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Paph. Salty 'Val' PHOTO

This is a discussion on Paph. Salty 'Val' PHOTO within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Jason, no worries about Spam. Personally, I think it would be very instructive to be ...

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    Jason, no worries about Spam. Personally, I think it would be very instructive to be able to see the kinds of differences that can occur on the same plant from one blooming to the next, with little to no change in the grower's regimen. The changes can be pretty remarkable (one blooming garners awards, the next may not even "deserve" a second look), and I don't think there's been a thread yet that addresses that. (Quite a difference between showing that and posting pic after pic just to be deliberately irritating and spiteful..... )

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    Heh...you never know about public perception with regards to paphs and the psychos who grow them (we psychos in general have earned that reputation in my estimation). It always amazes me, just in the realm of orchid judging, how a superior blooming can get an otherwise decent but by no means truly spectacular clone a high AOS award, which then influences breeding trends, price, "desirability", etc. You also see this with certain clones that have already been awarded years back, and then someone grows it into a nice specimen, everything is larger and more vibrant, and you get the award "upgraded". I'm not necessarily critical of this, awards are given to the plant on the table without strings attached, but it just goes to show you that there's much more to a "superior" plant than a nametag. And that definition of superior is very subjective. I happen to like my dorsal sepals flat and my vandas resembling dinner plates, but there are those who disagree. Interesting discussions.

    I think I'm rambling. Back to the case in point, I suspect that certain plants are more homogenous in their bloomings, while others may vary to a much greater extent. A plant like a Paph. Clair de Lune 'Edgard Van Belle' always looks the same, but take something with wavy margins like the petals of a Delrosi, and I'll bet that the pattern changes every blooming, and maybe even flower to flower on the same spike.

    At least color should be more constant. But then again, yellows/greens and reds can be manipulated to some extent by light level, and it's pretty much across the board that the red phrags are much more vibrant during cool-weather bloomings (anthocyanin pigment is enhanced by cool temps, if I recall).

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    the same flower, about a month and a half old. It's been pretty white for a while now, but I just got around to snapping a photo now.


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    Hey Jason,

    Send this kind of spam anyday! That is a beautiful paph - perfect!

    Thanks for the photos!

    Cheers!
    Brutal_Dreamer

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    the 2nd and last flower for this year...didn't last as long as the first, possibly due to the plant's eagerness to work on its new growth. and an unusual horn on its pouch. this clone is a total weed.


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    Horn--heh. I'm glad it's not just me who's getting "mutations!"

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