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Phrag. Les dirouilles

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    Default Phrag. Les dirouilles

    I picked up a Phrag. Les Dirouilles = (Sorcerer's Apprentice ‘4N' x Grande ‘4N') in a 2.5" pot, near blooming size?

    I'm new to Paph's and Phrags, and I know some don't follow the normal less light, good amount of water. Any idea on this one? Is an east window that gets an hour or so of sun in the early morning too bright for these plants?

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    Mine blomed when mature - in a 4" pot and leaf span of about 24 inches. It is in an east facing window. but gets only a small amount on "direct" sunlight. It likes typical paph watering, does not like to have it's feet wet. (The caudatum background)

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    This is a huge creature of a plant. Mine currently has a leaf span of about 36" and continues to bloom June thru Sept. progressively on the same spike--one or two flowers at a time.

    You probably have at least a couple of years before you see this one bloom. Diane gave you some great advice.

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    Thanks, both of you, for the info. I keep doing this....getting young plants. Oh well...., will be fun to look WAY forward to!

    MtEquine

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    keep it wet, and keep it bright. mature plants will appreciate CATTLEYA light levels, as long as you keep them wet and increase light gradually. seedlings maybe a little bit less light. remember that high light in the summer means you MUST circulate the air to prevent basal rot.

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    Jason,

    Thanks for the info. So by needing air circulation due to high light, are we talking some sort of fan set up, or can this be accomplished with potting material that allows for air circulation?

    Thanks

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    You should always pot in material that allows both air and moisture to the roots, but a fan is also important.

    In the winter, my humidifiers do the job nicely. In the summer I have a fan going.

    Julie

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    if you live in a climate where it gets hot, humid, and nasty during the summer, it is important to keep that air circulating with a fan to prevent various nasties. I try to do that but always seem to lose at least a couple of plants each summer to rot, probably because I have too many plants packed into too little a space.

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    I'm in the west, it gets hot here but remains dry....we barely get 12" of rain here a year. Thanks for the info everyone!

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