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Finally happening!
I was gifted this as a young seeding at about 6 inch wide in 2015.
It has grown big at well over my arm’s length now with two growths and in spike for the first time!!

I have grown this mostly under T8 until it got too big and moved it to near windowsill.

Paphiopedilum Wössner Black Wings (rothschildianum x anitum ‘Ace’)
Hopefully the flowers will be big, dark and handsome!! Will find out in about two months 😁😍
Thank you, Mike!

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And Wössner Favourite (leucochilum x hangianum) showing its fuzzy little bud. A bit late this year but it’s finally here.
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Thank you. I will need all the luck in the universe! :)
Not ALL the luck - with your wenshanense fma. aureum and your Wössner China Moon some would say, that you've already had plenty! I would though magnanimously (😁) grant you a fair share more, if only you leave a wee bit to us other poor souls! 😉
 
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You captured a great moment of excitement and anticipation there! We're all there with you for the journey. Can't wait, even though we know we have to ;)
 

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It's WBW, it would be an event if one were NOT big & dark & handsome lol.
I would really hope so!
Most of the examples I have seen online and in person have been very good to amazing, but I have seen a few meh. Like a single flower or strangely smallish light colored flowers.
The spike has risen above the leaves quite a bit now but that sheath has not yet broke open.
Given how fat it is though, I can guess there will be at least two buds in it. Hopefully more!! :)
 

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Congrats!!
Is that a seedling from the same grex as mine? Wait, I think there were at least two different offerings with different roth but with the same anitum 'Ace'.
By the way, do you grow yours in the regular potting soil??
 

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Is that a seedling from the same grex as mine? Wait, I think there were at least two different offerings with different roth but with the same anitum 'Ace'.
Let us wait with the congratulations, as there is a long way to go, and I don't wanna jinx it! But we can split the luck! 😉
The cross is one of Sam's: roth. 'Leo' x anitum 'Ace'.
By the way, do you grow yours in the regular potting soil??
No, in an inorganic medium 'Greenmix' - allow me to quote myself:
"GreenMix for Orchids is a mixture of water-repellent and water-absorbent granulate with added perlite and lignite. The granulate is made from stonewool, the basic element of which is diabase rock. GreenMix for orchids is produced by Grodania A/S". It was developed in a cooperation with our local mastergrower, Hans Christiansen of Fredensborg, who 2019 could celebrate his 50th years anniversary as independent orchid nursery owner:

What is very important with GM, is never to let the medium dry out completely. It's a wee bit finicky using it in a living room, but it helps keeping up the humidity. If in a GH, you just (spray with a) hose the plants on a daily basis; in a heat wave, maybe twice (morning/late afternoon); in the winter, if the temperature drops, less so. You can calibrate the watering by lifting the pots: if very light, watering is direly needed, if heavy or medium weight, less so.
Once a month you have to genuinely wash the medium through, so salts don't accumulate in the medium. A very practical benefit (esp. with Cats.) is that you only need to repot, when the plant outgrows the pot (as the medium doesn't break down/decompose).

Hans introduced the medium to a group of French orchid growers - and it has become very popular on their latitudes, so he is sending quite a bit their way.
 

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Black Swans 🥰
So looking forward to open bloom but enjoying the ride at the moment
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Then, a bunch of parvis & bellatulum in bud & (glaucophyllum x helenae) in sheath
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Let us wait with the congratulations, as there is a long way to go, and I don't wanna jinx it! But we can split the luck! 😉
The cross is one of Sam's: roth. 'Leo' x anitum 'Ace'.

No, in an inorganic medium 'Greenmix' - allow me to quote myself:
Multis move fast in my experience. Once you see the sheath emerging, only about two months to open bloom.

Interesting! the greenmix!
 

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So, three buds on my WBW. Both multis are about to open in about a week or so.
Wössner Favourite and Dick Wagner is almost there, too.
The rest are either barely moved or none at all.
 

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