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Growing tips for Paph. Greensleeves x Ackers Peak

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    Default Growing tips for Paph. Greensleeves x Ackers Peak

    Hello,

    I've been able to have this beauty bloom for me once but now I needs some helpful culture tips. This Paph. is growing in a 3.5" plastic pot, and the longest leaves are about 14".

    I'm getting the feeling I should repot this plant but I'm not sure about how to go about this task.

    Help Please.

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    Hi Katherine,

    Thanks for the link.

    I thought there might be something more specific by species. This plant looks so different compared to my other Paph. which has mottled leaves which are shorter, broader, etc. You know the type. What do you think?

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    Bob, that is what is known as a "strap leaved" paph.

    I would recommend a medium light level - higher than the mottled-leaved varieties, but not direct sun - and intermediate temperatures. These things like a fairly constant moisture supply (I grow all of mine in semi-hydroponics).

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    Paphs love to be repotted in the smallest pot possible so go by the root mass not the leave length. Just give it plenty of room on the shelf or better yet put it in a wooden basket, they love to hang. Small basket and let those long leaves hang over. Use screening or such to hold soil in. Small bark chips mixed with perlite and a little charcoal would work fine..

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctb View Post
    Paphs love to be repotted in the smallest pot possible so go by the root mass not the leave length. Just give it plenty of room on the shelf or better yet put it in a wooden basket, they love to hang. Small basket and let those long leaves hang over. Use screening or such to hold soil in. Small bark chips mixed with perlite and a little charcoal would work fine..
    Very interesting, Carol re growing them in wooden baskets and hanging them. I understand that most paphs are 'terrestrial' or 'lithophytic' . I know that our local Paph lowii have been found growing on rocks or on tree branches, but I have just recently acquired a mature Paph parishii that is grown in a wooden basket which is filled with coconut husk chips. This paph, I am told by the vendor was collected as an epiphyte from Myanmar and that was why he grew it in the basket. I've had it for more than 6 months and it seems to like growing in the basket. Blooming it is another matter. I think that when I divide and repot my Paph lowii I'll pot one division in a basket.
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    Thank you all for much needed information!!

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    All of our strap leaf paphs are grown directly in front of our Kool-Cell because they seem to need to be cooler in addition to having more light than the mottled leaf paphs. Best of luck to you!

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