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phrag problem

This is a discussion on phrag problem within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; thanks for the pics as a newbie i really appreciate seeing what's going on. good ...

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    thanks for the pics as a newbie i really appreciate seeing what's going on. good luck with it. it looks better already!

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    well for phrags, they are a little different sometimes than a lot of other orchids. for me depending on the lineage of my phrags, if they are more than 1/2 longifolium, they sit in a tub of water that is half way up the pot itself and they love it (i gotta top off the container every 2 days or so b/c it just sucks up all the water. however with ones which are hybrids of caudatum, wallisii, or besseae, i dare not sit in them in water at all. as for the ones i do sit in the water, some roots will rot b/c they cannot adapt to the new conditions but the new roots will come.

    as for the climbing habits, some phrags are just prone to climb... their bad habits unfortunately so dun freak.

    Grouville = Eric Young X Hanne Popow
    Eric Young = besseae X longifolium
    Hanne Popow = besseae X schlimii

    this means ur plant is 1/2 besseae, 1/4 longifolium, 1/4 schlimii. if it was me, i would not sit it in water at all. i'll just water a little more frequently since your's in straight s/h

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    Thanks for the advice. I actually repotted it again two dys later in a mix of coir and perlite and I've been watering every two days. It's been doing very well and I think it will make it.

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    i never implied it was on the verge of dying, haha!! it still looked very healthy to me. i've seen worst and i've had worst, haha!!! but anyhow, since itz not in s/h anymore. water it when the pot feels light. drying out once in a while is ok

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    I would have sat it in water too since I sit longifolium, besseae and schlimii in water, since most literature notes them as wet growing. Besseae tend to climb so that is just its natural habit and not because it does not like its pot.

    Phrags may rot if the temperature is very high and without enough air movement. This bacterial rot is especially a problem in the summer. I lost a plant last year when I went on holiday and left the plant in the heat.

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    I was afraid to put this one outside with the rest of my collection, however I think that the airconditioning hasn't been the best thing for it. I'm thinking of putting a room humidifier near the chids for the winter months, after seeing how well the rest of them have responded to being outside. I so wish I had a greenhouse.

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