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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 12:28 am 
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Got this plant, I think, four years ago. I believe it's a "Spring Dream Apollon" but I'll never be sure about it, right?

It went through a heavy mealy bug infestation and, last summer, a spider mite too.
50% of the people told me to get rid of it, the other half to keep it.
I couldn't throw it away and decided to follow what someone said: while there's green, there's hope.

This is my reward for keeping it alive.:)

Not all buds are open yet, and with so many flowers, what usually is a faint scent becomes really strong...and it smells good.:)

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That's lovely!

I don't know why I can never keep these nobile-types alive. They start growing in spring, produce stunted new growth half the size of the previous year, and then over the course of the next 12 months the bulbs invariably turn yellow and dry off, and the plant doesn't come through its next winter :/

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Well mine don't die but I have yet to perfect the re-blooming. The only one I get right is the species nobile, all hybrids sort of splutter.

Rbarata you appear to have the technique just right, a lovely blooming.

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Well done for ignoring those who told you to get rid of it and this is your reward !
Its a very good flowering with the majority of its canes in flower.

This one proves an orchid doesn't have to be brightly coloured or patterned to be attractive or beautiful and the very slight hint of pink adds to its appeal, a subtle beauty indeed.

Well done rbarata, you should be pleased with yourself.

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Well done rbarata, I only got 8 blooms on two canes. it looks exactly like my Apollon spring dream and every other one I've seen- so I'd say it was.

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Well done indeed! They are pretty tough plants but getting them to re-bloom to that extent is a challenge! Well done.


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Thank you, my friends

About my growing conditions... I have it in a north faced window, a large one without obstructions so no sum and bright light year round.
Temps in summer are low 80's without a noticeable variation between day and night. In winter the room is not heated so it's around low 50's, again without a noticeable variation.
HR: 10 to 20 % in summer (watering twice per week) and 60 to 70 % in winter (watering once/week or once/10 days).
The key to so many bloomings is to stop using fertilizer (mine is 13-3-15) from late summer-early fall until next spring. This is to stop feeding the den with nitrogen.

An interesting link is here.


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