Paphiopedilum tigrinum

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Another species I’ve been told people find challenging to grow. I don’t find they present any challenge and are reliable flowerers. This one is 7 years from flask 2 days ago. You’re looking at around 4 years to flower from flask, mind you this was a large seedling. Also pictured is a few seedlings from a few years ago.
 

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well done. How do you grow it?

They are out in the shade house. 70% roof, 50% sides. I put up a 50% white over the top in summer. So they are in quite bring light compared to many Paphs. I use an open small to medium bark which is damp during the growing season.On a really hot day I’d water 2-3 times. In winter I hardly water at all. Fertiliser is added to the water via venturi.
 
I may be wrong about this, but the general impression I get is that, as seedlings, Paph. tigrinum is pretty sensitive, getting less so as it matures.

I'd love to hear others' thoughts on that.
 
I may be wrong about this, but the general impression I get is that, as seedlings, Paph. tigrinum is pretty sensitive, getting less so as it matures.

I'd love to hear others' thoughts on that.

I suspect that may come about if people don’t observe seasons. They have an active wet season and a rest period. I wouldn’t recommend trying to deflask in or approaching the cooler months. Seedling survival for me is near 100%. Very occasionally one won’t make it for who knows what reason. This would typically occur in the first few months. I wouldn’t say they are a super slow species, but certainly longer than something like villosum which you can flower in only a couple years. Some of the big multi florals would take longer. I find they grow better out of flask than in flask. Probably because of their high light requirements which are hard to cater for in a lab.
 
Love the flowers. And thanx for that cultural tip. I wasn’t aware of the seasonality part. Might explain issues with repotting at the wrong time of year….

If I recall , orchid zome had some grex using meow.
 
Love the flowers. And thanx for that cultural tip. I wasn’t aware of the seasonality part. Might explain issues with repotting at the wrong time of year….

If I recall , orchid zome had some grex using meow.

No worries. I see a lot of people trying to heat them too. Mine are subjected to a very large temperature range. Maybe in cold climates it's necessary, but certainly not in any climate that doesn't get regular frost.

It seems that clone has origins in the US.
 
Pictorial of repotting an advanced seedling. The media has broken down too much over a few years so it’s all removed and put in a bigger pot to accomodate root growth.
 

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