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Phragmipedium Grande

This is a discussion on Phragmipedium Grande within the Photography Archive 1 forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; My Phrag Grande is almost done blooming. Here is a photo. Peter...

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    Default Phragmipedium Grande

    My Phrag Grande is almost done blooming. Here is a photo.



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    I'm newer to paphs and phrags, what is the main differences between the two?

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    Paphs are from Asia and Phrags from South America.

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    I meant as far as their growing needs. I have no idea, even though I purchased a paph a month ago..

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    Different Paphs and Phrags need different conditions. Some require less light, water, it all depends.

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    In general, Phrag hybrids do better with quite a bit more light than Paphs. Where Paphs do well under what can be called "bright shade," Phrags thrive under what can best be called "shady sun." Many growers place them right along with their Cattleyas--that degree of light intensity--and grow the heck out of them. But there are always exceptions, especially if you're growing species and not hybrids....

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    I grow mainly the larger multifloral Paph and Phrag species and they all require very bright light to grow and bloom. In the summer I place them outdoors in a very bright sunny porch where they get full direct sun part of the day.

    The unifloral Paphs and Phrags like besseae require less light than their large multifloral cousins.

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    Dug these up, Pete, so no need to photograph again, sorry. Um, so the other photo you posted that was from a couple years ago the flowers look very much more golden than in the photo. Is that just a difference in lighting maybe, or do they start off a darker/brighter yellow and fade to this color?

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    Heather, yes mine is the golden var. They start out very dark at first and then turn golden/yellow as they age. My Grande was made with the yellow caudatum var sanderae.

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    Nice phrag, Pete!

    Traci--the average phrag will appreciate much much more water than the average paph. Exceptions include the long-petalled species (caudatum etc.) and perhaps besseae. Most phrags will also appreciate much higher light than the average paph. I give the long-petalled species & hybrids almost as much light as a standard cattleya, for example. Multifloral paphs will also appreciate this kind of light. Feel free to post questions on specific plants that you might have or be interested in buying--it will be easier to make suggestions that way instead of blanket statements.

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