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Paph Glaucophyllum x Self in Bloom

This is a discussion on Paph Glaucophyllum x Self in Bloom within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Originally Posted by Piper She's lovely, Katie! Is that the first bloom, and are there ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piper View Post
    She's lovely, Katie! Is that the first bloom, and are there any more buds?

    What's your breakdown now - how many plants do you have of which genera?

    McJulie
    It is her first blooming and she has one more bud. She was described as an everblooming but I am not certain what that means.

    Here is a breakdown of my orchids, most of which were acquired in 2006.

    Oncidium
    Sharry Baby
    Sweet Sugar
    Red, white and yellow Twinkles (Blooming)
    Butterfly
    Howeara Lave Burst (Blooming)
    Miltonidium Bartley Schartz 'Highland'
    Phragmipedium Andean Fire (Blooming)
    Dendrobiums (2 Phal type)
    Paphiopedilums (16) (6 Blooming)
    Phalaenopsis (21) (7 Blooming)
    Cattleya
    Blc. Yen Corona 'Green Gennii' (Blooming)
    Blc Steve Stevenson x Delta King
    Miltonia Shelob Red Spider
    Belleara
    Tomaha 'Glacier Green'
    Peggy Ruth Carpenter
    Miltassia 'Shelob Tolkien'
    Brassia Orange Delight 'Hilo Sunrise'

    Hubby says no more for awhile! SIGH!!
    I will post pictures of Christmas orchids as they bloom.

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    What a great collection! You were busy last year, LOL! As I'm fond of saying: The first hundred are hard. The next hundred are easy!

    Julie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piper View Post
    What a great collection! You were busy last year, LOL! As I'm fond of saying: The first hundred are hard. The next hundred are easy!

    Julie
    Thanks McJulie. My biggest osbtacle is space (and hubby gets tired of orchids always being watered in the kitchen sink). LOL I just have to learn to be more discrimnate and get just those on my wish list. I have decided no more large oncidiums, intergenerics and dendrobiums etc.
    Since I discovered Paphs though I have become addicted to them. And of course I love my phals. Now I must see if I can get them to bloom again, I have never rebloomed a paph and really do not know what to reasonably expect over the next several months. Any advice will be appreciated.

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    Katie, your paphs bloom once a year. That being said, many of mine seem to have lost their calendars, and will bloom about every 9 months if they are happy. You should see strong new growth almost immediately after the blooms die off. If you don't see growth, then we need to work on the growing conditions, most likely light levels.

    Let us know how the grow, and we'll help you all we can!

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    My only two cents is to be careful with fert and Paphs. They can be sensitive, particularly if they dry out between waterings. That will concentrate salt in the leaf tips, which will burn the bejeezes out of the leaves (brown start at the tip, and moving down the leaf.)

    You'll do fine!

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    Very nice Paph. glaucophyllum!

    As for fertilizer; basically what Julie said. You also want to avoid NO3 fertilizers, they induce many defficiencies in Paphiopedilum.

    Basically the term "ever-blooming" will refer to Paphiopedilum species and hybrids contained under Section Cochlopetalum. They will produce one to 5 flowers at a single time, and can have up to around 30 blooms (depending on species, and what species make up the hybrid). Your species (Paph. glaucophyllum), may have around 5 flowers per inflorescence, and up to 2 flowers open at a single time. I find that Paph. victoria-mariae will produce the most flowers on an inflorescence, and most flowers at a single time.

    This is a very interesting species you have! On the underside of the leaves, there is a white coating (glaucous coating on leaf; hence the specific epithet glaucophyllum) that will rub off. Okie, anyways...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mahon View Post
    Very nice Paph. glaucophyllum!

    As for fertilizer; basically what Julie said. You also want to avoid NO3 fertilizers, they induce many defficiencies in Paphiopedilum.

    Basically the term "ever-blooming" will refer to Paphiopedilum species and hybrids contained under Section Cochlopetalum. They will produce one to 5 flowers at a single time, and can have up to around 30 blooms (depending on species, and what species make up the hybrid). Your species (Paph. glaucophyllum), may have around 5 flowers per inflorescence, and up to 2 flowers open at a single time. I find that Paph. victoria-mariae will produce the most flowers on an inflorescence, and most flowers at a single time.

    This is a very interesting species you have! On the underside of the leaves, there is a white coating (glaucous coating on leaf; hence the specific epithet glaucophyllum) that will rub off. Okie, anyways...

    -Pat
    Thank you for all the great information! I have much to learn.

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    That is great info, Pat - thanks!

    Cochlos are the section of Paph that your species belongs to, Katie. They're known as sequential bloomers, much like Phrags are. Depending on the maturity and the strength of the plant they'll have 1-3 flowers out at a time, but they are sequential. So when the next bud starts to open, the first one falls off unexpectedly. It's still a perfect flower, but the plant simply ejects it. Don't let it freak you out.

    Younger plants can only support a single flower open at a time. Older, healthy plants may let 3 open up in turn, and eject the first just as the 4th starts to open; then eject the 2nd as the 5th opens, etc.

    Enjoy it!

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    Oh, Katie, we are travelling a similar path, for sure. Paphs, and especially the species and select primaries, have grabbed my attention. I even have several phal species.

    I was checking my orchids last night and suspected that there was something going on with my glauco. It has a newer leaf at the terminal, but there was something new coming from the center as well. Tonight I looked at it and I think MINE is in very early bud stages. VERY exciting, eh? This will be the first strap leaf AND multi that I have gotten to bloom. More in its own thread as things progress and the bud is confirmed.

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