Lovely yellow slipper orchid blooms!
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This is a discussion on Phrag Besseae var Flavum within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Originally Posted by pavel Not a variety I see very often. Very nice colour! Thanks ...
Lovely yellow slipper orchid blooms!
Nice Phrag Susie, very delicate one
The branch has finally bloomed. It is a smaller flower but just as lovely I think.
Last edited by Susie11; February 7th, 2012 at 10:30 AM.
So pretty, Susie - that must be really satisfying. Have you noticed how long your blooms stay on the plant before they just, totally without a good reason (still look great and healthy) jump off and land on the ground or in the pot? I think my kovachii hybrid holds the record among my phrags - the first bloom on this spike stayed on for almost 3 weeks before I found it on the table yesterday morning. I'm still mad at it, because a second bloom was just opening and the two of them together would have been so pretty! It's enough to make me restrict myself to good old paphs again - at least they have the common decency to stay on the spike for a couple of months.
I've made it into an impromptu "water sculpture"....
Your water sculpture is very lovely.
Thanks - I'm glad you find it amusing. I have all sorts of ways to keep my orchids paying for themselves after they've decided they would rather have some time off - the phrags invariably find themselves in water (but not hot!). The smaller bloom floating next to the kovachii hybrid (which is a cross with Eric Young called Peruflora's Spirit) is Cahaba Sangre and is a very young plant with a short attention span. I have a very young and timid schlimii that wilted entirely just before blooming, and several longifolium hybrids of varying colors, all of which are named Cahaba something or other after the river that flows by the nursery that does the hybridizing. I have actually spent the night with the proprietors and they are very talented and kind people. One of their nicest phrags is Cahaba Morning Mist, which is nearly completely white. I think I've posted most of them within the past couple of months, so you may well have seen them. I know Mem. Dick Clements, but not Mont Fallu, or Bouley Bay. Do you have photos of them?
Also, now that I've caught another phrag person - I'm putting mine in semi-hydro - some have been in it for a month now, and so far no disasters. Mostly I'm doing it so they'll make it through my upcoming vacation, but also because they are such watermongers, I find myself watering them (and, to be honest, my other 60 or so orchids) every other day. I'm not THAT devoted to them! What are yours grown in and may I ask what you feed them with? Do you have to treat your water for pH and salt/mineral deposits?
Hi Mauraec, I have just sent you a pm but I forgot to answer some questions that you asked me. I feed them with a fertiliser called Fito at quarter strength and I use distilled water on all of the Besseae hybrids and just tap water for the rest of the collection.
I love the Schlimii type of phrag, maybe one day I will get one for myself. I really hope that I manage to keep them all alive as it breaks my heart when they die. I recently just had to cut off a spike on my psychopsis as it was turning black!! It really hurt.
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