SPECIMEN PLANTS: Definitions and Culture

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by Robert M. [Bert] Hamilton (Compiler)

Originally published in The Orchid Doctor in 1980 and 1988

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A clean unbroken, un-damaged, flourishing, large for its kind and its locale, plant and preferably in bloom; cultural details; refer to reprint. OA87-50
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SPECIMEN PLANTS: How to Grow Them When repotting, retain the back bulbs; cut the rhizome half-way through on some rhizome places to increase the number of growing points; some plants do better when kept to only one or two leads. A62-662; A68-681+; A75-811+; F68-15+; FR43; OD68-211+; OD79-82; ODA70-55 0
SPECIMEN PLANTS: Miltonias Grown as For full cultural instructions refer to A82-579 0
SPECIMEN PLANTS: Of Cattleyas If the plant lacks the natural tendency to develop several leads, cut the rhizome in 3 to 5 places in the rhizome in the pot; the rear portions should flower in one year. OR81-142; OR85-145 0
SPECIMEN PLANTS: Points to Consider They can be both small or large; they may take five or more years to develop; don't select plants with extended rhizomes or which are high climbers; select those that produce growths freely even from old growths; stimulate them by cutting half way through rhizomes behind leading growths (must be legal?) ; keep the roots in good enough service so that leaves do not fall; species may be more successful than hybrids; potting-, or dropping-on may be better than re-potting; shallow containers with less decomposable compost are better. OR87-321 0
SPECIMEN PLANTS: The Butterworth Prize The finest of the year awarded; descriptions, illustrations; refer to AA82-36; AA84-23 0
SPECIMEN PLANTS: To Re-establish Them If it has lost its roots, the large plant should be broken up and each piece restarted; the full-size plant if repotted will likely produce sub-standard non-blooming growths for several years. ODA72-6 0

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