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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; (Eric Young 4N 'Rocket Fire' x besseae fma. flavum 'Imperial') Bloomed last year and was ...

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    Default Phrag. Don Wimber 3N

    (Eric Young 4N 'Rocket Fire' x besseae fma. flavum 'Imperial')

    Bloomed last year and was taking too much room so I gave it to my mother. Thing is a weed and barely stopped blooming from the old spike before a new one opened up. Not nearly as intensely-colored as the DW's made with red besseae though.



    Registered in 1995 and named after the man whose ploidy work helped pave the way for modern-day phrag hybridizing, Phrag. Don Wimber is an enormously successful grex that is worthy of its namesake. The best Wimbers (made with the red forms of besseae) produce large flowers with flat triangular petals, and the color may best be described as a luminous phosphorescent orange. It is no wonder then that the grex has been heavily awarded, and that it demands a place in any phrag collection.

    This particular plant was made with besseae fma. flavum in the hopes of producing yellow flowers, although it has turned out that these Wimbers tend to bloom out with a soft pastel orange color. The "yellow genes" of besseae fma. flavum appear to be quite recessive, and true yellow progeny are few and far between.

    The grex is exceptionally vigorous and will thrive under standard terrestrial phrag conditions: good strong light, plenty of water, and intermediate temperatures.

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    WOW! everything about it is wonderful, from the shape to the colour!

    a weed aye... sounds like I need to add this to the wish list... aww, c'mon Julie, Hoa... it's only one more...

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    It's ok, Tim-O! You'll just need to start another page!

    Jason, it may not be yellow, but it's still a lovely shade. Lucky mom!

    Julie

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    most of her phrag collection is from stuff that I don't have the room for anymore (the sedeniis and hanne popows, while nice, are a tad too "cute" for my tastes anyway).

    tim, if you get a DW, I highly recommend one with a red besseae, preferably a polyploid (it seems that most of them are 3N/4N anyway). first time I saw a good one at a show, like 7 years ago, it knocked my socks off with its color and shape. think flouroescent orange glow stick.

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    Just stunning. Bet your Mom is thrilled.

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