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Hi. I've been lurking and looking for a couple of days. I,ve been growing for about 20 years. The first ten as a hobbyist and the next ten as a commercial grower.

Almost all of my business is placements in condo lobbies, peoples' condos, restaurants, etc.

I have two 34x72 foot greenhouses and am considering going to one by next winter. I do a few orchid shows a year to help pay the heat and keep my toes in the orchid world. I still grow a lot for myself and am a hobbyist at heart.

Anyway, I probably have over 500 paphs and maybe a 50 phrags. Not a big phrag fan.

Currently blooming a several complex, a couple of wardii alba (from antec flasks), a couple of regular color from the same flask, several from a wardii cross (antec flask again), an armeniacum, and a few maudiae.

In bud are a few Larry Heuer (I think from a Ledoux flask), a maliopoense, a couple fairreanum alba, a couple of armeniacums, and some various and sundry others.

I have a few multiflorals in bud, but most of them are too young.

I grow all the paphs in a mix of two parts , triple washed, medium coco husk, 1 part medium charcoal (size 2 or 3), and one part lava rock. I fertilize at TDS 400ppm., Ph around 6. We have well water. I used MSU RO fertilizer until the shipping got to heavy and then switched to Jack's (almost exactly the same formula). I am close enough to Jack's to pick it up.

I never considered myself a great paph grower, but am looking forward to picking up and providing help.
 
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WELCOME fellow addict! What's your geological area/location?
 

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Fertilizer formula

The fertilizer is the well water special. It's 16-4-20-3-1. I need 32oz of powder mixed in a stock solution that makes 800 gallons of water at a 100:1 ratio. My well water starts at about 125ppm and this amount of powder raises the ppm to 400.

During the winter, i cut the fertilizer in half and water at least half the time with just water. During the growing season I use fertilizer 3 out of every four times.

My greenhouses contain a lot of other genera so the 400 ppm is a good level for everything growing.

In addition to the above, I add a small amount of nutricote 13-13-13, 180 days to each pot.

Everything seems to do pretty well with this regimen.
 

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Welcome!!

Welcome to the forum from upstate NY!!

Are you willing to part with any of the Paphs in bud/spike?:D:D

Tom:
 

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