Rudolf, I think, the reason, it fell in ill repute among collectors, was that at some point in time, it was one of the very few Paphs, that was bred on mass scale and sometimes sold in supermarkets... this doesn't detract from its somewhat chaste beauty in my eyes, though!Unfortunately it's been forgotten wrongly by a lot of Paph. growers due to its parentage which aren't that spectaculare and like cooler growing conditions.
What a wonderful reminiscence spujr - I can most vividly in my minds eye imagine you "schlepping" those heavy pots, back and forth, and forth and back....and to no avail!..... The plants completely filled the 1 gallon pots ..... I spent several weeks hulling the plants in and out of a cold chamber and ultimately saw no difference between the control and treatments.
I still have a soft spot for P. Leeanum and P. insigne.What a wonderful reminiscence spujr - I can most vividly in my minds eye imagine you "schlepping" those heavy pots, back and forth, and forth and back....and to no avail!
All the best to you, too, JL! And what a wondrous sight is the photo from FB!I still have a soft spot for P. Leeanum and P. insigne.
They were my first orchids 40 years ago. My grandmother gave me some from her garden in Mauritius where she grew them as a bedding plant (she had named them white slipper and green slipper). They were amazing when they all flowered at the same time. Mauritius is tropical and they also do well in Durban, which is sub-tropical. These and P. spicerianum all seem to benefit by the addition of potting soil in the orchid mix, and have often seen them in nurseries being grown in pure potting soil.
They always look better as specimen plants and saw an amazing posting of P. insigne being grown in a garden on FB a week ago.
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All the best over the festive season