Paphiopedilum armeniacum (group photo)

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    This is the first time all 3 of my armeniacums have bloomed together. The one on the left is blooming for me for the first time since I got it 6 years ago. It was a free-bee from a vendor at an orchid show and when I got it all of its leaves had rotted away in shipping (I guess that's why it was free), but the roots were alive. I put it in basket culture like the others and it now has about 30 growths and its first flower. I think that it was worth the wait (single flower image). I'm sorry about the picture quality, but I can't move them from the growing area because of their size.

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    What great growing and what a spectacular flower display! :clap:
     
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    Armeniacum FRENZY!!!!!!

    Way to go:clap::clap:

    I think this growing is worthy of Slipper Hall of Fame
     
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    Yes! Please restrain that thing! /envy
     
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    Wow! Amazing plants!
     
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    What can you even say to that? Amazing work.
     
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    Holy crap that's awesome! Can you give us some details on your basket culture method? I have an armeniacum seedling in need of better culture.
     
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    What are you going to do when they outgrow their pots? :poke:

    WOW!
     
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    Cool! I have some armeniacums and some Armeni Whites I'm trying in your basket method. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    That's just ridiculous!! Great Work!!!!
     
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    Sure. The baskets are standard heavy-gauge wire baskets you can get from a garden center. These are about 1 foot in diameter and half as deep. I line the basket with long-fibered sphagnum moss and then fill the center with standard Paph. mix (fir bark, perlite, charcoal). The mix rots and falls out of the bottom over time and I just keep top dressing to make up the difference. I grow them in "cattleya" light (1/2 day of full sun equivalent). The temps. are about 80F in the day and 70F at night in the summer and 10F cooler in the winter. I water daily in the summer and about every other day in winter (NEVER let them dry out there is no need for a dry winter rest). I fertilize weakly weekly with urea-free fertilized at 125-150 ppm.
     
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    I don't know. The middle basket has been together for about 10 years and the basket is a mass of roots with very little potting mix left. I suppose I would divide and replant when pushed.
     
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    I seem to recall from a previous post on these plants that you also top dress occasionally with lime or limestone?
     
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    I feel inadequate!!!
    Fantastic! :drool::drool:
    I 2nd that!
     
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    At one time I added lime quarterly, but now with pellitized limestone, I add it one per year. Thanks for reminding me.
     
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    Thanks for the info, J! I'll try putting mine in a basket and giving it more light.
     
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    i also agree with Rick...if this forum ever goes with the hall of fame idea (I'm on the fence on that one myself), this growing would definitely be a candidate.
     
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    Poor JP I can only WISH I had your problem of "not being able to move" for a better photo! HaHaHa! Damn! Those are just super awsome plants!

    What about micranthum? Do you grow it the same way?
     
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    Holy cow! What a trio! :clap:
     

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