Paphiopedilum anitum

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  1. Apr 21, 2017 #1

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    Paphiopedilum anitum

    Just opened. Same flower. Two backgrounds. DS is about 4cm. NSV is 18.5 cm or 7.5 inches. Height of plant is 28 inches.

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    The first plant to open its flower is taller 35 inches. I'm not sure why the petals never relax. I did move this plant several times. Well first time blooming this species and I was excited. Trying to find a best place to let the flower open better. It didn't work so this is it for this year.

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    35 inches tall

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    28 inches tall
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    So we wait for these plants to get stronger maybe blooming these again in 2 years.
     
  2. Apr 21, 2017 #2

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    wow. such a stunning and rare species. And I envy you of having so many anitums!
     
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    Nice! Culture notes?
     
  4. Apr 21, 2017 #4

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    Thank you both.

    I just found out don't stake antium until flowers are opened, or stake before bud starts to mature. It's common sense to stake early but in real life I don't do it. The second flower that just opened doesn't have problem with petals crossing. I stake the it and found that at a particular angle petals were touching. So I remove the clip and let the inflorescence lean naturally - the petals were separated. I tried to take a photo duplicating but no luck - I can replace the clip but now the stake is at the correct angle where the petals don't touch. Lesson learned here is next time I will stake early. A real surprise to see the inflorescence growing so tall !

    Both plants are growing in soft plastic pot with single hole drainage. I tried to keep these watered more often and not to let the media completely dry out. In another post I have shown the roots seem to develop nicely. Although second plant that bloomed have more growths, it is not as strong as the first plant that bloomed with 2 flowers. I'm growing these bright.
     
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    great result; well done.
     
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    I'm used to seeing petals curving back towards the stem and touched or crossed with the other petal, very anitum like. Unique.
     
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    Nice! Are you using tightly packed sphagnum?
     
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    Such a stunning species! Absolutely adore the dorsal!

    Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Nice healthy plants, Congrats!
     
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    Thank you
     
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    Dark dorsal! Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Any flowering anitum is good. Congratulations on flowering this difficult species!
     
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    Oh man, those are healthy roots. Looks like your culture is spot on. Mike
     
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    Thank you everyone
     
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    I haven't seen many examples of this species and did realize
    how dark the blooms are. This one would tempt me to
    try to grow it.
     
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    Love the shape and dark dorsal of this species. How old are the plants and what is the diameter of the whole plant. They don't look very big. I have seedlings of both adductum and anitum which are approaching a year out of flask and are dong OK. They are also in orchiata but I may put sphagnum on top to keep a little moist longer.

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    Beatifully grown. Congrats
     
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    Good pictures of this flower.
    Don
     
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    Beautifl I love the dorsal sepal amazing growing wish I was half the grower you where.
     

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