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Gram elegans care

This is a discussion on Gram elegans care within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I received 2 of these orchids and have tried to get as much info as ...

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    I received 2 of these orchids and have tried to get as much info as possible. They are bare root and have tried to get info and can't seem to find much info on potting options. It will be grown in a greenhouse so it will be warm to hot and humid. Can some one tell me how they would pot them. Is plastic basket ok?

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    I think elegans would be grown the same as other Grammatophyllums; bright light (even direct sun when established), open airy media and copious watering and fertilizer. Gramms are similar to Catasetums, they form root baskets that trap litter, but do not require such a long dry rest. Seedling Gramms usually establish quite fast. They need to dry in between waterings as the roots need a lot of fresh air. They are ok with repotting when young but mature plants very much hate to be divided.

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    I read where you put a layer of beads (not sure the real name ) and styrofoam chips at the bottom. I thought putting that at the bottom of a basket (plastic) with medium to large fir bark. What do you think???

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    Grammatophyllums put out lots of roots, they have been know to break clay pots, which I can personally confirm as my scriptum did that to mine. I put mine in a large basket with medium bark, charcoal, sponge rock and a little coconut fiber chunks and I have mine out in the open for the sunlight it likes. I am hoping that it will bloom this year.

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    Monica, if you mean LECA beads, that should be ok. I would prefer a more inorganic mix for Gramms. They do not like sphagnum all that much, so I would avoid including that in the mix, but it does depend on your growing environment.

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