I just adore Paphiopedilum micranthum, but I have not managed to keep my pure species plant alive, so instead I have to “settle” for the offspring in the several primary hybrids with micranthum that I grow, this being one of them. Paphiopedilum Magic Lantern is a very successful cross between P. micranthum x delenatii. Sweet and easy to grow (yet slightly boring… sorry) delenatii taming micranthum making this cross a delight to grow. Delivering the lovely micranthum chin, reminiscent of Mumps (epidemic parotitis) that I adore so much. A tad much on the pink side color wise for my personal taste, but I can handle it. I grow this like all my Paphs, potted in a mix of bark and volcanic rocks, medium light, evenly moist and intermediate temperature. I still need to get myself a new pure Paphiopedilum micranthum for the collection, it has been a year since I lost my first attempt and I feel ready to take on the challenge anew.
Paphiopedilum Magic Lantern
About the Author: Karma
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.