The tag on this plant reads P. hirsutissimum "Peter" X
P. hirsutissimum "Sunrise". I'm not sure where Var- Esquirolei comes in. The first flower has been open for one week the second just a couple of days. I hope they
will last until the Green Bay WI. show next week-end.
Check for sheaths now. Mine typically put up sheaths in Fall, but hold them through the winter. The spikes on mine are just starting to poke up now, and by April I should have quite a few blooms open.
Jim, the main characteristics I look for and see in yours are, flower color, size of flower, lack of hairs on the top edge of the petals, petal size, color and shape, dorsal shape and pouch color. The previous owner may have just left the 'Esquirolei' out for some reason.
OK... To answer a few questions, Rick you can have all the pollen you need, but you'll have to walk me through the process I've never done that before. As for growths their are 2 with flowers, 2 others good size, and 1 just starting to come out. Roy when I get some time I'll check the flowers with a magnifier. Thanks Jim.
I also have another P. hirsutissimum. in spike now but the plant looks different smaller and darker leaves almost molted like. I'll post a pic when it blooms. I got it at a soceity auction so not sure if it's tagged right. Jim.