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This is a discussion on ARGH! within the **NOT IN BLOOM** All Genera forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Well, being the stupid head I am, I set three ladyslippers aside so I can ...

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    Well, being the stupid head I am, I set three ladyslippers aside so I can watch their daily progress. My grandmother is famous for killing orchids (she once killed my Paph. sanderianum in bloom within a week), and she decided that those three ladyslippers were not getting enough water. Unknown to me, she decides to place a large pot saucer underneath those three plants at night. I didn't notice it until the next afternoon.

    Here are the drowned plants with their blasted buds... from left to right; Paph. wardii var. album, Paph. sugiyamanum, and Paph. violascens (a larger flowering variety). The Paph. wardii var. album looked like it was making a recovery, but it isn't...



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    Oh Pat! My sympathies to you! It does seem that more orchids are killed with loving intentions than anything else! This was the result of drowning for one night?

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    Oh that is terrible. Well, just remember she was trying to help. (Or at least live up to her fame.) On the bright side, you saved the plants before they were really in a bad way.

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    Ouch! Those sound like some lovely blooms - I'm sorry for you, and sorry we won't get to see them! The plants themselves should be ok, I'd think.

    What is Paph. sugiyamanum? Is it a new species, and what's it similar to?

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    My condolences for your orchids, Pat. Hope they recover and hide from grandma. She meant well. I hope.

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    The plants are fine, but I was hoping to see them bloom this year. I think I may see some action from my other Paph. violascens, which is good (and I'll keep it where it is!)... the pictured result is a one night stand in water... The plants were fine the next day, but then signs of aborted buds could be seen, and blast was the result...

    Paph. sugiyamanum is a new species discovered in Sabah in 2001. The leaves look exactly like my Paph. javanicum or Paph. virescens, but the flowers look like a combination of Paph. hennisianum and Paph. javanicum. This is a legally wild collected plant, and would be one of the first few that have bloomed so far. I will have to stick it under some red and blue lighting to get it to grow faster, and see if it will bloom again by summer...

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    Very cool story! I'd love to see that one in bloom - give it all our love!

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    Sorry to hear about your losses.

    One of my grandmothers thinks my orchids need more water too.... We got her a phal and she stuck the aerial roots into cups of water, and I noticed her constantly touching the media and telling my mom to water more.

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    ...my grandmother's theory is "learn by mistakes". Her killing my Paph. sanderianum in full flower was merely "teaching"...

    I have my Gramm. speciosum outside for the winter, and kept finding it on its side all the time. I couldn't figure it out, I staked the plant to the ground, tied it up, did everything to prevent it from falling, but it still was on its side. One day, I looked out to find my grandmother tipping the plant on its side. I asked her why she was fooling with the plant, and she told me she knew what she was doing; the plant will grow longer if on the ground. I asked her how... her response; "less gravity pulling it down"

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    Oh my gosh---I can feel your frustration...to be so close to seeing a bloom and BOOM!

    Incredible that the buds blasted from just one night bath! I wouldn't have thought it would happen so soon. Well, tell her we have all learned by this mistake and that you don't need anymore of these deadly lessons!

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