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Cool growing Paphiopedilum species?

This is a discussion on Cool growing Paphiopedilum species? within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Oops, sorry. My bad....

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    Oops, sorry. My bad.

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    Yeah..my summer temps are still cool, but are more like 65F nights and 78F days.

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    Let us know what you add to your collection. Lots of people here who love slipper orchids!

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    I assume the lowest temp you can provide is during winter, as all paph like seasonal variation with warmer night temp during summer. They are not YEAR ROUND cool grower like Masdevellia. For your temperature range, you can grows the following species without problem and they need cooler night to bloom properly....
    armeniacum
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    These ones can tolerate cooler night during winter months, even in natural habitat...

    bellatulum
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    And almost all the bull dogs paph hybrids. The rest are pretty much intermediate to warm growers. Even cool growing paph need warmer temperature during summer time for robust growth.

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    Thanks! Given my current setup...it seems that the slightly warmer summer temps I get and longer daylight hours I set would work very well...

    I think that ..based on my research, victoria-mariae would be a fine first Paph addition to my setup...now..to find one....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exo View Post
    Thanks! Given my current setup...it seems that the slightly warmer summer temps I get and longer daylight hours I set would work very well...

    I think that ..based on my research, victoria-mariae would be a fine first Paph addition to my setup...now..to find one....
    If you are new to Paphs, I strongly recommend that you starts with P. charlesworthii, spicerianum, fairrienum and gratrixianum... these 4 are the most easiest to grow and bloom. They been line breeded so much and have tons of great colors and form floating in the market and easy to find...

    P. victoria-mariae is the probably the hardest of the cool growing paph. Even paph experts have trouble growing and blooming regularly. Its a very slow grower and hard to find, + the plant is huge over 24"+ across... If you want something similar, go with P. glucophyllum...much smaller in size and easier to grow and bloom ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by wonderlen View Post
    If you are new to Paphs, I strongly recommend that you starts with P. charlesworthii, spicerianum, fairrienum and gratrixianum... these 4 are the most easiest to grow and bloom. They been line breeded so much and have tons of great colors and form floating in the market and easy to find...

    P. victoria-mariae is the probably the hardest of the cool growing paph. Even paph experts have trouble growing and blooming regularly. Its a very slow grower and hard to find, + the plant is huge over 24"+ across... If you want something similar, go with P. glucophyllum...much smaller in size and easier to grow and bloom ...
    I'm not new to Paphs, but I am new to blooming them. LOL

    I grow P.lawrenceanum and sanderianum x primiflorum as houseplants and they grow well, but no blooms yet, have previously killed a lawrenceanum and dellanati due to water in the crown.

    Thanks for the info on victoria-mariae...had not heard this before, I still want it, but may try one of the others first.

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