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Paph - godefroyae, leucochilum, concolor etc

This is a discussion on Paph - godefroyae, leucochilum, concolor etc within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Originally Posted by Raver Really nice and pretty paphs, they look so healthy and the ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raver View Post
    Really nice and pretty paphs, they look so healthy and the flowers are big. What kind of medium do you use?
    The NS and DS are 70 and 42 mm respectively across. It is average in size.
    Everyone has his or her own magic potting mix. I am using pumice, diatomite, chopped fern roots, charcoal and Leca.
    Hope this info is useful to you.

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    As usual your godefroyae are out of his world. That 'Blacky' is truly outstanding. Is that the one that was awarded ? I really must visit you and see your collection 'live'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catttan View Post
    As usual your godefroyae are out of his world. That 'Blacky' is truly outstanding. Is that the one that was awarded ? I really must visit you and see your collection 'live'.
    Yes. The 1st flower which is the black godefroyae was awarded.
    You can drop me a line when you are in Singapore.

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    all of them fantastic. Congratulations!
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    Outstanding slipper orchids!! Very nicely grown and bloomed! Congratulations.



    Cheers,
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    do parent from japan

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    Deductions ;
    the grit we can see is to hold a small pot in place inside a larger one - otherwise the small one would fall over ; it also covers up the compost in the small pot ( I can see the rim of it in the right hand pic of fma leucochilum , and also in one of the concolor pics.) I can also see sphagnum moss in godefroyae 3620-4 left hand pic.
    So - if you are willing to divulge - what do you use for compost - just straight sphagnum ?
    Most of us poor paph-lovers find brachys hard to grow;some of the best growers - e.g. Harold Koopowitz , , subjected to a grilling at a British Paph Society meeting, asked "how do you grow them ?" answered "with difficulty"..Later he suggested, treat them like succulents...I wouldn't grow a succulent in sphagnum !
    In Thailand, at a nursery with a thousand collected plantsof bellatulum being established,( no wonder they are rare in the wild - there is an average of less than 20 in each colony...) I was told they like a cold rest for 3 months in the winter ; you grow in Singapore - I know what the weather's like there - been there, and my wife taught school there for 3 years, half a century ago...not cold !
    Personally I've been on expeditions to see them in the wild ( saw concolor and bellatulum )- took soil samples, pH and EC readings , light meter readings etc - now I can ( sometimes) keep them alive, but as to flourishing , no, and no again....
    So, Yeo , be our favourite person - spill the beans !
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    Quote Originally Posted by vllosum View Post
    do parent from japan
    It was from a flask that got from Taiwan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    Deductions ;
    the grit we can see is to hold a small pot in place inside a larger one - otherwise the small one would fall over ; it also covers up the compost in the small pot ( I can see the rim of it in the right hand pic of fma leucochilum , and also in one of the concolor pics.) I can also see sphagnum moss in godefroyae 3620-4 left hand pic.
    So - if you are willing to divulge - what do you use for compost - just straight sphagnum ?
    Most of us poor paph-lovers find brachys hard to grow;some of the best growers - e.g. Harold Koopowitz , , subjected to a grilling at a British Paph Society meeting, asked "how do you grow them ?" answered "with difficulty"..Later he suggested, treat them like succulents...I wouldn't grow a succulent in sphagnum !
    In Thailand, at a nursery with a thousand collected plantsof bellatulum being established,( no wonder they are rare in the wild - there is an average of less than 20 in each colony...) I was told they like a cold rest for 3 months in the winter ; you grow in Singapore - I know what the weather's like there - been there, and my wife taught school there for 3 years, half a century ago...not cold !
    Personally I've been on expeditions to see them in the wild ( saw concolor and bellatulum )- took soil samples, pH and EC readings , light meter readings etc - now I can ( sometimes) keep them alive, but as to flourishing , no, and no again....
    So, Yeo , be our favourite person - spill the beans !
    No beans to spill. I have written in my blog on Paph(brachy) growing which you can take a look. This is the link to my blog PaphYeo
    In whatever you are growing, the micro climate is very important. You need to attempt those that suit your growing environment. Singapore's weather is tropical. It is very similar to the brachy habitat (concolor, godefroyae, niveum, leucochilum) except bellatullum which is found in the far north of Thailand and Burma. I love Parvis but the weather here is simply too warm for them. The only success are the hybrids.
    Sphagnum moss is not suitable here as the warm and humid weather will degrade the moss very quickly. The moss that you see in the photo is a top dressing for the pot which I dressed up for our local show.
    Likewise the double pot that you see is for the same reason. Brachys especially godefroyae and leucochilum like to be kept dry. Pot the plant according to the roots rather than the plant. It is important to let the mix dry out and no water log. Good air circulation is also important.
    I hope this info is of good use to brachy growers and would be growers.

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    Thank you ; that is very helpful. A great deal of food for thought here !

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