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Phragmipedium kovachii

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Mikhail kujawa, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. Mikhail kujawa

    Mikhail kujawa Well-Known Member

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    wpinnix William Pinnix

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    That's a very nice example of the species. Congratulations!
     
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    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    Congratulations - must be an exciting event
     
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    pcolman Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Awesome! How many years did it take to get it to bloom?
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Fabulous!
     
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    I remember the first time encountering a bloom from Phragmipedium kovachii. I was walking through the "highland" house at the Atlanta Botanical gardens when I saw this absolutely immense pink/purple lady slipper growing next to a small waterfall. It blew me away, but I had no idea what species it was. Fast forward over a year later and I saw it featured in, I believe, an AOS magazine, possibly. It was really exciting to finally be able to put a name to the beautiful, unknown ladyslipper. Now, I go back to the AOS every year around the same time to see if it's in bloom again. It's always a delight.
     
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    Great job and flower! I have seedlings nearly 6 years old and just getting first spike now.
     
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    Mikhail kujawa Well-Known Member

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    Thank you everyone! It's been very exciting. I have been going in the greenhouse often to get a look at it.

    It took 5 years from seedling to flower. :)


    Thank you for the read! I would agree, in person it seems almost fake to me. I can now see why there was so much fuss over this species.
     
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    Nice Chuck! looking forward to the flower. Mine took 5 years, so very similar. :)
     
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    Very nice! I have killed quite a few, and the ones which I still have from a flask are pretty slow growing. I add dolomite lime granules occasionally. Also some people mentioned growstones can raise pH (although my short-term tested didn't indicate it), so I added them as a top dress. I haven't measured the pH recently, but it might be still too acidic. Are you growing it at a fairly cool temp? What kind of media? Is it on a tray of water?
     
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    Mikhail kujawa Well-Known Member

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    Hello Naoki,
    I do grow it cool. Ive been using 70% perlite and 30% medium bark mix. I add lime and lots of it on top of the medium every 3 months or so. I also started seeing amazing results from adding Osmocote pellets to the top of the medium. The plant is sitting freely on top of the wire shelf in the greenhouse.
     
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