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Phragmipedium kovachii

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Chuck-NH, Apr 22, 2019.

  1. Chuck-NH

    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    i think someone else posted a photo of a first bloom P. kovachii this year and now it is my turn. This is my first bloom from a flask going back to 2012. I have sold some along the way, so maybe someone else has already bloomed one?

    It is only half open, but I love the color and shape so far. BUT...what is with the white mark in the upper left? Wouldn’t seem to be indicative of virus, so hopefully just something mechanical which damaged it in the bud?

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  2. pcolman

    pcolman Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Great flower! I wouldn't worry about that mark on a first bloom seedling. Doesn't look anything like virus to me.
     
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    Nice color! I have a pretty low survival rate growing this species from flasks.
     
  4. Chuck-NH

    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    I don’t believe I lost any, but this is also my first bloom...after 7 years. And many of the others are not this size.
     
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    I love the shape of this one.
     
  6. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Has anyone found virus in slipper orchids?
     
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    I think you are talking about the problematic viruses (since biologically it's unlikely to find a single species which is completely free of viruses). I looked into it (more with Paphs) at one point. From what I remember, they seem to be more resistant to typical viruses and they are also likely to remain asymptomatic if they are infected. But they can carry some (e.g. ORSV).
     
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    I've had a very low survival rate for this species as well. I have three tiny plants left out of 25 plants from a flask that I purchased a year ago.
     
  9. Ryan

    Ryan Got Pleurothallids?

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    Very nice! 7 years is worth the wait for such an awesome species. Can't wait to see pics of it fully open!
     
  10. Chuck-NH

    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Thanks all...will see how it looks tomorrow.
     
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    Mikhail kujawa Well-Known Member

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    Congrats!! Love this plant. I saved some pollen if you are interested?
     
  12. Chuck-NH

    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Thanks and Yes Mikhail...that would be great!

    Chuck
     
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    Sounds good! Also that does not look like virus to me. Stunning flower!
     
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    wpinnix William Pinnix

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    Very nice Chuck! I'm hooked by this species. My first bloom was almost as big as my dog! Yours has nicer shape.

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  15. Chuck-NH

    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    That is cool Bill! I will take another photo today as it was only half open. Sometimes the shape can deteriorate as it enlarges. I wonder if my Dog would pose, or if he would just eat it .
     
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    I had a Grande that tested positive for ORSV.

    I don't think that particular colour break is indicative of a virus though
     
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  17. DarleneJay

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    Fantastic bloom, Chuck! Any tips to share for your high survival rate?
     
  18. Chuck-NH

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    Thanks. I can’t think of anything special. Grew them initially in NZ Sphagnum with crushed oyster shell. As they grew, added coarse sponge rock and clay pellets (Leca) To the mix and repot every 1-2 years. Probably every year is better. Int/Cool conditions and kept evenly moist...I did not set in water.

    Here is an updated photo...unfortunately, I watered and then it immediately became cold and cloudy for 3 days...bad bacterial spotting which actually caused recurve on the edges. Otherwise nice and flat. It’s about 6.5 inches (16.5 cm) wide...I don’t know if that good or bad but nice enough for me.
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  19. wpinnix

    wpinnix William Pinnix

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    I too had high survival rate from a flask (from Meyers Conservatory) of Phragmipedium kovachii. By high survival I mean I lost 2 plants out of 30. The plants spent, if I remember correctly, about 4 years in flask before I received the flask. The plants had at least 4 stout roots per plant (except those that didn't make it which only had one or two roots), and each plant was roughly one inch in leaf span). After deflasking I potted each plant individually in a orchiata-bark/pumice mix with oyster shell mixed in. Mine sit in a tray of water about 1/4" deep that I let evaporate before filling with rain water, grown cool (approaches intermediate in summer). I think the key is getting strong healthy plants to start, keeping moist, and ensuring the potting medium is not acidic (oyster shell helps with this, as does the orchiata). I also think that keeping the high temperatures below 80F during the day, and if it does exceed that, dropping to at least 55F or cooler at night. I have to say, I was expecting high loss and was surprised at the survival rate.
     
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  20. DarleneJay

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    Thanks for the tips, Chuck and William!