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Vuylstekeara Cambria 'Plush'

This is a discussion on Vuylstekeara Cambria 'Plush' within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Could be called a historic orchid. The cross registered I think in 1922 by the ...

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    Default Vuylstekeara Cambria 'Plush'

    Could be called a historic orchid. The cross registered I think in 1922 by the grower for a private collection at a large Country House ( means an estate of a few thousand acres plus stables, farms etc etc ) . My friend and colleague in my Orchid Society, Keith Andrew worked there as a pot cleaning boy, rose to be head grower, and was helped to buy the collection and privatise it, when death duties (tax) was due, and the heirs were not interested in orchids. He had great success as a breeder- gained AMs from the RHS and AOS etc in no less than 14 different genera . Closed the firm when he retired - he is a few months older than myself - will be 80 in the fall this year. He put this plant ( but see below) up for award and got the rare and coveted FCC/RHS for it . He propagated as fast as he could , but the going price for a bulb and a growth was about US$75 almost 40 years ago due toi the inevitably limited supply, maybe equivalent to a few hundred today.
    Then meristemming came along - first commercial usage by a Paris nursery in early 70's - then the Dutch horticulture trade latched on. By 1980 this grex was being meristemmed to produce a million plants a year by one lab alone , and there is some doubt how many labs produced it.
    Needless to say it underwent a series of minor mutations during this time, producing three colour variations, but the significant thing also is that Keith looks at this plant and points out that my flowers are only 4 inches across, on a well grown plant - the one which got the FCC was 5 inches , and plants /flowers like that are never seen today..
    But it is still worth growing. personally I think I'll get it bigger ; this plant has been in s/h for about a year only , and in my experience it will go on improving in vigour, size of bulbs and quality of flowers for a a few years yet. I'd love to show him a five inch flower again to prove tht it is really culture which has gone down rather than mutations , but maybe that is not possible.
    BTW will produce a branched spike of 20 or so flowers when in FCC mode - mine has but 8, although a second plant has 14 buds on a spike.

    .p.s. Vuylstekeara is Odontoglossum x cochlioda x miltonia

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    Thanks Geoff for a picture of Cambria 'Plush' and the little story behind it. A 4 - 5 inch flower would really be an awesome sight. The ones I have seen here grown in our cool highlands were already extremely beautiful (to me) but they were all about 3 inches. But some of them had about 15 flowers. I tried to grow one here in the lowlands but it died after a few months.

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    Wow, great history behind this beautiful orchid. It is really lovely. Thanks so much for the history.

    cheers,
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    That is beautiful, and I'm so thankful for the information you provided, Geoff. I love "listening" to you.

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    Love the flower...and the history. Thanks...

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    I learn something new every day here. This is a great example of why I chose this forum Thanks Geoff and all the senior members.
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    very lovely orchid with a nice story behind it... thanks.

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    These flowers are 'Plush', lush and very lovely. Its nice to know that Mr. Keith Andrew wanted to keep up such a exceptional collection including these. AL

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    Hi Geoff. Found your artical on the Cambria very informative and interesting. I'm an orchid grower who at present is is having very little success with a cambria. Do you have any advice. ie growing medium; how often to feed and water; whether they can be grown at room temperature successfully.How often do they flower in your experience?

    Yours John

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