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Dtps. Formosa Ruby x Phal Chingruey's Pride

This is a discussion on Dtps. Formosa Ruby x Phal Chingruey's Pride within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I wanted to share this pretty phal that is blooming for us now. The cross ...

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    Wink Dtps. Formosa Ruby x Phal Chingruey's Pride

    I wanted to share this pretty phal that is blooming for us now. The cross has not been named yet which is surprising to me since I find this orchid really special. Anyway here is:

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    That really is pretty, Bruce, especially with all the growth in the background.

    A question I have, though, deals with wetting the flowers. I have read so many times to not wet the flowers when watering, but I see lots of water on pictures of beautiful specimens on this website. Obviously, I wouldn't set a fire hose on the blossoms, but it doesn't appear to damage the flowers I see here.

    Any input? Are there types of flowers that shouldn't be wet? Does that include misting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by panam View Post
    That really is pretty, Bruce, especially with all the growth in the background.

    A question I have, though, deals with wetting the flowers. I have read so many times to not wet the flowers when watering, but I see lots of water on pictures of beautiful specimens on this website. Obviously, I wouldn't set a fire hose on the blossoms, but it doesn't appear to damage the flowers I see here.

    Any input? Are there types of flowers that shouldn't be wet? Does that include misting?
    Thanks, Patty. I grow in a greenhouse. When I water, there is no possible way to keep the water off of the orchid blooms. Most of the time there is no problem for us because we have very good air movement. Any water on the blooms is dried off within a few hours. When plants have dense blooms and are tightly compacted (as many of our cattleyas bloom) then, you will sometime see some water damage. Usually, this is minimal for us as well because we grow those orchids very high up in the greenhouse and they get the full blast of the downward facing fans plus the heat of the top of the greenhouse. The only real damage we get to blooms is from spraying with insecticides, etc. That stuff usually spots a bloom. I do my best when spraying to avoid the blooms, but when covering the entire surface of the plants (and we probably have well over 1200 or more orchids) it is almost impossible. So, I try to take any photos I want to keep before spraying with the poisons.

    Hope this helps.

    Cheers,
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    Patty--
    I grow indoors in winter, and mostly outdoors in summer. Indoors, I do try not to wet the blooms, but I don't get upset if the accidentally get splashed...since I water in the am, it should dry out fine during the day. Outdoors, I don't worry too much, as they dry out pretty fast...of course, most often when they bloom I do bring them indoors to enjoy the blooms.

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    Thanks, guys! I'll stop being too concerned. I had heard that it compromises the flowers' longevity. Goodness knows, I don't have to worry about water sticking around causing damage. I was being pretty creative getting some plants watered without getting the blooms - now I can relax!

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    thats one pretty phal! *drool*

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