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Paph St Swithin

This is a discussion on Paph St Swithin within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; This young orchid walker is going to Orchid show at the weekend, and having come ...

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    This young orchid walker is going to Orchid show at the weekend, and having come round to the idea of paphs wondered if there were any good paphs for newbies. On the other hand, rather than hijack this thread, I'll go and start a new one.... After reading the info on Paphs of course!

    Am very jealous though of your St Swithin!

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    Look at those whiskers! That's pretty cool and I'm not even normally into paphs although I could be persuaded by a nice white one I've been warned Paphs sneak up on you

    Oh and those are some excellent photos too!

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    Awesome! Stunning blooms and photos. May the paph be with you.

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    Hi Kerry,

    Blooming Paphs are the best! Some can be notoriously slow growers. You don't want to buy a young plant and wait 4-7 years for it to reward you! And they can do that!

    Luckily, vendors at shows know the public prefers to purchase plants in bloom or near bloom. Steven's orchid is a lovely example of a Coryo primary hybrid. That is, it's a cross between two of the fine species in the Coryopetalum section of Paphs. Blooming sized ones will be pricey on these guys - be warned!

    I'd say peruse the show and see what Paphs catch your eye within your budget. Phrags are lovely too, but their culture is quite different. They like to be wet all the time and they need high light. Paphs prefer even moisture and less light. Paphs grow on you. Be sure to start with one whose bloom is attractive to you at this point.

    May the force be with you, young Orchid Walker!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tmai View Post
    Awesome! Stunning blooms and photos. May the paph be with you.
    And also with you, my child!

    McJumpingGenres

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    Very nice blooms.
    Yes Paphs are very addictive(i have 50 or so mostly roths & roth primaries) , i recently cut the spike off my paph lowii & took it around my mum's so she could enjoy the last blooms.All her visitors are mesmerized by the the blooms & can not believe they are real.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piper View Post
    The dark side of Paphs compelling can be. Beware, young Orchid Walker, hard to resist this tempation is. Lure you it will try. Resistance futile is!

    Oh...wait - darn! There I go mixing my Sci Fi metaphors again... Sorry!

    McFantasyWriter

    Those are great blooms -- WOW! And McJulie is right on the obsession advice. LOL! Lure you it WILL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerry View Post
    This young orchid walker is going to Orchid show at the weekend, and having come round to the idea of paphs wondered if there were any good paphs for newbies. On the other hand, rather than hijack this thread, I'll go and start a new one.... After reading the info on Paphs of course!

    Am very jealous though of your St Swithin!
    No need to be jealous, there are pleanty for EVERYONE.

    I wanted to contact you (and Elana) to discuss some of the places I have gone and who to trust and not trust based on my experiences but you have no contact info. If you would like to discuss this you can send a not to me.

    To everyone else, I am totally in awe of this flower. I never thought I would be. Now it is time to wait out the rest of my "Primary Circle" to bloom out. Yes, I do have one of those 4-7 year ones (sanderianum).

    This flower was the hit of the orchid meeting and EVEN DREW MORE ATTENTION THAN THE CATTLEYA THAT WAS THERE!!!

    NEENER NEENER!

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    Hi! I just checked my profile options and you are right, I didn't have PM and email options enabled. It's all sorted now. Very kind of you to offer help, I'm in UK so don't know if you've had any experience with UK vendors? I'm going to the RHS Orchis Show this Friday (hurrah!) but I can't remember if any US vendors are attending.

    I seem to recall reading that Paphs need calcium/lime supplements, is that true?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elena View Post
    I'm in UK so don't know if you've had any experience with UK vendors?

    I seem to recall reading that Paphs need calcium/lime supplements, is that true?
    Hey, I thought EVERYONE lived in the US. It sure seems that way sometimes!!!!

    Yes, there is some evidense that some paphs may benefit from calcium suplimentation. I have read recently though that at least one "in the know" person suggests that may not be as critical as maintaining PH. I'll have to find and re-read that post.

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