How old are these??
I bought my very first Magic Lantern in January 2015. It bloomed that summer and been blooming every year since.
It is now growing in four directions with over 13 growths! Time to divide as I also am an indoor grower and big clump, as nice as they are, is nearly impossible to maintain in good shape.n
Wonderfful display! You got an easy to grow one. Rare, I think. My third plant of this grex is the size of a 6-month old seedling at four years now. The previous two did the same thing: never grew and eventually expired, though one did get close to NBS or so before giving up the ghost. I grow and flower both parents, so just assume some of these are just weak growers
It's possible that your first three might have been "problematic" plants. Any given crosses will present vigorous plants and those not so strong, but Magic Lantern in my opinion is generally easy to grow and bloom. You see pictures of them rather often unlike certain things like say Gloria Naugle or Jade Dragon.Wonderfful display! You got an easy to grow one. Rare, I think. My third plant of this grex is the size of a 6-month old seedling at four years now. The previous two did the same thing: never grew and eventually expired, though one did get close to NBS or so before giving up the ghost. I grow and flower both parents, so just assume some of these are just weak growers
I agree. I've seen plenty of posts were people have said they've grown Magic Lantern but had no success blooming it. Unlike you, however, I never had a lick of luck blooming Paph. micranthum. Grew it just fine, maybe had a blasted bud or two, but never bloomed it. Finally gave it the heave-ho. Paph. delenatii, on the other hand, I consider very easy to grow and bloom. I might add that I do grow these Magic Lanterns at the front off the rack, closest to the window, about 1' away from the glass. My exposure is South-West so I have to drop a light filtering screen when I start to get direct sun in mid to late afternoon.
Yeah, it might just be the temperature being higher than they like. Did you have ML and your other super delenatii in the older house? If so, any difference in plant vigor?HP7, I don't think drying out too much in the Winter was the problem, I pretty much treat all my Paphs the same. I should have been able to get them cold enough in the Winter in my old house which was a drafty, poorly insulated old three story brick farmhouse. But the move to a newer construction condo didn't suit them. Had them long enough with no success that it just wasn't worth the effort.
Wow!!HP7, I can't remember where or when I acquired the ML but the delenatii that you're referring to was purchased in the late '70s from J&L Orchids when it was owned by Janet & Lee. Yes, had both of them in the old house and don't recall ever having a problem with them. However, the big clump of delenatii is no more, finally had to break it up. It wasn't doing too well as a large clump after I had the 7 spike bloom. But hey, at that point the plant was about 42yrs old (in my care).