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Suggestions for Paphs

This is a discussion on Suggestions for Paphs within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hello all! I would like to add a few paphs to my orchid collection and ...

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    Hello all! I would like to add a few paphs to my orchid collection and would appreciate some suggestions on which species are good to start with. I'm mostly interested in the cool-growing ones with mottled foliage since they are more suitable for my growing environment. All suggestions are appreciated! Thanks!

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    Hi, Nancy!

    I don't grow the mottled leafed Paphs but hope you get some useful tips from those who grow them.

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    Adding paphs? Like in those Sam Adams beer commercials, "always a good choice!" Most of the mottled-leaf plants are warmer growing, although they will tolerate cool to some degree. But can you give us more specific info about your temps, Nancy? (summer day vs winter night)

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    Hi Nancy!
    As a recently converted girl to the paph/phrag addiction, I thought I'd show you my maudiae (mottled leaf) type. I haven't bloomed it yet, it is supposedly blooming size and has put out a nice big new leaf. It is Paph. Masterhold x Red Glory and should look like this. It was my very first Paph and I bought it on looks alone! I have another noid that I like, pics are in the display forum, but I'm not certain what it is. Definitely something w/ delenatii in the cross.
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    But can you give us more specific info about your temps, Nancy? (summer day vs winter night)
    Hello Jason,

    In the summer, the indoor day time temperature is about 80-85 degrees and drops down to about 60-65 during the night. In the winter, day time demps are around 65 and 50-55 for night. Given these temps, do you think the maudiae types be suitable for me? Thanks!

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    I thought I'd show you my maudiae (mottled leaf) type. I haven't bloomed it yet, it is supposedly blooming size and has put out a nice big new leaf. It is Paph. Masterhold x Red Glory and should look like this. It was my very first Paph and I bought it on looks alone!
    Hi Heather! You made a very nice choice as that is a gorgeous plant! Definitely post a picture of yours when it blooms! Are you growing this on your windowsill?

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    Thanks - I hope it looks as good as that picture when it blooms! Yes, basically growing it on windowsill w/ some supplemental lighting.

    Are those temps you posted indoors or outdoors, and where are you planning to grow it? I grow everything indoors, and temps are generally
    Summer: 75-85 daytime/65 nighttime
    Winter: 60-70 daytime/55-60 nighttime

    But! Don't forget I'm in my first year so don't know if anyone likes it!

    Good luck in your choice. Paphs are awsome!

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    Are those temps you posted indoors or outdoors, and where are you planning to grow it? I grow everything indoors, and temps are generally
    Hi Heather,

    The temps I gave are for indoors. I grow all my orchids inside my home, next to east and south facing windows. I have 2 maudiae types now, both of which are away from the windows since I understand they prefer shade. I hope to add some new ones soon to my collection! Good luck with yours!!

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    Nancy,

    Those temps can grow and bloom pretty much all the paphs, with few exceptions. The winter nighttime low will be an asset in blooming multiflorals or the "complex" hybrids (a.k.a. bulldogs or toads). When it comes to Maudiae types, the vast majority will definitely tolerate 50-55 degrees (preferably closer to 55), but they won't grow much during the winter season at those temps. As long as you water less, they'll make up for it from spring to fall.

    Maudiae-types with charlesworthii or fairrieanum in their parentage will like 50 degrees more, although again, most should tolerate it OK. The only thing I would stay away from are the brachys, i.e. bellatulum, concolor, etc. Most of them prefer warmer nighttime temps above 60, especially niveum. Then again, maybe you shouldn't listen to me giving advice on brachys, since I kill them in no time.

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    Heather, which paph is your noID one? I can't seem to find it.

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