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New to Paphs but getting seriously hooked

This is a discussion on New to Paphs but getting seriously hooked within the Paphiopedilum & Phragmipedium Info. forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; Originally Posted by PaphMadMan Welcome to Paph addiction, a particularly virulent form of orchidmania. As ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaphMadMan View Post
    Welcome to Paph addiction, a particularly virulent form of orchidmania. As you add to your Paph collection realize, contrary to popular belief, that Paphs are not all the same in terms of culture, and not all 'just like Phals', as if all Phals were really the same either. Make sure you understand the variety of needs as you acquire new plants. Your Paph ceramense (no one will ever agree on the legitimacy of species or varieties in the appletonianum/bullenianum group) is pretty average, representative of the Maudiae-type Paphs in terms of care, and these fall into a similar range of conditions as 'typical' Phals.

    Paph villosum var. gratrixianum (or just gratrixianum, same plant either way) ideally should get a bit more light and a bit cooler temps in winter. Looking ahead to your wishlist, Paph purpuratum is a bit on the finnicky side, definitely cooler/dimmer/damper with little tolerance for low humidity or drying out, nor for staying too wet. And Paph lowii will need more light and LOTS of space compared to the others.

    So far your wishlist hasn't hit the extremes, like a few species that really need a dry cool/cold winter rest, or some that need warm/humid/very bright at all times. Just make sure to do a little reaserch rather than choosing Paphs just for their looks. Don't fall for the fairytale that all Paphs need x, y and z. Might as well say all orchids need one set of conditions.
    Thank you PaphMadMan!
    Only dealing with the few I've purchased and the ones on my wishlist, I've already come to the understanding that their needs differ greatly. As to the fact that they are all 'just like Phals' I would say I've gotten the impression that the Paphs actually vary more when it comes to their different environmental requirements as compared to Phals (but this is just my impression). So far I've been lucky not to buy any calcicolous Paphs, but regarding the purpuratum I've gotten some mixed messages though...

    It sounds like the purpuratum will be the trickiest one to take care of then. Well, providing a bit cooler temps is no problem - the humidity can be one though since I plan to have the more cool/dry loving species Phals in my colder room and the rest of the crew in my warmer room. I suppose putting it on a pot saucer with leca pellets and water might help (I had planned to do so anyway since I've read that Paphs don't like it when the humidity fluctuates too much)?

    I'm glad that so far the ones I've liked all seem to want similar conditions (I have a thing for the barbata section I think...). I gave up on buying a Paph. Rosy Dawn since it wanted those cold/bright conditions during winter, and I just can't provide the kind of temperature drop it needs. Sometimes I actually use my head!

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    Congrats to you.. really healthy plant you have here...

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