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Paph. Raisin Pie X Macrabre

This is a discussion on Paph. Raisin Pie X Macrabre within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Sorry about the pic quality. Cell phone cameras aren't very good....

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    Love the pig's tail stem!

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    how long has this baby been opened?

    The dorsal doesn't seem to have too much colour, which is a nice change from the albas and the super soaked reds (not that I'd knock any of those back either...)

    lol @ the pig tail... it's quite cute!

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    wow...how did the stem get that pig tail?!

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    He must have had it sittiing on an old record player, turning round and round in the sunlight..... LOL

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    I'm not terribly impressed with the blooms. I bought it in a grocery store and the bloom wasn't opened all the way. I looked forward to the full monty. It has never opened more than you see it now. This is it's third blooming. On the second blooming the stem made a 90 degree turn face down. And this time it did a 360. I've been told by a very experienced paph grower/vendor this type frequently develops woody patches on its stems, hence the twists.

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    Well, with a grocery store paph you can't be too dissappointed. I mean, these are mass produced in taiwan and shipped to the US, and you are not going to get show quality. It's fun with the funky stem, although the semi-closed bloom is a bummer.

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    if the cupping of the flower is consistent every year and you don't like it... then I'd say this is one for the bin. There's gotta be something genetic about that particular characteristic.

    Sometimes it can be environmental, e.g. not enough humidity, but if it keeps doing it year in.. then it's bound to be genetic.

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    I only own 30 chids, Mr. B72. I'll hang onto it till it's crowded off the growing bench. The humidity is pretty high. That probably isn't the problem. And your diagnosis is probably correct, but could I try anything else? Temp change at a particular time of the bloom cycle? Light level and or angle change at the first sign of a spike? Give it a shot of meth? Have Joey Pantangelli make it an offer it can't refuse maybe?

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    LOL, Mark, I didn't get to 400 by throwing away plants either...

    I did find though that there are many folks who are starting out that wanted to experiment with plants like these... otherwise healthy plants that do flower but just not winners at show, but winners of our hearts non the less...

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