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Paphiopedilum primulinum 'In-Charm' x sib

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Paphiopedilums or lady slipper orchids, have characteristic pitcher-like flowers. Although they appear carnivorous in shape and physiology, they do not eat insects. Paphs live in cloud forests, often at high altitudes with low-medium light. They have very similar care requirements to the more common Phalaenopsis (moth orchid) genus. Paphiopedilum primulinum 'In-Charm' is a particularly attractive version with unusual neon yellow flowers. A spectacular display of color for the collection. Sequential bloomer! Requires intermediate-experienced orchid knowledge. Read care instructions carefully. 

Plant may vary from pictured. Unless stated, will not be in bloom. 


PLANT INFO:

Registered name: Paphiopedilum primulinum 'In-Charm'

Parent lineage: Paphiopedilum primulinum

Origin: Sumatra

Type: Intermediate temp epiphyte

Pot Size: 4in

Plant height: 8-12in at maturity

Blooming size: YES, blooms last 2-3 months, SEQUENTIAL BLOOMER (will bloom from the same stalk many times)

Bloom info: 2in neon yellow pitchers with twisted hairy sepals. 

Fragrant: None observed 

Toxic: No


CARE INFO:

Potting mix: Coarse/fine bark and lava rock mix or orchid bark (take note that bark is slightly acidic). Prefers pH of 6.9-7.5, which is mildly alkaline. Yellowing leaves may indicate the wrong pH range. Repot in Spring once per year to prevent acidification of bark. Application of crushed limestone may be necessary to achieve the correct pH.

Light: Bright-indirect to medium light. North or East facing is acceptable. South or West tolerated, ensure proper shielding to protect leaves from direct sun exposure. 

Water: Water frequently in hot months when media is nearly dry. Do not allow to reach and stay dry. Flush the pot often to prevent acidification.

Temp: Intermediate-warm (50F min night, 85F max day).

Humidity: 30-60%, tolerant of low humidity.

Fertilizing: 1/4 strength urea-free fertilizer, every 3 weeks to once a month as new roots and leaves emerge. Flush the pot with water once monthly to remove mineral build up. Decrease to 1/4 or 1/8 strength once monthly in Winter.