Growing conditions for puffinia in rooms
Pafinia is ranked among the most capricious orchids also because it imposes rather special requirements on temperatures. If the lighting for it can be moderate, then the comfortable temperature difference between day and night is enormous and not always recreated in living rooms. This is a heat-loving, specific orchid, which requires a careful analysis of the conditions of detention.
Lighting and placement
This orchid grows equally well in both natural and artificial lighting. Pafinia can be grown completely on artificial illumination or with partial illumination.
For papinias comfortable not diffused bright lighting, which is preferred by most indoor orchids, and shaded places and even a slight shadow. She does not like southern locations and direct rays; she develops best in light partial shade. The orchid itself signals the comfort of lighting: with too intense leaves brighten, with scanty problems with growth and lack of peduncles are observed.
For papinias, windows of eastern and northern orientation or similar places in the interior as window sills are best suited.
Temperature and ventilation
These orchids are thermophilic, not requiring a cool period of maintenance, even to stimulate flowering. In indoor conditions and greenhouses it is undesirable to allow temperature drops below 12 degrees.
Pafinia loves the differences between night and day temperatures. The optimal mode is to lower the temperature from 5-6 to 10-12 degrees at night. In the daytime, the orchid is comfortable in a stable warmth. Standard room temperatures from 20 to 25 degrees in the afternoon are quite suitable for her, but it is better to contain pappinia in the range of daily temperatures from 25 to 29 degrees.
The optimal night mode is from 15 to 20 degrees. In this case, to hot temperatures, provided comfortable air humidity, and even to temperature fluctuations, papini are insensitive.
Pafinia do not tolerate drafts, but are not afraid of temperature differences. Plants suffer significantly in the absence of airing; their greens adore fresh air. In the summer they can be taken out into the open air, choosing protected places.
Pafinia ranked among the most moody orchids
Home care for paffinia
Pafinia is not accidentally considered one of the most complex orchids. It is suitable only for experienced gardeners. Fortunately, the orchid reacts brightly and quite obviously to any deviations in care, which allows you to adjust watering and humidity on time. Maintaining optimal moisture is the most difficult moment in the cultivation of this orchid.
Watering and humidity
Pafinia love neither waterlogging nor prolonged drought. These orchids are watered with the usual method of immersion or neat classic watering, choosing the method depending on the method of cultivation.
This orchid loves the hot shower method using water with a temperature of 30 to 35 degrees. Active watering is needed for papinia during the growing season, growth of leaves and peduncles. During flowering, watering is reduced (waterlogging at the bud stage is especially dangerous).
For the dormant period (it is very short in this orchid, it begins only when new shoots are fully formed and ends with the appearance of the first new shoots), watering is minimized, not allowing the substrate to dry completely. On average, during active vegetative growth, papinia is watered up to 2 times a week. Any stagnation of water for papinia is categorically unacceptable.
In room conditions, it is rather difficult to maintain the required high humidity for paffinia. The optimal indicators for the content of this orchid – 80% – can be recreated only in flower showcases, florariums, orchidariums, terrariums or when installing humidifier devices. Drops below 60% should not be allowed.
Read about how to create optimal conditions for keeping orchids in the house in our material Orchidarium – a cozy “house” for orchids.
In the summer, you can raise the humidity to 90%, in winter – lower it to 75%. Paffinia themselves signal insufficient moisture in the air, wrinkling the leaves. When spraying is introduced into the care, they are carried out so that water does not fall on the orchid itself in the form of even the smallest drops (spraying with “fog”). The bases of peduncles during watering should also be protected from getting wet.
For papinia, it is advisable to include regular dusting of the leaves in the care. Contamination for this orchid is unacceptable. With any procedures, it is worth very carefully handling peduncles.