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PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:50 am 
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A big, heavy, hooded flower.

This is the one I almost lost through completely rotted roots due to old bark media, re-potted it into a clay-ball mix and it soon picked up with a great strong new root system and a new side growth pushing up beside it.

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I've really wanted to try this species as it is beautiful but I have heard they can be quite fussy (like yours!). Refreshing the medium and keeping it warm (20+) are two culture requirements I read often, which I think I might struggle with.

It's funny, in another forum someone posted a nice bellatum and explained it was doing poorly in S/H until it was moved into a bark mix and it flourished.

Sounds like each one has it's own personality!


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Hi Tom,

Yes, it is a beautiful flower, I like the diversity of the different flower shapes within a species and I think this is a good representation of this shape (as opposed to something more graceful like a Sanderianum)
I don't think mine was fussy, I think it was my fault for not being vigilant enough with the condition of its bark media, but it is kept warm.

My clay-ball culture isn't exactly the true S/H (being clay balls and sitting in water).
I think my culture is probably a bit of a hybrid between the two, clay balls for the good drainage but with a small addition of a compost to ensure it doesn't dry out too quickly (and because I still prefer the idea of roots growing in something organic!).

If you can give it warmth, go on, give it a try !

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Lovely flower Steve.
This does seem to be one of those species everyone has different experiences with. I recently was talking to a fellow paph grower about crown rot and he said he felt these were particularly susceptible and should avoid water in the crown. I then told him that I grew mine outside last year and noticed the more it got wet in the crown the better it grew!
Go figure.


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You did a good job with this one Steve.
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I then told him that I grew mine outside last year and noticed the more it got wet in the crown the better it grew!
Go figure.

Thanks Chris & Ed,

Chris, I've given up trying to "go figure" about the different ways various growers treat their plants otherwise I'd end up a paranoid, nervous wreck !

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