I purchased Triumphant from Lauray's of Salisbury at a spring flower show in 1995. It first bloomed (2 flowers) 6/4/1999. After the blooms, because the plant was somewhat pot-bound I decided to repot it. I was surprised to find that it had formed 4 separate divisions. I traded 2 and put the remaining 2 in separate 8" pots. At the time I didn't know that they needed to be pot-bound to bloom, so I got no blooms in 2000. One of the plants had 2 blooms in May 2001 (one 5/11 and which lasted just 24 hours and one 5/24 which lasted 2 days). The temperatures were in the 90s during the first bloom and in the 70s during the second, which may have affected the duration of the bloom. The first bloom opened 5/20/02; 9". It lasted 2 days. The second bud opened 5/24. By the outer petals were wide open but the inner petals remained tightly shut. Because I thought I remembered someone saying epi buds occasionally have trouble opening, I decided to gently loosen the tight point of the inner petals. This resulted in their opening much quicker that previous blooms. Two more opened 5/27, one on 5/31, one on 6/2 and the last on 6/7.
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2003: Triumphant had its first bloom 4/24. There were 12
more between 4/26 and 5/5.
2004: 9 blooms
2005: 9 blooms
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