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Paphiopedilum philippinense

This is a discussion on Paphiopedilum philippinense within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Originally Posted by delphiguy Thanks Derek, so are you suggesting mine is Paphiopedilum philippinense var. ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by delphiguy View Post
    Thanks Derek, so are you suggesting mine is Paphiopedilum philippinense var. laevigatum ?
    It's a laevigatum (Latin laevigo or levigo, Meaning smooth) variety.

    If you can post the leaves we can easily identify the variety.

    The common form has broad wide leaves.

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    Derek, I didnt took any photos of the plant except from those that can be seen from the background.

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    Oops, sorry! I only noticed the flowers.

    I see, it is the laevigatum variety.

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    thanks Derek.

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    I think that there is also an alba form of this as I saw one in the collection of a friend of mine in Cebu province which does look really beautiful.

    Although I am not sure if the alba form can be found occurring in nature or if it just came about due to selective breeding of the species.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delphiguy View Post
    Thanks Jason... better grow space is one... also its underpotted, all the ones i've lost i've potted enough to accomodate the plant and used a cocochips
    media and the roots rotted, I was able to save a small growth from the first batch and its now thriving in a straight leca medium. Also, our summer
    this year is nothing compared to last years where I've lost tons of plants.
    I've observed with my Philippinensis collection at home that they thrive better when they are grown in clumps instead of planting them as singletons and also when I've added some calcium (in the form of ordinary classroom chalk) in the loose, organic potting medium.

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    Jojo, browsing the web I even saw a miniature variety.... I hope I can find all of the varieties... especially roebbelenii.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManilaByNight View Post
    I've observed with my Philippinensis collection at home that they thrive better when they are grown in clumps instead of planting them as singletons and also when I've added some calcium (in the form of ordinary classroom chalk) in the loose, organic potting medium.
    Jojo I've heard of crushed shells but this is the first time I've heard of chalk... how did the plant respond with the chalk? also dont the chalk gets muddy when its wet? me I just place crushed eggshells.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delphiguy View Post
    Jojo I've heard of crushed shells but this is the first time I've heard of chalk... how did the plant respond with the chalk? also dont the chalk gets muddy when its wet? me I just place crushed eggshells.
    I don't use a lot ... just a little to the medium. I sprinkle just around at the top on the outer edges. You could just add break the chalk into short segments instead of crushing it if you are worried that it might get "muddy".

    Well, my plants respond very well to the addition. My plants are potted in a huge plastic pot where I've mixed some Leca + orchid rock to the organic media which is wood chips and bark. I stay away from the coconut chips because those tend to get soggy wet over time as they break down unlike the wood chips and bark which drains and dries out better but still retain moisture. Also, I've drilled pencil sized holes all around the pot to assist in ventilation and drainage and they are hanging outside my 2nd floor bedroom window. They are doing very well there. They do love that location just like my haynaldianum, hennesianum (which I've got an alba form too), argus, urbanianum, acmodontum, fowleii among others .... some other species like charlesworthii, a sanderianum and some hybrids are located. I've moved all my Paphs into that location because they LOVE it over there and are thriving very well. Before I had them on the ground floor level in my front, plastic roof porch and some died of rot until I discovered that some of the Paphs up on the second floor were doing better .... so I decided to transfer ALL of my Paphs to that location and now they're so happy!

    The only drawback is that space outside my bedroom window is cramped as I can only place a very limited number of plants hanging including on the concrete ledge where they have to be on stable footing or risk the pot to fall on the plastic roofing just below. Geesh!
    Last edited by ManilaByNight; April 11th, 2011 at 07:08 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delphiguy View Post
    Jojo, browsing the web I even saw a miniature variety.... I hope I can find all of the varieties... especially roebbelenii.
    I've got the roebbelenii which probable has the darkest and most defined coloration of the varieties. Got the laevegatum and the so-called "common" one too. I'm hoping to get the alba form when my friend in Cebu will be repotting and dividing his huge clump soon. I've heard that Philippinensis does well when they start to fill the container and hates to be repotted often as this delays flowering for "x" number of years.

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