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Stanhopea wardii

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    My stanhopea's second batch of flowers just opened. I grow it outside, and only bring it in if temperatures are going below 50F.

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    What a neat plant! Congrats!!!

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    How long do the blooms last? They're quite brief aren't they? I have two different species, but neither has bloomed for me yet.

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    Unfortunately no more than two weeks. The smell is amazing, spicy, sweet, musky; you'll remember it forever.

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    May be a while here - that plant is 10x the size of mine.

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    Some of the Stan species' blooms only last 2 days - that's why I was asking. Two weeks is a lifetime!

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    It is brilliant!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mycologist View Post
    May be a while here - that plant is 10x the size of mine.
    I have to admit that I bought it that size. It wasn't cheap but it did have 3 spikes (are they called spikes if they plow out of the bottom of the "pot"?) and loads of new growth.

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    Yup, they're still spikes. That's what Stan's do!

    And Bruce is right - they're lovely blooms!

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    How low should I dare go with temperatures? The plant was raised in S.California (Santa Barbara) which is moderately warmer than it is here. We're consistently seeing 50F minimums at night.

    In any event, I can confirm that the bloom have their strongest scent during day-3. I can smell them in still air at about 20 feet!

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