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This is a discussion on Paph St Swithin within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; He he Quite understandable though, it's a US forum after all. If any Paphs catch ...

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    He he Quite understandable though, it's a US forum after all.

    If any Paphs catch my eye on Friday then I'll make sure I have a good chat with the vendor to see what exacly their requirements are. I like white Paphs (although I saw a Paph Anhinga this weekend and though that it was gorgeous too) and apparently they are among the ones that might need calcium. Anyway, watch this space

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    Elena, be careful with fertilizers and Paphs. Some enjoy occassional fertilizer, but some are extremely sensitive to salts and you can easily burn the leaves severely. Get to know the different sections of Paphs - they tend to have similar cultural requirements.

    The larger, strap-leafed Paphs enjoy more light. Except for sanderianum, which actually thrives in much lower light than most Paphs. Parvis are extremely fertilizer intolerant. Definitely talk to the vendors you buy from and find out how they care for the plants.

    Many Paphs like the calcium, because they grow on lime cliffs in their native environment. The easiest way to add it to you plants is to grind up egg shells and sprinkle that on top of the pot.

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    Thanks for that info, Julie. I always try to find out as much as I can about a particular plant before buying it so I try to read up on them and, if possble, have a good chat with the vendor - both asking questions and letting them know what my conditions are. Miss Research, me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elena View Post
    Thanks for that info, Julie. I always try to find out as much as I can about a particular plant before buying it so I try to read up on them and, if possble, have a good chat with the vendor - both asking questions and letting them know what my conditions are. Miss Research, me.
    Oh dear, that just goes to show me up for the terrible buyer that I am - I am such an impulse buyer. I tend to buy first, research later. But, having said that, I have started asking questions on this site first, so maybe I am "growing as a Jedi Orchid-knight" if not as a person....

    Oops, only meant to have a quick peek at the forum, not start posting, must go back to extremely important topic of smoking in the workplace.....

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    It's sooo hard not to impulse buy orchids though, I try to resist but I don't always manage. Just before Christmas I couldn't help to 'rescue' something labelled as Cambria. Thankfully I suspect that I ended up with a Den kingianum which are easy to grow. It's in spike now so once I get my first ever earned orchid bloom I'll post it here and see what the experts say.

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    I'm a little of both. I love researching stuff, but if you dangle an orchid in front of me, I must have it! I even stooped so low as to steal one from a dying lady. But that was a year ago. I haven't done it since... You just have to be careful on impulse buys to not get something that will hate your conditions.

    So you guys are both in England, both interested in Paphs and both going to an orchid show this weekend...did I get that right, or am I mushing posts together in my mind? I'm wondering if you're like next door neighbors or something...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piper View Post
    I even stooped so low as to steal one from a dying lady. But that was a year ago. I haven't done it since...
    Shocking Must have been a nice orchid

    I think you got it right. I'm all the way up sunny NW of England though so a visit to the orchid show in London means a 5-6 hour round trip on a train. I must be crazy.

    I am kind of, possibly interested in Paphs so I will be keeping an eye out on something pretty. I'm mostly after Catts (anything white, scented and not too fussy) and possibly a Pshychopsis papilio but need to do more reserch on that one.

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    Psychopsis are really easy to grow. Just don't over water them. I have 8 different ones and they are all happy campers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piper View Post
    So you guys are both in England, both interested in Paphs and both going to an orchid show this weekend...did I get that right, or am I mushing posts together in my mind? I'm wondering if you're like next door neighbors or something...

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    No, you got it right, although I live in the south east just outside London. I do actually work in London, not too far from the where they are holding the RHS show, but I can't make the Friday night preview due to my father-in-law's birthday dinner (how rude!! Honestly, don't they understand orchid priorities?)

    I want to see if they have any nice peloric phals like the one I posted on the forum. I am not so worried about the genetics at this stage, as there is no way I am anywhere near likely to try and breed them. My husband has a secret hankering for what I think is a cymbidium, that we saw at his aunt's house.

    Still, I would like to expand my horizons, as I feel rather narrow-orchid-minded!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diane View Post
    Psychopsis are really easy to grow. Just don't over water them. I have 8 different ones and they are all happy campers.
    Thanks, Diane, that's exactly what I like to hear. I saw one of those guys in bloom last weekend and would love to have one now.

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