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Paph Martha Torrance "Doris"

This is a discussion on Paph Martha Torrance "Doris" within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; An old friend of mine who knows more about these orchids than most people reckons ...

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    Default Paph Martha Torrance "Doris"

    An old friend of mine who knows more about these orchids than most people reckons that plants go through something like a five year cycle of variation in quality of bloom. This is perhaps the bottom end for this plant, which in fact has not bloomed for a few years - not due to any cycle, but simply after a house move, the paphs did not like their new conditions and it has taken a long time to adjust matters to their liking, which I'm confiodsent I have done, and then I have to grow them in these better conditions and keep it up, for a few more years to see them at their best. Now they are starting to bloom again, but not quite of the best quality, yet. But I'm an optiimist - next season will be better- always.
    So Martha ' here can have flatter blooms, and a bit bigger too, She is an old friend of mine , originally registered in 1959 by a D J Torrance of Seattle, grows (normally) easy, regularly gave me divisions, and has long lasting flowers too, like all these complex paphs.

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