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 Post subject: Paphiopedilum lowii
PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2018 10:01 am 
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Paphiopedilum lowii

I have this for a few years now. I like its color. It's still in 3.5 inch pot. Maybe this year I will repot it and hope to see an increase in flower count. It seems to bloom consistently every year. Or maybe I need a better Paphiopedilum lowii
that will produce more flowers.

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 Post subject: Re: Paphiopedilum lowii
PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2018 1:41 pm 
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Peter -

Maybe just repot? I have seen a lot (a LOT) of Frank's great strain of lowii; this is definitely exhibition/show quality -- wonderful color and much, much more refined "posture" than most.

Really fine, compares with the best. Are you growing in straight sphagnum? Maybe it's just me and my conditions, but lowii does do better with some high-quality fir bark in the primary role in the mixture. (It has been found in nature growing entirely epiphytically, as I bet you know of course...)

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 Post subject: Re: Paphiopedilum lowii
PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:27 am 
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Thank you Walton. I got this plant in 2012 at Redland. It was potted in 100% sphagnum moss. In my experience, multiflora can be planted this way when plant is young - but overtime moss isn't great as it accumulate more salt - and I'm not one to repot my plant once a year. Anyway this plant has a setback but it is now planted in orchiata bark.

I'm looking for a reason to buy a nicer Paph lowii that is a large and pretty for instant gratification. :lol:

I have a smaller Paph lowii (lowii var album 'Crystelle' X self) that I got in 2016 November. I need to check on it and maybe repot it.

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 Post subject: Re: Paphiopedilum lowii
PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:58 pm 
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peterlin wrote:
I have a smaller Paph lowii (lowii var album 'Crystelle' X self) that I got in 2016 November. I need to check on it and maybe repot it.


I saw lowii album 'Crystelle' mother plant in flower at Frank's place last year. The photos do not do it justice -- it is really better. Anyway, I repotted my plant of the selfing seedling into a high-quality cypress/fir/sponge rock mix -- no peat at all -- and it is growing like a weed. Big, thick roots. The mother plant is much more yellow than the photo on Frank's website. Very beautiful. Wonderful potential as a parent. I wish you good luck with the selfing and, I think you know, Frank has a lot of fully mature "tipo" lowii for "instant gratification..." and I'm sure he would send one to you. That strain is really amazing.

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 Post subject: Re: Paphiopedilum lowii
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Nice lowii, great color. Really horizontal petal stance and the petal tips don't turn at all.


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