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Discussion in 'Paphiopedilum' started by Hien, Jul 22, 2019.
You can find Joe on Facebook, too. Joe Orchids is the name.
Have a nice week !
thanks, I will look it up
If I was importing from Thai, it would be other things, trust me!
"If I was importing from Thai, it would be other things, trust me!"
what could it be more beautiful than the godefroyae/leucochilum species
Was my bias that obvious .
following your cue about facebook, I stumble on this "leucochilum club"
and this one
and someone showing a giant leucochilum
and variation in leucochilum album
oh my gods is all I can muster to say
Thanks for the links. Most of the plants appear to be potted in an inorganic mix instead of bark. What’s the groups consensus on this. In bark I have to be very careful to water less or I kill them.
Phred, very keen observation, after reading your comment, I look at their photos again.
Sure enough , the mix seems to be aliflor , leca clay pebble type, smooth river bed pebbles, various color stone chips, and the white stuff ( I don't know what the white stuff is, maybe lime stone ?
-barely any wood chips (unless there is wood chip underneath the clay pebbles, and the stones are top dressing)
May be this is the key to keep the plants less prone to rot? Anyone try this medium mixing formular before?
It is very humid and warm in Thailand. Organic potting mix will go mushy in no time. They use inorganic material for practical reason.
For example, they grow large Dendrobiums in broken brick or large chunks of charcoal.
True. I use mainly Orchiata with some lava and sand. I got Paphis in 100 % coarse sand or stones in plasic pots, no problems over years keeping them.
Brick or charcoal is often used for other orchids. Coconut-based materials are cheap, require a lot of cleaning, work only a short time.
An Orchiata problem is the price !
I am using a fertilizer like K-Lite , twice a year just spray dolomite 200g/100l over all my orchids, sometimes a benzalkonium bacterizide or copper against bacteria.
Now is rainy season , rain goes often trough the shade plastic, checking for rot is necessary.
Sounds like you growing them in tropical climate?
yes, Northern Thailand
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