Paphiopedilum fairrieanum

Paphiopedilum fairrieanumI got this orchid from German grower Asendorfer at the Gothenburg Orchid Show in September of 2010. I think this is one of the more beautiful Paphiopedilum species around. This is the first time I have flowered one myself and I have really been looking forward to this moment. The flowers measure about 9 cm tall and although I really love the color combination it is the shape that really gets me going. I don’t know why, but to  me it looks a bit old fashion and Victorian somehow, it makes me think of the orchid hunting era of the 1800’s. It is a rather small plant, a clump forming herbaceous epiphyte from the Indian Himalayas and Bhutan where it grows at an altitude of 1300-2200 meters. I grow it in my intermediate room under medium light, potted in a mix of bark, coconut husk and volcanic rocks. I keep it evenly moist, watering about two times per week most of the year, a bit more in the summer.

Paphiopedilum fairrieanum (Lindl.) Stein, Orchid.-Buch: 467 (1892).

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By | 2017-10-13T11:25:41+02:00 March 11th, 2012|Categories: My orchids|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments

About the Author:

Karma is a digital nomad graphic artist and writer, orchid nerd and long-distance hiker from Gothenburg, Sweden. Former editor-in-chief for the Swedish Orchid Society magazine, published internationally and held lectures on orchid culture.


  1. salaite March 13, 2012 at 23:58 - Reply

    very nice plant, I guess the name itself says it’s fairy like 🙂

  2. Karma March 14, 2012 at 12:30 - Reply

    Thank you! 🙂 Yes, the name is very fitting isn’t it. I love it!!

  3. Marc March 15, 2012 at 00:55 - Reply

    Wonderful specie et very nice shot !

  4. Karma March 15, 2012 at 10:00 - Reply

    Thank you Marc! 🙂

  5. Jyoti Patel February 9, 2015 at 10:19 - Reply

    nice description and great pictures. i like this specis for its Fairre look….����
    oje wonderful and easy species,
    -Jyoti, India.

    • karma February 10, 2015 at 10:39 - Reply

      Thank you! 🙂

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