Hello fellow alabamian! I don't live there currently....but I have recently gotten into paphs and have four that are doing quite well. I have mine potted in better-gro phal mix. They are outdoors with a pretty large temp difference between night and day...On my deck that receives full sun for most of the day, but under a seventy five percent shade cloth. They do get a bit of direct sun early in the morning. I don't worry too much about water as they were as dried out as could be when I got them and have dried out since, but are growing many new roots. (I always give them a bit of misting whenever the sphag that I have layered on top is dry.) What I am mindful of is fertilizer. My water is pretty hard, so I add very little...whenever I flush the pots, I use reverse osmosis water. I am getting a good amount of leaf and root growth and even have a new fan forming on one of them. Hopefully someone with more experience can chime in on this and help us both! They have been pretty easy going with me so far...I hope they are the same with you!