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One more about repotting

This is a discussion on One more about repotting within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Originally Posted by Jmoney High light revs up photosynthesis and respiration, thereby increasing water and ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jmoney
    High light revs up photosynthesis and respiration, thereby increasing water and fertilizer demands. The reasoning is that a freshly repotted plant experiences some "root shock", during which time the roots are not as efficient at absorbing water. I suppose that varies depending on how traumatic the repotting process is--repotting healthy paphs should not be traumatic at all, but I would assume that some 'shock' takes place. But then again, most paphs don't get the blazing high light that macrocatts/cyms require.

    Do paphs leave get twisty if they are getting to much light? Or can it be genetics? I bought a paph eariler this year and the leaves were twisty. I assumed it was put under high light to speed the bloom process. I have it in a medium light spot and the new leaves are like that. Maybe not enough water? I don't have it in the correct medium, but I repotted it not to long ago in an emergency and don't want to disrupt it again.

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    Not sure what you mean by twisty...

    High light can cause the edges of new leaves to "roll" a bit, but that's usually seen in the brachypetalum paphs (i.e. bellatulum). Usually high light either causes sunburn, or short of that, you get small and yellow-green leaves.

    There is a phenomenon of wrinkled leaves sometimes--that may or may not be an indicator of polyploidy, but I suppose it can also mean a lack of water (although it can also mean nothing at all...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jmoney
    Not sure what you mean by twisty...

    High light can cause the edges of new leaves to "roll" a bit, but that's usually seen in the brachypetalum paphs (i.e. bellatulum). Usually high light either causes sunburn, or short of that, you get small and yellow-green leaves.

    There is a phenomenon of wrinkled leaves sometimes--that may or may not be an indicator of polyploidy, but I suppose it can also mean a lack of water (although it can also mean nothing at all...)

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    I can take one tomarrow and post it for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jmoney
    Not sure what you mean by twisty...

    High light can cause the edges of new leaves to "roll" a bit, but that's usually seen in the brachypetalum paphs (i.e. bellatulum). Usually high light either causes sunburn, or short of that, you get small and yellow-green leaves.

    There is a phenomenon of wrinkled leaves sometimes--that may or may not be an indicator of polyploidy, but I suppose it can also mean a lack of water (although it can also mean nothing at all...)

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    Oh! That's what you meant!
    My just sold and soon to be shipped paph is like that too, the newer leaves, tho not as pronounced. I just assumed it was normal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heather
    Oh! That's what you meant!
    My just sold and soon to be shipped paph is like that too, the newer leaves, tho not as pronounced. I just assumed it was normal.
    I don't know if it is. that is what I was wondering. I've seen more pictures with leaves that are erect but flat if that makes sense. I'm wondering if it is the difference between artifical light and sunlight.

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    Hmm...not really sure what that is due to, although it certainly doesn't look problematic. A couple of my paphs seem to do that as well, and I don't know why. It probably isn't due to high light, since from the picture it appears that the new growth is well-mottled. Maudiae-types under high light will start to have yellower leaves and less pronounced mottling. In short, I wouldn't worry about it, as long as it's growing properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jmoney
    Hmm...not really sure what that is due to, although it certainly doesn't look problematic. A couple of my paphs seem to do that as well, and I don't know why. It probably isn't due to high light, since from the picture it appears that the new growth is well-mottled. Maudiae-types under high light will start to have yellower leaves and less pronounced mottling. In short, I wouldn't worry about it, as long as it's growing properly.

    Cool , now I will sleep ok tonight.
    Thanks for your opinion , really, I know very little about paphs and already have 2!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OrchidTraci
    Cool , now I will sleep ok tonight.
    Thanks for your opinion , really, I know very little about paphs and already have 2!!
    I have like 80 and I *still* am trying to learn how to grow them better...

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