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Which Phrag to S/H?

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    I'm thinking of switching one or both?? of my phrags to S/H. I have a
    Phrag. less Dirouiless (seedling) that is potted in a med chc/bark mix and isn't particularly happy. I've had it about a year and there has really been no new growth.

    My Phrag. Carcinum x sargentianum (nbs) I picked up at a greenhouse in WI last summer when I went to pick up my aussie puppy and it's doing better. Is potted in a fine bark mix, and had been repotted right before I got it, so I left it. There is new growth (leaves) on this plant.

    Suggestions? Would one or the other, or both be happier in S/H?

    Thanks!

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    Both will be happy in S/H They are both hybrids that are wet growing and sitting them in water is also possible. I haven't tried S/H before but I sit mine in clean and clear water. I notice some roots actually grow into the water!

    The phrag. Les Dirouilles may not be getting enough moisture in the medium mix because it is a seedling. Maybe sitting this one in water or changing it to S/H will be better.

    Just think wet because the are rainforest bog plants...water everyday or sit in shallow clean water or use S/H or use moist sphag moss

    How are you watering them right now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtequine View Post
    I went to pick up my aussie puppy
    what kinda aussie puppy?

    and sorry for the early hi-jack... I don't really have much experience with S/H and Phrags... I just sit my phrags in water...

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    Oops, i made a mistake Phrag Les Dirouilles (Sorcerer's Apprentice x Grande) contains some caudatum and these are more particular about their S/H. Caudatum are slightly drier growing, but only slightly. Keep it in sphag moss and it will be happier than in medium mix. S/H has been done before with caudatum hybrids by other growers though but I'm not familiar with what different techniques they used. I would watch the plant if you choose to put that in S/H and S/H could be possible since there is so little caudatum in it. Some people keep their caudatums and deep pots and sitting in shallow water and it worked for them.

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    I'm too afraid to actually set my phrags in water--I don't know too many phals before I started on phrags or something. I have these visions of rotted roots--probably totally unfounded, but I can't quite get over it.

    My Les Dirouilles is in sphag moss and a plastic pot. I tend to water less frequently (certainly not changing the water everyday) so the sphag keeps the moisture in longer for me.

    Good luck getting a spike.

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    I killed a Phrag Tara in s/h because i think i kept it to wet , i have another in s/h that seems to be doing a lot better.
    The difference ?
    I use a taller pot & i do not keep the res full all the time , i let it go dry before refilling.I fert 1 watering & clean rainwater the next because letting the res go dry does concentrate any salts so the flush should keep any build up to a minimum.

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    Hmm...well, I guess I've decided to move the Carcinum to S/H....will use a tall pot and try the fert., let the res. dry and then flush with clean water system.

    Not sure what to do with this darn Les Dirouilles...hm. Before yesterday I had them both sitting on humidity trays but not with wet feet and was watering once or twice a week....clearly not enough for Les Dirouilles, especially in the medium it's sitting in. I did stick them both in trays with rocks and wet feet....

    Maybe I will repot the Les Dirouilles into sphag and see what happens.

    Thanks all!

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    they should both LOVE s/h. the only ones I don't put in s/h are the multifloral species. most of the hybrids like Grande or Nitidissimum will still do just fine in s/h.

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    I have a question:
    Is there any different treatment required if a Grande or Nitidissimum is put into S/H?

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