Jurahame Leyva was on hand to discuss his novel approach to growing Lady Slippers at the Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club’s monthly meeting on March 12. Leyva brought a number of beautiful paphiopedilum orchids, commonly referred to as ‘paphs’, and pulled apart a few of them for demonstration.
“One of the first things you’ll notice is that paphiopedilums have no pseudobulbs, so why would it grow like an orchid with one?” Leyva said.
“Roots are most important. People spend too much time focusing on what’s above the top of the pot, but the key to paphs is healthy roots. Tip is most important part of root. Biggest problem is that the tip dries out.”
If the slipper fits, go with it. Right?
Not if you’re Graham Wood, who specializes in breeding Paphiopedilums for Lehua Orchids in Mountain View.
“At first glance, you look at a Paphiopedilum, shrug and think ‘well, that looks good I guess,” Wood said during his presentation at the KDOC meeting on November 13. “And it does look okay. But when I look at them, I start thinking, what could make it look better?”
Graham Wood of Lehua Orchids will be giving a presentation on Paphiopedilums and Masdevallias at the Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club monthly meeting on November 13.
Lehua Orchids is located on the slopes of Mauna Loa, half way between Hilo and Volcano in a community called Mountain View. This location enjoys the benefits of almost daily trade winds, and nightly from the cooling effects of our “mauka” winds (winds coming down from the top of the mountain).