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This is a discussion on Paphiopedilum growth within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Ok. well im kinda new to Paphs. I got my first two plants in September ...

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    Cool Paphiopedilum growth

    Ok. well im kinda new to Paphs. I got my first two plants in September of 09' when I posted a picture of it in bloom.
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    Now its been about 7 months and the new growth has only grown about 2 inches.....there is not much vigor or change that has occurred. I transplanted it after the bloom and have continued my normal culture. This "black cherry" as i will call it, doesnt seem to like my conditions and is at a halt compared to my other paph which is of similar maudie decent. What can I do to evaluate the situation and make it do something? Another question i have is for my other paph that is growing unlike its original growth, Tall and lanky, tho it does show vigor in its growth. What could be the cause? or is there specific fert that i could try? thanks
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    What you are describing (slow growth, lanky growth) can be a sign of not enough light. What are your growing conditions?

    Susan

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    The growing season is upon us, and it's a great time to repot most of your orchids. Many plants will produce growths and show vigor in the late spring.

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    I have have already re-potted all my orchids that needed it at the end of April. Most of my plants are showing growth as well. Expect my oncidium noids that are just maturing its new growth which oddly grew over the winter months. Weird cycle if you ask me. Today i just learned from a grower that paphs need as much light as Cattleya, which i was giving them less light then my phals. With more light and heat it will definitely help them to fertilize more. I hope this makes a difference. Thanks Susan

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    Well im still wondering about the lanky growth on my Paph.. Its had the same light as my other Paph in which I recently learned can use more light. Besides that this one is still growing different then the other, which is growing normal. Check this picture out. The leaf bracts are growing strait up kinda like a multi-floral phrag.. Now each Bract which is growing up into the air has nodes that look like new "air" roots are coming. Ive showed this to one of my friends who cultivates orchids here in florida. He said he's never seen a Paph. grow in such a way. He thinks it might be genetic. Any ideas as to why or what i should do?

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    Andrew, I grew Paphs. many yrs. ago. before I focused on which orchids I liked best. From looking at the pictures, It is my opinion that your Paphs. need quite a bit more indirect, bright light. The hard shadows show that in the pictures; a couple of those plants are definately NOT getting enough light. I agree with Susan...Betty :-)

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    And I agree with Betty & Susan, Andrew. Increase the light and air movement. I noticed some rust spots near the base of the plant.

    Good luck!

    Cheers,
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    I have increased the light. When i first got them they had tons of light. Then they got burned so i moved them to lower then Phal light as i previously said. Now they are back to Bright light. ....i moved the plant to where you see it for the picture only. Otherwise they get bright light all day and sun for about 3 hours before dusk. I have a fan on my plants 24/7. The rust spot was there on the old growth when i bought the plant. The new growth doesnt have any rust spots. Plus they got burnt when i moved to florida cause i left them outside in the sun for a day...oops...so thats prob. what your seeing. I deff appreciate all your advice but i dont think it has anything to do with the light. Seeing that my other maudie type paph is growing normal. They have been treated both the same way. Can anyone tell me what i should do if it puts out air roots as its doing? Also if everyone thinks its light, which i have increased, then why isnt the other paph lanky? They have literally been side by side the whole time and in the same growth stages. Thanks

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    Speaking of paphs. What happened to Tim aka bench72?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AtantaR View Post
    Speaking of paphs. What happened to Tim aka bench72?
    He was having internet issues at home for awhile. I have not seen him here or on Facebook in quite awhile. I hope he is alright.

    Cheers,
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