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Paph. bellatulum

This is a discussion on Paph. bellatulum within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; These are so cool! I was pondering trying one, but now that I know its ...

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    These are so cool! I was pondering trying one, but now that I know its harder to grow, I think I'll hold off for a while.

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    did in fact get whiter with age. for some reason I like my bellatulums white but it seems people are trying to breed some that open yellow and stay that way.


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    Fabulous bloom Jason. I've always fancied trying one of those, but don't really trust mail order. Guess I'll just have to wait it out till one turns up at a show.

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    It is very pretty, but I do like the yellow color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jmoney View Post
    Paph. bellatulum is not the easiest species to cultivate, but will appreciate strong filtered light, intermediate-to-cool temperatures, and a light topdressing of crushed oyster shell. Plants should be allowed to dry out slightly between waterings, and a combination of very pure water and infrequent fertilizer should be used in light of its sensitivity to salt buildup. Flowering is heaviest during the spring to summer, and may be facilitated by a cool, dry winter rest.

    Okay..I am so not a paph person but this one has peaked my interest now. Are the leaves mottled? The water here is naturally fairly laden with limestone deposits from natural aquifers..would this plant appreciate that? Could I grow it in spag in a clay pot with the catts? What's your temp range like?

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    Yes the leaves are mottled on this one! And the leaf tessellations are one of the most beautiful of paphs.
    I read somewhere that people with hard water grow these well. If I remember correctly they can also benefit from lime in their mix since they grow on limestone cliffs. I know that they do not tolerate too much salt build up such as fertilizer salts. They can tolerate a drying better than other paphs.
    A hybrid like Vanda M. Pearman (bellatulum x delenatii) would be easier to grow....I am just waiting for mine to develop a growth mature enough to bloom. Mine had a burst of growth but seems slow now.

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    leaves are very tessellated (brachys have a more crystalline pattern though)--bellatulum does range though, some have tremendous leaves and some are just ok.

    while they grow in proximity to limestone in nature, the relatively warm water prevents much from dissolving (lime is very soluble with cooler water). bellatulum does not like water high in TDS, so if it's just lime it might be ok, but it will not like other salts building up.

    I don't think sphag/clay is commonly used because most brachys prefer a slightly higher pH near neutral or at most mildly acidic. sphag is a great medium but quite acidic.

    one more thing--it is often said that brachys like to dry out slightly (more so than most other paphs), but this only applies if your water is very low in TDS! otherwise the roots will burn.

    I have killed a number of bellatulums in the past--concolor and niveum are much easier to grow, as are most of the hybrids. i.e. Psyche

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