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I'd Like You to Meet "Charlie" (my Paph. charlesworthii)

This is a discussion on I'd Like You to Meet "Charlie" (my Paph. charlesworthii) within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; P. charlesworthii is a proper tease ; the very large and beautifully coloured dorsal sepal- ...

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    P. charlesworthii is a proper tease ; the very large and beautifully coloured dorsal sepal- large for the size of the flower that is - it's not really large by the standard of say P.callosum - has in the past been a magnet for hybridists - but I can't think of any really good hybrid using it as parent, and many have been such dogs that the breeders have destroyed them.
    But certainly worth growing as a species - well isn't that so frequently true ? Looking at some of the inter-genric Vandaceous hybrids bred fairly recently I say to myself, what a waste of space,... I would sooner have the parents. But I admit that my thinking has changed as I have got older - the proportion of hybrids/species in my collection is definitely shifting . Almost all my planned buying is of species, and so on... old age - wisdom ? or just a change of mood ?

    A nice one example here. Well done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    ..................But I admit that my thinking has changed as I have got older - the proportion of hybrids/species in my collection is definitely shifting . Almost all my planned buying is of species, and so on... old age - wisdom ? or just a change of mood ?

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    Same here, Geoff, especially with strap-leaved vandas. After seeing the perfection that has been bred into the modern straps, one tends to get blasé about them : it's very difficult to get excited about them. Maybe it's true what they say .... 'familiarity breeds contempt' ? I now find species and primary hybrids more attractive. My taste in vandaceous now tends towards primary crosses and intergeneric primaries. I'm also starting to collect species dendrobiums.

    I'd like to think it's wisdom, gleaned and acquired through the years but the wife says it's definitely 'andropause'!!! Maybe it's time for HRT!

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    love love love love!
    I love the color.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catttan View Post
    Same here, Geoff, especially.... I'm also starting to collect species dendrobiums.
    I'd like to think it's wisdom, gleaned and acquired through the years but the wife says it's definitely 'andropause'!!! Maybe it's time for HRT!
    Well , species dendrobes(!)... collecting those should keep you going for the next hundred years I'd think !
    ( btw I treated myself to flasks of 10 of the highland Papua New Guinea Dend. species very recently - which I intend to grow -hopefully - to FS and beyond, in my dew-point cabinet, where I can provide very high humidity, with controlled temperatures ; otherwise I have given up on buying flasks as I reckon that my chances of living long enough to raise things from flask to specimen size can't be too high now that my age starts with an 8 ! - but when I said that to some friends at the Lndon Show, I was reminded opf Rodney Wilcox - USA grower -, who was planning the next stage of his hybridisation programme on his 100th birthday...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by orchidlady View Post
    Thank you all .



    Charlies have the reputation for being a little difficult to bloom because they like cooler night temperatures, especially in the winter. I grow inside under T5 lights, so had some concerns about blooming this plant. My winter night temperatures get to mid-upper 60s and it seems that this is cool enough to initiate blooming. In general, this plant doesn't receive any conditions that are significantly different from my other Paphs.

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    Thanks for the info, Susan. I can see I'm going to have to let my thermostat plunge a bit during the winter. I also grow some of my paphs under T5 lights and they look healthy, but no blooms recently.

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    thank you. Very nice. One of my favorites.
    Peter

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    Thank you all for the kind words. Charlie just won himself a blue ribbon at the Spokane Orchid Society show last weekend.

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    Congratulations to you both!!

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    Congrats Susan. Pat Charlie's pouch for me, please!

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