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how about help for my emerald?

This is a discussion on how about help for my emerald? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi again everyone, Today I'm curious about my green emerald paph. I recieved this orchid ...

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    Hi again everyone,
    Today I'm curious about my green emerald paph. I recieved this orchid about a year ago when it was in bud. It bloomed beautifully for well over two months and then faded. I have since transplanted the orchid into a slatted wooden box and potted it with a mixture of orchid bark (medium) and orchid moss. I keep her hanging in a South-facing window, but the light is obscured somewhat by a curtain. Her leaves are consistently meduim/light green. She is very healthy and has put out several new leaves since I repotted, but there is no sign of another bloom. Am i being impatient? or is there something I can do to "encourage" this little one to put out? I fertalize her about once every two weeks with bloom booster. She seems to be content, but I dare say now she is becoming complacent. Any suggestions? here's a link to what she looks like. This is the exact flower that I have. http://www.cichlidrecipe.com/client_...ald_Free_1.jpg

    once again, any suggestions would be wonderful. thanks,
    Catherine

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    Well, I've never grown any of my paphs in a basket.. So my question would be - is she getting the right amount of water? A south window should be plenty of light, a bit too much, perhaps in summer..

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    I take care to give my paphs plenty of water (i'm growing two in baskets) so I don't think the problem is water. I soak them about once a week, and I mist the roots and moss almost daily. They seem to be happy in the baskets, just no hint of blooming. do you think I should transfer them to clay pots?

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    Hi Catherine,

    Paph. Emerald is close to a primary hybrid. It's 50% curtisii (aka superbiens), 25% callosum and 25% lawrenceanum. That makes it much easier to gauge the conditions it wants than a more convoluted complex hybrid. Emerald doesn not want to dry out. In the basket it may be getting too dry between waterings.

    But know that these species' primary blooming months are May, Jun, July. You may be a bit ahead of yourself trying to 'kick' it into gear. I'd give it a couple of months before worrying.

    Often, the plants we buy in bud or flower come from very different growing conditions than we can offer. That throws the blooming season off a bit. I've often had happy plants take more than a year to rebloom. They find their own schedule based on your home conditions, if all else is to their liking.

    Paph. Emerald doesn't like lots of light, so you're probably good there, although you could bump the light a bit if you wanted to experiment. Keep it moist. Don't over fert. All three species are native to the floors of pine forests, which can be a bit more acidic, so I wouldn't worry about adding lime.

    Good luck - keep us posted!
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    Thank you so much. That was extremely helpful. I'll keep you posted to her progress.

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