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Paphiopedilum rothschildianum

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by naoki, Aug 7, 2020.

  1. naoki

    naoki Well-Known Member

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    I got this from Carter and Holmes 8 years ago. It grows very slow for me, and it probably had some accidents and recovery, and it finally bloomed! It is an offspring from 'Raye' x 'Chester Hills' AM/AOS. 'Raye' is from 'Janet' FCC/AOS x 'Chester Hills', so it is a back-cross. Petal is 14x1.3cm and Dorsal sepal is 6.4x4.8cm. It was growing at the area where the lighting is pretty close to plants, so the inflorescence had to stretch to the dark area above the lighting. This might have caused the long internodes between flowers. (photos from May 30, 2020).

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    Very impressive! It looks like such a large inflorescence for the plant!
     
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    The plant is relatively small for P. rothschildianum. I think that inflorescence might be a little etiolated because it was stretching in the dark area.
     
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    Nice Naoki...I’ve had a seedling for 15 years...no blooms yet. Maybe time to give it to someone else!
     
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    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    There are now particular individuals that bloom better, but based upon the growth and blooming of some of the original collected and crossed plants, it used to be said that if you were over 45, don’t buy a roth, as you’ll never see it bloom in your lifetime!
     
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    Haha, I'm too old for a new roth now! Wow 15 years! Mine was a decent size seedling (20-30cm leaf length) 8 years ago. I hope yours will flower some day.
     
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    How many growths does it have, Chuck? 15 years is commitment.
     
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    I’ll have to check today...I haven’t looked at it for a while. I’m now starting to worry that it is closer to 20 years old!
     
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    OK Ray. You just had a major impact on my decision making.
     
  10. Chuck-NH

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    Hi Ray, in my case you should have said over 30...I just looked yesterday and mine were seedlings of ‘Commander’ x sib. They were deflasked in 1996. I had a flask so hopefully a few have bloomed for someone else .

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    naoki Well-Known Member

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    Wow, it is going to be for a while, Chuck! Are you growing it fairly cool?
     
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    Definitely cool in the Winter, but for the first 10 years it was probably the warm side of intermediate.
     
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    In its natural environment, it sees 60-63F nights and 80-85F days year round.
     
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    Chuck. You are definently on a journey with that one!
     
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