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Paph coccineum

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    I just received this minature Paph coccineum from Brussels as a gift from one of my colleagues. It is very small and not yet in bloom. According to the supplier, it is nearly mature and should bloom in 2008!
    It is in very small pot of 2.8 inches and planted in Bark. I just watered it yesterday and it seems completely dry now! Do you think I should let it soak for 15 minutes?
    I don't know much about this type of Paph so I would appreciate any helpful information from you guys about growing it!

    I know that there is a disagreement whether this is a species or not. I read that somewhere.

    Thanks
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    Hi Fadi,

    Are those white crystal spots on the bark fertilizer deposits or just reflection of light? You might should repot this on with some smaller bark to hold a bit of moisture longer if it is drying out too fast for your watering schedule. If those are salt deposits on the large bark - rinse that bark very well so that your orchid's roots do not start to burn.

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    You might should repot this on with some smaller bark to hold a bit of moisture longer if it is drying out too fast for your watering schedule.
    Yes, you could get a seedling mix...I use it on my smaller plants that need the moisture.

    Very cute lil' plant.

    Shann~

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    Talking hi fadi

    no wory`s
    i`ll take care of you-when we will meet up at the orchid convention
    i`ll bring a blue vanda and the bark
    take care
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    I think that you are right bruce. I will rinse the bark well.
    Can I add some peat to the bark or is that a bad idea? Anyways, I dont mind the watering but I will be going to Cyprus next month for a week and I need to make sure it will not dry out...
    Hey Kfir...thanks for the call..was about to bathe my son I look forwrd to meeting you and thanks for getting the Vanda and the bark

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    Wow, Cyprus....what a glamorous life you lead! :-)

    Is there anyone that can watch the paph for you? I just know they like to be a little wetter - but if not, I think peat would help, just make sure it has a little air movement...I don't want that little guy to rot out!

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    Hi Becky
    I cannot trust anyone with my Orchids. I prefer they are a bit deprived of water than rotted. He he he
    I love travellling. This time I am going for both business and relaxation. I have to take a test for work so that should take me one day and then I can enjoy the nice Cyprus beaches with my family....I can't wait (except for the test!)

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    The peat probably will not hurt anything for a short while - it all depends on how often you water.

    cheers,
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