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Paphiopedilum lowii

This is a discussion on Paphiopedilum lowii within the Photography Archive 1 forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Pete, how long have you been growing? I don't think I ever asked! Incredibly healthy ...

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    Pete, how long have you been growing? I don't think I ever asked!

    Incredibly healthy looking plant.

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    Heather, thanks! My lowii almost died 2 years ago when it got the dreaded bacterial rot in the summer. I was gone for a few days and returned home to see it with the rot, I was horrified and livid!

    Anyway, the young growth in the picture did die from the rot but the mother plant produced 2 more new ones and now the plant is just a picture of health, thank goodness! So, be careful during the hot summer months and provide constant ample air movement to your plants, very very important!

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    Lja, I have been growing for about 20 years. I started growing and collecting when I was in my late teens. I didn't have that many plants back then.

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    I am so scared to go away, but thankfully won't have to worry about that for a while. Generally mom is around, but we may go to SF to see my sis for a couple weeks at Xmas. I'm working on lining up some orchid care people.

    Anyway, very glad yours lived. It really looks very healthy now.
    With mine indoors, I really plan to control the environment as best as I can. I've got the AC set to come on at 85 degrees so it won't get too hot, and may adapt that eventually. I also got the fan off the timer so it is on 24/7 now. My only regret is that it does not oscillate, but I have a larger one I can bring down if necessary.

    I am also really liking the clear pots. It is great to be able to keep watch on the dampness in something like my St. Swithin. I'm going to switch everything over to those eventually. St. Pete is next in line...

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    I'm with Pete when it comes to air movement. I cannot emphasize enough the importance during the hot days of summer (which is basically all summer down here in NYC). Every single time I leave for a few days in summer and forget to leave the fan running, I come back to a rotting plant. And even those that I manage to save are much more inclined to rot again in the future.

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    Yes, air circulation is so very important. My caudatum and warscewiczianum also fell victim to bacterial rot while I was gone but they all have recovered now and have bloomed.

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    I really like that one! I'd like to add that to my collectione one of these days....

    Lisa

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    Thanks, Lisa! It is a beautiful species especially in bloom.

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