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This is a discussion on Paph Susan Booth within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Originally Posted by Halloamey Beautiful, quite rare and expensive Paph. Bruce don't wander like an ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halloamey View Post
    Beautiful, quite rare and expensive Paph. Bruce don't wander like an elephant in the porcelain shop LOL, I hope the topple hasn't caused any permanent damage to the plant and that it will bloom with more vigor the next time.
    The plant has survived, Amey. Thank you. Luckily/ unluckily it was on the very low shelf in front of the koolcell and only fell about 18" to the ground. Since it was such a large plant, the roots mostly filled the pot so very little medium fell out. The only real problem was the bud that as Shakespeare would put it "untimely ripped" from the top of the spike.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    Are all Susan Booth's doomed I wonder ?
    In 1994 or therabouts, I put up (yet another) greenhouse in the garden where I lived, intending it for my phallies - a 10 x 12 foot wooden construction, polythene lined, electric heated.
    I listedned to a talk on the big multi-floral paph hybrids, and got the idea that would like some extra heat too, beyond what they were getting in another greenhouse, so I moved a few plants in, including my biggest and best of this group - Susan Booth, in a 10 inch pot with about 4 flowering size growths and lots of others.
    We had a bad winter, I went away for a long week-end, the 'stat failed, and when I got home the greenhouse had an extra lining - ice crystals.
    Most of the phallies survived, and much else too . Susan B looked sorry for herself. I cut away all the blackened growths, still had two or three live fans of leaves, ....I still have the plant, it has still not got back to flowering size ! Patience is needed, it seems ; 17 years so far, and counting .
    Geoff, I totally get this and can sympathize with your story. Last summer during July or August when the heat gets well over 100 here for several days in a row, the main fan in my greenhouse stopped working. I noticed the problem within an hour or hour and a half after it happened - totally by chance. The interior of the greenhouse heated up to over 140 (highest that the thermometer could measure). I could hardly breath in there because of the heat. I immediately opened the door and went in and turned on the water hose and started hosing everything down to cool it off as much as I could. I then got a ladder and climbed up to the fan in the top of the greenhouse to see the issue. The fan appeared fine, so I assumed it to be electrical and not getting power. After checking the breaker box and seeing that the breaker was on, I decided to see if it truly was a power issue. I turned the breaker off and got a long extension cord from the garage. I cut the female end off of it and stripped the wires and hard-wired it directly to the motor of the fan in the greenhouse then ran the cord to the back of my house to an outlet. When I plugged it in - the fan came on in low mode. I let it run for a few minutes while I sprayed the plants down with water again trying to cool them and noticed that hardly any air was coming in through the koolcell. One of the motors on the shutters had stopped working and the shutters remained closed! So I went outside and took the screen off and forced the shutters open by hand and inserted a clay pot between them to keep them open. I then unplugged the fan from the house, climbed up and re-wired it to the other hot leg and climbed down and plugged it back into the outlet. It came on at high speed this time. Long story short- the fan overheated because it could not get any air since the shutters remained closed. Most of my phals died. My milt and trichoglottis died. Lots of paphs - especially the seedlings died. Many of the smaller orchids that were mounted and hanging up in the air- dead. Many of the mature paphs (non-strap leaf) lost most of their leaves, some died. For some reason ( I believe it was the low shelf in the greenhouse) the strap leafed paphs like Susan Booth and rothschildianum all were okay - minimal damage. The vandas that were growing up high in the greenhouse lost their tops or at least their top most leaves, but they were large enough that they 'seem' to have mostly recovered. Still today, many of my pretty leaf (vini paphs) look terrible though. Some of them are blooming, but the plants look so sad.

    So be it heat or cold - I totally get where you are coming from regarding patience. 17 years is a long time to wait though. I can only imagine if I had been away for the day when this happened. Now, I have the back-up side fan also repaired. I still need to replace the shutter motors, but they are very expensive, so for now I still have the clay pots in place. The motors (Acme model spec 3294, 50/60 cycle, 115 volts) cost about three hundred dollars each plus shipping. I need three of them but at that price, it is going to be awhile. (Patience. )

    cheers,
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    It is very character forming , this orchid lark !
    That you still grow orchids after all that, Bruce, would be hard for non-orchid growers to comprehend. Even seasoned die hards would find it easy to sympathise if you had announced that you were taking up golf or something , instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    It is very character forming , this orchid lark !
    That you still grow orchids after all that, Bruce, would be hard for non-orchid growers to comprehend. Even seasoned die hards would find it easy to sympathise if you had announced that you were taking up golf or something , instead.
    It is odd, or perhaps it is just me, but I could not imagine my life without orchids. Or for that matter, without plants in general. I love the feeling I get from taking care of them and watching them develop and change. Don't imagine golf would ever do it for me. hahaha...

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    Oh, my goodness - 140+ with your humidity?!?! Those poor plants! I'm surprised any of them survived - but it was all due to your quick thinking and fast acting, Bruce. Congratulations! I'm glad you didn't have to wait 17 years like poor Geoff!

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    That really does look spectacular

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    It is odd, or perhaps it is just me, but I could not imagine my life without orchids. Or for that matter, without plants in general. I love the feeling I get from taking care of them and watching them develop and change. Don't imagine golf would ever do it for me. hahaha...

    Cheers,
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    Dont worry, i feel like that too. When i first got into orchids, i got about 60 cymbidiums, but then they got a really bad fungal infection. Killed off all but 3. I decided to get some more (the only ones i knew apart from phallies) at the orchid show, and found way more than cymbids and overpriced phals! Phals were cheap as chips, and there were dends, disas, odonts, masdes you name it! that really sparked it off! If it was me and some hibiscus or chrysanths, i would have given up

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    Beautiful paph, I shudder at the horror stories from you and Geoff.

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    Really horrifying, such things happen to me in my nightmares only, thank goodness. Sometimes I have dreams of a drought in India and people are shouting slogans at our doors about me wasting water on orchids when there is no water to drink, so they stop the water supply to my house and my plants ..... Miss Susan Booth seems very unforgiving Geoff, 17 years have been a long wait !!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    Are all Susan Booth's doomed I wonder ?
    In 1994 or therabouts, I put up (yet another) greenhouse in the garden where I lived, intending it for my phallies - a 10 x 12 foot wooden construction, polythene lined, electric heated.
    I listened to a talk on the big multi-floral paph hybrids, and got the idea that they would like some extra heat too, beyond what they were getting in another greenhouse, so I moved a few plants in, including my biggest and best of this group - Susan Booth, in a 10 inch pot with about 4 flowering size growths and lots of others.
    We had a bad winter, I went away for a long week-end, the 'stat failed, and when I got home the greenhouse had an extra lining - ice crystals.
    Most of the phallies survived, and much else too . Susan B looked sorry for herself. I cut away all the blackened growths, still had two or three live fans of leaves, ....I still have the plant, it has still not got back to flowering size ! Patience is needed, it seems ; 17 years so far, and counting .

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