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My paph collection as of 8.21.11

This is a discussion on My paph collection as of 8.21.11 within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Originally Posted by Jason-UK I loved them photo's so much also and i have just ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason-UK View Post
    I loved them photo's so much also and i have just ordered my first Paph which is a Paphiopedilum rothschildianum will have to wait a bit for it to flower but it worth the wait. :-)
    Wow - that's really nice of you to say. The paph rothschildianum is, of course, a species plant, and must have been quite expensive, even for a small one. The roths have been used for many years as genetic parents for some of the more modern looking intra (or "infra" if you like)species hybrids, particularly the deep burgundies, or "vinicolored", as orchid people say. I have a paph delenatii - also used for species hybrids - and it's in a 2" pot, has 4 2" leaves altogether, a barely visible new growth on top, and I just have to put on my list of things not to focus on - and it cost as much as many of my more instantly gratifying vini hybrids. One thing a species plant will do is teach you to see your orchid collection in terms of years. i was told that at the beginning, and have just begun to experience it myself. That's okay - I can do with a little practice at patience!

    Send a pic when you get it, okay?

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    Hi Maura,
    Its true I could have bought quite a few different orchids for what it just cost me. It is in a 3.5" pot and is classified as a Young plant... that is all i know right now. I will definatly post some pics of it when it arrives for you to see (arrives Thursday hopefully). I have started to go for a lot of species lately they seem to grab my attention more than some of the others. Maybe im a glutton for punishment hehe

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    Very pretty collection. They look very healthy.

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    Maura your comments on the Paphiopedilium Rothschildianium are right on. Of course if it were named after Bill Gates who's net worth is even more than a Rothschild the price would be even higher. I am very impressed with your collection and was just wondering if they were all "warm growers' or if you had them inside only, or in during the day and out at night? Indirect bright light? Thanks for posting these photographs. AL

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    Quote Originally Posted by orchidsal View Post
    Maura your comments on the Paphiopedilium Rothschildianium are right on. Of course if it were named after Bill Gates who's net worth is even more than a Rothschild the price would be even higher. I am very impressed with your collection and was just wondering if they were all "warm growers' or if you had them inside only, or in during the day and out at night? Indirect bright light? Thanks for posting these photographs. AL
    Thanks for the vote of confidence - I've been reading so much that I think my brain is one big paph info-blender. My paphs used to go out at night on my balcony, in order to get them the extra humidity that Atlanta night air has - that was, until the one time I woke up too late and my shaded paph area had just started to get direct sunlight. I had 2 much-prized paphs - a coloratum and an albino Maudiae that I had been about to take for judging, and both had minuscule brown spots from sun exposure. So..... no more chances. My paphs mostly get indirect bright light from a south-facing sliding-glass door, but I keep them about 8-12' away from the window itself. As they get closer to full bloom, I move them back, further out of the light, so that they won't have a big show for a few days and then start to decline. I keep them in a fir bark mix, which helps keep them slightly damp in between waterings (varies from 5-7 days). They are weak feeders, so they get a biweekly-weak feed, and every month I flush them with plain water to leach out the nasty salts and mineral deposits. I collect as much rain water as I can, but we haven't had much here in ATL lately, so they've had to endure the municipal supply and I keep my fingers crossed. For humidity, I mist them daily, sometimes twice a day, particularly when they're in full bloom.

    Long answer for short question, and everyone has a different MO that works for them - this is just what seems to work for me. I hope it will help some other paph growers in some way, and any input/correction, etc. is welcome.

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    PS Forgot to add: one of the most important things is CHOOSING A HIGH QUALITY PLANT!

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    Hi Maura; I give you credit (sincerely) as a fast learner. This sounds like good, detailed cultural advice that is appreciated. As I think you know the 'details' do matter. I only have two Paphs. One using my regular fertilizer routine of MSU F. at 1/2 strength altered with Fish/Seaweed fertilizer each weak is thriving. The other I got those ugly brown leaf tips on and have cut way back on the fertilizer and have done a couple good water flush's. I think I will go to 1/4 tsp. MSU F. twice a month only. Also its still getting in the low to mid 90's for 3 to 4 hours in afternoons. Until I can install a window mount swamp cooler it will get hot in that greenhouse. Thanks for your help! AL

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    AL - You might just try bringing them in the house and putting them in gradually lower light and cooler space - as long as you don't shock their systems, I think they'd be a lot happier somewhere at low/medium light and in the mid 70's. You're right about the fertilizer and brown tips - I use the MSU liquid form myself and make sure my paphs have been completely drenched with plain water before i give them a diluted version of the MSU. I have fish fertilizer, but haven't had the stomach to use it yet - brings back memories of my grandmother's African violets!?!?!?!

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    Default Investing in species paphs - my delanatii

    Quote Originally Posted by Jason-UK View Post
    Hi Maura,
    Its true I could have bought quite a few different orchids for what it just cost me. It is in a 3.5" pot and is classified as a Young plant... that is all i know right now. I will definatly post some pics of it when it arrives for you to see (arrives Thursday hopefully). I have started to go for a lot of species lately they seem to grab my attention more than some of the others. Maybe im a glutton for punishment hehe
    Just so you know you're not alone - here's a photo of my delenatii when I first got it - I haven't bothered taking any new ones, because it still pretty much looks the same!

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    Hi Maura. At the time I lost battle with crown rot i began researching reasons long before joining here but prob visited here a few times. I found out exactly what you had advised but by then I said a sad goodbye to a Rothchildianum!!!!! ( Careful Jason! about accidental splashing! I know how much these cost! ) and a henryanum amongst 2 or 3 others. Have since acquired a new one bought in bloom! and grow it far away from misters and sprayers. The foliage alone is superb! I should have joined earlier but then what are learning curves for!

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    Thanks for showing it Maura i will be sure to post pics of it when it arrives.
    Thanks for sharing your experiences too Matt as this is one orchid my kids will definately be staying away from and by the sounds of it so i should now lol. I will be making sure i have listened to everything that has been said here when it arrives.

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