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    Orchid ID Help Please :)

    Well, I finally did it. I normally walk right by the Orchids at Home Depot and resist buying one, but the other day I saw one I had seen many times before and decided to purchase it. I know I probably shouldn't have, and that this could just lead to another obsession, but I thought this one looked pretty cool. I know absolutely nothing about Orchids, so please feel free to chime in with any advice you may have. I would read up on them, but I can easily spend days doing that and then regret wasting my time later . Instead, I ask that you please share any tips or advice you may have (that way I can read them in their concise form). I think this is a paph.? I don't know exactly what that is, but the tag said paphelo-something-o. Anyway, heres a couple pics. Thanks in advance .

    (Oh yeah the Orchid does not sit in water, I just have the plastic saucer there to collect the extra water for some of my other outdoor plants.)




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    Some kind of Paph. It's probably one of thousands of hybrids, so I think your best labeling bet is "paph hybrid".
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    Goodluck. There are so many hybrids that look the same. As a rule of thumb I never ID an NoID orchid unless there is an unmistakable feature that IDs it as a species orchid. That is a Paphiopedilum hybrid, but unless it came with a tag, an ID may not be reliable.

    they are a terrestrial orchid and don't like to dry out. They also do not like to be waterlogged either. Keep them moist. I am still learning the light levels, but a friend of mine grows them in a GH and there is like 25% and 50% shade cloth on the thing and during an overcast day it is dark in the GH!!! I grow mine just under 50% shade cloth and it is bright in my GH they are all doing fine. I have not gotten flowering down yet though. I do not think they like acidic so the bark you have it planted in is great. I have one in sphag that I need to repot out of. There are several forums dedicated to the slipper orchids that would be be a lot better help.
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    Thank you Ron and Josh for the input . I guess I will just grow it outside as I have been under my shade-cloth. It came potted in the bark in the terra cotta pot, which I happen to like the look of a lot .

    Thanks Josh for the extra info. . I'll probably be posting more if it takes a turn south lol. For now though, it has plenty of dappled light and is growing on a rack outside where my Izumeae x Truncata is enjoying life, so I imagine humidity can't be too bad either.

    Thanks again you guys.
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    A beautiful Paph! The mottled leaf paphs have lower light needs than the green leaf ones, I think. Bruce can correct me.

    There is an orchid forum but I'll leave this here so you can show off your plant.

    Paphs and Phrags are my favorites.
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    Paphs do great outside - just make sure to watch 'em. I've had them flower without noticing until fall when I bring them in and see a dried up flower stalk - missed it for another year!

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    Here's a link to a really great orchid forum
    http://www.orchidboard.com/
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    Amazing Paph!
    http://www.terraforums.com/forums/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=6789&dateline=1352508752

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