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What paph is this?

This is a discussion on What paph is this? within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; What a beauty!!! It's so nice to see these pure colour paphs... these complex Paphs ...

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    What a beauty!!! It's so nice to see these pure colour paphs... these complex Paphs are much easier to grow... and can withstand cooler temps than many of the species slippers...

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    Finally, I have got it. Unfortunately, on It's way to me It have lost roots because of constantly wet substrate and too low temps. I have repoted it and put a baggy over him. I just want to ask you will it make new roots, and what kind of substrate should I use? I planted it in a mix of pure bark and a little orchid peat. This mix is drying fast. Is paph epiphytic orchid?

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    How small is the root system? It may be fine it what you already, as long as there are some roots.

    I suggest sphag is the best way to gain new roots. However once the roots are long enough move it back into bark since usually sphag + paphs = small root system.

    Watering inbetween the bottom most leaves may help, but only in the morning since rot can occur if it does not dry. I did water that way for a rootless maudiae type (oops I broke the top off the plant so it became rootless) and now it is in bud with new roots.

    I have had a rootless paph clump of uncountable number of growths gain new roots in small bark mix, but I put rooting hormones on it and I was confident it would gain new roots since the plant was so big.

    Your plant will be set back, but hopefully not for long. Certain Paphs can be difficult to get new roots, but because yours is a complex I am thinking you will be fine. It should be a vigorous plant and may even send a new growth while it grows roots.

    Most paphs are lithophyte meaning it grows on rocks, usually in crevices of limestone with collected debris/moss. Not quite terrestrial either, though many times they are called terrestrial. You will find growing a mature healthy plant in a finer or adjusted epiphytic mix will give the strongest root systems. The roots are the most important part of the plant, the larger the better.

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    Well, this paph have 3 mature growths, and I noticed a few of new growths in the base. It have some 'eyes' in the base which i think are the roots. I think It will be fine. Just tell me, do the paphs like drying between waterings like phals or they need constantly moist substrate?

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    ok then your plant should be fine.

    I would say slight drying and the mix should still have a little moisture. They can be overwatered as well. They don't take harsh dryings as well as a phal, but if they are constantly wet they will rot just like a phal would. You will find that you will have to water more in the summer than in the winter.
    If you are someone who likes to water a lot then put the plant in a more open mix.

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