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Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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AnnaZ
Nov 16, 2015 4:39 PM CST
I was totally shocked when I went to water in the greenhouse a few days ago and the Emerald Isle orchid has a gorgeous, large, scented bloom.

The phals are blooming too, but Emerald Isle puts them to shame, for sure.

Thanks, Ken, for sending me such a nice plant.


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Name: Jim Hawk
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hawkarica
Nov 16, 2015 7:01 PM CST
That is indeed a pretty Catt, Anna. Good growing.

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SarasotaPatty
Nov 17, 2015 10:27 AM CST
That Emerald Isle is STUNNING!!! I love anything pastel-y and am a sucker for ruffles too! BEAUTIFUL! Hurray! Green Grin!
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tarev
Nov 17, 2015 10:36 AM CST
Love it! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Nov 17, 2015 12:28 PM CST
Way to go, Anna. Hurray! I am down to my very last Emerald Isle and its just a puny thing. I hope to keep it alive. I would hate to lose that variety. If you keep it cool the flower will last twice as long.
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Name: lindsey
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sugarcane
Nov 17, 2015 2:10 PM CST
That's a fabulous Cat , Anna..I'm looking for a blooming one to give to my sister..
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Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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AnnaZ
Nov 17, 2015 2:55 PM CST
Ken, I had NO idea it was "with bud"..............LOLOL I have never had that variety, so had nary a clue it was going to bloom! I need to be more on the ball. I wish I could get the darn plant to stand straight in the pot. I may have to repot it later and see what I can do. It looks like the orchid worlds' version of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Rolling on the floor laughing I have it in the shaded portion of the g'house. Furnace set at 55 right now. How long do those blooms usually last?
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Nov 17, 2015 5:27 PM CST
I have to stake a lot of my orchids, long-leafed, floppy ones and those that would rather grow horizontally than vertically. It might even take more than one stake. That usually solves the "tipsy" problem.
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Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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AnnaZ
Nov 18, 2015 9:11 PM CST
Up in the g'house today and Emerald Isle has ANOTHER bloom! Looks like it is on the same stem as the first one. Need a pic, will try and get that tomorrow!
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Nov 18, 2015 9:24 PM CST
Oh, Anna, I am so pleased. The Emerald Isle is my oldest plant and I am so glad yours is doing well. Did you know that this plant is a bit out of the ordinary? It has the bilateral notches in the lip and I have been told by a couple of experts who grow this variety for show, that I should label mine "var. Ramsey". I never have, but having a variation is kind of neat. I don't know why my plant developed these notches. I don't even know when the notches began to appear. I have had the original plant so long. Why does a variation occur when all I do is take divisions? Just another orchid growing mystery. Sighing! I have a constant list of those who want my plant, but I seldom divide her. I think she is becoming a rarity, along with many other old, greatly awarded varieties. I am slowly developing a collection of these older ones. I think I now have 6-8 that date back 40 or more years.
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Nov 18, 2015 9:35 PM CST

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Ken, I have noticed the notches the very first time you posted this Orchid. I always thought you simply happened to pick up a plant with that characteristic, small changes do happen/can show up in populations of siblings. I have never seen that notched lip on any other. You certainly can name it! Smiling
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Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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AnnaZ
Nov 18, 2015 10:29 PM CST
The wretched wind blew a 6x16 roof panel off of the greenhouse during the night. Grumbling If you don't think that wasn't a @@@@@ getting that back on. Good thing the orchids are way in the back, towards the north, insulated wall.
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Nov 19, 2015 7:46 AM CST
Wow, Anna. That's a huge panel to blow off. Y'all have your work cut out for you today to get it back on. Good luck.
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Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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AnnaZ
Nov 19, 2015 10:02 AM CST
So, I go up to the g'house to take another pic of Emerald Isle..........the 2nd flower is kind of droopy..........ok, it's REALLY drooping. AND I SEE ANOTHER BUD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG..............I don't know what to look for re: buds on those types of orchids. Will they put out another flower where I see that they have previously had blooms?
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Name: lindsey
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sugarcane
Nov 19, 2015 10:10 AM CST
Good luck with that panel...it took 4 people to help me with mine a few years back...not fun.
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Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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AnnaZ
Nov 19, 2015 10:13 AM CST
It took 3 of us in 40 mph wind........it was NOT pretty.
Name: lindsey
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sugarcane
Nov 19, 2015 10:18 AM CST
Hurray!
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Nov 19, 2015 10:37 AM CST
Anna, was the Emerald Isle damaged or traumatized when the panel blew off? Wind/cold can be the cause of that dropping flower/stem. You might want to check on moisture. She may just need a good drink of water. I typically stake my stems just so the flowers present well. You might want to do that as well.
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Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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AnnaZ
Nov 19, 2015 10:39 AM CST
It was cool in there, but not any cooler than it had been before I turned the heat on. It is in the middle of the g'house, and back towards the wall. I just checked when I took the pic an hour ago.........the medium is not dry.
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Nov 19, 2015 10:41 AM CST
That's the only two guesses I can think of, Anna. Gently prop those stems up just to give those heavy flowers some support.
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