I have not direct experience with such a problem but I once visited the biggest phalenopsis producer in North Italy (Padova) a place with many overcast winter days. They grew phal so warm days were a must have. They balanced the low light conditions and the need for warmer temp.with HPS lights...
I can only second the correct info given by other members. Small pot, a draining compost,
12/15*C night temp. with higher day temp.(20/22*C).In my pots I used to place polistirene chips for extra drainage.
Regarding light requirement I notice that when given same cattleya light the leaves are...
I will certainly do an update in a week, hoping for the best.
Regarding the size of the flower I agree with you that pictures may sometimes fake reality but consider that I like to keep my plants under fed, a condition that keeps the plant size smaller thus the flower seems bigger.
I decided to give a try to this cultural method to give my warm growing paph a better environment as my night low in the GH Is not exceeding 14/15*C.
To keep things on a budget I did use what was already in my hands:
- 1 large plastic saucer ( 40' x 20' =1mt.x0,50 mt)
I certainly appreciate the beauty of a perfect flower, but I often love when the shape and the appearance are strange.
Plus It has intense and dark colours and fine foliage, so I would let It in my GH with a loud welcome.
Being a lover of Paph. venustum I'm glad to share with you some pictures of this nice represention of the album form.
It's a honor and pride for me as It comes from Popow, a man who dedicated his life to the plants we all love. So sad he passed away.
Paph. venustum has It all! Beatiful snake...
Thank you Jen!
Mine was a nice plants when I bought, at least so It seemed, then 3 months later I noticed It was not growing at all. I unpotted It and discover there were 3 divisions with black roots and abundance of mealy. **** happens sometime.