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Rhyncostylis gigantea 'Red'

This is a discussion on Rhyncostylis gigantea 'Red' within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I suppose this is fairly typical of the plain red variety of this species ? ...

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    Default Rhyncostylis gigantea 'Red'

    I suppose this is fairly typical of the plain red variety of this species ? I have been told - when visiting one of the (many) Universities at Chiang Mai, talking to an Associate-Professor there that the great Professor Sagarik found a single plant of this, and all the ones we see are its descendants ; this was maybe 20 years ago I heard that tale , so maybe it has been found again since.
    Presumably gigantea refers to the plant rather than the flowers - it is enormous compared to say R.retusa ; mine has now 4+ pairs of leaves and the latest are 18 inch span - tip-to-tip, and this is the first flowering. Perhaps the flowers will open a bit more, but as I say in another thread, I shall be away for days at a time now and then over the next weeks, and might miss this at its best. Perhaps also, since it seems to like its culture now, I might get better spikes or more at once ,,, some people (like me) are never satisfied, they say.
    The variety of this which I like the most is the first one shown by Jay in IOSPE - which is white with a few light pink splashes - I have never seen that variety, and covet it, although I like the whites ( I have two different ones) and recently bought he orange one, but quite small yet.
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    Nice. The spotted ones are pretty common here in the US.

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    I like the form, color, and substance to this. It seems to me that a first blooming is always special and memorable. I have two Rhynchostylis and have seen one of these bloom (the Rhynchostylis retusa), which was quite lovely. AL

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    So beautiful...

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    The one you see in IOSPE is the normal variety which normally has longer spikes. Yours on the other hand is the red var and a very pretty one at that. The info you got from Chiengmai is not strictly true. Many reds were discovered in north Thailand, where villagers refer to them as 'Chang Deng', the Red Elephant. The particular gigantea referred to is the Rhy gigantea 'Saggarik's Strain' 4n, which was selfed and distributed to friends all over the world by the great man himself. Most of the reds we see today are from this clone or mericlones.

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    Lovely ! These plants are pretty good at appreciating and thanking the grower for good cultural requirements, most probably you will see multiple spiking the next years. Mine has 2 spikes this year, it is just its second blooming, technically its first because when it had produced a spike last year, I had to unpot it and take it to India from Bremen, so it had only 2 buds hehe.

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    beautiful plant congratulations! have had my rhyncos for years and am still waiting for them to flower! They just keep on getting bigger and fatter but still not a sign of a flower anywhere. could it be because I have mine mounted on fernslabs? As I can see you have it potted. would that make a difference?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PlantNut View Post
    beautiful plant congratulations! have had my rhyncos for years and am still waiting for them to flower! They just keep on getting bigger and fatter but still not a sign of a flower anywhere. could it be because I have mine mounted on fernslabs? As I can see you have it potted. would that make a difference?
    Mounted or potted certainly makes a difference to anything - whether better or worse is another matter ; a couple of years ago I bought half a dozen of a cattleya species , mounted two, on different mounts, potted the others Neither of the mounted ones has flowered, the potted ones flower every year.... mounting is not often a great success for me. However in this case, Rhynco gig , some of my plants are in plastic baskets rather than pots, which in some ways is a half-way house - at least more exposure to the air for the roots - they have not flowered this year , those in pots have. I can draw a conclusion which applies in my greenhouse, and conditions !

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    thank you very much for the information I will try potting some of them and see if they respond better! wasn't really very sure in the first place if fernslabs were the best way to go with them.

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    Very interesting information about your own flowering experience. I only have one mounted plant, but was planning on more in the future. Other than miniatures I may rethink this. Thank You, AL

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