neglect actually seems to have done them good (my neglect, not his). So I cut off the black, shriveled leaves, gave them water, got rid of the snails, and fed them, and now they're starting to come back. Laurent, you sure are right about their resiliancy. They just don't give up, even when we do.

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    Congratulations! It's always a pleasant surprise when a plant you thought wouldn't bloom anytime soon sends up a spike. Conversely, it's really frustrating when big, beautiful, healthy plants just sit there and don't do anything. Be sure to post some pictures when it opens.

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    Oh, Anne, that is so pretty and only the start of what is to come as your orchids heal in your loving care!

    Cheers,
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    look forward to seeing this in full bloom Anne.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bench72 View Post
    look forward to seeing this in full bloom Anne.
    Thanks Tim (and you too Bruce and Bkirk783).

    Tim, do you have any idea how long I should expect to wait to see him open (I think of Paphs as masculine for some strange reason, even though I think of most orchids as females)? Just an approximation will do if you know. From what I've seen in others' photos, I think I still have a way to go, and that it will get much taller.

    It is growing like crazy, and while just two or three days ago, it was shorter than the leaf on the left, it is now taller than the leaf if you were to straighten it out. Poor thing is now wearing the nickname, "droopydrawers" because of the way it bends at the top. That stem/spike is quite sturdy however, as it is not clipped to anything. The stick behind it is just there. Nothing attached to it. The plant came with it, and I've just left it alone.

    This is today's photo (yeah, I "shoot" it just about daily. That helps me to really see the differences from day to day). Not to worry though. I won't bore y'all by posting photos every day. I'm loving it now that I can see those colored stripes on the bud itself, and they are becoming more pronounced daily.

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    For the curious, this is what it should look like once it's opened:

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    Wardii is just so cool and this one looks like it's going to be beautiful . I guess they seem to like to surprise their owners too .
    My alba form recently surprised me with a bud coming and my colored one (has a bud about the same stage as yours) recently surprised me with not one, but three new growths coming . I like these kinds of surprises.

    Susan

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