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This is a discussion on Orchid care questions within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi all, Last year a friend gave us a Phal Amab which gave us 7 ...

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    Hi all,
    Last year a friend gave us a Phal Amab which gave us 7 blooms that lasted from May through Sept. and after the last bloom died I let the spike dry back about half way and trimmed it not knowing if I had done this right and thankfully it sent out a growth a little more than 1/4" below where I trimmed it and there are at least 8 buds growing so I know we will see blooms shortly but later than last year.

    Knowing I got very lucky that this orchid will rebloom I'd like to ask if this is the proper way and I was very lucky or did I do this right, also how do I trim it this year and in the following years? The plant seems very healthy and happy as it is sending out new leaf growth as well.

    Shortly after receiving this orchid as a gift I got my wife a Paph Hsinying ( Raisin Pie Lady Slipper ) there are 2 growths with 4 leaves each and no sign of spikes yet and since I don't know how this orchid will respond anything you can tell me about it would be great.

    I also a Max. Variabilis ( Black Eyed Susan ) with the tiniest little black flowers that are gorgeous, it came with 6 flowers in bloom and I currently have 10 new spikes so am hoping to see a lot of flowers blooming soon and will post photos of it when it does, thanks for your time.

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    HI there...I don't know about any but the phal...if you have already re-bloomed on the same spike I would cut it all the way back after the current bloom is done. It needs to rest, and it won't if it is induced to continue to bloom. Let it rest, grow more roots, put out more new growth, etc and when it is nice and strong again and blooms you will have some really fine quality strong blooms that you cab claim as 'earned'. Just my 2 cents worth...Remo

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    To grow your Paph Hsinying, please follow these guidelines:

    Light
    Requirements:

    1000 – 1500 footcandles

    The lower light requirements of these “old world” slipper orchids make them very well suited for home cultivation.

    Temperature:

    70 – 80 degrees
    F. daytime, 55 – 64 degrees F. night.

    Humidity:

    40 – 70 % relative
    humidity is ideal.

    Notes:

    Paphiopedilums
    (from the Greek, Paphios, ancient city of Cyprus that was the center of worship of Aphrodite, and the Latin ped, relating to the foot — we get prostitute-footed, or Ladyslipper) are terrestrial orchids that bloom either one or many on a spike. Flowers can last up to two months. These orchids should be watered generously and kept damp: lacking pseudobulbs, the plants use their roots for water and nutrient storage, therefore the roots should never be allowed to completely dry out.

    To learn more about orchid care, see the RVO Orchid Care Pages right here in the community.

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    Thank you both for the information you've given, very helpful. Remo, the last flower dropped late Sept. last year after blooming since given to us late May, very long lasting. I believe I trimmed the stem late in Oct after it had turned brown and dried out which was a bit over 2/3's of its length. The sprout from the stem did not appear until May so I would guess it had rested during this period. It sprouted a new leaf a bit over 2 weeks ago so I guess it's happy and the root growth has been unbelievable as well. Still watching my Paph for any sign of spike and Maxilaria for any sign of buds.

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    It sounds like you're doing great with them - congratulations!

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    Give your paph the same light that you give to your phal and it will thrive. Yes you should let your phal rest for a bit so it can focus its energy into making more leaves and roots. Please post pics of your plants
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    Here are some photos of the Phal, the Max. Variabilis which are both producing blooms and my 2 Cats which have dropped their flowers and are producing new growth.








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    Beautiful! I love the orange color.

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    Here is an update on the phal, first flower opened on 6/23



    Here is the max var today and the flower is not quite open as you can see and I can't wait to see it!


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