P. fairrieanum grows in India and Bhutan where it can be found growing near P. venustum. it was discovered in 1857, making it one of the earlier Paphs discovered. The English at the time grew them too hot in their hothouses, which ended up killing them so that by 1905, only one plant was known to exist in England. The great orchid collector, Frederick Sander, put out a prize of 1000 pounds for a plant and exclusive knowledge of its location. Many orchid hunters jumped at the chance, and three months after the offer was made, the species was rediscovered. Nearly 200 were eventually sold at auction, which ended up saving Sander & Co. from financial disaster.
P. fairrieanum has a unique flower among Paph species. The unmistakable dorsal and upturned petals have made this species a favorite amongst collectors and hybridizers since its discovery 150 years ago. Its exotic appearance certainly contributed to the slipper orchid craze in the later 1800s, it has been an essential component of breeding programs every since. Bred for vigor and color, this Orchid Zone cross does not disappoint, and has produced very impressive examples of this species. If you're new to fairrieanums, these OZ plants are an excellent starting place. And if you're a long-time collector, what collection would be complete without the latest OZ fairrieanums?
(insigne x spicerianum)
Tom P. was awarded Best in Show for the Paphiopedilum alliance grown by an advanced grower for his Paphiopedilum Leeanum at the 2015 Pacific Orchid Exposition.
(lowii x rothschildianum)
Graceful, wide flowers many to a stem. Artfull presentation and strong color. Some pinky mauve on the tips of the petals have occured on some of this grex. The flowers can be 20cm wide on a 70cm high spike.
Cheryl P. earned 1st Place at the June 2015 NVOS Meeting for Show and Tell with her Paphiopedilum Julius 'Maria Tersa' FCC / CCM / AOS.
(armeniacum x emersonii)
|LIGHT||Low - Medium|
|BLOOM||yellow, pale yellow|
constant air circulation will prevent disease problems and prevent leaf burn from the higher light levels.
Repot when the potting mix decomposes or the plant outgrows its container. Repot Dendrobium nobile when they have finished flowering. Do not repot plants in bud or flower. Medium size fir bark with coarse perlite is ideal.
(Majic Pulsar 'Pristine Red' x Petula's Mystery 'Dark Red')
An amazing varied selection of blooms, from coloratum through flame to vini-color. The vinis have incredibly dark foliage. Select vinicolor cross which produces fine flowers in deep burgundy wine colors. Fantastic foliage!
Patti T. earned 2nd Place at the 2015 September meeting of the NVOS with her Paphiopedilum Petula's Presence (Majic Pulsar 'Pristine Red' x Pegula's Mystery 'Dark Red').
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