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Phragmipedium besseae

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by goods, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. goods

    goods Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    It seems to me that of all the truly beautiful and interesting species posted here there is a lack of posting about slipper orchids. I'm not a real big Paph. fan, but I do find many of the Phrags worth growing. This species is native to Ecuador and Peru and is often associated with vertical, wet cliffs.

    This is a first blooming for me. I find it especially satisfying not only because I bloomed a species I never have before, but also because when I'd ask about these at area shows, vendors always told me not to waste my time. They'd always tell me it's impossible to grow much less bloom besseae in this climate. I'm happy I've been able to prove them all wrong. I grow this one in a west window indoors. Temps are 80s for highs with winter lows into the 50s. I've used a modified semi-hydro for this one. It's potted in an unglazed clay pot filled with Hydroton and a saucer of water about halfway up the pot

    This plant is the result of Orchid Zone breeding and is from the cross "Balance x Curves".

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  2. ZWUM

    ZWUM Bulbophiliac Staff Member

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    Nice job Zach. I have to disagree with the whoever you've talked talked to about the species. I find it very easy to grow and bloom as long as its kept wet and repotted regularly.
     
  3. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Nice blooming! Perhaps my problem is the "repotted regularly" part.
     
  4. Kermie

    Kermie Tadpole Supporting Member

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    Very nice besseae!!!!

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  5. Alexey

    Alexey Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Nice one!
     
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    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Not easy to keep it nice and healthy for long(few years) IMO and it does like good water and cooler temperature based on my experience. Nice job!
     
  7. Paul Mc

    Paul Mc Member

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    Way to grow!!!