Paphiopedilum philippinense

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Acquired from Hilo Orchid Farm in 2019 as a 5-flowered first bloomer. Blooming this year with 4, but not bad for a windowsill-grown plant! Cross is ‘Red screw’ x ‘Long life’. Petals are currently 21 cm, and maybe still growing a bit. I’ll update once all are open, but I had it out to water so I snapped some quick pictures.E1FAAE69-45C0-487F-9D96-FBB77F57DB91.jpeg08390178-7AB8-4469-B4F7-4E47D53A7195.jpeg220F0397-4378-4A8F-90BF-05733F1C4587.jpeg007928DE-7DA0-4B41-910D-DDCC0EB9A564.jpegD6D8CE93-857F-47A1-8EB3-C9519F93DFEA.jpegF4ED5646-D08F-47EF-9555-CBB86A01A3BF.jpegFA3163D4-285C-4286-8F83-77AFBFBBD62C.jpeg7A186099-E4A4-4652-AE20-50BC058D88F2.jpeg
 

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Love the long petals... over 20 cm is a good flower. I need a division lol.
 

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Love the long petals... over 20 cm is a good flower. I need a division lol.
Thank you! This is one area where it seems my culture is lacking, I really struggle to get plants to clump. This sent up 3 leads last year, but 2 of them stalled out. The main lead is going strong, as you can see in the second photo. I’m slowly ramping up my feeding, hoping that will help, and I’m considering getting some nutricote to top-dress the multis. Any other suggestions?
 

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Dang! Those petals are long and twisted.
The spike itself got a little twisted too.
Yeah, I think I staked it too early the first time, the stem started bulging and twisting like crazy. I “un-staked” it for a while before the final setup. Something else to get better at!
 

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I couldn’t resist these photos. This is it with my Taiwanese Roth (Link). The roth started opening March 8 so it’s fading now, and I expect the blooms will drop this week. Still, I can’t believe I have these two growing on my kitchen windowsill. These two plants are the reason I fell in love with orchids thumbing 638AD88E-FAD5-4C15-AF9D-73A2457839DF.jpeg2B13520F-4EE2-415D-944C-FB026B179F5A.jpegthrough Orchids magazine as a kid. Really a testament to the selective breeding for vigor and ease of culture over the last few decades.
 

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Amazing blooms! For those who have grown these a lot, how heritable are petal twistiness and length? The parents of my plant are supposed to have very twisted long petals - mine have neither - is there only a small % that will inherit those traits?
 

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Amazing blooms! For those who have grown these a lot, how heritable are petal twistiness and length? The parents of my plant are supposed to have very twisted long petals - mine have neither - is there only a small % that will inherit those traits?
I can’t claim to be an expert, since I haven't raised a large number from flask, but genetics are only going to be one component. Even with long-petaled parents there are going to be a range of outcomes. The other large component with the long-petal species like Philippinense and Sanderianum is going to be water and humidity. Without high humidity and good, even moisture the petals can stop growing. So even a plant that bloomed previously with very long petals could bloom with short ones if it dries out during bud/flower development. I’ve had my Philly parked next to the humidifier while the buds opened up, and I constantly check it to make sure it doesn’t dry out (it’s in a very sunny, south-facing window). I’m not sure what your conditions are, but I find that growing indoors can present challenges to getting the same flower quality as greenhouse growers, even on the same plant!
 

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I can’t claim to be an expert, since I haven't raised a large number from flask, but genetics are only going to be one component. Even with long-petaled parents there are going to be a range of outcomes. The other large component with the long-petal species like Philippinense and Sanderianum is going to be water and humidity. Without high humidity and good, even moisture the petals can stop growing. So even a plant that bloomed previously with very long petals could bloom with short ones if it dries out during bud/flower development. I’ve had my Philly parked next to the humidifier while the buds opened up, and I constantly check it to make sure it doesn’t dry out (it’s in a very sunny, south-facing window). I’m not sure what your conditions are, but I find that growing indoors can present challenges to getting the same flower quality as greenhouse growers, even on the same plant!
Thanks! This is very helpful - my plant is indeed grown indoors. I will try to increase rel hum for the next blooming.
 

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I couldn’t resist these photos. This is it with my Taiwanese Roth (Link). The roth started opening March 8 so it’s fading now, and I expect the blooms will drop this week. Still, I can’t believe I have these two growing on my kitchen windowsill. These two plants are the reason I fell in love with orchids thumbing View attachment 27235View attachment 27236through Orchids magazine as a kid. Really a testament to the selective breeding for vigor and ease of culture over the last few decades.
Just fantastic flowers on both your Philip and Roth. Congrats!
Just add a stonei and parishii and a sanderanium and your falling in love with Paph slippers will happen all over again.
 

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I am impressed with your kitchen growing skill. Kudos!! Who knew that these species can adapt to those conditions with line breeding!
 

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Thanks for all the comments! Here’s the final four open. Sorry about the distracting background, but I find the colors are more realistic than when I try a solid black background. Final petal length on the largest flower is 23.6cm! Now to get it to clump!16D0F85A-690F-464F-8ABA-0D9F2FAAFACC.jpeg24849960-F475-47A2-92BF-08E2EABB62B4.jpeg8E0BE220-1653-4A42-A133-3CE45F63CBE1.jpegD91F7915-21A8-450D-822B-7CA8CFD79EC6.jpegB4D5E208-65DF-42E9-9257-84FE049ECEF2.jpeg21C43112-1F7E-4029-BB5B-F3100344820B.jpegF5B7F919-F873-4AB8-9AE7-2C77D4932328.jpeg
 

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Wow... just fantastic color and petal length.... I love the dark red twisting petals. Hope mine looks like that (if they bloom lol).
 
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