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Phalaenopsis gigantea

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by EdM, Sep 11, 2011.

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  1. EdM

    EdM Member in Good Standing

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    My Phalaenopsis gigantea is blooming out in the greenhouse. This species comes from Borneo, Sabah, and Sarawak, where it grows in lowland swamps. It's now nearly extinct in the wild. The species is named for the plant size rather than flower size. My plant is about twelve years old and about two feet across...probably three feet if the leaves were stretched out. Flower size is about two and quarter inches. This plant bloomed in March for our spring show and I didn't expect it to bloom again until winter. It was in full bud a couple of weeks ago when I simply had to repot it due to deteriorated moss. I repotted it in fresh moss and it hasn't skipped a beat. I hang the plant in bright light at a 45 degree angle to allow the leaves to droop and the dependant flower stems to form. The plant is so heavy that I use two pots for the hook and melt many extra drainage holes in both pots.
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  2. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    Oh man... that's beautiful.
     
  3. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Magnificent!!!
     
  4. Uluwehi

    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    Fantastic!
     
  5. gnathaniel

    gnathaniel Lurker Supporting Member

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    Wow! So much better than any of the hybrids made from it (IMO). Quite a majestic plant.
     
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    piotrm Well-Known Member

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    WOW
     
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    Nice. Notoriously difficult to bloom.
     
  8. Alexis

    Alexis New Member

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    What a monster! Love it.
     
  9. Zack

    Zack Will work for plants Supporting Member

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    FEED ME, SEYMOUR.
     
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  10. ZWUM

    ZWUM Bulbophiliac Staff Member

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    A monster is right! Well done ED.
     
  11. TheBlazingAugust

    TheBlazingAugust JUST . . ONE . . MORE!!!

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    That is a HUGE plant and awesome flowers!!!
     
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    Beautiful specimen, from the look of it I'd say it's quite content with the conditions you're growing it in.
     
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    DPfarr Well-Known Member

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    Take great pride in all the adjectives said about your plant sir! Every one of them is applicable for such an exemplary plant.
     
  14. Pappa47

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    Nature has a splendid palette at her disposal- but the human touch is in the growing of this splendid specimen....enough said.
     
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    And notoriously variable in flower quality and size. I'm curious if that's a cloned cultivar or seed grown.

    Is it me, or do the flowers have a strong resemblance to a vanda?
     
  16. Reyna

    Reyna Orchid Obsessed Supporting Member

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    I love the leaves on this species. They make me want to run my fingers down the leaves all the time in my little greenhouse. Your plant is not only a gigantic monster, it also has great flowers. The red splotches seem to be clear-not fuzzy around the edges.

    Good growing. Clearly that plant likes what you are doing.