Fertilizing and fertilizer composition
They feed the plant only during active vegetation. When the orchid grows new pseudobulbs, leaves and flower stalks, a half-reduced portion of fertilizers is added to the water (compared to the recommended for fertilizers). The optimal frequency of top dressing is once every 3 weeks. It is better to alternate root and foliar dressings or supplement conventional foliar dressings.
For papinia, you can use not only special fertilizers for orchids. During flowering and during the dormant period, feeding is not carried out, but the rest of the time you can feed the orchid more specifically: with nitrogen fertilizers from spring to July, and phosphorus or ordinary orchids from August to November.
Pappinia trimming and shaping
In this orchid, pruning is reduced to the careful removal of peduncles after flowering and drying leaves. For any pruning, it is advisable to slightly dry the sections with a substrate for wound healing.
Planting, containers and substrate
Transplanting these orchids is necessary only in case of emergency. They prefer a stable environment and do not like contacts. Therefore, it is better to transfer to new places and divide papinii when they really have no where to develop in the previous place.
But since papinias are afraid of spacious containers, the compact size of containers and baskets usually require more frequent transplantation than for other indoor orchids – once every 2-3 years.
Pafinia prefer landing on blocks – bark, driftwood, artificial bases, with sphagnum fixing according to the standard method. These are small orchids, they are quite stable and it is in the epiphytic state that they fully show the beauty of both bizarre peduncles and leaves. But you can grow puffinia and in pots.
When planting in containers, special “breathable” and transparent containers or special baskets for orchids are chosen. Their diameter should fully correspond to the size of the root system of orchids, they don’t like puffinia with too spacious containers with excess substrate.
Papainia is planted in a clean bark or a special substrate for epiphytic orchids, but the top layer must be created from sphagnum, which (like mulch) covers the soil. Orchids cannot be buried: pseudobulbs should practically lie on a substrate of moss.
When transplanting papini, you need to be very careful. This is one of the most fragile orchids, sensitive to contacts with the roots and poorly tolerating their injuries. Removing the orchid from the previous support and installing it on a new one, as when changing the container, you need to be extremely careful and protect the plant from any injuries. The old substrate is removed very carefully. After transplanting, orchids are not watered, only slightly sprayed for several days.
When planting papinias, it is worth paying attention to the position and protection of peduncles. During normal growing on blocks, it is necessary to monitor the growing shoots and put an insulating material (foam or similar materials) in time under the peduncle to prevent contact with constantly wet moss at the base.
When planting orchids, it is better to place them on an elevation, obliquely so that the flower stalks can hang from a support and the risk of contact with a wet substrate is minimized. It is best to plant these plants on the “hills” of moss.