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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') Registered in 1995 and named ...

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    Default Phrag. Don Wimber 3N

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





    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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    While a pure yellow might have been the desired color, I think yours with the yellow highlights is lovely!

    I'm guessing it's a 3N, which is too bad. Very pretty, but can't offer much to the gene pool.

    McJulie

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    Very nice pastel peachy colours. It's really too bad 3N's aren't sterile

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    I wouldn't knock it back!

    Interesting about the colour recessiveness... it would have been interesting to cross sibs or self the plant to see if the next gen would throw out a couple of 'flavums'

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    Very nice indeed.
    Shape is excellent .

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    Okay, Phrag heads - I have a question!

    Hijaack Alert! Hijaack Alert!
    My Phrag Living Fire has just finished blooming since July. Ten blooms, I think.

    What do I do with that monstrous 5' spike? Do I cut it back or leave it? I know Phragensteins that have branched. Was that while the spike was still producing blooms, or can it go on and do something else now that it's naked?

    McJulie

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    Julie, I would cut it off. Ten blooms is enough for the plant in 5+ months. Give it a rest and get better blooms next time. JMHO

    Cheers,
    BD

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    Purdy flow'rs.

    I'll just have to admire yours -- I kill phrags.

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    julie, hijack away. I don't think they will re-bloom when the tips are done. in time the spike will shrivel up. .I just cut it off.

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    Spectacular flowers and stunning photography! Well done Jason!

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