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Lepanthes papyrophylla

Discussion in 'Orchid Culture' started by JohnsonS, Apr 26, 2015.

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  1. JohnsonS

    JohnsonS Active Member

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    I'm curious to hear how others are growing their L. papyrophylla. I have a very nice-sized plant that, since purchasing last summer, has easily doubled in size but has not produced any flowers for me yet. It is probably the fastest and most steadily growing orchid I currently have.

    The temperatures range from mid-seventies (°F) for the highs during the summer to lows of high-fifties during the winter, but typically range from mid-sixties to low-seventies most of the time. The light levels are probably a bit brighter than it needs.

    Does this one need cooler temperatures to bloom? Any other suggestions? Perhaps just more patience?
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Shaun, I'm not familiar with the species so I checked ISOPE. Elevation information from there (2150 to 2450 meters ) suggests it is a cool grower. It may not be getting enough of a drop at night. But sometimes they just take time to adjust.
     
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    Thanks, Marni; I did see that. If that is the case, I'm afraid I won't be able to provide the cool temperatures it needs to bloom.

    Is anyone else growing this species?
     
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    I grow it too, and for me, too, it is an easy grower. It blooms only once a year, from end of winter to mid-spring. Probably the winter nights at 8-10°C are what it needs to bloom, hence the very seasonal blooming pattern.