Paphiopedilum chamberlainianum

Family: Orchidaceae

Countries: Asia, Indonesia, Sumatra

Paphiopedilum chamberlainianum is a small to medium sized orchid species that’s endemic to Sumatra.  In the wild, this is a lithophytic orchid species – these orchids grow on and over limestone rocks, in their natural environment.  However, in cultivation, Paphiopedilum chamberlainianum is often grown in a pot or a planter, filled with a speciality compost that’s mainly comprised of large pieces of fir bark and pumice stone.

Plants flourish when they’re misted heavily with reverse osmosis water or rain water.  Provide your plant with its first heavy mist of water in the early hours of the morning.  This orchid species thrives with frequent misting, plants enjoy a moist environment.  Paphiopedilum chamberlainianum requires very humid growing conditions.

Don’t expose your Paphiopedilum chamberlainianum plant to temperatures that fall below a minimum temperature of 10C (50F).  Paphiopedilum chamberlainianum is suited to growing in temperatures that range from around 20C (68F) to 26C (78F) during the day time, with night time temperatures that range from 15C (59F) to 20C (68F).

This is a charming and very floriferous orchid species.  Paphiopedilum chamberlainianum can flower at anytime of the year.  Plants bloom successively, producing one flower after another over an extended flowering period.  It’s a delight!

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