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Paph in "dirt"

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    Hi all. I've been away for a while but I missed all of the orchid talk so i'm back! I bouth some noid paphs the other day from the city greenhouse for 5 bucks each. really healthy looking. They are potted in dirt. Should I leave them or repot them in dirt or what? I was even thinking of sticking them in the ground come summer here in Cleveland, Ohio (Canada)!!!! Help me decide please.

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    Hi Pedro, welcome back!! It is nice to hear from you again. Do you know what type of paphs you have? I don't expect that they would do well in soil since the roots cannot get oxygen and will eventually rot as the soil settles around them and compacts. I would put them into a bark mix, but before moving them, could you post a photo to let us see how they look? Maye you have some terrestrial orchid? A cypripedium maybe?

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    Welcome back.
    If they are cyps for $5 thats a steal.

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    Ok so I took some pics of the plants, rinsed off roots, and soil. I see cyps all the time in the wild around here so I know that they're not cyps. They could be Phrags but I do not know any way to tell them apart vegetatively. Does anyone else know?
    Any thoughts on the repot are helpful. Thanks again!
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    Yes, those are paphs. I would plant them in a bark mix. They look healthy.

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    Thanks. What would you mix with the bark? I have not had great success with Paphs, killing about half of what I've bought!!!

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    I would use small red-wood bark, perlite, charcoal, and coconut or chunk peat mix.

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    Thanks much! Enjoy the Holiday.

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    Orch1dman...
    I mix crushed limestone in my paph mix with good results, I don't really measure, some will wash out when you first water. I also have better results re-potting paphs every 6 months due to salt buildup in the pots (paphs don't like that). Good luck-Lee

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