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Wonderful photo and the besseae is an eye catcher. There's not even a tiny hint of orange in that bloom...pure red. WOW!
 

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What do you mean by "standard old" besseae? If it refers to the colour I like them best; the colour is wonderful!
 

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Yep, old style, not line bred and mixed. Yay besseae! Hope you grow it big enough to divide.
BTW, the Chysies I got from you have multiplied lots in # of bulbs but never bloomed. Any suggestions?
 

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Yep, old style, not line bred and mixed. Yay besseae! Hope you grow it big enough to divide.
BTW, the Chysies I got from you have multiplied lots in # of bulbs but never bloomed. Any suggestions?
I have spotty luck blooming them out; seems the more correct my culture, the less blooming I get. Let me know if you figure it out!
 

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What do you mean by "standard old" besseae? If it refers to the colour I like them best; the colour is wonderful!
Not the super-round fattish ones they seem to be gravitating toward. I'm not terribly fond of the newer line-bred ones which are so full and round. I think they lose the original charm of the species and its unique form.
 

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It seems I'm a bit old fashioned, too, I totally agree with you about the individuality of the shape.
 

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Not the super-round fattish ones they seem to be gravitating toward. I'm not terribly fond of the newer line-bred ones which are so full and round. I think they lose the original charm of the species and its unique form.
That just puts you into the... 'hey i have 5 different clones of besseae' club... nice species variability makes for a fun collection... :)
 

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I would kill for this plant. I don’t suppose there’s a list one can get on for divisions? This is my dream besseae.
. . . Ecuagenera in Ecuador. They have a location in Apopka and ship orders from there. Good prices and plants . . .
 

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Beautiful.❤This guys were always a chellenge to me.This year is the first when I have success with them.I have two plants in bud.I keep my fingers crossed.😊
 

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How long have you had it? I have some 25 year old plants but they all have a yellow base colour, so they're shades of orange.
 

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How long have you had it? I have some 25 year old plants but they all have a yellow base colour, so they're shades of orange.
This I got as a division from a friend maybe 8-10 years ago; how long he'd had it I don't know for sure, but a while, as the mother plant was many growths old.
 

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Not the super-round fattish ones they seem to be gravitating toward. I'm not terribly fond of the newer line-bred ones which are so full and round. I think they lose the original charm of the species and its unique form.
That is a gorgeous flower. I like the shape, and the color is amazing. Although there has been line breeding to produce fuller segments, apparently there is a lot of variation is wild plants, as well. Some have wider petals than others. Take a look at the photos in the recent Phragmipedium Issue of the Orchid Digest.
 

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