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Single bloom on this 1st time Phal sumatrana seedling.


Can't ever get a good angle it seems on this Phal parishii. This smells awesome on a warm sunny day. Teeny flowers but really cool detail up close.


I'm really enjoying this Phal bastianii. Its getting spikes on keikis and there are more than these two flowers, but really spread out. The flower on the right is a month old, while the flower on the left is recently open. Faint smell reminiscent of sandalwood and pepper.
 

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I love the very distinct markings on these smaller Phals. and the interesting fragrances as well. My bastianii is a
monster and just keeps throwing blooms and blooming
keikis all the time. Do you have intermedia?
 

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My bastianii is a
monster and just keeps throwing blooms and blooming
keikis all the time. Do you have intermedia?
Never heard of that variety or species.:eek:

I have two bastianiis. One is this fairly large plant with essentially white flowers with red markings. The other is a small plant (leaves about 1/3 that of the big one) with mostly red flowers with a little white.
 

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Very nice, Rick. Number of flowers from P. parishii seems to be increasing every year!

P. x intermedia, which Angela is talking, is a natural hybrid, thought to be between P. equestris and P. apphrodite. I think I pre-ordered one from Purificacion this year.
 

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A pretty bunch indeed!

I didn't know parishii was fragrant.
Do you know if lobbii is fragrant also?
 

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A pretty bunch indeed!

I didn't know parishii was fragrant.
Do you know if lobbii is fragrant also?
Afraid I don't know about lobbii (I don't have one).

I was also surprised about the parishii the first time I noticed. On a good day you can smell it from 3 ft away!

This is the first time I noticed the bastianii, but you have to put your nose right up to it.

The time of day makes a big difference. Late morning through the early afternoon. So typically I'm at work when they are most obvious.
 

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Rick, your parishii is perfect. My old one died over winter
for no reason that I can identify. r.i.p. It seems to me that
some Phal. species live quite a long time and then just
start to deteriorate and eventually die of old age. I don't
know if this is natural for the species.
 

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Rick, your parishii is perfect. My old one died over winter
for no reason that I can identify. r.i.p. It seems to me that
some Phal. species live quite a long time and then just
start to deteriorate and eventually die of old age. I don't
know if this is natural for the species.
How old was it Angela

I've had mine (I think??) since 2003 or 2004, received as a BS division from Andy's
 

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Rick, to be truthful, I've forgotten. I got it from Dwayne
and it was a mature plant back then. I'd guess maybe
around 12 years with me. Same thing happened with my
gorgeous Phal. fimbriata when I'd had it about 15 years of
perfect growth and blooming. In contrast, I've had a mariae
over 20 years and it's still going strong. It seems to be the
small, cooler growing Phals. that eventually kick the bucket.
 

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Rick, to be truthful, I've forgotten. I got it from Dwayne
and it was a mature plant back then. I'd guess maybe
around 12 years with me.
I looked up from my old records and got it November 2002 as an adult plant.

So that's 13+ years. You better not jinx me Angela:p

I would say though, that I thought I'd lost it more than once prior to 2011, but its a whole new plant since cutting back the feed.
 

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I don't feed my mounted Phals. much and I've asked other
growers about Phal. life span and there seems to be no
definitive answers. Perhaps in situ, the keikis take over
when the parent plant begins to deteriorate and it is
essentially the same plant continuing to grow.

BING! You are now unjinxed and your Phals. will live
forever. Oh, do try to find an intermedia...you'll love
it! It is a forever grower. Mine is close to 20 years old.
 

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