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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; I've been a Paph owner for approximately a week and a half now. After dealing ...

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    Smile New to Paphs but getting seriously hooked

    I've been a Paph owner for approximately a week and a half now. After dealing with only Phals before, venturing into a different genus is as exciting as it is nerve-wracking. One thing is for certain, newbies shouldn't receive their very first Paph in spike already - it's very unhealthy, or at least for this newbie it is. Especially after hearing that this guy is a bit tricky to get too complete its spikes/buds and get them to actually bloom... Guess if this poor newbie is anxiously watching the Paph like a hawk on caffeine in case of any sing of bud blast!

    The single Paph I have is a Paph ceramense or Paph. bullenianum var. celebesense/ceramensis as the more accepted name is I think.

    Despite me fuzzing over my baby like a mother hen over her chicks, the Paph seems to take living with me in stride, one of the root tips has started growing, it has put out a new growth and the spike and bud are coming along nicely.

    This single Paph has made the Paph bug bite really hard. I've now ordered three more Paphs; a villosum var. gratrixianum (which was an old name for the gratrixianum, so I have really no idea whether it's a villosum or a gratrixianum, I guess I'll know when I get it), a Maudiae Vinicolor 'Schwarze Madonna', and a hainanensis.

    On my wishlist I have an appletonianum (not the hainanensis), a bullenianum (not the same as the one I have already), a purpuratum, and an urbanianum. I'm also very weak toward lowii, but so far I've stayed away from it since it doesn't have the mottled foliage I'm so very much in love with. On the other hand, the gratrixianum doesn't have a variegated foliage either, so it's probably just a matter of time before a lowii makes its way into my home I suppose.

    As soon as I I'm allowed to I'll upload some pictures of my little darling!

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    You are able to upload photos from your first post, so post away. We all love photos here.

    cheers,
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    Oh I am? I thought I had to make five posts before I could, must've confused it with something else I suppose... Then I'll do just that!

    Here it is! My lil' ceramense.
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    Nice pictures. Looking forward to pictures when in full bloom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catttan View Post
    Nice pictures. Looking forward to pictures when in full bloom.
    Thanks! I'll update this thread as the bud develops. I'm so excited about the fact that it hasn't blasted yet!

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    Congrats! Looks like a healthy plant!

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    I'm So Glad I read this post! So, I know that I am not alone in fussing over my first paph like a mother hen - I'm sure if it could talk it would say, "Why don't you just go away and leave me alone for awhile", LOL......Good Luck to You & Your Little Darling!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayDee View Post
    I'm So Glad I read this post! So, I know that I am not alone in fussing over my first paph like a mother hen - I'm sure if it could talk it would say, "Why don't you just go away and leave me alone for awhile", LOL......Good Luck to You & Your Little Darling!
    Haha! I think mine would say the same! The fact that mine came with a spike doesn't really make me fuss over it any less, and the grower/seller told me that this guy is rather tricky to get to complete its spikes/buds, which really didn't improve the matter one bit! I'm so anxiously watching the spike for any sign of bud blasting that it'll probably wilt out of pure embarrassment.

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    Can't wait to see the bloom.

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    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.
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