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This is a discussion on Phrag caudatum - longest petals ever ? within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I showed this last year with 2 spikes ; since then the plant has been ...
I showed this last year with 2 spikes ; since then the plant has been repotted into Leca and put into S/H. It still has two growths, but one has zoomed ahead and flowered, the other will not flower this year I think. But 24 inch long petals ! I think this is exceptional even for this species !
Sorry I didn't clean the pot - thhe white stuff is lime scale from the water in which the pot stands 24/7.
Lovely caudatum Geoff I've never seen them that long on a caudatum either.
I can't see Leca or S/H being responsible for the difference from last year a change in circumstance may have contributed. My pots are always clogged with moss and find them difficult to clean for a show so I just drop them into something cleaner, which I'm sure you will have done over the years!!
You piqued my curiousity so I checked some AOS awards; the longest petals I found were 78 cm, or about 30" long. There were many awards with petals less than 24".