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Repotting Paph Seedling

This is a discussion on Repotting Paph Seedling within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Tomorrow I will be repotting seven paphs that I bought. The are seedlings in 2.5" ...

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    Tomorrow I will be repotting seven paphs that I bought. The are seedlings in 2.5" pots. For those who have experience with paphs, should I use a 3" pot or 4"? I want to give the poor things enough room to grow but have no experience with them.

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    You are better off putting them in the smallest pot that will comfortably contain the roots, even if that means you are putting them back in the same pot they were in and just replace the growing medium. Take a good look at the roots when you unpot, and try to resist the urge to overpot. Paphs generally respond well to repotting, unlike some other orchids.

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    Yes Chris1140 is correct! Paphs hate to be overpotted! I like using clear pots too, that way it's easier to tell when they need to be watered especially for a newbie. I'm a big fan of aircone pots these days they are awesome.

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    Please forgive the contrarian view, but I believe that the quality of the root zone environment is far more important than the pot size. I have had success really over potting, if my medium provides a good environment. I have even deflasked seedlings into 8.5" pots.

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    My experience with paphs is that seedlings do better in smaller pots especially the Brachys - even the adult Brachys do very well in 3-4 inch pots. The multiflora Polyanthas ,on the other hand, like the bigger pots and seem to produce multiple keikis in the bigger pots and bloom better on the mutiple leads. However, my Paph sanderianum just sulks in whatever size pots. Mybe I'll just mount it on driftwood...

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    Pot size always depends on your choice of media and your watering habits, and other aspects of culture. Paphs usually should be repotted at least annually because they thrive in fresh media. Big pots take up lots of space, and use lots of media, and for most people's conditions and habits can easily stay too wet for too long. Especially for seedlings, the smallest pot that allows for 6 months growth is usually the best choice.

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