Selected plants for deep color in buds and extra color in leaves or leaf bases. These have been really superb with a high percentage of quality flowers! There are several crosses available. Some are nearly black and all are certainly like the color of Cabernet wine.
See Care Information
Watch a video about this plant:
These vinicolors have been bred from stock that originated from famous breeding lines right back to the late 1970s when Paph. callosum 'Sparkling Burgundy' was used at Stewart's Orchids. These are the latest and best of the vinicolors being offered today. All plants are labeled and we have a number of different varieties.Light:
Low to medium light from 750 to 1500 foot candles is ideal. These plants do well under artificial light and will grow and flower well at east windows.Humidity:
50% or higher is ideal. The use of humidity trays or room humidifiers is beneficial.Water:
We offer two products that can help increase humidity levels. The humidity tray offered in black or white, and the Mist Maker.
It is best to use rainwater, distilled or reverse osmosis water. Municipal water with a pH of 7.5 or lower can also be used. Water as the mix approaches dryness but do not allow the mix to become completely dry between watering. Paphiopedilums can be watered twice a week under household conditions.Fertilizer:
Overwatering can cause several problems such as root rot and infectious bacteria/fungus in the potting medium. One product we offer that can help these problems if caught at an early stage is Phyton 27 bactericide and fungicide.
We highly recommend using Green Jungle Orchid Food, especially formulated to work with rain, distilled, reverse osmosis water or water low in alkalinity. Fertilize with Green Jungle every time you water if plants are planted in bark. Be sure to flush the mix with clear water only once per month to prevent fertilizer salt build up. For plants in moss or mounted on slabs feed every third or 4th watering as the moss holds a lot of nutrients.
Or use GrowMore 20-10-20 Ureafree for municipal or well water. Use at the rate of ½ teaspoon per gallon. If using GrowMore with rain, distilled, or reverse osmosis water, add back in 5 - 10% municipal or well water to supply the necessary calcium and magnesium. Fertilize every other watering in the summer and every third watering in the winter.Flowering:
Another fertilizer offered is: GrowMore 6-30-30 (Cymbidium and bloom boosting formula).
These plants can flower at anytime of year but spring and fall are the most prevalent times. These blackish burgundy Paphiopedilums are called vinicolors because their flower color is like a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon. The flowers develop in one to three months on spikes about 12 inches in height. The blooms can last from one to three months. The flower size is typically 3 to 5 inches from top to bottom. When buds begin forming be careful not to allow the mix to become too dry between watering.Repotting:
It is best to repot in the spring to early fall months using a medium grade bark mix. Water immediately after repotting. Repot once per year for best results. These plants eventually develop several growths. It is best to allow the plant to reach a good size of at least 6 groths before dividing allowing 3 growths to each division.
We offer several different types of potting medium. Here are direct links to what we believe to be some of the best potting mediums available for orchids: Orchids Limited bark mix, New Zealand sphagnum moss, coco husk, coco peat, sponge rock, charcoal, tree fern fiber and cork slabs for epiphytic plants.