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Yes, my 3rd Paph. Supersuk 'Eureka' Am/AOS x Raisin Pie 'Hsinying' x sib.

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    Default Yes, my 3rd Paph. Supersuk 'Eureka' Am/AOS x Raisin Pie 'Hsinying' x sib.

    Surely they've registered this by now - if anyone knows, do tell - I'm too tired to look it up on the RHS. I don't know why this hybrid always grabs my attention - I almost always gravitate towards vinicolors and classic green/white paphs. But here it is, shapely and dependable as always:

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    I also have a few dumb questions to ask (as in, I should know the answers by now). I know once a paph spikes, it orients itself toward the light and shouldn't be moved again. Does this mean that it looks face first into the light? What if it's receiving light from directly above, or from two sources? And how does one keep the leaves from rising on the side towards the light as well? I also read you're not supposed to stake it until the bloom has set, or it will hang face downward. How exactly does THAT work? And can you manipulate the direction it faces in so that it looks balanced with the leaves?

    I'd love some input on this - it might come in handy if any of my paphs ever bloom again.

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    Beautiful slipper! It really takes after Paph Supersuk. Here is the full name: Paphiopedilum Hsinying Alien (Paphiopedilum Raisin Pie x Paphiopedilum Supersuk)

    cheers,
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    One of my favorites. It is their time as mine is in bloom also. In reponse to some of your questions I'll tell you what works for me. I am sure everyone who grows them have their own thoughts and practices. My paphs are always getting moved around during watering and never end up in the same spot or position and I have had no problems with the spike or having them bloom. I am careful with my phals to make sure they are positioned the same once in spike. I begin to secure mine to supports once the spike is tall enough to allow me to do so. Once they open I secure the head (bloom) to the spike making sure I place the clip or whatever I am usung as close to the bloom as possible. You always want the bloom to be facing you and looking up at u as much as possible--at least if you want to show it. Sometimes I need to bend my wire support a little to achieve this. These are things that were shared with me by an experienced grower/exhibitor and I have done well at shows and on the orchid society table following this regimine. Manipulation of the bloom is easy as long as you are gentle with it. Hope this helps you and am looking forward to hearing from others regarding your queries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    Beautiful slipper! It really takes after Paph Supersuk. Here is the full name: Paphiopedilum Hsinying Alien (Paphiopedilum Raisin Pie x Paphiopedilum Supersuk)

    cheers,
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    you know, I thought I had read that somewhere. My kids will be amused since they think my paphs look like aliens anyway!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gardenguysorchids View Post
    One of my favorites. It is their time as mine is in bloom also. In reponse to some of your questions I'll tell you what works for me. I am sure everyone who grows them have their own thoughts and practices. My paphs are always getting moved around during watering and never end up in the same spot or position and I have had no problems with the spike or having them bloom. I am careful with my phals to make sure they are positioned the same once in spike. I begin to secure mine to supports once the spike is tall enough to allow me to do so. Once they open I secure the head (bloom) to the spike making sure I place the clip or whatever I am usung as close to the bloom as possible. You always want the bloom to be facing you and looking up at u as much as possible--at least if you want to show it. Sometimes I need to bend my wire support a little to achieve this. These are things that were shared with me by an experienced grower/exhibitor and I have done well at shows and on the orchid society table following this regimine. Manipulation of the bloom is easy as long as you are gentle with it. Hope this helps you and am looking forward to hearing from others regarding your queries.
    Yes, indeed, that is VERY helpful. I have been kind of doing what you suggest and feeling guilty that I'm breaking the rules somehow, so thanks for the help!

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    Love this Supersuk cross. I think Bill's advice is very sound.

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    Maura, remember that rules are meant to be broken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mauraec View Post
    My kids will be amused since they think my paphs look like aliens anyway!
    This is one of the things I LOVE about them...they are so unique! They remind me of Seymour in the movie Little Shop of Horrors!

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    I think the plant's name was Audrey, the guy was Seymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mysbhvn View Post
    This is one of the things I LOVE about them...they are so unique! They remind me of Seymour in the movie Little Shop of Horrors!
    Phillip has said the same to me! My kids are too young to remember the musical, though.
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