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Paphiopedilum sanderianum

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Magnus A, Nov 4, 2013.

  1. Magnus A

    Magnus A Ph.D.

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    First time flowering! 90 cm today, it´s about 35 inch...

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    And for reference, me (190cm) and my Paph.

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  2. chicago chad

    chicago chad Active Member

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    WOW MAGNUS!!!! I am a huge paph lover and this sandie is leaps and bounds above others. The dorsal has absolutely incredible color separation and clarity. The leaves look flawless. The pouch is near perfect and the petals have a fantastic elegance to them. They don't even have a hint of drying at the tips either!

    For your first flowering with 5 flowers and 90cm petal length you have accomplished more than most who may grow them their entire life. Seeing pics like this, is the exact reason people pay hundreds of $$$ and wait up to 10 yrs for the SLIM chance it will partially compare to yours on some (or any) level.

    This is grown near perfection and you should be incredibly proud. CONGRATS again!
     
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  3. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Well done, Magnus. If that were my plant, I would have a huge grin on my face.
     
  4. Boytjie

    Boytjie Out hiking Supporting Member

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    Amazing. Makes me want to make room for this species somehow in my growing area.
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Impressive.
     
  6. Sean Houtman

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    Sweden?!?!?! I can't possibly go all the way to Sweden just to steal that plant! I'll make you a deal, ship it to me, and I'll tell everyone that I stole it from you, K?



    *note* I am not actually planning on stealing any plants, and do not condone the theft of plants. :p
     
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    Absolutely fantastic!
     
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    ZWUM Bulbophiliac Staff Member

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    Unbelievable! That's by far the nicest I've ever seen. Very well done!
     
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    Wow! That is definitely going on my list.
     
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    piotrm Well-Known Member

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    Yes this your moment of fame!!! - nice to see you both - congratulations!!! Stunning!!!!!!!
     
  11. Magnus A

    Magnus A Ph.D.

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    Thank´s everyone.
    It is hard not to smile everytime I see the flowers and I often wonder "how?" :)
     
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    A kind of achievement !! :clap:
    Now I realize I have to wait a lot for mine to bloom ... :(
    Cultural tips please ? Light, temperature, fertilizer, ... ?
     
  13. xmpraedicta

    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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  14. Magnus A

    Magnus A Ph.D.

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    I thought there were recorded cases of petals of about 100 cm

    Unfortunetly I have no measurement that is confirmed by a independent person so I will not claim any record. But for information, I measured the lenght from the base of the petal straight down fo the tip and the longest single petal measured 90 plus minus 0.5 cm. Next time I will be more precise ;-)
    And as I read their claims of 'World's Largest Orchid Flower' I need to add about 4 cm for the dorsal sepal...

    Though how to measure?
    mean value of both petals...
    single petals...
    and the petals are slightly bent at the pouch, seen on the first picture, should that count?
     
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  15. Magnus A

    Magnus A Ph.D.

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    Oh.
    Sorry missed your question.

    Substrate: mixture of bark, expanded clay pellets (LECA), spagnum moss, some limestone, coconut fibres (I think) and maybe some Epiweb.
    Light temperature, west facing window in my living room. Summer 20-30 degree Celsius, winter 17-23 degree Celsius.
    Extra light during winter, MH 5600K 150W about 130 cm distance.
    Fertilizer: regular pot flower fertilizer every second time during active growth, less during the dark Swedish winter. Strength due to what I feel is appropriate at the moment. Though always weaker than recommended.

    But the important thing is to adopt the condition to the needs of YOUR plant. As I do not have control of all my conditions there is not a good idea to try to copy them straight of as you need to adopt the growing conditions to your region and your home conditions!
     
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    You are absolutely right Magnus, thank you !