Growability scale = 4 (1=extremely easy, 10=very difficult)
Photo Paph. barbigerum is a small species, with thin, arrow-like leaves generally between 4 and 8 inches long when mature. The plant grows in clumps, with the growths packed tightly together. The plant grows readily in temps on the low side of intermediate, high 50's - high 70's but is also flexible enough to grow as a true intermediate if extremes are avoided. The single bloom sits atop a spike 6-10" tall. The flower is an attractive olive green with the dorsal predominately white with an olive green stripe running down the center. The pouch is tan. In spite of it's potential, market concerns have prevented the hybridizers from doing any meaningful breeding with this plant, a fall bloomer. We grow Paph barbigerum as a bottom shelf dweller. That is to say, because of our relatively high temps, up to 90+ in the summer, the plant is kept happy near the floor where the temps are not so extreme. The plant is grown under lights year round, potted in a fine fir bark mix, in the smallest pot we can fit the roots into. It is repotted as soon as new growth appears after blooming. Temps range from 62/80 in the summer to 58/75 in the winter. Fertilizer is given once per week at 100ppm strength. Grow it if you can find it :)
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