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Now watering with 100% Superthrive

This is a discussion on Now watering with 100% Superthrive within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; The first flower opened on 1/16/06 and just fell off today! That's two days shy ...

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    Default A good run!

    The first flower opened on 1/16/06 and just fell off today! That's two days shy of four months of blooming, and two weeks longer than last year! (All that while supporting two flowers.)

    I'm curious about others' Paphs...what's the longest yours have gone, and what was the Paph?

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    I don't know how I missed this one! looks like that 2nd one really went above and beyond, huh?

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    This guy is so wartless, he won't win any awards, but I don't care. He's the energizer bunny of Paphs, and just so damned happy to be alive! He's won my heart!

    Julie

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    McPlantPsycologist?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piper View Post
    The second bud has been blooming for awhile, so it's time to post the final pics. The second bud did turn itself around on its own and opened perfectly normally with a lovely bloom.

    Dr. Toshinori Tanaka from Japan has a rather entertaining Website with the content of orchid articles he feels are particularly interesting. I e-mailed him on an article he had posted from the Orchid Review about this same topic: http://www.orchid.or.jp/orchid/peopl...WS/ennew8.html

    (I actually e-mailed him because the link was broken, which he remedied.) But he said uni-florals blooming multiple flowers do happen, and it's a genetic glitch where a unifloral paph thinks it can leap tall buildings. (Well, not quite his words...)

    After reading the article I took another look at my plant's structure and realized a few things (that I thought were pretty cool.)

    So my uni-floral guy knows in his deep genetic subconscious that he has the potential to "get up" so to speak, another flower. And he decides to go for it... Trouble is, as a uni-floral, he doesn't have the genetic blueprint for how multi-floral buds are produced. That is, usually a long infloresence with short stemmed flowers coming off, fairly close to one another. My guy only knows how to produce a single flower off his regular infloresence.

    But he really wants to go for the gold (note the timely metaphor there), so he makes the best due he can. He produces a spike of the usual length and sticks a bud on that. Then he adds to that another spike of the usual length and sticks a bud on that. The 2nd bud starts the wrong way up, but he sorts it out eventually. He has no idea that his idea of multi-floral spike length isn't like that in the wild.

    The funkiest part of the whole story is...his spikes always come out of a leaf axil. So he goes to the trouble of sticking a leaf atop the first spike, so that his second spike can come out of a leaf axil! All of a sudden the funky leaf made perfect sense!

    I was impressed!

    Julie

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    I prefer McChidWhisperer...

    Besides, our dear Diane is the Psycho Queen. She has several dozen Psychopsis in her collection.

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    What do you mean you microwave your plants? Are you McFoolin with us?

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    Aw, Katie...you saw right through me! Yup, I was just joshing. Although there are a couple who might see the inside of the nuker if they don't straighten out soon!

    McJulie

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    BD! BD! McJulie's telling people to microwave their orchids! LOL!

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    It's a great way to manage scale.

    Tattletale!

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    With as much stuff as you have been buying lately, I'm amazed there is any room in the microwave!!!!

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