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Paphiopedilum malipoense

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Djthomp28

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Congrats on the bloom. I enjoy seeing these. I have one that has spiked and blasted one year. Only to spike at open very oddly the next.

Thanks for posting your. Clearly I will not be enjoying mine for a while.
 

DrLeslieEe

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Mine was in spike for 5 months lol
Nice flower there...
 

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Here in the south US, P. malipoense is 'famous' for putting up spikes in August/September that never open flowers. About 3 months later the buds crash and the spike dies. Maybe 1 out of 10 will open a flower.

Usually only the spikes that come up in December actually open their buds
 

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We moved to Va last Aug and my malipoense spiked around Oct and just slowly developed its bud only to die by Jan. I thought I made a mistake of fertilizing it,, I wonder if anyone was succesful by not feeding at all when spike and bud was developing.
 

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Thanks everyone, and I havent fertilised mine while the bud and spike has been developing, I read somewhere on ST that it reduces the length of time the bloom lasts so I erred on the side of caution.
 

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I don't know if there is anything to this but I'll tell the story any ways.
I had two plants spike a few years back. One had plenty of overhead space to grow a tall spike. The other not so. After the one with no head room got up about 10 inches, I moved it to different spot. Big mistake, blasted in a couple of weeks. The other went on to bloom
 

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