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Phragmipedium caricinum growing tips

This is a discussion on Phragmipedium caricinum growing tips within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi LJA, This is how I grow mine in Maine. I grow mine indoors during ...

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    Hi LJA,

    This is how I grow mine in Maine. I grow mine indoors during winter under very bright HPS light systems.

    Plenty of water, I water mine thoroughly every day in the hot summer days (outdoors in a bright sunny porch) and every other day in the winter.

    Bright light, plenty of air flow (I have fans running 24 hrs a day). Fertilized once a week weakly. Temps daytime 70-85 and nightime 60-70. In the winter I do give it a temp drop of about 10degrees difference for about 2 months for mature plants to bloom. Phrag caricinum is a sequential bloomer and can stay in bloom for many months, so do not cut the spikes off.

    Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions, I'll be more than happy to help!

    Peter

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    Peter, thanks for posting that!

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    Default Re: Phragmipedium caricinum growing tips

    Originally posted by Paphraguy
    Hi LJA,

    This is how I grow mine in Maine. I grow mine indoors during winter under very bright HPS light systems.



    Peter
    What is HPS short for?

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    HPS stands for "High Pressure Sodium"

    The lamps put out a lot of light in the orange and red portions of the spectrum by passing a very strong electric current through Sodium gas.

    That spectral range promotes plant flowering, so a lot of growers use those as "extra" lighting besides natural light to stimulate bloom.

    (Dang, I just read what I just wrote, and I think I'm starting to sound like a nerd....)

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    (Dang, I just read what I just wrote, and I think I'm starting to sound like a nerd....) [/B][/QUOTE]

    LOL!!!! OMg, well if nerd= good flowers, I want to be a nerd!

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    LJA,

    You explained it very well. Many growers insist on using both HPS and MH (Metal Halide) for growing and blooming orchids but for me (better yet, my orchids) HPS works just fine with no natural light whatsoever and my plants grow and bloom every year like clockwork!

    Many years ago, before acquiring my first HPS system, I tried and experimented with fluorescents and I could tell that my plants just hated them and sulked. With the HPS, they all perked up and they have been very happy ever since.

    I believe that my indoor controlled environment is my key success to growing and blooming orchids.

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    I've only ever used Metal Halide, and that was on reef aquaria: the corals did very well under the wavelengths those peaked in. With orchids though, I've only grown them under natural light, so have no experience with lighting systems. But a lot of growers absolutely swear by HPS and MH both.

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