Orchid Care

 Flowering your Paphiopedilums

 paph prince edward of york
Paphiopedilum  Prince Edward of York

 

paph chamberlainiaum

Paph chamberlainianum is a sequential bloomer that produces its distinctive flowers one at a time on the same flowering stem over a long period-sometimes these plants are always in bloom.


 

 FLOWERING     Buds will emerge from the growing tip of the plant on wiry stems. Do not disturb plants too much while buds are forming otherwise the stems will be crooked and the plant will not look as attractive in bloom.  Do not subject them to sudden temperature changes as this may cause buds to drop. Also make especially sure plants do not dry out, as this may cause bud blast.

If flowers droop when fully open, insert a stake in the pot and tie the bud to hold it up. Cut flowers last well in water, but usually longer on the plant.  Snip off the stem at the base once all flowers have faded. 

  The exception to this are the sequential bloomers. These include all species in the section Cochopetalum, including Paph. glauycophyllum, moquettianum, liemianum, chamberlianianum and primulinum as well as hybrids made between these. All are similar in shape to Paph chamberlainianum shown below especially with respect to the short twisted petals. Paph primulinum is yellow, but the others are in shades of moss green and pink and soft green. Paphs in this section will produce one flower after the next on the SAME flowering stem. Do not cut the stem off unless it withers and dies on its own. The flowering stems form a zig-zag shape with a sheath to indicate where the previous flower was before it dropped off, and a new one emerged. Well-grown plants can have two or more stems blooming at any one time.

 

                          


 

 

 

 

 

 

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