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Paph roths dilema.

This is a discussion on Paph roths dilema. within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; After my recent debacle with my Paphs i have changed most to a bark & ...

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    Default Paph roths dilema.

    After my recent debacle with my Paphs i have changed most to a bark & LECA mix(non s/h) & they seem to be growing really well.I was just about to change my large P. roth(30"+ LS) to the same mix because it seems to keep dropping the oldest lesves & what happens ? , it has started a new growth .
    Would you leave well enough alone or would you change the medium !

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    Well, given the old adage, "if it's working, don't fix it," you should probably just leave it as is.

    On the other hand, if you think it might lead to problems later on, right now, when it's putting out new growth, would be the best time to change over.

    Personally, I just don't have enough experience with S/H to trust it, and I already know how to "read" the traditional, bark-based mediums, so--and this is just me, mind you; someone else who knows and loves S/H can totally disagree--I would change over now, when it's the best time in terms of the plant's behavior.

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    Yes Louis there are points in favour of both leaving it be & repotting , since the plant is going in the g/h i,ll leave it be as i don,t want to change to much @ 1 time.
    Thanks for the input.

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    Well i unpotted my Paph supardii which has been in s/h the same amount of time as my roth & it had several live tips to the end of the roots , so i thought my roth should be fine.
    Noticed that i,m losing the bottom leaf off my roth so i decided to unpot.
    Roots are knackered , stubs about 1 1/2" long , there is a new root starting & what looks like another new growth but i,m not chancing it , into a bark/pearlite/sphag mix(smallest pot i can the roots into).My other roths are in bark & seem to growing fine if slowly.

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    I,m sorry, I missed what had happened to your Paphs in S/H. I was just about to put some of mine into S/H and am wondering what your bad experience was. Thanks..

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    Nothing to do with s/h , i overferilised a load of my paphs & phrags(& i mean massively over fertilised) by accident.The results were most of the roots got burned & then this seemed to lead onto basal rot , probably keeping them to wet.Result 12 paphs & 2 phrags went to orchid heaven
    The main reason why i,m not putting my paphs into s/h now is that it is almost imposible to find cultral info with my conditions(s/h , g/h & growroom).
    Most of my paphs are roths or roth hybrids & if these need a cooler spell to encourage flowering then i,m worried this will lead to rot problems again.
    Phrags just grow like trojans , these are grown above 60f all year round.

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    I am so sorry to hear what happened. Thanks for the information.

    You aren't kidding about your Phrags...I have seen Phragenstein and have been forever changed

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