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Paphiopedilum spicerianum... after 5 years!!

This is a discussion on Paphiopedilum spicerianum... after 5 years!! within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; so im a horrible paph person...i admit it...no hiding the truth...about 5 years ago some ...

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    Red face Paphiopedilum spicerianum... after 5 years!!

    so im a horrible paph person...i admit it...no hiding the truth...about 5 years ago some friends gave me this guy in bloom as a christmas gift and all i could do was smile, say thank you and mask the pity i had this poor little bastard and it unfortunate fate...
    spare me the scorn, after the flower faded...i ended up putting it in a useless clay planter (another gift), no drainage and in nothing but used pete pulled off the roots of a phal that was beyond help...on my bathroom window sill it went and there it stayed...
    5 years, not a leaf fell, not a leaf grew...like some sort of plant stasis...
    ive watered it with the sludge from my fishtank when i do water changes, just enough to keep it from drying out...
    the countless wrongs i have done to this poor thing are my shame to bare, but still, after all these years, the winter chill brought about a resurrection! alas, it put out new growth, dropped some ancient leaves and put out one glorious bloom!
    sorry for the drama, im just really happy about this and believe me, i showed utmost restraint in pic posting...i took hundreds from every angle...
    does this mean im allowed to buy a one more?
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    Congrats! Some nice shots here, Shane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pavel View Post
    Congrats! Some nice shots here, Shane.
    thanks! im always so jealous of most peoples pics cuz i just use my phones camera to take my shots...granted, its a sony, so the camera does do a fantastic job for being a phone! but, honestly, now that ive reflowered one, does it mean im allowed to buy more? hehehehe! i still think im too neglectful of paphs to risk it ;-)

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    Considering I've killed every paph and phrag I've ever tried, I'm probably not the person to answer that.

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    how it managed to live in this pot is well beyond me, but its too late now, i aint changing a thing! guess it took 5 years for it to realize it wasnt getting anything better!

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    Yurnpics are amazing

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    Shane I don't think that you should buy one more I think you should get a whole load more!! You did your best to ignore and neglect it and for your efforts you have been rewarded with a bloom of beauty! Go right out and get another seven!!! LOL. Good growing.

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    WOW! this one could almost me want to grow Paphs. Beautiful!

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    KEEP IN MIND!!! 5 YEARS! IT SAT ON MY WINDOW SILL FOR 5 YEARS...my boyfriend thought it was half dead grass and didnt understand why i had it in the window (he told me this after it flowered)... paphs still scare me

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    Beautiful spicerianum. Worth the 5 year wait. Great shots - from a camera phone? Better than some of my DSLR pictures with a macro lens!

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