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Psychopsis Mendenhall "Monarch"

This is a discussion on Psychopsis Mendenhall "Monarch" within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Originally Posted by Mehera Thanks everyone! This bloom is 6" the longest dimension, and about ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mehera
    Thanks everyone! This bloom is 6" the longest dimension, and about 5" through the wings (if you support them while you measure). I love this plant! It has thick, heavy, brittle leaves that remind me of plastic and strange little pseudobulbs about the size of marbles. Nice new growth coming on; anyone know if they can put up more than one spike? (I am well aware that probably everyone knows but me! LOL!).

    And Tim--I really think you need a nice Psychopsis Mendenhall! I'll bet an import guy like you can find a way! :-)
    Mine has 2 spikes. My dog destroyed the buds on the newest, and the old one is hopefully going to bud back up.

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    Baaaaad Dog!!! Actually, I was thinking earlier today that the flower on it's waving spike is practically a classic cat toy. Didn't think to worry about the Dobester--although she is much more in tune to the chipmunks skittering across the decks and, so far, ignores the orchids.

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    Ooo...never thought of the cat toy appearance...

    Teka, my small white furball actually pays a lot of attention to my orchids. She follows me around as I water, as if she's inspecting to make sure I'm doing it right. I have to watch her with any I have in the center of the table (usually in bloom). She'll try and rub against them, and knock them over.

    Note to self: the Psychopsis doesn't get set on the table!

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    Very nice. I wish mine would bloom, but I screwed it with a repot, only realized this gal does not like root disturbance.

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    small hijack...

    Teka is just abiding by the wisdom of the ancients that EVERY outfit, object or orchid is not complete without a cat kiss and a bit of hair.

    It's their gift to the poor, sad, inferior race of man....

    gotta watch masdevallia teasers too!

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    Qing, I've been wondering about that since you hear they don't like repotting. How long has it been since you repotted? I mean, mine are planted in sphag and they're going to have to be repotted eventually!

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    I put mine in a slat basket a couple of years ago , I carefully removed it from the pot sloshed it in water to get rid of the mix. and put it in the basket .
    I have off and on removed some of the old Spag. with forceps and put new in , It has been in bloom on the same spike for a year .
    Yours is beautiful Gin

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    Didn't know they didn't like repotting. I repotted both of mine on arrival, and the versteegianum in spike hasn't even blinked. The spike is chugging taller. Maybe it's more an issue once it's blooming and the plant is more stressed.

    Sarah, nice hijack style! Smooth and easy, with a hint of attitude...good one! She's no longer a virgin, folks!

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    I received mine in March. I unpotted due to concern of the wetness in the media. I then search the web for the plant's culture, got so depressed when I found out this thing does not like being repotted. Some growers suggest to use those long lasting mix, some suggested to use clay pot, so when it out grow its pot, just put the pot into another bigger clay pot, so you don't have to disturb its root. I followed one of the vendor's care tip, soaked the plant in superThrive/sugar for 2 hrs, then leave it in a clay pot without media for 2 weeks, misted daily, then potted up. It had lost almost all of its original roots, but now it has a new growth about 2" long, grew quite a lot of new roots. You should only repot it in spring when tons of new roots are emerging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piper
    Very nice, Mehera! My versteegianum spike is 18" long. Diane oh Psychopsis queen, how long will the spike get on that species before it blooms?

    I also just got a papilo. It's not in spike, but it's a much bigger plant and has two new leaves that are 5 and 8".

    I like the colors and shape on yours, Mehera. There's quite a bit of variation between the species and the crosses. It's fun to see all the differences. How large is your flower tip-to-tip?

    Julie
    My versteegianum has a bud on a spike about 18", it's a young plant and as they get older the spikes get thicker, longer and taller. Your papilo is just a lot older. My verst. and papilos are all about the same size.....

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