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Phal Species help please

This is a discussion on Phal Species help please within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; The culture varies on different species but most like it warm and humid. cornu-cervi I ...

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    The culture varies on different species but most like it warm and humid. cornu-cervi I have in a pot but most of the roots are across the surface of the medium. It, as stated above, can take fairly bright light.My lobbii is just starting to spike now..very cool species!! It has an articulated labellum like many of the Bulbos. Again I have it in a pot but most of the roots are on the surface so I suspect it would prefer to be mounted as well. Many people make the mistake of keeping Phals at too low lighting. An eastern exposure with some morning sun and bright light the rest of the day is good for most of the species. They like heavy feeding while in growth but it is important to make sure the fertilizer salts are rinsed out of the pots on a regular basis, at least once a month. If not they tend to root burn. Most like to be moist on a constant basis but mounts can dry if the humidity is high enough.

    A trick I do with Phals is, at the end of the growth season in early fall, I give them three feedings of magnesium by mixing Epson Salts (1 tbl per gallon) I do these feedings a week apart. I then allow the temps to fall for a few weeks to about 60 degrees at night. This works for the late winter and spring bloomers to help them to develope spikes. The summer bloomers seem to be stimulated by increased temps and light levels as.

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    Thanks for this info on Magnesium and temp drop, Ron....what is everyone's experience with Mag. and S/H culture?

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    Your phal schilleriana looks pretty healthy to me. Sorry if I info-overloaded you--just never know how much detail someone is actually looking for. Good luck with the chill factor--keep us posted.

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    No overload. Since it is here I can refer to it when desired!

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    Don't overlook the fact that many seed-grown plants are simply mules. They don't bloom. It's not the species, it's the plant itself. I've compared notes with several large orchid growers (of seed-grown plants rather than clones) and they agree wholeheartedly.

    It makes a strong case for buying species plants in bloom, or previously bloomed. Mules combined with fussy species can lead to angst.

    I also hate the plants that are happier throwing off keikis than blooming. It sounds cool at first glance, but who needs 4 genetically identical copies of a plant that's reluctant to flower. Not me!!!


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