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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:34 pm 
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During my first period of orchid addiction, before I married, I grew a number of species in a small greenhouse. Z. Mackayi (not sure of the spelling) was one I coveted but never obtained. When I decided early this year to decorate my house with orchids, I bought this Z. 'James Strauss' from Ray Creek. This is the first flower.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:52 pm 
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That's a lovely bloom but unfortunately another of our traders Ray Creek is no longer trading.
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I really like these plants, apart from the beauty of the flowers they usually have a lovely scent.

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I really like these plants, apart from the beauty of the flowers they usually have a lovely scent.

Ah yes, so I heard. So far this one hasn't. Perhaps it evolves as the flower matures?

I noticed that Ray Creek said he was retiring but the web site appears to be still operative and I did recently obtain two plants.


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Well, it is scented after all. It hit me when I walked into the room this morning.


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James Strauss is originally from the strauss's who owned stonehurst orchids


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I tried these several times, mainly for that smashing scent but gave up due to constant foliage problems, it just didn't like my conditions.

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Steve, it remains to be seen if it likes my conditions. I've only had it since earlier this year so the question is will it thrive and flower again next year...


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Steve, it remains to be seen if it likes my conditions. I've only had it since earlier this year so the question is will it thrive and flower again next year...

I'm sure you'll have no troubling flowering it.
Mine had a nice habit of sometimes throwing up another spike "out of season" but that could be because it was a garden centre hybrid Noid, don't know if the species are so keen to do that?
Attractive flowers, distinct scent....shame about the foliage..... better luck with yours!

Of course now you've got me talking about Zygo's...... :think: I wonder if they have any at the Garden Centre?

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