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Reblooming Paphs and Phrags

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. ...

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrfehon View Post
    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.
    I am not sure how to do that. Maybe you can add a humidifier to your grow room? I have never grown under lights like you are doing, so have never had that struggle. Maybe someone else can offer some suggestions.

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    Are you using blossom booster (10-30-20 ) ? That might help.....Betty :-)

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    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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrfehon View Post
    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?
    Jason, if this is their blooming season, by all means use it! I water "weekly, weakly." That means I water about once a week, and weakly which means I use 1/4 of what the directions say to use. Once a month, I flush with plain water. Hope this helps. I had a good many paphs. in Minnesota, and I always gave them blossom booster fertilizer right before their bloom period. Sure did help mine...Try it; I think it will work! Betty :-)

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    Thanks Betty! Since I bought most of them blooming in March I should start feeding them the blossom booster now.

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    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.

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    Check into cool mist vaporizers for spot humidity. You can kind of direct the vapot toward the plants you want to have more humidity.

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