Can someone help me with ordering a papilio?

andrew78(6)October 19, 2013

I have been wanting one of these for a very long time. I actually bought 2 bulbs locally but they were in a bin so I knew I was taking s chance, and they ended up being 'Red Lion'.

I know papilio can be difficult to get it to bloom. Are they actually epiphytes? I do have the terra cotta orchid pots. I like them for my moth orchids but I have one that isn't being used that I could plant my papilio bulb in.

I also have seen that there are multiple papilio crosses. I would just like to start out with papilio. I hope that makes sense.

My last question is size of bulb. For as long as it has taken me to find an actual papilio bulb, I really want to make sure that I end up with a nice high quality bulb.

Thanks for the help everyone!

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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

Andrew, check out I have shopped there for years and their quality is good. They ship to the US so hurry so you don't risk a freeze. in San Diego is another option.

I think H. Papilio bulbs tend to be a bit smaller with a different shape, but they bulk up and put out offsets. Soon you'll have A pot full. I find them a little unpredictable for blooming, but they are lovely.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2013 at 8:42AM
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I ordered mine from Easytogrowbulbs last year after members here told me it was a reliable source. I potted it up and it bloomed through December '12, and it was indeed Papilio. I was very pleased that it was correct, and it was beautiful to look at.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2013 at 11:22AM
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Thank you both for your help. I am hoping to order next week.


    Bookmark   October 20, 2013 at 9:22PM
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Royal Colors told me theirs were 22-24cm iirc.

i don't think there is any guarantee that the papilios sold commercially are pure species but cosmetically the blooms look the same.

I heard people say that they prefer to be well rooted before flowering and mine haven't yet but i've noticed they are more robust than hybrids.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2013 at 9:38PM
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