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Need Phrag advice...

This is a discussion on Need Phrag advice... within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; This will be the first winter I will have my orchids in my greenhouse. I ...

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    dahlia_guy is offline Member
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    Default Need Phrag advice...

    This will be the first winter I will have my orchids in my greenhouse. I am reluctlant to buy a lot of new plants before I see how the GH does this winter despite there being a big show next month and having extra $ right now. I have decided I must order some plants from an international vendor. I am trying to decide between some phrags they carry. I can afford to get a couple of the following but not all of them. Which ones are easiest to care for and why? I am drawn to the long petaled phrags so I really want to get P. wallisii. Any experience with this one? Thanks

    Phragmipedium besseae
    Phragmipedium carisinum
    Phragmipedium czerwiakowia
    Phragmipedium hirtzii
    Phragmipedium lindenii
    Phragmipedium longifolium
    Phragmipedium pearceii
    Phragmipedium reticulatum
    Phragmipedium schlimii
    Phragmipedium wallisii


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    Jmoney is offline Senior Member
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    paphs, phrags, catts, vandas
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    West Hartford, CT
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    most things on that list are easy growers. good strong light and lots of water. exceptions are:

    besseae. lower light, definitely not cattleya light levels but somewhat brighter than phal. *likes its roots cool*--the only way I can keep the roots cool during the hot summers here in NY is in clay pots with sphagnum moss. prone to basal rot. most besseae are prone to stolon formation.

    lindenii & wallisii. high light, less water--grow like a paph. both are rot prone, especially in the heat of summer, so air movement is a must.

    schlimii. likes lower light, like besseae. i don't have much experience with true schlimii, but people say it can be "temperamental". this one climbs between growths.

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    e.muehlbauer is offline Junior Member
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    Queens, NY


    I would say that caricinum and pearcei are certainly the easiest....they grow like weeds and bloom very easily. Avoid least in my experience, it grows well ...or should I say, survives easily....but I have never gotten it to bloom. In between I'd say are wallisii and czerwiakowianum...not difficult...but walissii is very prone to rot...particularly a yellowish basal rot during the summer. I never put wallisii or caudatum outdoors in the summer here because of the rot problem...I'm also in NYC. As for bessea.....depends on the clone. They had been temperamental..but as is the case with Paph delanatii, much of the problems have been bred out of the best clones. I have one that blooms spectacularly in the spring...its under lights in winter, outdoors in shade during the summer. See one in bloom you will never settle for a phrag hybrid again....while not as huge as a caudatum, I have never seen such intense color in an orchid that didn't have Sophronitis in its background.......Take care, Eric Muehlbauer

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