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paph culture help needed

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    Default paph culture help needed

    What are the growing conditions best for Paph. Chiu Hua?

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    Can you post a picture of the plant (foliage)?
    Paphs like lower light, similar to what phals like. If it has wide, green leaves, it might like a bit more light than that.
    They like cool to warm temps (55 F to 85 F), good humidity if you can (my paphs seems to be doing fine here in Colorado) and they generally don't like to dry out. I understand hybrids are more temp tolerant in general.

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    I presume you mean Paph Chiu Hua Dancer (gigantifolium x sanderianum). That's the only similar name registered.

    It needs what Paph sanderianum needs, that should be easy to find, maybe tolerate slightly lower light level because of the gigantifolium parent. Or if you are successful with Paph Maudiae or similar hybrids you're pretty close. 80% humidity, good air movement, warm conditions (80-85F days with a 10-15F temperature drop at night, this one does not like it cool), moderate light intensity (about 2000fc filtered sunlight), well drained media, moist but never soggy, don't let it dry out, typical weak fertlizer applications on a regular basis, but if winter conditions are more on the cool dark side keep it a bit drier and cut down the fertilizer. That's all pretty typical orchid conditions. It shouldn't be a hard one, but it will get big and may take quite a few years to bloom.

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