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Paph Ho Chi Min

This is a discussion on Paph Ho Chi Min within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I have raised a flask of this ; and this is the first to flower. ...

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    I have raised a flask of this ; and this is the first to flower. I use a DPC ( dew point cabinet) for deflasked seedlings , and then take them out after singling up and establishing. When repotting at any stage, I often find that the roots are tangled, and I can't separate them so I put those in a com pot, and then hope to single up later. When I repotted a compost 6 months ago, I accidentally broke off one plant completely, so that it had no roots at all . So I put it back in the DPC, held in place on a pot of compost with a strip of sticky tape - and this is the one in flower. I find it has made a new root - just about 2cm long, and only one; so it will have to stay there a bit longer.
    The best of those which did not so suffer has a bud a few weeks away from opening. It will be interesting to compare when it does open.
    Ho Chi Min is a primary hybrid between delanatii and vietnamense - very similar species ; both are plain awkward b*****s to grow in my experience - hang about never getting up to flowering size for decades if not lifetimes ! Maybe keeping them in a DPC is the answer ! Maybe I'll experiment one day/year/decade... if I remember.

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    Patience, you are blessed. I find the older I get the less of it I contain.

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    Orchids do teach us patience. What a beautiful slipper orchid.

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    Now I remember why I have one of these. Very pretty! You have some patience too. That is one small plant to be blooming. Good job!

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    Geoff -- Great photo and lovely paph. Really like the color. Isn't it amazing that the runt of the litter bloomed first?

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    Very pretty. I like the post esp about the DPC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Germinatorman View Post
    Patience, you are blessed. I find the older I get the less of it I contain.
    Im only 16 yet lack it completely...its why i failed with bonsai.....easier to kill too hehe

    Geff, BEAUTIFUL PAPH thank god it isnt one of those dinner plates that look as if someone has doused it in watercolour paint....this one is really nice

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    Very very pretty.

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Size:  56.3 KBWhen I started the thread I said "The best of those which did not so suffer has a bud a few weeks away from opening. It will be interesting to compare when it does open". Here is a pic of this second one. Much larger, more substance, should last much longer too, I think. The first flower btw has already fallen.
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    Sorry folks, I have got into a bit of a muddle here ; the new pic of the much whiter flower is correct. The new pic of the leaves ( of this second plant) is correct - this is the one with the plant label sticking up. The 3 rd pic, is ( obviously) a repeat of the pic showing the leaves of the first p[lant... I have had two tries at correction, and now give up. Maybe Bruce can sort it, maybe it doesn't matter now with these explanations.
    In my opinion the leaves of the second plant - grown in the greenhouse, are a better colour, due probably to better light.

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