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Old 01-06-2009, 05:09 PM
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Default Anyone grow Paphiopedilum vietnamense?

If any of you grow, or have firsthand experience with, Paphiopedilum vietnamense, would you mind sharing its cultural information, please? It's not an easy plant to find here in the U.S., and the ones that I've been able to locate so far are pretty expensive. Before I buy one I would like to see if anyone else on this site would be kind enough to provide any information regarding your growing experiences (either positive or negative) with this species. Thank you!

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Old 01-07-2009, 03:04 AM
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I have a Paph vietnamense - and 3 more seedlings ordered. I would think that if you can grow micranthum and malipoense, you shouldn't have a problem with this one - it comes from the same sort of area. If you have experience with other Parvi Paphs, then I'd go for it!

The leaves are the most beautiful Paph leaves I have seen - and there are some great leaves out there. If grown in lower light, the leaves get that silvery irridescense that you can sometimes see on certain Brachy species. I adore it. (Its the first Paph species that I actually wanted to have multiple plants of....)
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Old 01-07-2009, 06:27 AM
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Thank you, Shakkai, for your response. The only paphiopedilum species that I grow is delenatii (I have three of them, and I feel much about them as you do about your vietnamenses). I like the way they look, and they've been easy growers and bloomers for me. But from what I've read so far, I guess delenatii is the oddball of the parvi group of paphs (at least in regards to its preference for a more acidic mix as opposed to the more alkaline one that its cousins prefer). Maybe I'll take a "baby step" and get one of the Ho Chi Minh hybrids before I move on to a vietnamense. That way I won't lose as much sleep as I would about killing an endangered species if the plant doesn't respond well to my treatment. Thanks again for your feedback.

Steve
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Old 01-07-2009, 12:02 PM
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Steve, While you're getting the HCM, get a malipoense too! Its got pretty gorgeous leaves, and if its happy for you, then you can be that much more confident about the vietnamense when you get one!

From what I know, you are right about delenatii being the 'odd-ball' in that group. They seem to like it warmer than the rest of the group as well, as they generally come from further South and closer to the coast.


Let us know what you get! And of course, we'll be looking forward to pics of your blooms!
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Old 04-22-2019, 10:45 AM
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I'm a little late to party. paph. vietnamense is pretty hard to get in Australia too. But I managed to find one on eBay. A few days later he put up two more and so I cleaned him out. So in total I have 3
"Paphiopedlium vietnamense x sibling taiwanese strain"

I never got answer from the seller exactly what "taiwanese strain means"
But they're seedlings and arrived in tall pots (kind of like the pots that you'd put a cymbidium in) and were potted in small sized bark chips.

I keep my grow room usually around 25 - 30 degrees celcius during the day and just let it dip to surrounding temp at night usually around 10 - 20 degree celcius this time of year

When I have my heater on I crank up relative humidity to 60% - 80% (the higher the temp the more humid I make the room) and turn off the humidifier at night when I turn off the heater.

Watering I'm not 100% sure of yet but from various culture sheets I've read they seem to like to be on the moist side. So I just spray them every couple of days.

Lighting not sure, but the culture sheets are suggesting low light (probably in the range of what a phalaenopsis would take). Weather has been rubbish this time of year, mostly cloudy skies. So low light hasn't been an issue so far.
I have a lux meter if you need the exact range.

So yeah for me it's only been a month and they're still alive. There's no sign of dehydration or black around the root area from over watering and leaves still lush green. So I'm guessing I'm doing ok?
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