Cattleya (Sophronitis) coccinea dreams coming true

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I’ve wanted to succeed with this plant for so long. I had given up ever managing it. They always died on me. In 2017, I could not resist trying again with a seedling from Hausermann’s open house. I mean, it was like $4 with the open house discount. Teeny tiny tuft of just-deflasked nothings. I just figured I’d gamble once again. I stuck it into my slipper terrarium situation, as you can see in the photos. The temps get into the 40sF in winter and 90sF in summer. I water about every 5-7 days, RO/K-lite. Leslie’s photos of his surprise Sophronitis buds made me check mine. It seems to have two leads and matures 3 growths per year and… oh my god, there’s a frickin’ BUD. I’m in shock. I’ve never even seen one blooming in person. I’ve never repotted this tiny thing from its original couple bits of bark and there’s LECA in it too. I wasn’t sure what size it needed to be to bloom, scale is always tough to gauge in photos, and most of the blooming plants appear bigger than mine. I’m just so excited to see this; I was craving Cattleya last year; turns out, I had one all along!
 

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OmGosh, congrats!!!!
Thank you thank you! I have no idea what I did right. Did the tiny flaskling just magically adapt to true conditions I gave it? Did I get lucky with a tolerant phenotype? I am just shocked. I ooze with envy at your collection, especially your cool tank. There is just nothing like a Sophronitis flower. Hausermann’s had 4N seedlings when I was there last month. I didn’t pounce. Now I’ll be trying for more! Such a tiny plant with such a huge reward. In my mind, your surprise led directly to mine. Now let’s see if she opens….
 

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It’s like a proxy message was sent out over the comms to let all coccinea bloom in sync on ST! Everyone go check your babies! They might be in bud!!!

And such a tiny weenie to make a grown (wo)man cry too!!
 
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It’s like a proxy message was sent out over the comms to let all coccinea bloom in sync on ST! Everyone go check your babies! They might be in bud!!!

And such a tiny weenie to make a grown (wo)man cry too!!
LOL that’s honestly how it feels in here sometimes! It was helenae season, it was lowii season..,I have 3 really nice purpuratum will be fully open this week so maybe I can get those going too!
 

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LOL that’s honestly how it feels in here sometimes! It was helenae season, it was lowii season..,I have 3 really nice purpuratum will be fully open this week so maybe I can get those going too!
Yes stir my purpuratums up! Only one in 15 spiked and bloomed. The others need a kickstart lol.
 
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Yes stir my purpuratums up! Only one in 15 spiked and bloomed. The others need a kickstart lol.
Omg you have 15???? Tell me more!!!!! Report is good initial germination on my half-alba self pod… I think purpuratum likes a chill in early fall. I leave the windows open wide as late as possible. One of my 5 didn’t spike this year, I think due to scale over the summer.
 

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Omg you have 15???? Tell me more!!!!! Report is good initial germination on my half-alba self pod… I think purpuratum likes a chill in early fall. I leave the windows open wide as late as possible. One of my 5 didn’t spike this year, I think due to scale over the summer.
Yes 15 or maybe more lol. I got a batch of NBS from Sam of the half half album breeding.

I do have them by the cold open window so let’s see!
 

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I’ve wanted to succeed with this plant for so long. I had given up ever managing it. They always died on me. In 2017, I could not resist trying again with a seedling from Hausermann’s open house. I mean, it was like $4 with the open house discount. Teeny tiny tuft of just-deflasked nothings. I just figured I’d gamble once again. I stuck it into my slipper terrarium situation, as you can see in the photos. The temps get into the 40sF in winter and 90sF in summer. I water about every 5-7 days, RO/K-lite. Leslie’s photos of his surprise Sophronitis buds made me check mine. It seems to have two leads and matures 3 growths per year and… oh my god, there’s a frickin’ BUD. I’m in shock. I’ve never even seen one blooming in person. I’ve never repotted this tiny thing from its original couple bits of bark and there’s LECA in it too. I wasn’t sure what size it needed to be to bloom, scale is always tough to gauge in photos, and most of the blooming plants appear bigger than mine. I’m just so excited to see this; I was craving Cattleya last year; turns out, I had one all along!
Perseverance paid off.
 
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