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Phrag Cahaba Gold (Andean Fire x boissierianum)

This is a discussion on Phrag Cahaba Gold (Andean Fire x boissierianum) within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; This phrag . is the most impressive I picked up - the stalk is about ...

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    Default Phrag Cahaba Gold (Andean Fire x boissierianum)

    This phrag. is the most impressive I picked up - the stalk is about 2 1/2 feet tall, with 2 (now dropped) blooms and 3 more buds to come (crossing my fingers).... this photo was taken just after the second (perfect) flower dropped yesterday, which is why it's "floating in space".

    This is a pretty large bloom - about 3" across and 3 1/4" long - and a fiery red/orange with a bit of dark crimson accent.

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    WOW, that is gorgeous.

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    These phrags based on besseae are gorgeous , and the only problem in my mind is that they are all very similar.But perhaps all worth growing, too !

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    Agree with you Dorset. However they make great plants and the tall spikes are impressive. How do you grow these? Mine like a lot of water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jose R. Nieves View Post
    Agree with you Dorset. However they make great plants and the tall spikes are impressive. How do you grow these? Mine like a lot of water.
    Jose
    I have had mine in a bark , 'Coconut husk chunk, and moss mix for some time, but standing in saucers of water in the summer ; but I am just moving a lot into S/H using Hydroleca ( baked clay pebbles).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    These phrags based on besseae are gorgeous , and the only problem in my mind is that they are all very similar.But perhaps all worth growing, too !
    Don't worry - I have a very small Sorcerer's Apprentice to help round out the collection - and a couple of them have longifolium var. gracile in them. Four of them are one-of-a-kinds, in that the breeder only had one offspring survive seedling status - a few have been bred with parents from the EYOF, and one is a 4N (which I scarcely understand, but am reading about polyploidy in my 'free' time.

    We'll be sorry to have you away for a whole month - to whom will I look for all the S/H advice I'm going to need?

    By the way, what do you think of the kovachii hybrids? I was told they don't hybridize very elegantly.
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    Love this phrag, Maura! Great slipper orchid. Phrag Sorcerer's Apprentice is awesome too.

    cheers,
    BD

    PS Phrag Haley Decker (probably misspelled her first name) is a stunning kovachii hybrid. It was crosses with a phrag besseae hybrid and is a beautiful large pink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mauraec View Post
    Don't worry - I have a very small Sorcerer's Apprentice to help round out the collection - and a couple of them have longifolium var. gracile in them. Four of them are one-of-a-kinds, in that the breeder only had one offspring survive seedling status - a few have been bred with parents from the EYOF, and one is a 4N (which I scarcely understand, but am reading about polyploidy in my 'free' time.

    We'll be sorry to have you away for a whole month - to whom will I look for all the S/H advice I'm going to need?

    By the way, what do you think of the kovachii hybrids? I was told they don't hybridize very elegantly.
    For reasons involving my wife's health I have not been to the British Paph Society meetings ( which usually involve a drive which is just too far now ) fora couple of years, so I have not seen very many. Personally I don't think kovachii itself an elegant flower . Big, yes . An unusual colour, yes. Fantastic material for the hybridist to work with, yes. But do I want it in my collection ? mmh... there are an awful lot of orchids i very definitely do want, but this one ??? When flasks first appeared over here, at the French WOC, at US500 per flask , I decided that I did not want to spend that much money ; and as it turns out I could not have done, since someone told the CITES police they were illegal so they confiscated them ; at the end of the show the nursery got back a lot of broken glass, after they decided they were legal after all, and "sorry, we had an accident - no we are not liable for the safety of confiscated material"...makes anyone weep !
    But kovachii has not seriously tempted me since then. You can't grow everything.

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    Very nice looking bloom you have Maura

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