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Paph. Deperle

This is a discussion on Paph. Deperle within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi Everyone, Well, today marks the two year milestone to my orchid collection. On June ...

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    Hi Everyone,
    Well, today marks the two year milestone to my orchid collection. On June 3, 2004, I was given my first orchid (I remember because it was my sister's wedding day..) Anyway, now I have 17 orchids and seven different species. I've had four re-blooms off an old spike, and three plants have rebloomed on new growth. Sadly, I have had four orchid fatalities (though two were intensive care patients to begin with). I have five misting bottles, three bags of different barky-material and two packages of moss. And I have constructed an eight foot long shelf that spans my living room window. And I have purchased at least six super-fruffy orchid pots (probablly more) and several slated baskets. Ok, after taking that little inventory, I can safely say that I have become an addict. (oh, and to make things worse, I have recently discovered the wonders of orchids-via-snailmail, so the addiction is escalating exponentially.) That said, I now give you my first mail-order orchid purchase.

    She is a Paph. Deperle, and looks to be very healthy (and in spike). I've already fallen in love with the shape of the leaves and growing pattern. I have one other Paph. that has been healthy, but not rebloomed. My main concern with both this plant and my other is light. I have a LOT of natural light in my apartment. One entire wall is a window, and during the summer months, I don't have direct sun, but it is very bright nonetheless. In the winter I get a lot of direct sun, and that's a problem sometimes. My one paph sits on a baker's rack that does not get tons of light, but it stays fairly bright, it is filtered somewhat from the curtains. Should my new paph be the same? or should I try it directly in the window. There's no risk of burning it, but it is decidedly brighter. Here's a few pictures of her (and look at that cute little spike!
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    Nice purchase! These type of paphs like light in the low to medium range. Mine does great getting a few hours of filtered sunlight (Tinted window with screen), and others are happy being on a plant cart under flourescent lights. Don't let them get too warm.. Try a little bloom fertilizer on your stubborn ones. Sometimes that helps - other times you just have to wait till the plant decides it wants to bloom. Deperle is a lovely bloom, and as the plant matures the blossoms will get larger.

    Good luck, post a photo when it blooms!

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    That is one healthy looking Paph! Make sure you update us when the bloom is open...

    now, the light issue... I'm a little on the "give em as much light as possible" sorta guy... having said that direct sunlight is a no-no but if your grow area is bright because of indirect light, then I say give it to em. I think the biggest issue is not light but heat... and direct sun will burn the plants.

    Good luck with the new addition to the family...

    btw, 4 farewells is hardly any... I've seen a number of plants move on because I got a Masdevallias or Dracula which just hate my growing environment but I still keep thinking... hmm... what if.... errr... bad timmy, bad!

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    Thanks for the advice. I think I'm going to try it on my window shelf, not directly in the window but still bright. In honor of my two year orchid anniversary i give you........the window.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nabakov5
    Hi Everyone,
    I have a LOT of natural light in my apartment. One entire wall is a window, and during the summer months, I don't have direct sun, but it is very bright nonetheless. In the winter I get a lot of direct sun, and that's a problem sometimes.
    How come you get direct sun in the winter and not in the summer? Is it becuase the sun is too high in the sky??

    Very nice Paph., and I like your growing area.

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    Very nice! that one pothos looks like it's kinda thirsty!

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    Yes, in the summer the sun goes over my apartment and is never low enough to give direct sun (though it gets very close...right at the window sill around noon. In the winter the sun is lower and comes in like a freight train. I live in the mountains, so a lot of the sun depends on the landscape.

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    Very lovely window growing area! Thanks for sharing it with us!

    Cheers!
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    I think Paphs would love that window! As long as sunburn isn't an issue. In the summer keep a fan going and they should be fine. I'm with Tindo - the more light, the happier mine are (well, to a point...)

    Make sure your fert has calcium and magnesium as trace elements. Otherwise you could supplement it it with a splash of epsom salts or dolomite once a month or so. The lack of trace elements can sometimes delay blooming.

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    She's almost in bloom folks. I thought I'd give you a preview. More to come soon!!!
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