Phragmipedium Sorcerer's Apprentice

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rudy.maex

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This Phragmipedium is a hybrid between longifolium and sargentianum.
It's growing a bit out of control though and has become by far the biggest phragmipedium in my (small) collection.
Two years ago, it had 4 blooming stems, last year none. This year it is starting with one.
I probably should repot it but don't quite know how to tackle this due to the unwieldy size.
 

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My Sorcerer's Apprentice originated as a division from Hadley Cash's plant that was easily 5x that size. In the time I've had it, I usually let it get to about 8-10 mature growths before dividing it, and that involves a strong sharp knife and rubber mallet to drive it into the root mass, which is in S/H culture.
 

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I have a smaller version (smaller, not small) that was awarded mostly because of the plant size. :) They are rewarding plants though, I have had them stay in bloom continuously unless it gets too hot, then they take a little break and just start up again when it is cooler.
 

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I avoid the primary crosses with longifolium for this reason. I don’t have the room for these monsters!
well grown and spectacular!
David
 

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Nicely done!
Mine is probably 5X that size and really overdue for a visit to the chop shop but it is such a vigorous, free-flowering cross, I hate to do it.
I think mine would be in bloom year round if I let it but I also think if I did I wouldn't get the number of spikes I do.
This was a "so-so" year as there were only 4 spikes but I've had as many as 8.
Enjoy!
 

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My S.A. is a nice size pant, not huge. I won an AM with it last year. It is a very reliable bloomer. It now has 6 flowers on 2 spikes.
 

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