Phal. bellina var coerulea ( Norman's Strain ) (bellina var coerula ' Norman's Blue ' x bellina var ' Norman ' AM/AOS) , NF2480
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We are very proud of this terrific, new, coerulea strain of Phal. bellina made with our award-winning clone ‘Norman’ and our best blue clone ‘Norman’s Blue’. We have been working with the coerulea form of Phal. bellina for the last 10 years and have collected many different strains from all over the world and using them in our hybridization program with great success. We found this new strain to be very suitable for growing in North America as it does not need to be kept as warm at nighttime as some Asian strains. We can easily keep this strain down to 58°F to 60°F (when kept on dry side) at night in winter versus a minimum of 65°F to 68°F at night for some Malaysian strains.

 Phal. bellina was originally called Phal. violacea var. Borneo, however it has since been moved into its own species due to differences in habitat and plant morphology. Phal. bellina is native to Malaysia and Borneo. It grows in shady, humid, lowland and swampy riverine forests at elevations up to 656 feet (200 meters). It is a small sized, hot growing, pendant growing epiphyte carrying pendulous, broad, rounded, light green, 6-inch long leaves. Phal. bellina blooms summer through fall on a 2.75 inch long inflorescence with 2 - 3 highly fragrant flowers open at a time. The flowers are waxy, measuring about 1.5 - 2 inches in diameter.

 The result of this line of breeding has been truly remarkable. Phal. bellina f. coerulea Norman’s strain is highly colorful and even more fragrant than the regular form. This new strain has species vigor, compact round leaves for type of breeding and extremely fragrant, waxy, long-lasting, white flowers with dark blue that are borne sequentially on compact spikes for months beginning in early summer, the flower spikes cascading gently over broad gracefully undulating leaves. It has a multiple spike habit which means old spikes remain green and continue to bloom in addition to creating new spikes each year, so don’t remove them until they have turned brown and dry. Phal. bellina thrives in warm to hot temperatures, bright light, high humidity, good air circulation, regular watering and fertilizing. Can be grown on a bright windowsill or under lights. Excellent for growing outdoors in hot and humid climates where winters are frost free and temperatures are above 60°F. Can be grown potted or mounted. Will need more frequent watering if mounted as it tends to dry quicker. Let dry slightly between thorough watering. It prefers consistent warm to hot temperatures year round and does not need a winter rest. Highly recommended for lovers of fragrant orchids and the species collector, and would be a welcome addition to collection or any novelty Phal breeding program. Look for many awards from this exciting new strain. Limited quantity.

 PLEASE NOTE: Since this is a Seedling Population (not a Mericlone which produces exact duplicates), the picture is for illustration purposes only. No two plants will be the same from this cross, and they will flower in a range of possibilities coming from the two parents.

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Class Phalaenopsis , species
Genus Phal.
HybridName bellina var coerulea ( Norman's Strain )
PodParent ' Norman's Blue '
PollenParent ' Norman ' AM/AOS
Color Purple,Other,Lavender
BloomSeason Spring,Summer,Fall
PropagationMethod Seedling
Fragrance Yes
PlantLocation Greenhouse,House
LightRequirement Medium 1000+ F.C.,Low 800+ F.C.
Species True
CompactGrower True
Temperature Warm

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