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This is a discussion on Psychopsis care! within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hey y'all, I just purchased my first Psychopsis (Mendenhall 'Monarch' AM/AOS). How do these things ...

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    Hey y'all,

    I just purchased my first Psychopsis (Mendenhall 'Monarch' AM/AOS). How do these things like to be grown? Almost everywhere I've seen has said Phal light will do just fine - is that true? That seems too good to be true haha And I know they especially resent repotting.

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    I have a Psycopsis and grow i in Phal light and seems to be doing alright. Likes to dry out between waterings and hence I have used charcoal and broken terracota. Its growing its spike almost for 2-3 months now. I am in no hurry and can wait

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    I have one I bought in bloom in May last year. When it was done blooming I put her outside in bright shadow and she has been there until she opened a second bloom (end September +/-) when I put her back inside to enjoy the flower. Now she's outside again in brought shadow. I have her in a net pot with bark and some charcoal. She gets watered when it rains and if it doesn't rain I mist her every day or every two days and she gets fertilized (by soaking) once a week. She's growing a new bud right now, but I don't get any new pseudobulbs. I think I had one coming, but I neglected her a few weeks and the pseudobulb died.

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    I grew mine brighter than Phal light...More along the light I would give a Phrag. They do like it on the warm side. When temps were low in the winter months mine stop blooming and growing...I would decrease the water during that period.

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    What is Phrag. light, Ron? Compared to a Cattleya. I don't care for Phrags or Paphs so I'm not sure how to take that as a lighting tip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sand_tiger86 View Post
    What is Phrag. light, Ron? Compared to a Cattleya. I don't care for Phrags or Paphs so I'm not sure how to take that as a lighting tip.


    It's what I'd refer to as Oncidium (medium) level lighting, Kelly -- more light than for phals but less light than for a catt. Or to put it another way .... as a very rough guideline ... with your hand about 6inches above the leaves -- between the light source and the plant -- a fairly dark, blurry edged shadow should be present.

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    I keep my Psychopsis' in a south facing window together with Cattleyas and also in my cultivation cabinet. Being in Sweden, the amount of light is not extraordinary anyway ;-), but at least it's a lot more than I give Phals, Phrags and Paphs (northern for Phals and Phrags, western for Paphs).

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    Wow! I can't believe some of the responses I'm getting regarding light/windows. Now I don't feel so bad about having south, east and west facing windows in Texas, no less. I'm sure my orchids must be getting adequate light in that case! Sometimes I just worry because I don't get many blooms, but I also bought most of my orchids (the Catts anyway) as bag babies so I have to keep in mind they're probably just not ready yet (though they are large). None have shown any sign of blooming before I got them, so when they do, it'll be their first time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sand_tiger86 View Post
    Wow! I can't believe some of the responses I'm getting regarding light/windows.
    The issue there, Kelly, is simply how much light can vary from location to location -- even in the same state or city, let alone across the world. Window light intensity can vary greatly by latitude as well as by season. Then you toss in modifiers such as:
    • Is the window obstructed by trees (part of the year, all of the year) or other plants?
    • Is the window facing another building which may either result in greatly obstructed light or on the flip side may result in a great deal of reflected light?
    • Is the window under an awning (thus reducing light at least part of the day)?
    • Is a sheer being used in the window (again cutting down on light)?
    • Is the window unobstructed receiving reflected light from snow or a water body?
    • Is one located in a dry dusty region wherein dust build up on windows will obstruct some light?
    • Is heavy morning fog common in the region (thus making an east facing window far dimmer than what someone in Arizona would experience)?



    I'm sure I have missed a number of other possible "window factors" but factors like these likely account for many of the different responses you have received on the subject.

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    Why is everything so complicated.

    I just want pretty flowers. I do and I do. And what do I get?

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