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 Post subject: Update on variation in LD's Bear King 'YK-7' colors
PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 6:43 am 
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The bronze version, I finally got an accurate photo for; the yellow version is straight out of the box from Peter. I love this cultivar. The variations in color are fun on the surface, but it is also a great grower, tending to flower on multiple spikes while quite young ... and we understand that it is a proven parent. If anyone is "on the fence" about whether to get the one plant still listed as available on Peter's Store, once again I humbly but highly suggest you get it while you can -- no telling when it will be offered again.

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 Post subject: Re: LD's Bear King 'YK-7' one color "phase"
PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:37 am 
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Very nice. Thank you Walton for sharing. Form and size will surely improve.

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 Post subject: Re: LD's Bear King 'YK-7' one color "phase"
PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:32 pm 
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This one opened over the weekend.


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 Post subject: Re: LD's Bear King 'YK-7' one color "phase"
PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:55 am 
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Wow, that's gorgeous. Already, we see the color variation Peter reported.

Now: let's see. Details please on the growing conditions? Including temperature.

My dark one was flowered in very high light (Cattleya level) and happened to finish a bud and then flower when my apartment was flat-out-COLD. Our nights were 33-degrees f. outside and my apartment heater could not fight up over about mid-60's during this period. Combination of T-8 Cool White and T-8 "Daylight," with the plant not more than about 9-10" from the middle of the bulb fixture. Was yours flowered in your combination of LED/others and some windowsill?

Fascinating plant and I can hardly wait to see its results as a parent. 'YK-14' is much larger (I think you posted a photo of yours also?), but I think this one might be more floriferous on a mature plant.

Thanks in advance for your notes on flowering conditions; a lot of us may learn from this. I know that we get darker color in general from cooler conditions combined with brighter light...but I want to learn more about what spectrum of light may play as a role in this!

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 Post subject: Re: LD's Bear King 'YK-7' one color "phase"
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I will post a picture of the growing setup later. For now, temp was between 50-70(Berkeley is warmer then Florida?) The middle rack uses 5000k LED's and some Sunlight. Water once a week, small amount of fertilizer or kelp from Ray.
The humidity has ranged from 25 to 65. More later.


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 Post subject: Re: LD's Bear King 'YK-7' one color "phase"...and two others
PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:30 pm 
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Updated photo of a later flowering. Warmer, not cooler weather, but longer days...hmmm. As predicted by Peter, larger and more full flower in time/more maturity. Note: photo taken at nearly sunset, so it is not quite as red as it appears here. Still, quite more rich than the original flowering and rounder.

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 Post subject: Re: LD's Bear King 'YK-7' one color "phase"...and two others
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Walton,

Thank you SO much for holding that plant for me. I think it's warm enough now for you to ship it!

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 Post subject: LD's Bear King 'YK-7' photo explanation update
PostPosted: Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:24 am 
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raybark wrote:
Walton,

Thank you SO much for holding that plant for me. I think it's warm enough now for you to ship it!


Thanks, Ray! Maybe we can work out a trade for a life-time supply of KelpMax and Inocucor!

Although, to be honest, as referenced above, this is one of those flowers that doesn't photograph well to begin with, and I made matters worse by taking the photo just before sunset (note the shadow to the right of the flower -- the sun was setting, which always makes photos appear more red than they should). I do not have really fancy photo editing to fix the photo to "true" color, so it looks more beguiling here than it should -- however, the shape is of course accurate and I do LOVE this plant. Peter -- if you are reading this, do you know of any specific crosses made with it as a parent? I noted your comment that it was a proven parent -- do we know of any individual crosses made and flowered, from which I could learn much...and thanks again for offering this beauty. I sense a remake of Mituo Prince coming on; I have always gone weak at the knees at Mituo Prince 'Marley' and wondered where that much darker color comes from...perhaps I am half-way there to a remake that could produce even just one plant of such fantastic color!
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 Post subject: Re: Photo explanation re.: LD's Bear King 'YK-7'
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Can you spell "c l o n e"?

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 Post subject: Re: Photo explanation re.: LD's Bear King 'YK-7'
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raybark wrote:
Can you spell "c l o n e"?


Ray -- you are forgetting that I did not go to Georgia...TECH!, so, no, I cannot spell something so scientificalnessy. :o

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