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phal Margaret Boulch Seedling care help

This is a discussion on phal Margaret Boulch Seedling care help within the General Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; Bought a seedling phal Margaret boulch last year got 1 leaf last year and lost ...

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    Default phal Margaret Boulch Seedling care help

    Bought a seedling phal Margaret boulch last year got 1 leaf last year and lost 1 leaf, saw a new one appear around spring but it hasn't grown any in a few months. What do I need to do /understand about growing it to maturity.




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    Being a gigantea hybrid, I'd expect it to be a really slow grower.

    Deep shade and very warm is the best environment for the plant. In nature, gigantea will never see temperatures below about 73F, and while corningiana might see a few degrees cooler at times, you'd do better keeping it warm.

    Keep it evenly moist, but watch that the sphagnum doesn't become to compact, as that will suffocate and kill the roots, are hard to replace on such a slow-growing plant. Feed regularly, but lightly - again, slow growing equals a reduce nutritional demand.

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    Having never seen this cross before it still looks like something is wrong with those leaves. How do the roots look?

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    It looks like it is sending out a new leaf now.

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    I have read that gigante have been found higher up in trees where the get more light .Yet some sellers advice medium to low light .This plant along with my gigante with about 3 to 4 inch leaves and my bellinas gets evening sunshine during cloudy days and I place a shade curtain during sunny days with a revolving fan. I'm facing north west, so during summer I get about 4 hrs of sunlight.
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    I would follow what Ray posted!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDT View Post
    I would follow what Ray posted!
    Ditto! Keywords: "watch that the sphagnum doesn't become to compact, as that will suffocate and kill the roots"

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    The roots seem to be ok, in fact one seems to have wrapped it's self around a hydroton clay ball. The leaves are a bit yellow due to I guess too much light.



    The roots seem to be ok, in fact one seems to be wrapped around a hydroton clay ball. I wish I knew earlier it was a slow grower as I was looking forward to seeing the flowers. Which I think would look like this.

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    It may take a few years before first flowering. Good luck on growing! Seemed to be a lovely cross.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raybark View Post
    Being a gigantea hybrid, I'd expect it to be a really slow grower.

    Deep shade and very warm is the best environment for the plant. In nature, gigantea will never see temperatures below about 73F, and while corningiana might see a few degrees cooler at times, you'd do better keeping it warm.

    Keep it evenly moist, but watch that the sphagnum doesn't become to compact, as that will suffocate and kill the roots, are hard to replace on such a slow-growing plant. Feed regularly, but lightly - again, slow growing equals a reduce nutritional demand.
    Learning something new everyday. I have few slow growers, maybe I should dilute the fertilizer more.

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    Thank you all for your informative input I am sure others that have read have also received some good tips.
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