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I just ordered a Zygopetalum...

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    Thanks for all the help, y'all! What do you people with experience grow them in, pot-wise? Do you recommend clay or plastic?

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    i have a zygo hybrid (bollopetalum) that i have been trying to keep alive for a couple years. got it in flower, and it was wonderful, but it did not get enough light for the first year and slowly dwindled and lost most of the leaves. i think they like a bit more light than i was led to believe (i was told the do well with paphs??), so last fall thinking it was going to die anyway i shoved it outside on the balcony in the shade, and now it has the largest growth it's ever had, and starting another that looks strong. it overwintered pretty well. hoping to get flowers this fall or winter. it was originally in just sphag, so i changed it to small bark mix and left a layer of sphag on top to keep it moist. i've been misting it since the spring warmth and it is doing fine. accidently shredded a leaf on my cactus (oops!) but it lived through that. this little bugger has survived some abuse on my part, and must be a strong little hybrid, and just might end up a success story. good luck with yours! most zygos seem a bit larger than the hybrid i have, and they all smell terrific!

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    Nice to hear your story! I actually had a Bollopetalum once...'midnight' something or other. Very dark, ominous flowers...beautiful. I just found it laying around in a random grocery store of all places. Anyway, I don't remember ever actually trying to keep it alive (this was back in 2008). I'm not sure what I did with it...it's not like me to just throw it away, but I seem to remember a lot of orchids I had from that time period but don't remember what exactly happened to them all. Weird!

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    I recently got a Zygo & repotted it after it bloomed. I bought the Miracle grow orchid mix on some dumb whim & couldn't use it for anything because it seemed a lot like soil to me. So I mixed it with bark & used it on the Zygo for an experiment. I water it about once a week & it seems to have 2 new growths, or a growth & a spike, cant tell yet. Since I live in the desert & have a spare room, I use humidifiers, but a tray should be good enough where you are. They seem hardy-ish.

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    I grow my zygo in lava rock and a net pot that is set into another pot. I water often, drain well. I grow it in bright shade. Seems very happy (each growth is getting two new ones).
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    I grow my zygo in a clay pot with a coconut /charcoal mix on the outer bench area where it gets a lot of morning sun. I've found it to be fairly carefree to grow, although the wind can shread the leaves at the tips, the blooms are worth the work,great fragrance. good luck.

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    I seem to use the same mix as Mootattoo1. It retains water and moisture and is therefore good for orchids that like to stay moist but don't need to have as much air flow to the roots as say a paph for example. I grew both of mine in plastic pots just big enough to accommodate two years growth. My old one used to bloom frequently and as I said it smelt lovely -like Gardenias. I think that as long as you don't over water then you should be fine. A nice brightly lit environment -that you can give to them I am sure and moist medium it should thrive. Good luck.

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    I love zygos and as much as I water you would think they would like my place...au contraire, they melt. They hate the heat in my Florida shadehouse.

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    Mine is in a plastic pot with a fine/med grade bark and sphag mix. I took most of the sphag out before I potted it so it didn't hold too much moisture.

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