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swamprad

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I admit it -- I love dumpsterdiving. A sucker for a bargain. So that's why I was lurking around Lowe's this afternoon in the corner where all unsold orchids go to die. And there was a Paph. It had a couple of damaged leaves, but looked otherwise o.k. -- the leaves weren't shriveled and the new growth looked good. So against my better judgement I went for it, brought it home, unpotted it, and here's what I found:




Hahahaha, sucker!

So what do I do now? Yes, I realize pray (it is Easter, you know), but beyond that. Pot it up and see what happens? Keep it bare root and put it in a sealed plastic bag with some damp spaghnum? How do you save a slipper with only 2 puny roots??

Thanks, folks! :)
 

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paph maudiae hybrids are quite vigorous.

I once broke the top off one by accident and the top portion developed new roots while the bottom portion developed new growth, so I have two plants! I planted the rootless one in sphag so that it would not dry out.

I am sure yours will live. I would probably just put it in a normal paph mix but with some moss around it.

I wish we had paphs in big box stores here...I'd go crazy for them,maybe even the dumpster... did it come with a name tag?
 
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Park Bear

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I know what you mean...last year I bought 6 Cymbidiums from Lowe's for $5 each. There was nothing wrong with them, they were just not in bloom.

Make sure you don't have any passenfers on the paph
 
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I admit it -- I love dumpsterdiving. A sucker for a bargain. So that's why I was lurking around Lowe's this afternoon in the corner where all unsold orchids go to die. And there was a Paph. It had a couple of damaged leaves, but looked otherwise o.k. -- the leaves weren't shriveled and the new growth looked good. So against my better judgement I went for it, brought it home, unpotted it, and here's what I found.
Can you tell me what lowes you found this at? Or see if it has a vendor tag or item number? I work at lowes as the Live Nursery Sales Specialist and I have been trying to find vendors for paphs. I may be going through OL which is exciting.

I know what you mean...last year I bought 6 Cymbidiums from Lowe's for $5 each. There was nothing wrong with them, they were just not in bloom.

Make sure you don't have any passenfers on the paph
What size where they? You got a good deal. Cymbidiums and Vanda don't last long on the clearance rack if they get there in my store. I buy them as soon as I clearence them. Already bought way to many phals, dend, and oncidiums. Now I just buy them and give them away to friends so I don't have to throw them if they sit to long.

-Jeran
 

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"Can you tell me what lowes you found this at? Or see if it has a vendor tag or item number? I work at lowes as the Live Nursery Sales Specialist and I have been trying to find vendors for paphs. I may be going through OL which is exciting."


It came from Lowes on Hwy 64 in Bartlett, TN. No vendor tag or SKU. It's the first time I've ever seen a slipper in Lowes or Home Depot.
 

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The HD I go to in Union, NJ used to have paphs but I haven't seen any in a couple of years! I've sphag-n-bagged paphs w/ less roots that have made it! Good Luck.
 
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Thanks. I'll give them a call Tuesday when I go back to work.
 

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Mark, I've had paphs worse than that make it. Usually I pot them in spag. Spagnum moss really kicks starts root growth. Baby it for a while in low light and if you've got any spare KLN or superthrive, have at it. If it doesn't make it, consider it an experiment.
 
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Can you tell me what lowes you found this at? Or see if it has a vendor tag or item number? I work at lowes as the Live Nursery Sales Specialist and I have been trying to find vendors for paphs. I may be going through OL which is exciting.

The Lowes near us had named slippers recently as well, but pretty pricey.

LOWE'S OF ALEXANDRIA, VA, #0715
6750 RICHMOND HIGHWAY
ALEXANDRIA, VA 22306
(703) 765-8011
FAX:(703) 765-8030



I vote for sphag around the base too.
 
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Park Bear

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Jeran....the cyms had at least 8 psuedobulbs, in an 8" pot and at least 2' leafs
 

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