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I was surfing and came across this site, I am growing paphs,phrags and vandas with some oddities thrown in as well as carnivorous plants. The paph's and phrag.'s are fascinating and I have a special interest in the dark, vini, black warty and hairy ones. There is a beauty in the grotesque, besides I find them exotic. I still gorw the large cattleya types so I view my greenhouse as a beauty and the beast area. I am from South Louisiana but live south of Atlanta now. I recently received an AOS award and have been fortunate enough to name an unregistered hybrid phrag after a deceased friend. She and her husband were avid orchid collectors in their youth.
I hope to to learn how to improve my ability to grow these exquisite plants as my greenhouse is my Eden-winning awards is secondary and I've no interest in breeding or flasking but others use my plants of pollen or pods.

My most recent experiment has been testing a new blend of potting mix for my paph, 2 part alifor, 2 part rock wool cubes and 1 part medium perlite. When I was repotting them, I wa amazed at the poor root systems on most of them. I was amazed they were even alive. Since repotting them, they appear to have been rejuvenated (OK i used a bit of superthrive and KLN) and are seemingly growing well. I am hoping that this luxuriant growth in also happening beneath the pot in the roots too. Admittedly I am a lazy grower and am seeking a potting medium that will not require me to repot 100 paphs.

Any ideas on how to help the roots develop into some of the ones I ahve seen on this site. Glad to be here
 
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Welcome to the forum!

What is the name of the Phrag hybrid that you registered?

Robert
 

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Yes, welcome, Patrix. You'll find you are not alone in trying to find potting mediums that won't break down quickly. For instance, check out the threads that discuss semi-hydroponics.
 

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You'll have to tell me where in Atlanta you are one day.

Periodically I go down to the judging center there, and I'd love to see your Eden.

You should post some pics
 

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Patrix are you goiing to the Atlanta Show next weekend? Sam Tsui(Orchid Inn), Norito Hasegawa(Paphanatics), and Hadley Cash(Marriott Orchids) will all be there vending their paphs.

Speaking of Norito, I am getting to meet him this weekend at my OS. Yippee....
 
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I am intending to go Sunday all things considered (chemo) and hope there are some really good things left. Sounds like ti is going to be a great show. I just won an award at the Anniston show for a Vanda-well my orchid won, our club did well. Any leads on good growers for paph/phrags?
 

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Hey there Patrix

Welcome to the forum - Two words for you Mate :)

Transparent pots.

Be a perv and watch the roots grow too (although it really depends on which medium you use as algae or moss can quickly interfere with your view)

Cheers
Stephan
 
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patrix

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Thanks Stephan for your suggestion on clear pots, I had been thinking about using them even though they are a bit more expensive. I splurged and bought a bunch from Charlies this morning- so your suggestion comes as a validation of my choice- again glad to be here

And thanks to all who have sent in info on how to post pictures, I will try
 

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