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Phragmipedium Hanne Popow

This is a discussion on Phragmipedium Hanne Popow within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; First blooming of this Phragmipedium and I love it's shape and colour! Interestingly, this picture ...

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    Default Phragmipedium Hanne Popow

    First blooming of this Phragmipedium and I love it's shape and colour!



    Interestingly, this picture is actually a few days old (maybe a week) and yesterday, the flower dropped even though it seemed perfectly fine!

    So questions for all you Phrag growers... is that normal for the flowers to only last a week and a bit and fall off without giving notice first

    I'm a bit put out because I was hoping to take it to my orchid society meeting and now... well, the next bud won't be open for a week, I'm sure.. probably doing it to spite me

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    Very typical of phrags to drop flowers that look perfectly fine. I was going to post a photo of my Eric Young this weekend, and came home to find the blossom in the sink...

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    Tim-O, or your Highness, your Hanne is a beaut!

    Most Phrags are sequential bloomers. Depending on the maturity and health of a plant, it may support several blooms at once, but when it reaches it's limit, the lowest, perfectly healthy bloom is ejected.

    For younger plants you may only bloom one flower before jettisoning. I had a California OZ besseae earler this year that barely carried its flower for a week. The only bloom. That pissed me off, together with its lack of healthy luster, so it's in a new home. My retribution is swift!

    My first blooming Phrag Living Fire is doing a Phragenstein number and is now on it's 9th bloom about to open. The last bloom fell off yesterday. It drops before the next one opens, but the spike is over 4' tall! I wonder how long a first bloomer will perform.

    Phrags are amazing!

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    Pretty , Phrag. growers always take crazy glue with them to shows .. Gin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gin View Post
    Pretty , Phrag. growers always take crazy glue with them to shows .. Gin
    True! I actually had a grower recommend super glue for 'extending the bloom life' of phrags.

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    LOL... well, there are more buds to follow, so I guess I shouldn't feel so bad... it's just the timing...

    Also, I wish I'd taken a better photo rather than this washed out one... still.. next bud

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    Yes, I hate when that happens too! I like to drop the fallen blooms into the fountain on the deck and let them float around for a day or so. It is better than just tossing them in the trash can.

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    Cute pink bloom!

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    Very nice , especially for a first bloom.
    Flowers on my Phrags seem to last for 2 weeks or more ,Phragenstein's can be a month + that is why i sometimes get 5 or 6 out @ once.

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    As a new grower, I was so proud of my Phrag China Dragon bloom and looked at it lovingly several times a day for a couple of days. I almost dropped to my knees in horror to wake one morning and find my bloom on the floor. It put out 2 more. Yay. But I just had no clue why a perfectly fine beautiful flower would just fall off. I put mine in the freezer for a day or 2 to enjoy it a bit more but it's just not the same there as on the plant....
    Nice flower you have there. :c)

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    Thanks for sharing your experiences with these blooms folks... it's good to know that it is typical of these plants to do it.

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