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Paph roots above the growing medium

This is a discussion on Paph roots above the growing medium within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I have several paphs, but this hybrid is the only one that does it: every ...

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    Question Paph roots above the growing medium

    I have several paphs, but this hybrid is the only one that does it: every time it has new growth it is a lot higher than the growing medium. I mean a LOT higher (1 inch). I have been re-potting every time this happens to cover the new growing roots, but this time I got lazy and stuffed some sphagnum moss on top to keep the roots moist. Is this the right thing to do? What makes it grow like that?
    The plant's name is PAPH. Alma Guvaert x Tuxedo Junction.
    Here are pictures of the new growth

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    paph lawrenceanum is notorious for climbing although it is a lightweight when compared to things like phrag schlimii. lawrenceanum is a component of almost all the maudiae-type hybrids, and some of the other species may also do that from time to time.

    options:
    adding media is one option but if you cover the old growths you may increase their risk of rot. one thing to do is to slant the plant while repotting so that the plane of the growths is horizontal.

    or just stuff a wad of sphag there so the roots grow down through them and into the media. unless you're in a greenhouse, though, you'll need to moisten that wad twice a day.

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    Nice,
    Looks like its aching for a mounting. Can these be mounted? Or are they terrestrial? Its just a thought.

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    a few paphs grow in nature as epiphytes (i.e. lowii) but always in thick mosses. I have heard of very few people trying to mount them but I have not heard of any great success. paphs are meant for pots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jmoney
    options:
    adding media is one option but if you cover the old growths you may increase their risk of rot. one thing to do is to slant the plant while repotting so that the plane of the growths is horizontal.

    or just stuff a wad of sphag there so the roots grow down through them and into the media. unless you're in a greenhouse, though, you'll need to moisten that wad twice a day.
    Jason,

    It is true, It looses the lowest growth every time I repot it b/c it ends up too deep in the mix. That's why I am experimenting with the sphagnum cover. I would like it to keep all of the leaves.
    Can I stop moistening the sphagnum moist once the roots grow into the medium? I don't mind spraying it everyday for few weeks, but I can't do it forever...

    This guy has dark burgundy flower, and flowers on every new growth.

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