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Phrag. Sorcerer's Apprentice

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    Disappointing year of just 1 spike.
    Pretty sad for such a huge plant but I find it to be very weather dependent (temps) for bud set, much like Cymbidiums.
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    The one you have is nice! 😜
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    I have a Sorcerer's Apprentice I bought many years ago from a slipper grower who operates out of Kernersville, NC. I was never able to discern what triggered the blooming, but when I moved to NC and started growing it out on my deck (upper 80's most of the summer with very frequent watering) it started to throw spikes like crazy and carry up to 12 blossoms (sequentially, of course) per spike.

    It's in my north-facing kitchen window over the winter, but threw a single spike and is on its 2nd blossom now.

    About the only negative is that, grown under warm conditions, the red in the flowers doesn't develop as deeply.

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    Your comment about the red coloration is true Ray.
    I've noticed as well that the red is not nearly as pronounced down here as it was when grown up north.

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    Maybe the next season will do better for you...nice one.

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    Great plant, I have one also. I'm thinking the plant is too big. Needs to be broken up. Not small pieces though. May be in half at first then divide one of those plant in a year or 2, then the other a year or 2 after that. From what I've seen over here, Phrags get a certain size & that's it, they loose interest in growing & moreso, flowering.

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    I too have Sorcerers Apprentice. I got an award for a plant in 10 inch pot with four spikes, back in June 2005 - and one of the judges , a very senior RHS judge picked it out for comment, and said “this is as good as it gets” - by UK standards of course, we cannot grow outdoors with our climate.
    I split it into four pieces, sold two, and I am still waiting for another spike....
    I should add that the 2005 flowering was based on the growths made in previous years when Ilived in a different place, and used the local tap water, which was very high in calcium and magnesium ( the English Cotswolds). Where I live now, tap water is high in a different calcium (chalk) and not much use for orchids and I use rain or RO.
    So water is one difference.
    But light is another. My slippers don’t flower and don’tget enough light. I realised that last year and installed some supplementary lighting for them, and currently see spikes on a couple of other Phrags, the first for years, so maybe Sorcerers Apprentice will come good, any year soon.....

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