Kristen Mason (Accredited Judge, Cincinnati Judging Center)
Paph. fairrieanum - I love the vibrancy of the green and the dark contrast of the hairs in the center of the flower. The prominence and density of the hairs on the edge of the dorsal and the evenness and style of the waviness. Overall color is nice. Dorsal reflexes significantly at the tip. Staminode is off center so flower looks asymmetrical. Size is average, segments are narrow, petals are asymmetrical in carriage. I would pass on this flowering.
Al Messina (Accredited Judge, Northeast Judging Center)
Paphiopedilum fairrieanum :
One quite nice first bloom flower on one staked erect inflorescence; a major component of this species, the dorsal sepal, is smaller than
median; slight petal asymmetry likely will be corrected/improved on subsequent blooming; color intensity slightly suboptimal and might improve on subsequent blooming.
Not yet awardable, in my opinion, but look forward to future bloom cycles. Good potential.
Ginna Plude (Associate Judge, Northeast Judging Center)
The candidate is pretty typical of the species. The one detail that stands out to me however is that the pouch looks much lighter in color than what is typical. Unfortunately I think that is a negative as it doesn't compliment the petals or dorsal sepal. I would not nominate.
Bill Goldner (Accredited Judge, National Capital Judging Center)
The fairrieanum is fair. Markings not strong, form typical, size looks small.
Deb Boersma (Student Judge, Great Lakes Judging Center)
This is a beautiful flower with nice colours, the yellow green suffused on the superior half of the petals highlights the petals nicely. The dorsal has very dark purple veining, over all it is a pleasant looking flower, however I don’t think that the colour or the form of this candidate is superior to the many AOS awarded plants. The pouch appears be slightly askew to the left and the flower is smaller than many other awarded plants. Since there are so many awards and the bench mark here for awarding is high, I would pass on this plant, I would not nominate it for a quality award.
Dave Sorokowsky (Accredited Judge, California Sierra Nevada Judging Center)
Color is very weak. Form is below average. Dorsal sepal rolls back too much and there is asymmetry in the petals. A below average pot plant in my opinion.
Sergey Skoropad (Associate Judge, Northeast Judging Center)
Nice flower, young plant.
For the species awarded by AOS 134 times judging criteria becomes very high.
I found that color is a little pale compared to the other awarded plants, size a little smaller and asymmetrical petals can’t give me a chance to nominate this flower.
This’s a first bloom from single growth and I believe when plant will mature with multiple growth flowers can reach award quality.