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Temp drops on Paphs.

This is a discussion on Temp drops on Paphs. within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; This kind of paph doesn not need a temperature drop. I have a NOID paph ...

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    This kind of paph doesn not need a temperature drop.
    I have a NOID paph that I received as a gift during the spring of 2002. It rebloomed in the early spring of 2003, but this year, zilch, nada, zippo. It grew 2 new leaves and looked promising for awhile, but I have yet to see any signs of a flower spike. I moved it recently to a shadier part of my home and the leaves responded by growing larger, but still no spike. Do you think a temp drop will help? How do you know which Paphs benefit from temperature drops and which don't?

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    orchid_fan, as a general rule, the Maudiae type Paphs (those with mottled foliage) don't need a temperature drop to rebloom. By contrast, many of the green-leafed Paphs, species plants especially (older cultivars of rothschildianum notably come to mind) absolutely require it, while the green-leafed hybrids may or may not.

    In our nursery, we experience the 20 degree or so temp drop in winter as a matter of course. The heaters are set to come on at around 58 at night, and on a sunny day, the temperature can reach 80. In other words, all of our plants experience the temperature drop, and I haven't done any experimenting with specific cultivars to determine if such-and-such a Paph needs it, or not.

    I realize this orchid was a gift, but normally, your best bet is to ask the grower from whom you bought the plant (assuming it's not Lowes or something) because they'll know the conditions it took to get the the thing to spike in the first place. I'm willing to bet, however, that the Paph. you have is a Maudiae hybrid of some sort, with the mottled foliage.

    Hope this helps a little.....

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    LJA -- You are right on...I do have the mottled foliage type. I guess I just need to be patient with it and see what happens. The paph was purchased from Trader Joe's (a specialty grocery store that carries an amazing orchid selection) so I won't be able to get a lot of expert advise from them. Thanks for your input though!

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