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Tell me about my new phrag

This is a discussion on Tell me about my new phrag within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I just purchases a besseae ('Bleeding Heart' x 'Colossal'). What can you tell me about ...

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    I just purchases a besseae ('Bleeding Heart' x 'Colossal'). What can you tell me about it?

    I know, totally backwards, but I could not resist the flower and my wife's excited remark about it. It IS in spike as well. That is a pic provided of a sibling.
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    keep it AWAY from fertilizer.

    if you can't shield the plant from 85-90 degree days in the summer, at least keep the roots cool.

    keep it moist.

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    What is it about the fert that it does not like?

    Also, I have heard that a lot of phrag keepers allow the base of the pots to rest in water 24/7. One person in our club keeps his 80% submerged. Is that best?

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    The thing that it does not like about fertilizer is the build up, this particular species is very sensitive to salts, and impurities.
    So, I myself water these with distilled water, and very little fert. maybe 1/8 or 1/16 of a normal dose.

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    Most Phrags like to sit in water, which we call "feet wet". But the water needs to be clean, or it'll just wick up nasty water and won't like it.

    The only Phrag species, or hybrids with a lot of this species, that prefers a slightly drier treatment is Phrag. caudatum.

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    Beautiful flower! They like bright warm days below 85 and cool nights down to 60 F. High humidity at around 70-80 % with air circulation is important for this species. Low fertilizer at about quarter strenght once a month. Your water quality is going to determine the health of your plant. Check your local waterwork company to detemine the mineral concentration of your tap water. If water is 20-40 PPM then watering your Phrag besseae will not be a problem. If not then I suggest that you use RO or distilled water from the store. I would pot the plant in a mixture of bark and sphagnum moss. You also must repot them at least once a year otherwise the moss rots and kill the roots.

    When it puts out a new growth, the stolons are always climbing upward and that is another reason to repot them. The new growth will not put out new roots until the new growth(base of the new growth) is in contact with the medium. I would get a pot that is deep rather than being wide. One solution to get a pot used for growing conifer trees as the pots are very deep. You may end up having to trim off the old flowered growth leaves in order fit the plant in the new pot. When you repot you will notice that the old growth with the most healthy roots should be retained and you will have to cut off the older growth with very little roots. Then insert the old growth with the most roots into the bottom of the pot and fill the pot up to the base of the newest growth. You may end up burying the old growth but that is fine.

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    Thanks to everyone for your input. Keep it up. I also have resources in our club that grow phrags.

    We are on a well that is 6-700 ppm and softened that is 7-800 ppm. BUT we also have an RO filter that I use to water all of my orchids with.

    That high humidity requirement is going to be the biggest problem and the high/low temps in the summer. Our plan is to convert our spare bedroom into a conservatory next spring. I think I will need to install an evap cooler.

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    Pebble trays help a lot in a dry environment, Steven.

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