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Old 07-07-2018, 04:39 AM
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I went orchid shopping today and i found this orchid on a table amongst others that were in worse shape. The owner gave it to me to give it some TLC. the tag in the pot says Paphiopedilum Queen Candy Apple x Duguesclin 'Nikki'. I don't know if this is the correct tag. Does anyone have a picture of what the flower looks like?

Anyway, I would like to know what to do with it. All the roots are brown and dry but the leaves are green and strong, not wilting or yellow. I attached some photos. What kind of potting medium should I use? What would be the best method to promote root growth?

Any advice is welcome.
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Old 07-07-2018, 10:11 AM
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I don't see any pictures.

Paph roots are pretty much always brown and fuzzy, that's what they look like. If they're healthy they'll be light brown (when dry) and firm to the touch (be gentle, Paph roots are brittle). Plus, if the plant is healthy, they'll have little white/cream growing tips.

Use whatever mix you are most comfortable with. These like consistent moisture, so medium to small grade bark with some medium grade perlite and a small amount of sphag would work, as would semi-hydro. Honestly, there are almost as many preferences on Paph potting mixes as there are growers. The important thing to remember is that if you're going with a traditional bark based mix, it needs to be airy but capable of holding a bit of moisture without staying wet all the time.

To promote root growth, don't keep the mix wet (if using bark) but keep it consistently moist. Raise the humidity around the plant and roots (into the 60% - 70% range). Keep the temperatures around the roots elevated (slightly above room temperature). Use high quality water like rain or reverse osmosis with just a small amount of tap or fertilizer mixed in. Try something like seaweed extract or superthrive (i.e. root stimulants) to help get the ball rolling.

I can't help you with photos because I don't find any record of a hybrid named Paphiopedilum Queen Candy Apple. Are you certain that's what the tag says? Are there any additional bits of punctuation like parenthesis or quote marks (those are important in regards to the name)? Paph Duguesclin is a hybrid with sukhakulii and mastersianum, so the odds are your plant's flowers are a "maudiae" type with wide petals having lots of spots and speckles, a dark red/wine pouch, and perhaps some greenish tints to the dorsal. But that's highly speculative and assumes that Paph Duguesclin is fairly dominant in terms of traits and that the unidentified hybrid is along the same lines in term of genetics and appearance.
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Old 07-07-2018, 11:08 AM
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Duguesclin is sukhakulii x mastersianum, and all photos I have seen show a green dorsal, red/yellow pouch, and heavily spotted horizontal petals.

There is no registered hybrid Queen Candy Apple.
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Old 07-07-2018, 11:23 AM
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There is a Paph Candy Apple, which is a Maudia type, there is a Paphiopedilum Duguesclin, orchid hybrid of sukhakulii x mastersianum primary hybrid, 1992.

Possibly it may be an unregistered hybrid (vendor). It makes sense that you might find a Maudia. You went orchid shopping where? If it was a non-nursery (for instance a big box store) they might have gotten a shipment of random Maudias from Taiwan.

Anyway, Maudia's are great "first paphs" because they seem to be more tolerent than many others. Paphs are tricky sometimes.

Care? As stated above.

My paphs are outside in semi-shade and I water every day in the morning. This is not something I would do if the drainage wasn't great (lecca mixes), and if I did not live in a very arid environment. One thing I have learned from this is they love lots of water, but only if they drain well. They also thrive as "outdoor" plants with the right temperatures, shade, and watering. The plant I have that is doing "the best: is druri"
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