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This is a discussion on New Paph within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Where does one find crushed oystershell? Originally Posted by Jmoney bright shade is fine. I ...

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    Where does one find crushed oystershell?



    Quote Originally Posted by Jmoney View Post
    bright shade is fine. I have all my paphs on a south windowsill with a lace curtain for some shade. selected strap leafs in front, maudiae types in back. in the shade of some dens/catts would be just fine. a slight topdressing of crushed oystershell (not the powdered lime) is probably optional but if you have it handy you might as well throw a pinch on.

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    Any aquarium or marine supply place will have 50 lb bags for real cheap. The cost to ship it is fairly expensive though since it weighs so much.

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    Hi , Try a feed store , chicken oyster shell.
    My Paphs. are on the west wall of the greenhouse with shade added , Like the others strap leaf closer to the windows mottled leaf behind them , the Phrags also are on that wall . Doing fine in that location , seedlings in another area with an artificial light over them . Gin

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    I got some from the local pet shop (the bird feed bit)

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    Thanks again, for the oystershell suggestions. I was at the feed store last week, but need parrot food, so I'll take a look there!


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    you can try out garden lime (dolomite) as well. The problem with oyster shells is that they will have salt in them, so I haven't tried them out, though I have some since I got a pet bird. Also egg shells are suggested.
    ...reminds me that I have to lime up my plants again. My tap water already has come minerals in it so it is not as important to me.

    Also maudiae types don't need lime since they do not grow on limestone cliffs. I accidentally limed mine but they seem ok.

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    Thanks for the good info, Fren....I picked up some crushed oystershell at the pet store and will add a pinch to my non-maude type paphs. I'm not too worried about the salt, I am pretty regular about flushing all the pots so the fert. salts don't build up.

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