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Cycnodes Wine delight 'Jem' FCC/AOS

This is a discussion on Cycnodes Wine delight 'Jem' FCC/AOS within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Amey showed a much better plant of this cv recently , and I only show ...

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    Amey showed a much better plant of this cv recently , and I only show mine for a special reason ; I was clumsy in repotting this year - I only need to repot these Catasetum types every say 3 or 4 years, since I grow them in Perlite , and being dry for many months, the "compost" naturally lasts. However, I was holding the several bulbs together to position the plant in the new pot, and the leading bulb from last year snapped, half way down. I put some Sulphur on the wound, carried on repotting and crossed my fingers. Needless to say the bulb made this year is not great, but good enough to produce a spike of some flowers.

    But the colour is so much darker than last year - and I have added a pic from last year to show. I don't think the accident can be relevant , more a matter of culture/weather etc. I wonder if you - Amey - have noticed any variation from year to year ?

    I guess that all the cv Jem's we see are from the same meristem operation, and the variation in colour is fascinating.

    BTW I complained to my doctor - in a chat at the Health Club/gym where we both exercise, about being clumsier than I used to be - he said " you're getting old, my lad - stuff happens"...nothing I can do about that....

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    that is really cool geoff, a must have for my collection!

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    So deep and rich in color. I agree with Jordan that this is a great orchid to own. AL

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    Wow that is a awesome deep colour, loved it. Geoff I have seen this variation in colour, not only across years but also between two spikes on the same bulb that opened with a 2 week difference. It has got to do with the environment as you pointed out. When my plant flowered in 2009 in Bremen, the flowers were a rich dark colour as yours here, whereas in India in 2010, the flowers were still dark but more reddish. I will see if I can also find pictures for the variation between the two spikes on the same plant opening 2 weeks later.

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    Very nice, Geoff. I finally killed ours. It bloomed and bloomed for us and I kept up with the repotting for a few years and then got lazy. The newest p-bulb didn't make it and after the leaves dropped, the old bulb dried up. I love this orchid because of the cherry fragrance and the way the pollen ejects if you touch the bloom.

    Lovely color!!

    cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    Very nice, Geoff. I love this orchid because of the cherry fragrance and the way the pollen ejects if you touch the bloom.

    cheers,
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    The pollen ejection is something of a worry actually - I have heard of someone getting too close and having the pollen stick to his eyeball !
    Which means a trip to the eye hospital....
    I always warn visitors....

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    wow..that's cool

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    darkest color variant i had seen so far...very beautiful

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