Rlc. Lawless Walkiire ‘The Ultimate’ (Rlc. Hunting Island x Rlc. Toshie Aoki)

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Lovely. Where’d you get this from?
Linus: I got it from Waldor when he spoke at the VOS meeting in Richmond last year. I was taken by the deep saturation of color. It was in bloom, this is my first bloom with it.
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Well flowered.

Cattleya flowers twist wrongly due to several reasons in my experience:

1. Changing light direction while forming buds
2. Floral sheath too long for stem (may need to slice open sheath to let flowers breathe)
3. Short flower ovary or stem
4. Leaves form a barricade for flowers
5. Genetic influences of multifloral bifoliates that bloom with flowers facing up.

Based on the pics, I suspect reason 2 as possible cause?
 

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Well flowered.

Cattleya flowers twist wrongly due to several reasons in my experience:

1. Changing light direction while forming buds
2. Floral sheath too long for stem (may need to slice open sheath to let flowers breathe)
3. Short flower ovary or stem
4. Leaves form a barricade for flowers
5. Genetic influences of multifloral bifoliates that bloom with flowers facing up.

Based on the pics, I suspect reason 2 as possible cause?
Thank you, Dr Leslie! While I appreciated the comments on the flower, I was hoping someone would give insight on this.
 

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Well flowered.

Cattleya flowers twist wrongly due to several reasons in my experience:

1. Changing light direction while forming buds
2. Floral sheath too long for stem (may need to slice open sheath to let flowers breathe)
3. Short flower ovary or stem
4. Leaves form a barricade for flowers
5. Genetic influences of multifloral bifoliates that bloom with flowers facing up.

Based on the pics, I suspect reason 2 as possible cause?
Dr Leslie, here is another one in bloom that clearly has two buds that are going to be facing different ways.
 

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Is your light from one direction or diffused from above?

In a case like this, I would use sticks to separate flowers to allow room to open, then twist the ovary part behind buds gently to normal stance (take care you don’t detach the bud off). Use a gentle twist holding the stem and ovary in increments of 3-5 degrees.
 

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Is your light from one direction or diffused from above?

In a case like this, I would use sticks to separate flowers to allow room to open, then twist the ovary part behind buds gently to normal stance (take care you don’t detach the bud off). Use a gentle twist holding the stem and ovary in increments of 3-5 degrees.
Light is from above. Because this is tall it is on the end of the table so could be reaching for greater light in center, but I don’t think so. I will try to separate flowers. I tried with ‘The Ultimate’ but had very little success but those stems were shorter. I also tried to twist it, but it didn’t work as I was afraid to grasp the stem too tightly, so the twist didn’t hold. Good challenge for me with this one.
 

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Tip: hold the flower stem with one hand and the ovary (back of flower) with other hand, and twist gently, at 3 to 5 degrees turns. Do 5 times then repeat in a few hours.
 

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Tip: hold the flower stem with one hand and the ovary (back of flower) with other hand, and twist gently, at 3 to 5 degrees turns. Do 5 times then repeat in a few hours.
You are amazing, thanks. Now I just have to figure out which the back of the flower is! 😉
 

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Tip: hold the flower stem with one hand and the ovary (back of flower) with other hand, and twist gently, at 3 to 5 degrees turns. Do 5 times then repeat in a few hours.
DrLeslieLe you are brilliant!! I never would have known you could twist it and it would begin to hold the position. I did it a couple of times a day!! Here are the before and after results just 4 days later just in time for the flowers to start to open!! Thank you!! AD1E5527-DF31-4422-B217-39A42C55D99B.jpegC179398E-73EA-4711-9EA6-CEAE98C97498.jpeg
 

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