Phragmipedium besseae 'King of Peaches' HCC/AOS

Phragmipedium besseae 'King of Peaches' HCC/AOS

March 15, 2024

So, you've heard about phragmipedium besseae, but what's the deal with this funky plant? Let's dive into some quirky facts that will make you appreciate this unique plant even more!

What's in a Name?

Phragmipedium besseae may have a fancy name, but it's also known as a "Lady Slipper Orchid." (No, it doesn't actually wear slippers, but wouldn't that be adorable?). The plant was discovered in 1981 by Elizabeth Locke Besse, and named after her. 

Cool Stuff!

This orchid is native to the cool and humid forests of South America. It thrives in intermediate temperatures and with regular watering habits. (It's basically living its best life in a mountainous paradise!) Addition of calcium and lime into the potting media helps emulate the mountainous substrain they grow in.

Colorful Characters

One of the most striking features of phragmipedium besseae is its vibrant orange flowers. These fiery blooms are sure to catch your eye and add a pop of color to any space. (Who needs a bouquet of roses when you can have a bouquet of besseae?)

Our awarded plant is named 'King of Peaches' due to it occasionally producing peach coloured blooms (versus the traditional orange coloured). We suspect the colour is result of pH levels in the medium, and have not been able to bloom it stable in the peach colour.  But we kept the name! The breeding line traces its heritage from the famous Orchid Zone nursery. 

Low Maintenance, High Reward

Despite its exotic appearance, phragmipedium besseae is surprisingly easy to care for. Just give it some indirect light, keep it always moist, and watch it thrive. It does well with being over watered, just don't let it stick in water for too long! 

Unique and Unforgettable

With its quirky name, vibrant colors, and easy-going nature, phragmipedium besseae is truly a one-of-a-kind orchid. 

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