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Old 01-13-2018, 07:41 PM
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Was great last year as it arrived in bud, stood tall and rebloomed 3-4 times.
After the final blooming the spike dried up and a new growth appeared to its side. Meanwhile the older leaves surrounding the old spike appeared to droop but the new leaves seemed spry.
Lately my whole plant from Hausermanns seems to be completely in a limp mode?
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A presenter at our orchid society recently reminded us that paphs need plenty of air at the roots. I went home and repotted a drooping plant in chunkier bark, and in a week or two, presto--upright again. Really an amazingly quick response. Check the condition of your medium.
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People who grow Paphs in bark or moss recommend repotting every 1-2 years at most. Constantly-moist medium breaks down faster.

Their brown, fuzzy roots are unlike other orchid roots. Plenty of novices have cut off all their normal Paph roots, mistakenly thinking they were dead.
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People who grow Paphs in bark or moss recommend repotting every 1-2 years at most. Constantly-moist medium breaks down faster.

Their brown, fuzzy roots are unlike other orchid roots. Plenty of novices have cut off all their normal Paph roots, mistakenly thinking they were dead.
I have become aware of them warm brown fuzzy roots, oh yeah!
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In nature, a paph's root system can often be found just under the surface of a thin layer of forest detritus - "mulch", so to speak - where they stay fairly constantly, lightly moist. There has been speculation that the hairs provide an air space around the roots.

For me, they do best in semi-hydroponic culture, as that guarantees moisture and air.
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I have some in S/H. They seem to be OK. I don't know how fast they should be growing.
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