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Paph. advice?

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    Ok. I just got some Paphs. I thought I'd see if anybody had some cultural tips for me, since I am relatively new to Paphs.

    (BTW, I got these because we have an orchid show at the botanical gardens which opened today, meaning that they ordered huge numbers of orchid plants to sell to the people passing through, meaning that they heavily discounted many of the out-of-bloom plants. So I picked up a few.)

    So, I have a feel for your basic standard Paph preferences. I thought I'd ask you all in case you might know that some of the parentages would want more or less moisture than normal, or need a cool spell to initiate bud, and so on. I have not bloomed out any of these, and I'm starting to think maybe some of them might want some special treatment of some kind. On the other hand, I haven't had any of them for more than a few months (except the Shireen, which I've had for about 9 months). But if anything occurs to you about any of these, please let me know!

    I had from before:

    Rosy Dawn
    Shireen (glaucophyllum x phillipinense)
    Alma Gavaert x primulinum
    Dellaina
    hirsutissimum

    New acquisitions:

    Robert de Veer '#8' x Paph. Pulsar 'Fang Pacific' HCC
    Goultenianum var album x wardii var album
    Brecko Wishmist (in bud!)

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    not sure what the brecko is, but the rest of them don't require anything more than "standard" paph culture. the hirsutissimum, however, will require a pronounced cold spell to set buds (or so I'm told; I've never grown it).

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    I've put the hirsutissimum here right up next to the cool cell, where it gets down to 39-40 in the winter for a few months. That was the only way to get it to bloom. The others can be grown as you would other Maudiae types--intermediate temps, light that's best described as "bright shade."

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    The Brecko Wishmist is a complex hybrid, but not a standard complex. It's %40 Paphiopedilum section and %49 Cochlopetalum section, with %37 of the ancestry being primulinum. From the look of the inflorescence, it will be a successive bloomer, but given the complex ancestry, I'm only expecting 2 or 3 blooms out of the spike.
    I found info and a picture here, but you'll have to scroll down a ways to find it.

    Thanks for the info on the hirsuitissimum. I had read that they were very cold tolerant, but I never made the connection that it might need cold in order to bloom. It has a couple of matured growths, so I guess I'm going to look into a way to get it some frost-free coldness.

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    Louis,

    I just picked up a hirsutissimum that already had a sheath started (I can just now see the bud inside it.) Does it still need to be that cold, or was that only required to initiate the sheath's formation?

    Julie

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    Sue, the Brecko looks like a really cool plant. That's great you got it!

    Julie, the cold is only needed to get the plant to initiate budding. Once it's there, you can put it back into room temperature and the buds should develop and bloom out just fine.

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    hirsutissimum itself is not a difficult paph to bloom...it will set a sheath in the fall, bloom in the spring. On the other hand, esquirolei (either a separate species or a variety of hirsutissimum, depending on your taxonomy) is very difficult to bloom, at least for me...its reluctant to put up even a sheath, much less a bloom. Despte hirsutissimum's reputation for cold hardiness, it is the only paph I've ever grown that has shown cold damage...from an outdoor night that only dropped into the low 40's. That was a one time only event...it never happened again, and I keep my cool paphs pretty cool. Take care, Eric Muehlbauer

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