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Old 07-28-2022, 10:41 AM
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I bought this Grobya on a whim while buying other orchids in May of 2021 from Tarzane Group. When it arrived, it had two immature growths and a bunch of leafless bulbs, but no sign of future or former spikes that I could tell.

I've kept it in my refrigerated terrarium, which hovers around 70°F/21°C at night and stays below ~76°F/24°C during the day. It's watered daily and gets what I would describe as moderate light. While it was in active growth last summer, I hung a teabag full of Osmocote slow-release fertilizer pellets at the top of the mount in addition to my usual weakly-weekly fertilizing with MSU.

The two growths produced a bunch of leaves and became bulbous at the base and then very little happened... until late spring, when a new growth appeared. And finally, in late June, spikes emerged from last summer's growths! From spike to full bloom, I'd say it took a little over a month. A couple buds on the right-hand spike blasted, but overall I am very pleased with how this flowered.

Here is my attempt to capture the opening of the buds in a time-lapse. (My cats jostled the camera at the end while doing battle.)

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That is just spectacular! I failed at a Grobya awhile back, you inspire me to try again. Those are very intriguing flowers.
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Your photography and growing skills are inspiring to see. Tarzane has great little plants(and some not so little) but Grobya I've not seen ''in person". TY for sharing.
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Fantastic! This is a new one to me and it's very unique and interesting. Great job!
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Thanks for the kind words, all. I feel really lucky that this has been happy in the conditions I provided and has turned out to be such a crowd-pleaser, given that I had never even heard of Grobya before buying it!
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Too cool and such a rare treat!
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Beauty! How big is it? Any fragrance?
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Beauty! How big is it? Any fragrance?
thank you!

the mount is 3" x 5" and each flower is about an inch tall.

not really any fragrance that I've detected, but it's been in a terrarium so i could have missed it if it's only fragrant at specific times of day.
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