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  •  okay.... (9+ / 0-)

    do you mean wild type lady slippers??  or the usually indoor paphiopedilum??  and I'm wondering why you must repot so often?  How are they growing?  are they outgrowing their pots?  And what medium are you growing them in?  (mixture of soil, firbark, osmunda fern?)

    can you relay the scientific name???  All in this category will grow differently and in different mediums.

    All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

    by kishik on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 08:36:09 AM PST

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    •  need to know... (9+ / 0-)

      are they the terrestrial type??

      All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

      by kishik on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 08:36:38 AM PST

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        •  okay... (9+ / 0-)

          so these are the fancier sort and not entirely terrestrial (as in the wild lady slippers)

          What sort of medium are you using.   Is it store bought?  What is the make up?

          How large are these?  (how long are the leaves?) and have they begun to put out side growth or are they still single plants?

          When these are blooming age, they definitely do not need constant repotting.  Repotting is something that you always run the risk of breaking the roots - so these must be very small!!  :)

          The roots themselves still will be rather fragile, but not the sort of roots you get with true terrestrials.

          Do make sure you never leave these in direct sun as they like indirect light.  You don't want the leaves burning.  Some of the greener and less mottled leaf type may be able to take a little more sun.

          congrats on taking this project on!!!  Growing these from small seedlings can be challenging... sounds like you are doing a great job!

          All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

          by kishik on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 09:23:16 AM PST

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          •  They are in the medium that (7+ / 0-)

            the breeder sent them in.  They are in tall 2" plastic pots.  The medium isn't very soil/loamy...it is mostly bark. They have not bloomed yet.  They have varying leaf length probably due to their various parentage but they seem to have reached adult size.  The leaf length varies from 4 inches to 6/7 inches depending on the plant, they are all thick fleshy leaves.  They have put on many new healthy leaves since they arrived, one plant seems to have lost its leaf closest to the medium to old age and a second seems to be beginning that process.  I did cut the dying leaf off of the first one when I was certain it was going, to discourage molds and fungi from finding a vector in.

            I have not seen their roots as of yet.  Well, I did see one because the poodle knocked it over and it needed a bit of repotting.  I am pretty clueless yet as to what to look for rootwise.

            I have two that have the mottled leaf type, the other four are solid green.  Thank you for the leaf color tip.  I would like to encourage them to bloom next winter perhaps, if we stay on this firm road we have been on so far.

            In most photos that I have seen of paphs in bloom, they all seem to be in the tall 2" pot.  Jayden's looks like it is a larger pot, but also sounds like it is an older orchid too.

            •  I always found... (3+ / 0-)
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              paphs to be the hardest for me to grow... because I can only grow indoors and definitely not outdoors.  Even with established plants, I wouldn't put them out in the summer... many of those that I grew did not like the warm temps.  

              It sounds like yours really are growing beautifully.

              I always grew mine is a mixture of small to fine bark, plus osmunda fern chopped up and just a tad sphagnum chopped up.  So it's airy, but not too heavy on the roots.

              So when you are instructed to "repot" do you just add more medium to the top ??  Or are you taking out and putting in entire new medium?  (is that what the instructions state??)

              All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

              by kishik on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 09:15:28 AM PST

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      •  1 Paph venustum album x primulinum (10+ / 0-)

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    •  They are paphs (10+ / 0-)

      Some of them are paph crosses.  My info sheet said that they begin to resent old medium and to repot every six months.  Not new pots, just new medium.

      They look good, they have doubled in size since they arrived.  The weather here is often 70 and humid, so they are on the porch unless it is cool like it is right now and I do bring them indoors when the temps get over a hundred here.

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