Sophronitis coccinea aurea ‘Masako Hanajima’ FCC/AOS

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This stunning bright yellow coccinea got an FCC at the Tamiami show. So round! Guess who bought the sister plants (plus 3 unbloomed sibs lol).

* Had Francisco Miranda help confirmed and do a comparison in case I change my mind lol.

What say my orchid friends here?

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When you locate good material, take advantage of crossing superior plants with one another, this is what can happen!
There isn’t the shadow of a doubt that these are spectacular clones!!!👍‼️
 

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Who was selling those
Hanajima Orchids from Japan.

I tried to buy a division of the FCC plant, but no luck. But I’m happy with the blooming sister (last pic) and the 4 unbloomed sibs (yes another one popped up the last day of show 🤭).

These coccineas grow only in my cool tank. Anywhere else in my home is a death sentence. They take a long time to establish. I bought 3 different coccinea aurea divisions last year and they took almost 8 months of sulking before they showed any sign of life (throwing new growths now finally). The flowers of these 3 according to Hanajima is as good if not better than this current FCC. Imagine that!
 

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Leslie, you have special conditions to grow coccinea, right? Could you briefly describe, please?
Yes Terry.

They grow in my cool wine tank with 80-90% humidity, LED lights at 1500-2000 fc and T range of 12-15C nights and 23-25C days all year long. They are watered 1-2 times per week with RO water and sprayed daily. Media is bark/perlite bottom half and top half NZ moss. Feeding once a week with K-lite and flushed 30 min later.

Here’s one in bloom now:

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Leslie, that sparkling color just assaulted my eyes! If this is a cool grower, I might try one or two. The shape is
terrific. Do you think this lovely can be mounted in a cool, very humid greenhouse with LED grow lights and
some sun when there is any?
 

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Leslie, that sparkling color just assaulted my eyes! If this is a cool grower, I might try one or two. The shape is
terrific. Do you think this lovely can be mounted in a cool, very humid greenhouse with LED grow lights and
some sun when there is any?
They grow on trees in cool humid areas so I think it will work as long as you put them in the brightest spot.
 

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Leslie- if your wine cooler maxes at 25C, what temperature range do you set for your apartment?
There are micro niches around my apartment. I set the T to 25 in daytime but can get to 30 in warmest areas or stay cooler by the windows/balcony doors that are slightly open (0.5 cm) even in winter that keeps the max at 18-22 (drops to 15-18 nights, sometimes 12 in fall when I open them wide).
 
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This stunning bright yellow coccinea got an FCC at the Tamiami show. So round! Guess who bought the sister plants (plus 3 unbloomed sibs lol).

* Had Francisco Miranda help confirmed and do a comparison in case I change my mind lol.

What say my orchid friends here?

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When you flask crosses or selfings of these, please sign me up for one. I don’t have a cool tank but have now raised two coccinea on my windowsill from half-inch deflasklings to bloom. Dying for this lovely bright yellow.
 

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