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A Paph niveum, or two or three, of my very own.

This is a discussion on A Paph niveum, or two or three, of my very own. within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Originally Posted by catttan No, the plants won't get any larger. I wouldn't overpot niveums ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by catttan View Post
    No, the plants won't get any larger. I wouldn't overpot niveums - I find that they prefer smaller pots ( 3 inch) that will allow room for about 2 years growth. They are really slow growers for me. They like a well-drained medium - I use thumb size pebbles and limestone in the bottom third of the pot and the rest of the medium is made up of a mixture 1/2inch charcoal pieces, styrofoam pieces, coarse river sand and shredded fern root with coarsely- ground cockle shells as top dressing. My niveums grow together with my other paphs outdoors 24/7 under 70% shade . I use slow release Osmocote. This has worked quite well for me under my growing regime. Might not be right for you. Bill might offer better advice for your Florida growing conditions.

    I'm so happy that you now have your own niveums. This afternoon our vendor here brought in a few hundred concolors from Laos via Thailand. They were all wild collected by hill tribes and sold, would you believe it by weight MR 50 per kilogram (US 20). I bought 5 plants for about US $15. All the plants had just finished blooming and so I couldn't determine the quality of the blooms.
    Funny thing, Yew Sung - the niveums came in a 3" pot, with a coarse charcoal/fir/styrofoam media, I've dressed them with crushed shells from the beach here (rinsed and boiled first), and Osmocote! I think we're already on the same wavelength, and I, for one, am delighted!

    Good luck with the concolors. I can't even imagine having wild-collected species available here. I'd be jealous, but I'm not a big concolor fan, although I like it in a few hybrids I've seen.


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    Beautiful flowers there, Maura! Niveum is one of the few paphs I wouldn't mind giving a go -- such attractive little plants (including the foliage). Very thoughtful friend of yours too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pavel View Post
    Beautiful flowers there, Maura! Niveum is one of the few paphs I wouldn't mind giving a go -- such attractive little plants (including the foliage). Very thoughtful friend of yours too!
    Yes, indeed. Bill is a terrific guy and an awesome orchidist. Funny - I was just in the right place at the right time - for once....

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    Oh, those are such beautiful blooms!!! They remind me of little angels! Niveum is pretty high up on my paph wish list!! Beautiful, beautiful acquisitions, Maura! Congratulations!

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    Beautiful Paph niveum blooms, Maura.

    cheers,
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    Lovely! very nice blooms!

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