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Phrag. Don Wimber PHOTO

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    Registered in 1995 and named after the man whose ploidy work helped pave the way for modern-day phrag hybridizing, Phrag. Don Wimber is an enormously successful grex that is worthy of its namesake. The best Wimbers (made with the red forms of besseae) produce large flowers with flat triangular petals, and the color may best be described as a luminous phosphorescent orange. It is no wonder then that the grex has been heavily awarded, and that it demands a place in any phrag collection.

    This particular plant was made with besseae fma. flavum in the hopes of producing yellow flowers, although it has turned out that these Wimbers tend to bloom out with a soft pastel orange color. The "yellow genes" of besseae fma. flavum appear to be quite recessive, and true yellow progeny are few and far between.

    The grex is exceptionally vigorous and will thrive under standard terrestrial phrag conditions: good strong light, plenty of water, and intermediate temperatures.


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    Wow!!! I can look at that all day! Everyday! Not surprised that they get so many awards... has your plant won awards? It sure looks like it would. Very symmetrical shape, great sunset colours. Is it sequential flowering? Or will that second bud open whilst the first is still around?

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    Most phrags tend to be sequential bloomers--you might get a few days of overlap where two flowers are open at the same time, but usually the opening of the next one means the older one is ready to drop off. The old flowers also drop when they still appear fresh, which tends to freak out those new to the genus (myself included way back when). You can actually keep the old flowers fresh for up to a week by sticking them into a plastic bag in which you put a damp paper towel.

    This one was made with besseae fma. flavum and the color is a softer orange (the flash on my camera tends to darken it a little). The real head-turning Wimbers were made with red besseae, and the color has to be seen to be believed. Such bright orange that you'd swear they'd glow in the dark. The awards are almost all to that form (besseae flavum hybrids tend to be much poorer representatives, but that's another story altogether).

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    geepers, if these are the poor cousins... I would still have ten of these any day... cept 'intermediate' aye... might leave it to the ones with a greenhouse or live closer to the equator.

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    Amazing, Jason. Your plants always are. What really blows me away is that you took that pic with flash and it still came out as gorgeous as it did. Wonderful stuff.

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    Superb bloom.

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    the short overlap where two flowers are open at once...


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    beautifull!!!

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    Excellent picie.
    The black background really does show off the blooms.

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