Complex Paphiopedilum or ‘bulldog’ Paphs, as they are also known, have been popular for decades. They are called complex because of their genetic background. There are many species that make up their heritage and these hybrids trace their ancestry back over 100 years.
These hybrids peak blooming season is winter when the days are short. They usually start in October and wind down in March. This works well for us as they help brighten up those dreary winter days. The flowers are heavy and waxy and we have seen some last as long as 3 months when kept cool. They come in range of colors including white, yellow, green, sunset tones, red and spotted. The white, yellow and green flowers tend to bloom on the early side of the season, while the reds and spotted tend to bloom from mid to late season. Of course, there are always exceptions and we try to have as much variety as possible available at any given time.
Complex hybrids are easy to grow. They do not require high light…an east window provides ideal light. We have tips on their culture here to help you keep these plants looking their best.