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    This is a seedling flowering for the first time . I have three other Roth's two of which flowered last year - and as relatively young plants, they don't mature a new growth in a single year - here in UK anyway ; maybe these big plants need a couple of years to mature a growth anywhere ? Ideally of course one wants a big plant with half a dozen growths at different stages, and then it may flower every year, even with multiple spikes. But it takes a long time to get there , I find. And since they are so magnificent (IMHO) that was the reason for buying another - in this case bought as a smallish potful at one of the big shows a few years ago.
    Should be a good one I think ; the natural spread of the larger flower is 9 and a half inches, and there are two flowers and a bud ; I have never seen more than 5 flowers on a spike, and four is more usual I think. This plant actually has a second growth almost as big as the first , so it may indeed manage a flower spike on that next year.
    I put the sideways pic in to show the size of the plant - the leafspan is 19 inches. Another sign of a young plant - I saw P.rothschildianum 'Commander' FCC/RHS once - with the largest flowers 13 inch spread , and the leafspan I estimated at almost 30 inches. Surprisingly they don't take up too much room on the bench, since the leaves can extend over other plants, and they don't form a rosette - its a narrow "footprint" of the leaves.
    The pics also show the unique beaked rostellum - the structure in front of the pollinia, and its "beard". It doesn't seem to pass this on in the same form to hybrids, so you can tell if you have the specuies or not by this.
    BTW sorry I haven't been contributing much lately - have been very busy repotting all my paphs - phrags next - and then more cattleyas...all work and no play makes jack a dull boy !

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    Awesome plant and more amazing info, will surely keep it in mind when I get my p. roth.

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    Oh yes, I love this paph. I think mine is in spike!! Beautiful bloom, Geoff! What an amazing orchid.

    BTW - when you finish all of your repotting... come to visit me. I have lots to repot too and could use the experience.

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    Awesome! Such beautiful striping.

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    Lovely healthy plant ..

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    Lovely blooms and thanks for the info Geoff.

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    Beautiful! Resisting buying any paphs until I am more confident in my ability to care for them.

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    This is one hell of a beauty. On my wish list since quite some time, but not able to get a source for this

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    Fascinating growth and physical description of this Paphiopedilium. I to would love to acquire a rothschildianum in the near future. May I ask Geoff if this can be grown 'warm' and what kind of light it prefers? These are a very regal looking flower and I like the leaf build/habit also. AL

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    Quote Originally Posted by orchidsal View Post
    Fascinating growth and physical description of this Paphiopedilium. I to would love to acquire a rothschildianum in the near future. May I ask Geoff if this can be grown 'warm' and what kind of light it prefers? These are a very regal looking flower and I like the leaf build/habit also. AL
    All my orchids are grown together - cattleyas, vandas, dendrobes, paphs, phrags - all get more or less the same conditions....Yes, 'Roth likes it warm, and fairly bright.

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