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This is a discussion on Paph stonei within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Peter, have you had any experience growing this? We've got one I've had for it ...
Peter, have you had any experience growing this? We've got one I've had for it seems like years; it's up against the cool cell so it doesn't burn up over the summers, but the darned thing just sits there, no blooms, no new growth (it finally put out another little leaf last month--pffft) and the rest of its leaves just keep getting more and more bleached out, like it's getting too much light. Thing is, it's right next to other Paphs that are doing great, so I don't understand what's going on.
If you've grown this or know how it should be grown, could you tell me? I'm obviously either not doing something right with it, or it's just plain downright retarded.
Yes, I do have Paph stonei, as a matter of fact I have 2 different clones. Like other large multilforal Paph species, it requires very bright light to bloom. Surprising, one of my stoneis is an extremely slow grower and it seems to like a little less light than the other. It sounds like you may have the same clone. The other clone is totally the opposite, it is more robust fast growing, loves very very bright light, already a multigrowth plant and could spike any day.
If your stonei has bleached out leaves, it may be getting too much bright light. These large multifloral Paph species can be very picky sometimes.
Hope this helps!
Thanks Peter. Guess I've got the slow growing clone. I'll rig up another layer of shadecloth over that section, maybe that'll help it out some.
I don't own any stoneis, so perhaps I'm talking through the lower end of my digestive tract...but I have heard from various people that some clones grow very well, and others don't grow at all. I do have a Lady Isabel (stonei x roths) that seems to carry this "non-growth paph-on-strike" gene. I got it in 1997 or so, with a 12" LS. It _still_ has a 12" LS. :toofull:
LOL! "Paph on strike..." Jason, I think our Lady Isabels must have come out of the same flask.....
I would threaten it by putting a food processor next to it, but I've had it so long that it clearly knows I'm bluffing. My other idea was to get a picture of Chinese farmers feeding Paph. armeniacum to their pigs...but my armeniacum probably wouldn't care either.