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Phal gigantea

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    Default Phal gigantea


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    That's so pretty! How hard is it to grow?

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    I have this plant. It is as easy as any other Phalaenopsis to grow. Mine bloomed a single flower earlier this year--that is the flower for my avatar. My plant is now in leaf growing mode and flower spike mode. Its central leaf is now a 10" long and about 5" wide. The flower spike is about an inch long and growing slowly--I first noticed its spike when it was just a small little bump at the end of September--three months later it is just an inch long. This plant takes a lot of time to grow!

    Phal. gigantea can grow leaves as long as two-three feet.

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    Superb blooms.
    What's the scent like ? is it strong ?

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    @matt: i don't think you avatar is pur gigantea.

    gigantea is not so difficult to grow but need some constansy. my advice would be to grow it warm (above 20° at night and higher during the day) with good humidity. but i know some people growing it with lower temp during "winter" with 10° at night...
    but you need to grow it with the grown downward and let the huge leaves be pendulous. last, it hate to be repotted, or stressed so it's a good option to grow it in good quality sphagnum in basket or big pot and not to fetilize heavily to ovoid repotting and salts accumulation.

    then it's quite easy plant as you just need to water it and let it grow somewhere you don't have to move it!

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    scent is not strong, quite citrusy/spicy but not as fruty as a bellina

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    @bechinolina GOOD CATCH! You are very right. Mine is Phal. gigantea x LDS Bear Queen. The gigantea parent provides the large leaves and scent and the LDS Bear Queen provides flower color, easier growth adaptabilty, and more scent. I was encouraged to grow it like a gigantea--allowing it hang vertically in a net pot.

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    one of my favs species except for the spikes hiding under the leaves

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    Lovely blooms !!! One of my favourite phals. I mount mine but it is a veeery slooow grower.

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    Exquisite, noted on my wish-list

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    Great bloom!!

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