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This is a discussion on Paphiopedilum Bel Royal within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Originally Posted by catttan Beautiful blooms, beautifully photographed!! I have a mature Paph kolopakingii and ...
My goodness, Yew, the orchid gods are surely smiling on you! I'm told by the grower that he's waiting until about May for his niveums before he picks one for me - and I'm feeling very impatient. Your taste in Paphs is certainly expansive! - I think it must cover all the alliances - but do you have any barbatums? I think the niveum shall join a delenatii to constitute the entirety of my paph species collection, but I love the primary hybrids - so fun to see which parental traits dominate! I have a new Paph. Berenice to post presently. I regret that, as a first-year grower, none of the blooms I have had are due to my own efforts, but I do find keeping the plants alive both before and after they bloom to be something of a challenge. And I'm rounding the corner onto year 2, so maybe I will be able to bloom some of my original plants from last year. We shall see. Most of my early acquisitions didn't survive my vacation last October.
All the big multi-floras are summer flowering here in UK - my Bel Royal may make it to flower (again) this year , it doesn't do so every year on account of the fact that a flowering size growth has maybe 24 or 30 inch leaf span, so it takes more than a year ( here) to reach that size. I will be looking forward to mine after seeing this ! Thanks for the reminder of what an optimist thinks is sure to be on the way..
You'll have to post a photo of yours, Geoff, when it blooms, as I'm sure it will. I'll bet it's impressive!
Lovely Paph. and photos!
Nice one! The profile is especially lovely...I like the hook!
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Sorry to say Maura it's not that expansive. I still don't have a single Parvisepalum but after seeing that Zain's micranthum can bloom in the lowlands I'll be looking for one now. I mostly have species Polyantha and brachys. No I don't have a barbatum , and I have killed a couple as they don't seem to like the lowlands. I have to do with callosum instead.
I have to say, I need to pay more attention to those of you who grow outside 24/7,especially since you are so aware of which orchids will grow for you. As an indoor windowsill grower, I am more likely to have luck with hybrids (which comprise the largest part of my collection), and I do pay some attention to the growing conditions required by certain species - mostly in the sense that I CAN'T grow them in my living room. I have also come to the regrettable conclusion that I really can't grow too many fragrant orchids, as most of them ARE species - and I seem to have little luck with growing even hybrid catts, since, despite the southern exposure I have, there is still not enough light. (Or I'm doing something(s) else wrong, which is likely.)
In any event, I see by your example, and those of others, that there is a point at which one simply accepts that not all things are possible in this life, including the growing of any orchid that catches my fancy. I just wish that my tastes revolved around hybrid phals and dens, which seem to grow longer and better than my taste for them lasts. Instead, I shall refocus on the conditions I have and work out some sort of compromise.