Paphiopedilum armeniacum from Fox Valley Orchids

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Behold, the first P. armeniacum bloom I ever have experienced. What a luciously saturated bright canary it is. Struggling to capture the color adequately. I tried to measure for you but I don’t really know how. She’s a big fat beaut and I am agog that this is happening in my house. Purchased from Tom Kalina at Hausermann’s 2018 open house, so in my care about 18 months. The baby and the bud happened simultaneously. Has lived in a tall-sided, open/topped decorative terrarium situation in the southeast window of my Chicago place. Tom has told me it was 2-3 years from blooming and I hadn’t even tried cold treatments to initiate but that window area gets low 50s at night when it’s very cold outside. Still, so surprised, especially since this plant was a mealybug victim when I noticed the bud and I used every means at my disposal to vanquish them. Bloom has been open 5 days now so I figured it’s about full. I should have staked it and will next time (fingers crossed). Love feedback. Seems very big to me for the species and this easy bloomer will definitely be with me for life. I had a big one in the 90s in similar conditions that sent out lots of shoots but never could bloom it. Gave that away, I think it had 30 stolons in a big nursery pot. Hoping this one follows vegetative but not bloomless suit.
 

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Behold, the first P. armeniacum bloom I ever have experienced. What a luciously saturated bright canary it is. Struggling to capture the color adequately. I tried to measure for you but I don’t really know how. She’s a big fat beaut and I am agog that this is happening in my house. Purchased from Tom Kalina at Hausermann’s 2018 open house, so in my care about 18 months. The baby and the bud happened simultaneously. Has lived in a tall-sided, open/topped decorative terrarium situation in the southeast window of my Chicago place. Tom has told me it was 2-3 years from blooming and I hadn’t even tried cold treatments to initiate but that window area gets low 50s at night when it’s very cold outside. Still, so surprised, especially since this plant was a mealybug victim when I noticed the bud and I used every means at my disposal to vanquish them. Bloom has been open 5 days now so I figured it’s about full. I should have staked it and will next time (fingers crossed). Love feedback. Seems very big to me for the species and this easy bloomer will definitely be with me for life. I had a big one in the 90s in similar conditions that sent out lots of shoots but never could bloom it. Gave that away, I think it had 30 stolons in a big nursery pot. Hoping this one follows vegetative but not bloomless suit.
Nice one! Love the color and great job growing. Not the easiest species to flower in our area.
 
It's a gorgeous beau! :)

Especially in the second pic...it looks - with that pouch relative to the other floral fearures - like a fat (i.e. well-nourished) baby, thriving and enjoying to be alive! Good job, Brucher!
 
You've finally done it!!! This is a feat worth celebrating. And a beauty too.

I have not bloom one yet (a few are sitting pretty but bloomless) and I will look to your post as an inspiration!

Well done mister!
 
BTW the average awarded ones are around 9.5 cm H by 9 cm V. So yours is close to it. As plant gets bigger and stronger, the blooms will dramatically improve. Keep doing what you're doing and prosper!
 
Brucher, this intense yellow flower is an eye catcher and the plant looks well grown despite the infestation and attack of mealy bugs. Congrats!
 
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