This is a follow up to a previous post. The first photo is of the plant in a 6 inch plastic pot growing in Promix+perlite+limestone. The bud is 18 days old since it emerged from the sheath. This is at day 36 with the first signs of a seam developing. The bud is about 4 cm long. This is at day 39 with the seam beginning to open. The bud is more than 5 cm long. This is at day 40 as the bud is rapidly expanding. It is initially about the size of a small chicken egg. This is at day 41 (today) from the side and from the front. It is still opening and expanding and the flower is already at 16 cm. I can see dark purple spots within the pouch. There is a slight defect in the right petal, but it most likely won't be there the next time it flowers. So far, it has good shape and color, but it will need about 2 more weeks to see if the flower distorts. I have high hopes.