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ArronOB 07-18-2019 05:27 AM

C. Secret Love - though I donít think so
 
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I bought this as a Ďbag babyí labelled Lc Secret Love. Mericlone.

It doesnít look like any Secret Love that I can google.

This is its second flowering - first was a spike of 2 buds which was nibbled off by a slug or something.

I know all mericlones vary slightly, and repeats of a Grex can be quite dissimilar, but I think this is a mislabelling? Opinions?

SouthPark 07-18-2019 05:43 AM

That flower photo is worth sharing Arron. That's a nice one.

As for the grex Secret Love ..... if it didn't come with a cultivar name or clonal name, then it's hard to say if it is from that grex.

On the other hand ..... if you go to this link here ... CLICK HERE

And then if you click on the Candy Tuft photo, followed by focusing on C. Dubiosa ...... then that might lead us to sway in one direction. May be some touches of resemblances.

ArronOB 07-18-2019 05:20 PM

Could be.

Incidentally, this was one of those Bunnings Polypack orchids - bought about three years ago. I buy a lot of them. They are from a company called Paradisea Nurseries, who are generally very meticulous. The plants are excellent too, or at least they are when they first arrive although they go downhill fairly quickly sitting in Bunnings.

SouthPark 07-18-2019 05:43 PM

I have certainly noticed that at Bunnings. It's pretty much plant abuse. There was even one time when some orchids, including catts were in such bad shape ------ really bad shape, as in near or around or past the points of unrecoverable --- that I was going to take some phone-pics of those plants (with Bunnings store background to be included). It would be evidence of sheer lack of care of orchids. I was thinking of how those gardening staff etc at Bunnings would like it if they were totally deprived of water and food. Totally deprived of it. They should cop a bit of their own medicine.

ArronOB 07-18-2019 10:17 PM

As they are sealed, there isnít much the Bunnings staff can do. The marketing philosophy is to ship them out in May, sealed up and able to remain in good shape for a month or two. What sells, sells, and the rest are scrapped, which is more profitable then having Bunnings staff frig around trying to keep orchids alive - a task that doesnít fit in with the big box store mentality.

If bought when they first arrive, they are excellent plants and I usually buy 15-20 per year. They are tiny but I have lots of patience.

I know itís wierd, but I donít like buying mature or near-flowering plants. I feel Iíve contributed nothing to their growth or flowering - so no achievement dividend.

Roberta 07-18-2019 10:43 PM

Orchidwiz has a bunch of photos of Ctt. Secret Love... none quite have the coloration of this one, but there is a range from very pale yellow-peach, to pale pink to dark pink/lavender. Also, how long has it been open? If there is yellow in its genetics (and that very pale one suggests that there is) the pink pigment may develop over a week or so. (I have seen that in Catts and Paphs)

SouthPark 07-18-2019 10:58 PM

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Originally Posted by ArronOB (Post 899156)
As they are sealed, there isnít much the Bunnings staff can do.

Oh.... those ones! Understandable. Still cruel I must say - if they are just left in their tubes for ages like that. The case I described before were potted ones. The degradation of the plants was brow-raising that's for sure.

I have some baby orchids too. A mix of juveniles and mature plants. I don't mind getting some juvenile plants ----- as there is a nice satisfaction of seeing them develop to the big size. Although, naturally --- I think about the time it will take for small orchids to develop to flowering size. 5 or 6 years here, and 5 or 6 years there .... definitely adds up hahaha.

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Originally Posted by ArronOB (Post 899156)
I know itís wierd, but I donít like buying mature or near-flowering plants. I feel Iíve contributed nothing to their growth or flowering - so no achievement dividend.

Not weird mate! A good and dedicated grower!

ArronOB 07-19-2019 04:17 AM

Been open about a week, Roberta.

Roberta 07-19-2019 01:17 PM

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Originally Posted by ArronOB (Post 899161)
Been open about a week, Roberta.

The color is probably through developing, then. It's still possible that it is what it says it is... not really important unless you were to breed with it. Enjoy a nice flower!

SouthPark 07-19-2019 04:41 PM

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Originally Posted by ArronOB (Post 899140)
IThey are from a company called Paradisea Nurseries, who are generally very meticulous.

The nice thing in this case - unlike lots of other cases - is at least there is some traceability here. If that nursery is still around, then there could be chances for sending them photos and see if it's possible to probe the situation.


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