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This is a discussion on Now that I own a Phrag.... within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Most of my phrags are actually sitting in pans of water, and the others are ...

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    Most of my phrags are actually sitting in pans of water, and the others are in s/h ........ they love being wet. I have a Court Jester in spike, pictures to come, and my Don Wimber, (pics posted last week, has two blooms with more to come, record is 6 open at one time).
    Traci, nothing to be afraid about .......

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgratrix
    nothing to be afraid about .......
    Except trying to deny your phrag addiction!!!

    (its a Sedenii - T's not here so I'll post it rather than keep the questions coming, lol!) Pretty, - hey post that pic again, OT! )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jmoney
    what kind of phrag, and what media is it in?

    general culture:

    bright light. much more than phal light, and ranging up to almost standard catt. can get away with less during blooming, but good light helps growth.

    temps: most of them don't really care. 60-85.

    water: most phrags love water. if there's one way to annoy a phrag, it's not to give it enough water.
    It is a sedenii potted it, um, I'll have to recheck!
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    Such a fab plant Traci! Glad you re-photo'd! Did you drill those holes? Nice!

    (I am so so so crazy crazy crazy!)

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    looks like bark or chc or whatever the flavor of the media month is...people have success sitting these things in a saucer of water. water when the saucer gets dry. i used to hate the idea, absolutely hated it. no way was i ever going to sit an orchid in water, but i was not getting them enough water with a bark mix, so i went the clay pot + sphag route. which got them enough water. and caused me to repot every 5 months. but people had enormous success with the saucers of water; i never denied that.

    that was then...and look at me now, i have everything in s/h, in trays of water. go figure. orchids in water. pfft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heather
    Such a fab plant Traci! Glad you re-photo'd! Did you drill those holes? Nice!

    (I am so so so crazy crazy crazy!)
    Nope, it came that way. Freshly potted too. I'm not allowed to use the drill again until I get now 'blades'. I wil drilling holes Friday morning and the darn thing wouldn't go through. I applied more pressure and it proceeded to slip and drilled a hole in my hand. YOWCHY MAMA! Now I'm very skeerd of the drill..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jmoney
    looks like bark or chc or whatever the flavor of the media month is...people have success sitting these things in a saucer of water. water when the saucer gets dry. i used to hate the idea, absolutely hated it. no way was i ever going to sit an orchid in water, but i was not getting them enough water with a bark mix, so i went the clay pot + sphag route. which got them enough water. and caused me to repot every 5 months. but people had enormous success with the saucers of water; i never denied that.

    that was then...and look at me now, i have everything in s/h, in trays of water. go figure. orchids in water. pfft.
    I need to dig around for a saucer. I know I have one somewhere. That is exactly what the guy told me to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jmoney
    water: most phrags love water. if there's one way to annoy a phrag, it's not to give it enough water.
    Funny, Jason. I LIKE the idea of annoying an orchid. Most of the time they are annoying ME !

    Seriously, I have a Phrag pearcii and just moved it into my east southeast bedroom window. Are phrags picky about humidity, if they're watered enough? John in DC, I want to move mine out of bark into CHC. And you add sphagnum to CHC? Lord, that ought to do it for the moisture demands! I'm gonna try that.

    I read somewhere recently that phrags are acid-loving, so instead of using my pH corrected orchid fertilizer on them, I'm using dilute Schultz. We'll see how that goes....

    Antec lab was at the Parkview Orchid Fest this weekend and lectured. They said that people (those who can figure out how to do it) are growing them in flowing water flats, like Disas. Antec does this and they also encourage the growth of algae and such in the flats - claims it helps the phrags - no brown tips. All that is a little sophisticated for me at this point.

    This refresher course was just in time for me. Good luck with your new phrag, OrchidTraci.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aerides
    John in DC, I want to move mine out of bark into CHC. And you add sphagnum to CHC? Lord, that ought to do it for the moisture demands! I'm gonna try that.
    I just wanted to ensure that the medium stayed moist even if I didn't let them sit in water, or if I decided to water every other day. Inside that's an issue for me, as even with my humidifer, things dry out quickly. Once they went outside, it's been easier to keep them moist.

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    I don't think phrags are that picky about humidity. I'm sure they prefer good GH humidity, but they get through the barren windowsill just fine. 25% sometimes in winter. Low humidity will mean, however, that water tends to evaporate faster from any reservoir (including the pot)...and while I'm not positive, it appears to me that the plant tends to lose more water via transpiration in low humidity.

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