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This is a discussion on Reblooming Paphs and Phrags within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Do you have any suggestions on how to get humidity up? That's my biggest struggle. ...
Do you have any suggestions on how to get humidity up? That's my biggest struggle. My house is heated by a gas furnace so it gets pretty dry in the winter. I have most of my orchids on humidity trays but that only does so much.
Are you using blossom booster (10-30-20 ) ? That might help.....Betty :-)
I have some but I haven't used it. In fact, I really haven't used it at all during my 3 years of growing orchids. How would you suggest using it with phrags and paphs? Just during the winter?
Thanks Betty! Since I bought most of them blooming in March I should start feeding them the blossom booster now.
Your conditions are good, and I wouldn't obsess about humidity. You have to realize that caudatum hybrids are not the easiest of phrags to bloom. Mine sometimes go several years between blooming. Sometimes they may bloom quickly, 1 season after the next, then take a break for several years. I have had some that bloomed once and never again, and also some that just never bloomed at all. These are cast iron plants that grow well, but blooming them is a different story. The many besseae hybrids are much more reliable bloomers, but they can be pretty monotonous...don't get too many. Of course, I think bessea itself is better than any hybrid, and the modern strains of besseae are easy and reliable bloomers. I have 2 in spike now, one of which has never failed to bloom in all the years i have had it.
Check into cool mist vaporizers for spot humidity. You can kind of direct the vapot toward the plants you want to have more humidity.