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    Lady Slipper pot

    Can a lady slipper orchid be grown in a african violet pot??
    Also, what type of soil media would you recommend?

    I have dried sphagnum moss, orchid bark, vermiculite, perlite, peat moss.
    Any help would be appriciated. I googled for soil mixes but got different answers. I trust people from here more. thanks all.

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    I'm no orchid expert, so you should by no means take mine as the final word. I don't think an african violet pot would be ideal. Aren't those undrained? I wouldn't be surprised if you made it work, but I don't think that's when most lady slippers prefer. I'm sure someone smart like Tony will come along and give you better advice than mine, though.
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    No violet pot paph's must drain well though, phrags.( Paph's cousin) can sit in water, like some cp's.
    i have mine in a north window shelf,
    not much sun this time of year, and i do have a flour. fixture two 24" grow lux bulbs just t-12's 10 hours a day , never direct sun on these, they could take a little morning sun but you would need to acclimate them to it.
    medium humidity 35 55 % , any good orchid mix will do should have a little charcoal and perlite in the mix. water once weekly and 1/4 strength orchid bloom booster plant fertilizer. make sur to use something formulated for orchids/no urea .
    if you feed all the time its just easier to keep up with the schedule.
    i keep a fan near the shelf and mist a few nights a week slightly wetting the top of the mix and the leaves of the orchid , and run the fan at a pretty good force as to dry them out,its ok to leave the fan running all night of you want I don't leave them wet.
    they like a cool down at night to help start the bloom cycle flower, the spraying and fan help with this.
    also the ones i have like most house hold conditions , if you can take it they can.
    and they like a little rest from say dec to feb or so to start the bloom cycle ( little drier , little less light, and little less fertilizer).
    Lowii is blooming a little early this year, and i hope it keeps up this cycle, as the others havent even set buds yet. i'll try s and do some photos of them as ,and if they bloom this year.
    These are my conditions , Im sure there are other waysbut this seems to work for my group
    I just pasted this from another thread i posted ( paph. lowii heavy pic.)
    I dont ues sphagnum in my paphs it keeps too much moister for me , but some do, just be careful not over water if you do use it.

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    Violet pots are undrained but designed so that the roots never are exposed to standing water, if I recall. There's a reservoir in the bottom and moisture is wicked to the roots through an inner surface of unglazed clay. I just wonder if that would be too consistent and mildly moist for a Paph. My understanding was that they liked the transitions between wet and dry and wanted a good soaking periodically, so long as it drains away and the roots aren't allowed to stand in it for long.
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    Are you asking about the tropical lady slippers Paphs or Phrags or the actual temperate Lady Slippers of the genus Cyripedium?

    I grew C. reginae in a pot for the spring/summer from a corm, it grew and bloomed fantastically but it died over winter (didn't come up the next year), got too cold in the container apparently. My lilies stay outside in a whiskey barrel year round but the temperate Orchid didn't make it in the same sort of setup.

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    Paphs are tropical? I'm sure glad I didn't try moving mine outside last year.
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    i think paph's are South American, phrags are for the most part Asian. think think

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    One tip I got from a paph vendor...REPOT EVERY YEAR! I use a fine/med orchid bark mix w/ some aliflor for the large ones. for the smaller ones, just the small bark mix w/ aliflor. SOAK YOUR BARK before potting up for 24 hours with a drop of Dawn dish soap to break the water barrier tension on the bark! Make sure they are nicely anchored into the pot. DO NOT overpot any orchid. Use a pot that fits the root ball size. The easiest way to kill an orchid is by overwatering! Use 1/4 strength fertilizer w/o urea weekly weakly. Direct sun is OK, but not all day long. Morning sun or afternoon sun, never both!

    African violet pots are a BAD idea! No air circulation around the roots!

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