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Paph Hsinying x Laser blooming question

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    Default Paph Hsinying x Laser blooming question

    Hi All! Long time no post...I've been super busy and needed to stay away from the orchid forums lest I buy more than I can afford/fit in my growing space.
    Last year I bought this lovely Paph at a local orchid show, it was in bud and had beautiful deep colors. This year, it's starting to bloom again, but the colors are way washed out and the flower itself seems a bit more delicate than the last. I was surprised to see a bud as I hadn't been doing anything special to get it to bloom. I water it regularly with filtered water, and fertilize with Better Grow Foliage every other or every third watering. I waited to stake it until it started to open.
    I recently moved to a new department/area that does not have as much natural light so I bought a grow light and have it about 1.5-2 feet above my plants. I run a small humidifier for about 8 hr/day and it's fairly warm where I sit.
    I'm happy I got it to bloom again, but disappointed at the same time. Can anyone help?

    On to the photos!

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    The leaves look very healthy though:
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    lovely bloom!
    First, I could be how much light you're giving it, that can cause a significant change in the shades of color.
    Second, Some blooms on orchids take a period of time to reach their actual color, darkening or lightening (it depends on the species/hybrid.
    I hope this helps and wonderful bloom!
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    Thanks Alex! I noticed as I was leaving today that it seemed darker than when I took those shots this morning. Maybe my memory is bad and it did the same thing last time and I just panicked heh I'm keeping a close eye on this one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoStems View Post
    Thanks Alex! I noticed as I was leaving today that it seemed darker than when I took those shots this morning. Maybe my memory is bad and it did the same thing last time and I just panicked heh I'm keeping a close eye on this one!
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    haha ... sounds like something I would do. Great looking slipper orchid.

    cheers,
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    It's always interesting when they change color on you. lol I get confused when mine open the wrong color at times too. I like this one...very nice colors and overall shape.

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    Don't look at it too much! because it might get scared and turn pale again!!
    Keep us updated.
    Happy growing!
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    It is a lovely bloom, no matter what. I find that temperatures play a big role in the depth of color.

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    Not quite as vibrant and not as many spots, but looking much healthier than I expected once she fully opened. (new phone takes much better photos than the old one!)

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    Very beautiful.

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