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Paph Concern

This is a discussion on Paph Concern within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; ]I just bought this paph Monday at our local Orchid Society. It has just bloomed ...

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    ]I just bought this paph Monday at our local Orchid Society. It has just bloomed recently.
    I'm concerned about the shape of the leaves. It's in bark. What do you think it is and what action do you recomend?






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    Well bark is standard, my two are in bark, and the leaf shape all depends on the species/hybrid. It looks like a warm grower, but i wouldnt worry about the leaves, i have seen some paphs that have leaves like that, and some that dont.

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    It looks like it could be a hybrid between a species of Paph from subgenus Parvisepalum and a species from subgenus Cochlopetalum. Paph Delophyllum, Deperle and Gina Short are some examples of this type of hybrid, but are all quite similar. It probably won't be possible to make a precise identification even with pictures of the flowers. What did the flowers look like?

    The leaves look basically healthy to me. The wavy margins of the leaves are typical for this type of hybrid if I'm right about that. They may have been crowded by something on the left side. The pics are a little dark to make out details. Can you point out what specifically concerns you about the leaves?

    As for what to do now... It is always appropriate to repot a Paph after it is done flowering, or anytime you have a question about the health of the plant, and check on the health of the roots. The current pot is big enough but Paphs always respond well to fresh media. Repot at least once a year under any circumstances.

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    The tag indicates: Paphiopedilum Memoria Professor Ken Seldman (P. malipoense 'Joyous Gard' X P. moquetteanum 'Autumn')
    The previous caretaker indicated it had just finished blooming but I did not see it in bloom. I was mainly concerned by the "crinkly" appearance of the leaves. Other than that it does seem healthy and the media looks good.

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