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    Nun's Orchid

    I happened upon one of these today, and I was thrilled. I have wanted one for years, but could never find one locally.

    Anyway, pictures soon of the plant with scapes.

    I can't wait to see this one bloom! And it is hardy here!!!!!!!!!

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    Oh WOW!! I just looked it up ! Gorgeous ! WOW!!!
    "If I keep a green bough in my heart, a singing bird will come"




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    Yes! Now, you know why I wanted one so badly. They multiply fast and they do not mind WET feet! In fact, they like it! I can deal with that...

    I can't wait to take a picture. I am thrilled, and I got a pot with two plants and several scapes for $10!
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    Excellent Buy !
    "If I keep a green bough in my heart, a singing bird will come"




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    It was dark before I had time to go out to the porch and take a picture. Since there are no light fixtures (yet) on the porch, I used a flash.

    Can you see why I am so thrilled?
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    Look at these gorgeous leaves (even in the dark)!!!!
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    This is not a small grower, not with 3 foot leaves and bloom stems that get to 4 feet tall with up to 20 fragrant blooms! Lucky you, Ann! Native to SE Asia, so not hardy here fer sur!

    Do you know what color yours is going to be? there is an "Alba" form with yellow-green petals and a white to cream lip and several hybrids as well. Neat!


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    Rebecca,

    So sorry that I could not respond this morning when I read this. Life is sort of hectic getting ready for school...

    I have no clue what color it will be, and yes, I read about the alba version, but at this point, all I know is that the label says Nun's Orchid and it is a healthy plant.

    I am excited and I cannot wait to see the blooms, for I have never seen them before, only heard about them!

    You must know that I am dieing to take pics when they open...
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    Ann,

    I've never known anyone who grew one so I am nearly as excited as you are to see this one in bloom! If it is the "Alba" form, someone messed up!

    Either form (specie/variety) is beautiful and I can only imagine what the hybrids would look like!


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    Well, I never thought this would happen - but the Nun's Orchid has left me utterly speechless.

    I have never seen anything like it. It has left me mesmorised - blooms 4ft tall?? Unbelievable.

    But I guess there is nothing to say, except wait with baited breath for the bloom.

    Abby

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    Oh, Thank YOU!

    I have wanted this particular plant for a very long time. Honest, to goodness, I wish that I could afford to purchase 10 of them!

    That is how badly, I have wanted one.

    I will post pictures as soon as it blooms!

    Needless to say, I am elated!
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    Any more pix in this episode Ann? Its like reading half a novel.
    Would love to see the full bloom
    Abby

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    The scapes are still there and very healthy, but no signs of the buds opening.

    Perhaps, they are waiting for longer days, more warmth or whatever. I did give them a nice drink of lukewarm water today.

    Still waiting....
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    Pretty and well worth the wait!
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    Another view...
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