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What is a good first time paph?

This is a discussion on What is a good first time paph? within the Paphiopedilum & Phragmipedium Info. forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; ...how about the easy species like Paph. delenatii or Paph. vietnamense ? -Pat...

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    ...how about the easy species like Paph. delenatii or Paph. vietnamense?

    -Pat

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    Complex paphs, sometimes called bulldog paphs - most famous perhaps is Winston Churchill 'Indomitable'. They are large, waxy, rounded flowers. They bloom a single blossom per spike (Normally).

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    most paphs are easygoing enough, and most will bloom easily too. go ahead and post a few names that you find attractive and I'm sure we can tell you whether to go after it or avoid it until later.

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    Here is an example of what some have been talking about:

    Alba maudiae in the center and some vini's on either side.
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    What about Paph Delophyllum?

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    If you want fast floriferious growers then paph maudiae was definitely the choice.
    If you want good solid colour then parvisepalum are the choice. Some people refer to them as the chinese paphs
    If you want a stunning display. Then the multiflorals are great for that.
    Paph don't die on me, at least not yet, so I buy some of everything. (Only the paph armeniacum was dying, but it wasn't in good condition when I got it. It was a nearly rootless division that decided to bloom)

    Paph Delophyllum, is a good choice I think. It should be easier than delenatii. I have a feeling you are looking for some colour

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    Thank you. I saw a vendor list Paph. Delophyllum and Paph. Delophyllum var alba (both of which I thought were very pretty) as suitable for beginners along with maudiae and Sorceror's Apprentice but I wanted to double check. I think the fact that they are multiflowering also appeals. Having said that I found Paph. Anhinga very striking too with its one large, deep-coloured flower.

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    Those should be good for beginners.

    The Sorceror's Apprentice is a Phragmipedium. This cross will get huge though and will have very tall spikes (a meter). The size wouldn't be managable for me, I have more compact Phrags. They need good humidity and water quality and love to be wet. They are easy to grow and bloom if you can provide these conditions, perhaps easier than paphs to some people. Sorceror's Apprentice is very floriferous and mature specimen size plants can be in bloom all the time.

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    Gosh, yes, you are right. I was a bit rushed and distracted when posting that and clearly just lumped all slippers into one

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    Some people say phrags are easier than paphs too. They are usually sequential multiflorals (except for caudatum types) and although their blooms don't last as long, they send many to replace the wilted ones, so really a spike lasts for many months. I find they grow somewhat faster than paphs. Just make sure they don't dry out and water quality is good. Phrag besseae hybrids are especially nice and tolerate low light and many are compact.
    The only annoying thing about phrags are browning leaf tips

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