Orchid of the Week: Paphiopedilum Lynleigh Koopowitz

 

This is one of my favorite parvi slipper orchid hybrids.  It is easy to grow, and blooms reliably with flowers that smell faintly of raspberry.  The plant is a primary hybrid between two Chinese species Paph delenatii x Paph malipoense.  The leaves of the plant are also beautifully mottled like a dark snake-skin.

Required Light:  In the greenhouse I use 50% shade cloth and have this paph in a spot where it gets mostly morning and afternoon sun but no Midday sun. Under artificial lights like T5 fluorescents I recommend it be 12” underneath a 4 foot T5 bulbs.

Temperature: This orchid prefers night-time temperatures to be between 55° F – 65° F.  Daytime temperatures can reach the 90 degrees but no higher. 

Humidity: Best kept at around or over 60% RH.

Required Watering: depending on environmental factors, two or three times a week under normal conditions. More watering is generally necessary when it is hotter in the growing environment.  It is very important you keep water out of the growing crown where new leaves emerge from.

Fertilizer: should be applied at ½ to 1/4  strength weekly. I prefer to use the Grow More brand of fertilizers.

Potting: Should be done annually as you see new roots starting to emerge from the newest growth. I use a mixture of 4 parts coconut husk chips, 2 parts #4 Perlite, and 1 part Viastone.

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