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Bulldog Paphs?? are they more difficult?

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    Default Bulldog Paphs?? are they more difficult?

    I was wondering, since I am on the lookout for my first paph, what is the difference between these "bulldog" paphs you speak of and the others? Seems like some are commenting on them being harder to grow than the others? and I certainly want to stay away from something difficult for my first one

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    Can't help you with the culture Q, LuAnn -- I kill them all equally fast. But the bulldog paphs (sometimes also referred to as "toads" because it is not uncommon for them to have numerous 'warts' on the dorsal petal) are the paphs in which the flower is quite large, rather round in shape when viewed head on, and generally have very heavy substance. The dorsal sepal is usually very broad and the lip is quite large.

    Here's a photo from the web to illustrate what I'm talking about:





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    Bulldogs prefer cooler temperatures because of the villosum/insigne 'blood' in them.

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    So pretty easy if one is looking for moist and temp tolerant?
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    First I have to empahsize that Paphs are a very diverse group with extremely different cultural needs - full sun to deep deep shade - rather dry cold near freezing in winter to uncomfortable heat and humidity, and some need strong seasonal changes. Most are no more than moderately difficult if you have the right conditions for the type, and some are almost as easy as any houseplant can possibly be.

    Bulldogs are tough as nails in the right environment, but they are probably not the right choice for a first Paph unless you have cool/intermediate greenhouse conditions with some seasonal temperature variation and can pay very close attention to not over or under watering especially in winter.

    If you are a window or under lights grower in your home you should start with one of the sequential blooming species or hybrids like primulinum, glaucophyllum or their hybrids like Pinocchio, Pine Glow or Avalon Mist. OR any of the Maudiae-type hybrids (there are hundreds) which are usually the cheapest and most widely available Paphs, or the related species like callosum, lawrenceanum and sukhakulii. These are the most tolerant of typical in-home conditions year-round, and bloom frequently and easily if they are happy. Whichever you choose you should research the conditions they really need. Never rely on a generic Paph culture sheet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaphMadMan View Post
    First I have to empahsize that Paphs are a very diverse group with extremely different cultural needs - full sun to deep deep shade - rather dry cold near freezing in winter to uncomfortable heat and humidity, and some need strong seasonal changes. Most are no more than moderately difficult if you have the right conditions for the type, and some are almost as easy as any houseplant can possibly be.

    Bulldogs are tough as nails in the right environment, but they are probably not the right choice for a first Paph unless you have cool/intermediate greenhouse conditions with some seasonal temperature variation and can pay very close attention to not over or under watering especially in winter.

    If you are a window or under lights grower in your home you should start with one of the sequential blooming species or hybrids like primulinum, glaucophyllum or their hybrids like Pinocchio, Pine Glow or Avalon Mist. OR any of the Maudiae-type hybrids (there are hundreds) which are usually the cheapest and most widely available Paphs, or the related species like callosum, lawrenceanum and sukhakulii. These are the most tolerant of typical in-home conditions year-round, and bloom frequently and easily if they are happy. Whichever you choose you should research the conditions they really need. Never rely on a generic Paph culture sheet.
    Very well said. I would only add that after you get started with a simpler one for your conditions - do get a bulldog paph!! Why not give it a go?!

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    THANKS! for the replies! Especially to you Kirk, for the great explanation. I'm going to make a list from your post and start looking Then give it my best shot

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