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My Paph Sukhakulii in bloom

This is a discussion on My Paph Sukhakulii in bloom within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; "However, when I saw this in bloom with the cute "puppy ear" petals, I had ...

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    Default My Paph Sukhakulii in bloom

    "However, when I saw this in bloom with the cute "puppy ear" petals, I had to have it!"

    The above from the PoP! I agree that it has puppy ears but a big bloodhound nose. Put it with the small dorsal and you have an amazing
    paph. This is the first of the lot of 10 that I recently purchased to bloom. Several more are opening and the rest of the buds are swelling. Putting on quite a show for me. I took a picture of the group. Not a very good picture because of the light reflections but you can get an idea of what is in bloom. I will post individual pictures as they fully open.
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    Wow Katie--you're really having a lot of fun with paphs aren't you?! They look great! And you'll have flowers for a long time to come.

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    oh Katie, what a wonderful window!!!!

    lol @ the bloodhound nose! thankfully not as cold nor wet though

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    Beautiful orchid window, Katie!

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    Hey Katie, nice Paphs! You said you got a bunch, and I thought...oh, that's good. But you didn't say they were cool species and vini colors - they're the absolute best!

    Great shopping! Can't wait to see the rest!

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    I am so enjoying them. They require more watering since my central heating system is on. These are the first paphs I've had with the exception of my Alice Bell 'Rising Sun' which hooked me on paphs. Alice loves my kitchen window sill and is still as beautiful as the day she opened. Any tips on keeping these beauties alive will be greatfully appreciated.
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    They like to be kept evenly moist, so don't let them dry out, and they'll appreciate whatever humidity they can get, so pebble trays are handy. The don't want to actually sit in water though. That would wick up into the pot and rot the roots. So you keep the water below the top of the pebbles. The evaporation raises the humidity. It's cheaper than running a humidifier!

    Fertilize lightly. I've burned a lot of Paphs with too much fertilizer - it's exacerbated when the potting mixture completely dries out, making the effect even worse, so I go very carefully with my Paphs. Some Paphs, like the Parvi section, are very intolerant to salts. The others tend to enjoy a little from time to time.

    They also like trace elements, like calcium. Aaron Tester has put me onto a way to deliver calcium without risking the salt burn of fertilizer. He recommends crushing egg shells in a food processer or mortar & pestle, and placing that in the pots. Salt-free calcium!

    Good luck with them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piper View Post
    Hey Katie, nice Paphs! You said you got a bunch, and I thought...oh, that's good. But you didn't say they were cool species and vini colors - they're the absolute best!

    Great shopping! Can't wait to see the rest!

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    She got hers from the same place I got mine and we got some of the same plants. I didn't get any SPECIES though. You'll have to write us if you want to know where.

    Thanks for passing on the tip, Julie, I was thinking about that just yesterday. We have Calcite at work and I was wondering if that might do the trick, what do you think?

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    Wow, Katie, gorgeous window blooms! And Sukhakulii is sooo cute. That blue background really brings out the variety of colors, too.

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    It looks like a bunny poking his head out of his hole to me.

    My sukhakulii just came in the mail today (along with SEVEN other species), It is HUGE and if it were not for some leaf tip damage would be well on its way to specimen status.

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