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Schomburgkia rosea

This is a discussion on Schomburgkia rosea within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; As a matter of general interest do you think Bruce ( when you get around ...

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    As a matter of general interest do you think Bruce ( when you get around to reading this) that a Schom' should be in this forum , or in the Cattleyas ? It's a point I often wonder about in most of the forums . ( For those not quite so taxonomically minded, Schomburgkia is a very close relative - both are in the same grouping - the Laeliniae ).

    Two spikes here - I'm thrilled - they are so rarely seen in UK, and then usually on plants newly imported. I have had this plant three years now and I knew it was doing better when it produced two leads...I have a couple of other species also doing well, one of which ( S. moyambae also produced two leads and two spikes, but a slug found them whilst I was away in January, and there is not much in the way of flower bud left. The bulbs are OK - these plants are carved from mahogany or something similar, I doubt if a slug could touch a bulb - although a new growth might be a bit more tender).
    However, stop wandering off the point Geoff... S.rosea has flowers 2 inch across, and the raceme or whatever it is ( I'm forgetting my basic botany now ! ) is on stems 15-20 inches long, above bulbs which are 8-10 inch high. Not big by Schomburgkia standards , I have seen them in Venezuela with flower stems five feet long and flowers twice this size - but don't know what species that was ( wish I did ! ) - I might just get them in my greenhouse, and would certainly like to try !.
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    Gorgeous flower! I too am in love with the schomb's. The super long flower spikes are what got me.

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    WOW It is beautiful, I have one on my palm out front that has never bloomed at least now I know what it looks like.

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    Beautiful blooms Geoff.
    Though Schomburgkia rosea is a species i would still be guessing that Schomburgkia would fall into the Cattleya catagory.
    Please lets have some input from others.
    I have noticed that you have your spikes staked. The spikes on my NOID Schom. are so long that they would look quite odd if I staked them.

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    Enjoy the crazy petals.

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    Fantastisc flowers! No plant to keep in my house though.
    Well done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by angela View Post
    Beautiful blooms Geoff.
    Though Schomburgkia rosea is a species i would still be guessing that Schomburgkia would fall into the Cattleya catagory.
    Please lets have some input from others.
    I have noticed that you have your spikes staked. The spikes on my NOID Schom. are so long that they would look quite odd if I staked them.
    I have to admit that I can be a bit clumsy at times , and if a spike is staked there is less chance of it being broken when I am handling the plant - especially , as here, when the plant is grown hanging up. It is so easy to catch it on the wire as it is unhooked and lowered. I think the stems are probably sufficiently strong not to need the stake for support , but it does give some protection.

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    Fantastic display and as little as I know of Schomburgkia's I do know they like plenty of sun, so I can see where the blooms on these are exceptional in England. Well done Geoff. AL

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    Wow! the color is so intense.

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    Nice one, Geoff! this genus is not often seen here.

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