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These first blooms came from the Tokyo Dome show in February of this year, the last international show I attended and judged at. They are from Japanese breeding. Will do measurements when fully expanded in a week.

I find the markings very clear against a white background. I had hoped for more reds in the dorsal though. Petals also twists far back. Two of three have opened. Maybe the third might be red 🤞! Size will get larger on stronger plants. Still love the oriental curving ‘Pagoda’ look to these.

Just to be clear that I’m not complaining lol. I’m happy to be able to keep these alive, let alone to bloom them! They are not the easiest to keep happy. Lots of water and never dry out. Cool winter nights too.

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It is beautiful!! Does it need high light level? I have a one fan seedling from Orchid Inns. Wonder if it will spike in the single fan.
Yes it can bloom from one fan, but may weaken plant. These ladies are 3 fans or more. Likes medium light (little less than cattleya, more than phals at 1800 fc).
 
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Wow that's incredible. I love the texture of this bloom. I wonder how it would fare where I live; it's very cold and dark here, and I have to really work at maintaining heat and light for my paphs.
 

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These are lovely ones Leslie. You said all...so theres nothing left to say than this.
 

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Ahhhhh ‘wiped’ out... they really like cooler (13-15C night) temperatures in winter (warm summers ok in low light but wet like phals) and evenly moist in dry indoors environment (not soggy, so use lots of airy perlite or inorganics to prevent strangling roots). They grow next to the charlesworthiis under the same conditions.
 
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These first blooms came from the Tokyo Dome show in February of this year, the last international show I attended and judged at. They are from Japanese breeding. Will do measurements when fully expanded in a week.

I find the markings very clear against a white background. I had hoped for more reds in the dorsal though. Petals also twists far back. Two of three have opened. Maybe the third might be red 🤞! Size will get larger on stronger plants. Still love the oriental curving ‘Pagoda’ look to these.

Just to be clear that I’m not complaining lol. I’m happy to be able to keep these alive, let alone to bloom them! They are not the easiest to keep happy. Lots of water and never dry out. Cool winter nights too.

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This is really a sassy thing with a handlebar mustache!!
 

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