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Phrag. Don Wimber (3N)

This is a discussion on Phrag. Don Wimber (3N) within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I had wanted this one for a long time. Was finally able to buy this ...

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    Default Phrag. Don Wimber (3N)

    I had wanted this one for a long time. Was finally able to buy this one from a society member last summer for $10. Was so excited when it started to spike in December. Took for ever to open but then I am not the most patient person when it comes to a spike blooming. Am pleased that there are two open blooms with a third bud still to open. I have always loved this variety. The tag is printed as follows: Pharg. Don Wimber (3N)
    cross x Eric Young 'W5' (4N) HCC/AOS
    besseae 'C A Dreaming' AM/AOS

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    Love the contrasting colors! Are Prrags hard to grow?

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    Very nice! Mine was also a slow spiker, starting in Nov and finally blooming in March. These are worth the wait though!

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    Lovely colour!

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    Beautiful! I love the colors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katherine View Post
    Love the contrasting colors! Are Prrags hard to grow?
    I have never had a problem with them but I have only been growing them for about two years. I have found that they like a little more light than phals or paphs. They also need more water. I have mine sitting in plastic saucers with water in them at all times. I use distilled water for all my phrags. This one, Don Wimber is growing in s/h. Was that way when I bought it and is doing so well that I plan to leave it . It is the only orchid I have growing that way. I had thought about changing my other phrags to s/h but hate to do it for fear of having them stress out until the adapt to the new method. Hope this helps. Thanks for the complement. Bill

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    It's a one beautiful orchid! I'm jealous I own two Phrags and waiting for blooms

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    Beautiful Phrag, Bill! I've been trying to parse your tag. Clearly you have a triploid (3N) Don Wimber - which generally means big, beautiful blooms, but the plant is most likely sterile. It is triploid (genetically) because it is a cross of a Tetraploid (4N) Eric Young, and a great, awarded, but diploid (2N) besseae. Ploidy, and particularly polyploidy, is a hot area in phrag breeding especially, because tetraploids are often slow-growing, but eventually very strong, large specimens, and are often used as studs to impart strength and size to their offspring. Triploids, the result of crossing a 4N and a 2N (duh...) are preferred by breeders for sales because they grow fast and beautiful (this is all relative, of course). Diploids are the normal wild-collected specimens, and often the offspring as well, unless someone like the great breeders, who shall remain unnamed, begin to line breed if they should find a wild or one-off 4N among their stock. They line breed for all sorts of other things as well. Please forgive me if I'm lecturing you in something you already know - I just get excited about this. Amey's the one who really knows this stuff. Great acquisition!

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