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First Paph Query

This is a discussion on First Paph Query within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi all, I'm looking to buy my first paph. preferably a Magic Lantern and I ...

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    Hi all,

    I'm looking to buy my first paph. preferably a Magic Lantern and I have the following options, which would you recommend since it's just my first paph ever?

    1. Buy a 4" compot w/ 3 plants for $35
    2. Buy a plant in bloom/bud for $?? at the orchid show coming up in August

    Thanks.

    PS How long would it take to get option 1 to blooming size?

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    GO for the plant in BLOOM!!!! No question! This is your first one. Why wait if you can get one in bud or bloom?? Try the compot after you grow an adult plant and make sure it likes your treatment. JMHO

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    absolutely. go with the mature plant, preferably in bud so you don't have to wait. magic lantern isn't the slowest grower but it's not the fastest either.

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    I third that!

    Seedlings require a little more experience, but can be rewarding. Wait for the show!

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    Yes look for the mature plant. I think the mature plant should only cost around $30 too. At least here at shows I found vendors lowering their prices a little too, when compared to their online catalogues (perhaps for promotional reasons?).

    I think the compot will take two years? Depends on the growing conditions, it will be much faster under a green house because of the humidity. A vendor said only one and a half years under his greenhouse when selling compots at my local show (and this vendor is from Vancouver and specializes with paphs), but we were talking about paph spicerianum at the time. I think parvisepalums can possibly be slower

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    Thanks for the input guys. It's pretty obvious now
    I think I know which paph specialty nursery you're referring to Fren, that's where I got the $35 price for the compot from.
    I'm sure the Magic Lantern won't be the only one coming home from the orchid summer sale on August 11.


    [EDIT]: "VOS August Plant Sale 2007 has been cancelled due to the Vancouver Civic Strike"
    So much for my first show/sale. I guess I'll have to get my Magic Lantern somewhere else.

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    doh more temptation, I just had to check his catalogue now too...
    I see he has just listed complex pinks, I am so tempted as I don't see them often for sale in Canada:
    Paph. (Junior World x Lippetor) X (Winston Churchill 'Indomitable' x British Bulldog)
    Paph. (World Exploit x Junior World) X (Pacific Ocean 'Hilo' x Canberra).

    and Paph. Wossner Kolosuk (sukhakulii x kolopakingii) was something interesting I thougt about for a while

    ...and I wanted to stop buying internet plants and focus on getting them in person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phyrex View Post
    [EDIT]: "VOS August Plant Sale 2007 has been cancelled due to the Vancouver Civic Strike"
    So much for my first show/sale. I guess I'll have to get my Magic Lantern somewhere else.
    That's a big disappointment. Hopefully you will find a chance to get one soon.
    I see another place (auction) you can get one in bud, but I am not sure of that seller because he hasn't much feedback and I never dealt with him. Only one bid for now. Anyway I find it much more fulfilling and satisfying to get plants in person now that I go to society meetings, and sometimes healthier or cheaper.

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