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Phrag bessiae x Phrag kovachii

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    Question Phrag bessiae x Phrag kovachii

    I was attracted to the pretty pink color on this lady slipper and purchased it on Saturday at an orchid show. I was very careful handling it and found a nice location for her on my screened porch. First thing Sunday morning I got up to check on it. YIPES... I found the orchid on the floor. Don't know what happened, but to my surprise, there was a small bud hiding behind the orchid. So I will have a new bloom. Also there is a new shoot growing at the base. Is this a keiki?
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    Nice hybrid you have there! It's Phrag. Fritz Schomburg....I would pot it a bit lower on the medium but it looks nice and healthy. The new growth always comes from the base of the plant.
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    if that label is correct u have a very special plant...Phrag kovachii is endangered and on CITES list so is the other parent besseae as welll.. the first is the largest phrag of a nice pink colour and the second is almost bright red.....nice plant and yes its a new growth or keiki

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    Niice kovachii hybrid phrag! The new growth is just that - a new growth that will, hopefully, provide you with next year's spike. Make sure you keep the phrag extremely well-watered, and where it is somewhere cool, lightish, and breezy.

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    Thank you Jason. The new bloom should be opened in a few days. Re-potting, terrifies me. The top layer of the medium has this green moss. I don't know if this is a bad thing, but when is the right time to re-pot?

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    Thanks for the advise Maura. I keep all my orchids (mostly cattlleyas) outdoors in a pergola and when they bloom I bring them into my porch. Temperatures here in Florida can be in the 90's in the summer. So I will be sure to move this one indoors and keep moist.

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    Yes, this is the label that was on this orchid. I am embarrassed to say that I don't look at the labels when I am buying an orchid. I guess I am just attracted to the flower, color and it's fragrance. The names on the labels are so scientific and complicated for me. I don't understand why it is so important to keep those labels. I joined this forum to learn how to care for orchids and I have noticed how explicit everyone is with the orchids scientific names. I will try to hold on to the labels and learn or understand about the orchid names. Thank you

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    Beautiful color!

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    Love this huge pink slipper. The Phrag kovachii really makes it special.

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    What a baby! I want one too

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    Hi Blanca, I have several Phrags and yes, they need to be watered often and like a very humid atmosphere. They should never dry out completely and most prefer intermediate temperatures with moderate light (not as much as cattleyas and not as little as phalaenopsis).

    Many phragmepedium species grow on nearly vertical surfaces such as very steep river banks and as a result have a very awkward growth habit (both Phrag. besseae and kovachii belong to these). Each new growth comes from the base of the previous growth (as in most orchids) but then moves away from it via a stolon that points upwards rather than sideways, so that the fully mature new growth is an inch (or several inches) higher up than the previous one. Oncidiums that have evolved to grow on vertical tree trunks rather than on horizontal branches have a similar growth habit (i.e. Oncidium flexuosum).

    If you bury the previous growth in bark (or whatever medium you're growing it in) it might rot, but if there isn't any medium at the base of the new growth then it won't produce roots. As a result of this it's best to repot and divide those phragmepediums that have this growth habit every year or every two years to make sure they keep a good root system.

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    Thanks for sharing some great advise on the Phargs. I am sorry to say, this morning the new bloom did not make it. It did not open and the flower fell of the spike. Perhaps the medium dried out to quickly. The new growth looks like it is doing good. I will have to water this one every other day. I will probably try to repot the whole plant and hope it survives. These Pharg seem to be too delicate and not so easy to care for, however they are beautiful.

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