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Phaius Tankervilleae x Phaius Pulcha Alba

This is a discussion on Phaius Tankervilleae x Phaius Pulcha Alba within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Being a beginner, Phaius or swamp orchids I think this is the easiest so far. ...

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    Default Phaius Tankervilleae x Phaius Pulcha Alba

    Being a beginner, Phaius or swamp orchids I think this is the easiest so far. No danger of over watering it, as in fact I have this sitting on a basin of water since I got it last year as advised by the grower whom I bought it. It has two spikes when I got it and this time it has six! I read somewhere that you can propagate this orchid by cutting the flower spikes when it is finished and layering it sphagnum moss, the grower whom I bought it didn't tell me that . I would like to try it this time and see what happens
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    Wow, what a show! Phaius Tankervilleae is one of my favorites too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boulanger2204 View Post
    Being a beginner, Phaius or swamp orchids I think this is the easiest so far. No danger of over watering it, as in fact I have this sitting on a basin of water since I got it last year as advised by the grower whom I bought it. It has two spikes when I got it and this time it has six! I read somewhere that you can propagate this orchid by cutting the flower spikes when it is finished and layering it sphagnum moss, the grower whom I bought it didn't tell me that . I would like to try it this time and see what happens
    I am perplexxed .... twice I was able to acquire a Phaius Tankervillae which i tried to grow and despite the very wet conditions I had for this plant, it died when it rotted away.

    I wonder what I might have done wrong???? Any ideas? I gave it good light in a well draining organic mix and was watering each morning but all too often one of the bulbs would start to rot away at sometime and then spread throughout the whole plant. I stopped growing these for a while though I can always get another from one of our growers here ....

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    Very beautiful. Nice display from a well-grown plant.

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    Very beautiful indeed ! This hybrid is awesome both in terms of flower structure, colour, and floriferousness ! I will be on a look out for this one.

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    I have a Phaius Tankervillae as well, I provided very wet but well drained medium for it, it does not seems to grow at all, neither was it dying...hmmm, seems like a pretty intermediate plant to grow

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    I just got a small phaius tankerville and plan to try it in S/H. Anyone tried them in S/H?

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    I have a nice phaius. I had thought it would do badly as it is potted in pure spagnum moss. It thrives and has grown a couple new plantlets here and there. Yes it is true you can get new plantlets from the flower stalk. You cut the stalk and sit the bottom into a good draining mix, or spagnum in a pot kept moist. I actually managed to do this last year, much to my suprise. The stalk grew two small plants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManilaByNight View Post
    I am perplexxed .... twice I was able to acquire a Phaius Tankervillae which i tried to grow and despite the very wet conditions I had for this plant, it died when it rotted away.

    I wonder what I might have done wrong???? Any ideas? I gave it good light in a well draining organic mix and was watering each morning but all too often one of the bulbs would start to rot away at sometime and then spread throughout the whole plant. I stopped growing these for a while though I can always get another from one of our growers here ....
    hi jojo,
    seems like you kept em a bit too wet. they do pretty well here in our muddy soil, never have to water em and they do like to dry out a bit. what i noticed is, they love to have space and airflow.

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    Thanks guys. Jojo, being a beginner, I wouldn't be much of help but these Phaius is sitting in a basin with about 2 inches of water but I water it once or twice a week and give it fertilizer every forth night and it sits in a semi shade under a huge jacaranda tree. This one is a cross between an Australian native and one from madagascar according to the grower whom I bought it. I also have a P. Tankervillae native and a P. T. var alba but they don't grow as fast as this one.

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