Phragmipedium kovachii 'Ewok' AM/AOS
Have you ever embarked on a journey that seemed never-ending? A quest that required patience, dedication, and a touch of madness? Well, that's exactly what happened when we decided to grow a Phragmipedium kovachii in the comfort of our own home. And let us tell you, it was a wild ride!
What is a Phragmipedium kovachii?
Before we dive into our epic tale, let's start with the basics. A Phragmipedium kovachii is a rare and exquisite orchid specie that hails from the misty mountains of Peru. It holds the record of largest lady slipper in the Phragmipedium family. With its vibrant colors and delicate petals, it's no wonder this beauty has captured the hearts of orchid enthusiasts worldwide.
7 Years of Trials and Tribulations
When we first laid eyes on the Phragmipedium kovachii, we knew we had to give it a shot. Little did we know that it would take us a whopping seven years to witness its glorious bloom. Seven years of nurturing, experimenting, and occasionally talking to our plants (don't judge, it helps!).
There were times when we thought we had failed miserably. The kovachii seemed to be playing hard to get, refusing to show even a hint of a bud, and continuously aborting numerous infloresence. But we persevered, armed with our watering cans and a playlist of motivational plant songs (yes, that's a thing).
Our journey was filled with ups and downs, quite literally. We adjusted the temperature, tinkered with the humidity levels, and even tried playing classical music to set the mood. We were determined to create the perfect environment for our precious Kovachii.
And Then, It Happened!
After years of anticipation, the moment finally arrived. We woke up one morning to find a tiny bud peeking out from the heart of our kovachii. We couldn't contain our excitement! We called our orchid friends to share the news. It was a moment of pure joy and triumph.
As the days went by, the bud grew larger and larger, teasing us with its imminent bloom. And when it finally happened, we were left speechless. The Phragmipedium kovachii unfolded its petals, revealing a breathtaking display of stunning color and impressive 14.7cm flower which expanded over the first three days to almost 16cm that seemed almost otherworldly. It was a sight to behold.
An Award-Winning Achievement
But the story doesn't end there. Our blooming success caught the attention of the orchid community, and we were honoured with an Award of Merit (AM) for our dedication and perseverance. An AM is incredibly difficult to achieve, and it was a proud moment for us, knowing that our hard work had paid off.
Now, our Phragmipedium kovachii stands tall and proud in our home, a constant reminder of the journey we undertook. It serves as a testament to the power of patience, determination, and a touch of plant whispering (seriously, it works!).
So, if you ever find yourself with an orchid refusing to bloom, remember our story. Embrace the challenges, laugh at the setbacks, and keep going. Who knows, you might just end up with an award-winning orchid of your own!