niveum from bloomfield's

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  1. Jan 25, 2009 #1

    cnycharles

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    I can't say that I've had very many orchids flowering lately, but a nice one I bought in bud from Bloomfield Orchids at our december cnyos meeting. It wasn't quite open for the january meeting but should be in nice shape hopefully with two flowers open. I've never grown niveum but hope it is as easy as the delenatii that I'll post soon. Had some nice sunshine today so had to get a picture of it and a few others to post!

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    a bit of a closeup to try and show the staminode and central hairs

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    whole plant view to show back of flower color

    the flower is actually much 'whiter' than what shows here; according to my photo editing software, the pictures look much brighter than what shows up online, and it is hard to remember to force myself to edit them brighter than what looks good on the screen


    I like the simple but usually easily identifiable shapes and colors of the smaller species; never really liked the complex paphs as I thought they looked fake.

    anyone have specific growing info for someone trying this species under lights in an apartment?
     
  2. Jan 25, 2009 #2

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    That's really precious; the coloring is to die for. :smitten:
     
  3. Jan 25, 2009 #3

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    Congrats, thats a really nice looking plant and flower. Thanks.
     
  4. Jan 25, 2009 #4

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    Gorgeous!! I love the soft coloring! :D
     
  5. Jan 25, 2009 #5

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    Nice!

    Ramon:)
     
  6. Jan 25, 2009 #6
    Charles, nice shape!

    thanks
     
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    That's a nice one:clap:
     
  8. Jan 25, 2009 #8

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    I love this species too!
    I never knew some have red on the back. mine didn't. neat!
     
  9. Jan 25, 2009 #9

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    Nice one there. I too like this species. I've been buying a number of them over the last couple of years looking for that great one.
     
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    Looks great! Nice buy.
     
  11. Jan 26, 2009 #11
    I love the strawberry colour at the back of the flower that matches superbly with the creamy at the front!!!!! Great!!!! (Now I feel hungry....!!!)
     
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    Looking good hopefully it'll hold 2 blooms so you can post for us!
     
  13. Jan 26, 2009 #13

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    It's lovely. I am very partial to the Brachys and niveum is my favourite.

    Keep in mind that while it may be as easy to grow as your delenatii, it requires different conditions. Paph. delenatii is a Parvi; but, unlike other Parvi's, it likes the potting mix to be slightly acidic. Whereas, Paph. niveum is a Brachy and just like other Brachy's, it likes the pH to be neutral to slightly alkaline. I'm sure that Bloomfield's has used an appropriate mix for your niveum. However, when you repot it eventually, use a mix that is about 5% limestone gravel. Other than that, I grow these two species the same, side by side.
     
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    great plant!!! Jean
     
  15. Jan 26, 2009 #15

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    This is really a nice flower Charles. Interesting color to the back as well
     
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    Lovely!
     
  17. Jan 26, 2009 #17
    :smitten: I'm jealous! Mine need to put up some spikes!
     
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    Limestone gravel store!? :rolleyes:
     
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    Yep - there's one right around the bend from me!:p
     
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    thanks, good point.

    actually upstate around here there are lots of places to get limestone right next to the road. diatomite I think fits the bill nicely, that along with some crushed coral. eric, there is an ace hardware outlet or superstore in brooklyn that has things like lava rock, probably a pet store would have crushed coral
     

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