There are so many Paph fans who love Brachypetalums but
do not know how to grow them well. Of course, I'm one of them.
I believe, however, that I 'm constantly learning, on how to
grow Brachypetalums well from my long experience. I know that
my way is not the ideal one. Many Paph fans know that to grow
Paph well is very difficult, and to grow Brachypetalum is way
more difficult. I should say that we need special technique to
grow Brachypetalum. But these problems maybe hit for Japanese
only. Since it is exceedingly difficult to grow bigger Brachipetalum
plants, it might be a dream for the fans of Brachypetalum. Now,
I want to share my procedure to help to reach the dream in this
site. You may need to modify this way and try to make bigger
plants in your own green house.
About 10 years ago, growers of Paphiopedilums in Japan
used only sphagnum moss to grow Paphs. In this case, I have introduced
the way of growing Paph by using the mix compost of stone and
woody materials. Of course, this is not my original idea. Because
growers in USA and Europe have used the similar mixture for a
long time. I modified the rate and the kinds of materials fitted
for Japan. But at first, the way was criticized by the veterans
especially. At many occasions, I was invited by some well
know nurseries and asked to introduce the way practically. It
seemed that they thought it was very good one and would accepted
in the nurseries. I was very happy to hear that. But after a
few weeks later, I was disappointed to see the plants re-transplanted
with sphagnum moss again when I visited the nursery again. But
now, It is custom and very useful way to use the mix compost
for growing Paphiopedilum and especially for Brachypetalum.
The basic procedure is not changed from the starting point.
In detail, I show on the another site for growing Paphiopedilums
and please check the site if you want to know.
Now, I have to go back talking about how to grow bigger
plants of Brachypetalum. The fundamental point is very simple
’Never transplant ! ’
I believe that the technique is dependent on how to avoid
transplanting. Therefore, I'll begin to introduce how to grow....