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This is a discussion on Three New Phrag orchids within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Mem. Dick Clements Tall Tails Living Fire Hi Everyone. I have just been shopping online ...

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    Wink Three New Phrag orchids

    Mem. Dick Clements

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    Hi Everyone. I have just been shopping online and I have managed to come away with only three phrags which isn't bad at all
    They are all blooming sized and ready to go. I can't wait for the flowers on these little beauties. Any advice as to how to get the best from them would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks. Sue

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    Hi, Sue.

    They look so healthy. Nice Haul. We cannot wait for the flowers, either....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naoki View Post
    Hi, Sue.

    They look so healthy. Nice Haul. We cannot wait for the flowers, either....
    Thanks Naoki. Do these all look to be blooming size to you because that's what he said they were but I am just wondering. I hope they are because the seller seemed like such a nice man but one of them does look to be rather small even though it does have already about five growths! (the Living Fire at the end). Also one of them came with a blasted spike just starting to emerge from the crown. It was black and empty so I pulled it out and it came away easily leaving a soggy black smear on my hands. I hope they're all alright.

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    Nice phrags you got there, They all should be blooming size, they will probably bloom for you next season. The first and third one got besseae in them thats why they are smaller than most phrags. I cant wait to see the blooms especially on the second one with the long petals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raver View Post
    Nice phrags you got there, They all should be blooming size, they will probably bloom for you next season. The first and third one got besseae in them thats why they are smaller than most phrags. I cant wait to see the blooms especially on the second one with the long petals.
    Thank you for that! I was wondering if I'd been had! Now I feel so much better! I can't wait for the flowers too - if I am lucky enough to still have them by then!! I have one more to come and then that will be it for the next month! -Joke. I will never stop buying phrags for as long as there is still some left to get.

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    You gotta love those phrags, they are beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Susie11 View Post
    I will never stop buying phrags for as long as there is still some left to get.
    Way to go, Susie.
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    Hi Suzie, theirs a probable chance we have both purchased from same vendor 'mentioning no names ofcourse', since are both on this side of the pound. Very healthy phrags by the way. BS bloom size has quite a broad spectrum to it so can cover betw 1 - 12 months sometimes 18 mnths depending on specialist. The top 2 are closest and would say the bottom will take longest. I have mine growing in chunks of sponge with some bark mixed in so they remain moist but not so wet the roots will rot. its in a brightly lit position with 5-6 hours of sun and has not suffered sunburn but this may be due to the way ive cultivated it, introducing it slowly to the frontline, hardening the plant. Gradually expose them to a little more light each time to prevent shock.. Watch the crown so water doesnt collect and cause crown rot. This is a killer. I have also found that they are sensitive to fertilizer and will halt growth and stop progress.Keep it weak! The flowers are exquisite so definetly worth the time and wait. I have the dick clements and the flower is fab with a stong red. Yours hasnt got long to bloom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by opaline View Post
    Hi Suzie, theirs a probable chance we have both purchased from same vendor 'mentioning no names ofcourse', since are both on this side of the pound. Very healthy phrags by the way. BS bloom size has quite a broad spectrum to it so can cover betw 1 - 12 months sometimes 18 mnths depending on specialist. The top 2 are closest and would say the bottom will take longest. I have mine growing in chunks of sponge with some bark mixed in so they remain moist but not so wet the roots will rot. its in a brightly lit position with 5-6 hours of sun and has not suffered sunburn but this may be due to the way ive cultivated it, introducing it slowly to the frontline, hardening the plant. Gradually expose them to a little more light each time to prevent shock.. Watch the crown so water doesnt collect and cause crown rot. This is a killer. I have also found that they are sensitive to fertilizer and will halt growth and stop progress.Keep it weak! The flowers are exquisite so definetly worth the time and wait. I have the dick clements and the flower is fab with a stong red. Yours hasnt got long to bloom.
    Thanks Opaline. I was worried I have to admit but everyone seems to be telling me that they are as described and that I haven't been done up like a preverbial kipper. I was just told that they were small because they were species which is not the case at all since on the label it says hybird so I was panicking just a little. The Larger one seems to have already blasted a spike as when I got it today there was a black empty sheaf just poking up from the largest crown. But all in all I think they look o.k.

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    Nice phrags orchids, Sue. These slippers will not bloom from the old growth, so they will put up new growth and bloom for you if given enough light, etc.. in the next season. They all appear mature, so no worries. Luck you!!

    cheers,
    BD

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