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I am very confused by Phrag culture

This is a discussion on I am very confused by Phrag culture within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I have experimented with rock wool in a bark mix but never straight rock wool. ...

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    I have experimented with rock wool in a bark mix but never straight rock wool. It is not easy to find around here.

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    Same here. I believe that the company that makes it is going to soon stop due to low demand. Luckily I have managed to source a new supply for my phrags. They just love it. I can't stand the cubes but the loose wool is great for me. I suppose that eventually I shall have to make the change to bark but for the moment it is rockwool all the way.
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    I have only seen the cubes

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    I have only one Phraggy... a little sclimii that arrived in what appeared to be standard phalaenopsis mix... bark w/bits of perlite, etc. I asked the forum members here if that seemed right for a phrag, considering how wet they like to be, and they said that it would depend on my growing conditions.

    Since everything else I grow does GREAT in bark, I decided I'd leave it in the bark, but I found it was drying out really quickly with the amount of sun it liked (it likes Catt light in my house). I added a top-dressing of sphag... and voila!! Problem solved. I have a new growth coming off of the plant which I hope will eventually bloom for me (the initial bud that came in shipment blasted after arrival). I am actually quite pleased at how easy the care of this little phraggy is turning out to be.

    Yours should be fine in the bark... I would recommend putting a top dressing of sphag on it if it's getting lots of light... it helps hold the moisture in, and you can also just poke the sphag to find out when it's beginning to dry out, so there's no guesswork there. I SOAK mine whenever the sphag starts to get dry-ish... I don't let it get as dry as with my phals, because I heard that phraggies like to stay very wet.

    One thing to note about the sphag... just make sure your plant is high enough in the media that the sphag isn't covering the base of the plant, where the new growths appear; otherwise you can get rot on your rhizome. A member clued me in to this little trick, and I immediately poked the sphag away from the very center of the plant to give it some breathing space, and I've had great growth ever since!

    Oh, I know there's a lot of debate over what type of water to use with phraggies. I just use tap water. It seems to like it just fine. But I've seen other threads where people insist on RO water or distilled water, then I've also seen other threads where people get very angry when members advise using distilled water, because it lacks the proper minerals the plant naturally gets. I just threw my hands up, tried tap water, and hey... it worked for me. As long as you're seeing new growth, all is well, I'd say.

    Although I probably should mention that it took a couple of months before my little phraggy started showing new growth under my care. It had a bit of a rough adjustment period, I think. So don't panic if yours aren't not doing much yet. A layer of sphag will help.

    Oh, and semi-hydro scares the bleep out of me, so unfortunately I don't have any good advice for you in that department! LOL! Keep us posted!

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    @Jen,

    Well, I have read in most places to use a bark mix so i am leaning toward it. And i have contacted Bestgrow to see what they think about using Orchiata because it does not break down as quickly.

    i am in no hurry, so I will do what I am most comfortable with.

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