Hmmm my flower stayed on for about 2.5-3 weeks.Mine take about 7-8 months on average.
Around August or early September is when I first spot the tip of the emerging spike.
Then, they would grow taller and taller through the fall and winter. Once the inflorescence has reached near the maximum height, the bud slowly increase in size also. Once the inflorescence has maxed out, which is around January, the bud contunes to grow but very slowly.
The opening up of a bud itself takes about one month or more for me.
Then, once the bud just opened around late February into March, the flower would drop off and disappoint me. This has been unfortunately the pattern with a couple of my malipoense in the last few years. One is in high bud at the moment with its spike at nearly 3ft tall! Keeping my fingers that the flower will stay on this year.
I'm certain it's the temperature not being in the proper range for the species. I have problems with all the high elevation species that need cold winter and cool spring and autumn.Hmmm my flower stayed on for about 2.5-3 weeks.
What are you conditions when flowers open? In cool nights GH?
Good luck! My malipoense has experienced a similar pattern expect mine blasts. I asked an experienced grower about this. He response has that I needed to by more malipoense if I want regular flowers. Hmmm.Keeping my fingers that the flower will stay on this year.
That is either an uninformed or a dishonest answer. As long as the proper conditions are not met, the species won't reliably bloom.Dodidoki - very nicely done.
Good luck! My malipoense has experienced a similar pattern expect mine blasts. I asked an experienced grower about this. He response has that I needed to by more malipoense if I want regular flowers. Hmmm.
that was what i was pointing at definitely not questioning it's label... just commenting on form... fun one to have on a bench full of malipoenseJackii staminode doesn't have the solid dark purple blotch, but more of some muted light purple streaks.
But flower shape is quite similar in this case.