Orchid Care OrchidTalk Orchid Forum Links Nursery

Welcome to OrchidTalk Orchid Forums

The Friendliest Orchid Community on the Internet!

  •  » Learn to Repot your Orchids
  •  » Learn Orchid Care Tips and Secrets
  •  » Find the perfect Orchid for your Growing Environment
  •  » Chat with Orchid Growing Professionals

OrchidTalk - "Bringing People Together to Grow Orchids Better!"

Let us help you grow your Orchids better; Join our community today.

YES! I want to register an account for free right now!

Register or Login now to remove this advertisement.

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 11 to 12 of 12

Thread: My first Phragmipedium and it is blooming!

Click here to increase the font size Click here to reduce the font size
  1. #11
    Join Date
    Dec 2004


    Hi Katie,

    Phrags are the exception to the orchid rule that pots shouldn't sit in water. Phrags are Central and South American slipper orchids that grow along stream beds with their roots dangling in fresh running water. They thrive in wet conditions. Set the pot in a saucer of water, and keep the saucer topped off (which we refer to as "feet wet.") Make sure the water is good quality, and clean the saucer and pot so slime and crud doesn't develop. That should make your Phrags smile!

    That makes Phrags well suited for S/H, where they can wick up the water they want. But I don't grow S/H, so I won't advise on that.

    The long petal species, Phrag caudatum, prefers things a little less wet, and so isn't normally grown feet wet. But when the medium drys out they're really set back. I've decided to put all my Phargs feet wet, even though I have some caudatum crosses. I figure the moisture will upset them less than the dry out, which does happen before I can get to rewatering.


  2. #12
    My Grow Area
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    paphs, phrags, catts, vandas
    Join Date
    May 2004
    West Hartford, CT
    Member's Country Flag


    very nice!

    these phrags love s/h in my experience, but that's not a requirement. many people put them in saucers of water since they weren't getting enough water to the plants, but that's also not a requirement. relatively pure water and lots of it is the goal.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 4
    Last Post: December 5th, 2009, 04:39 PM
  2. Phragmipedium questions
    By Orchidzrule in forum Genus Specific
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: November 21st, 2008, 07:12 PM
  3. Phragmipedium 'Mini Me'...
    By bench72 in forum Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: January 27th, 2007, 11:36 PM
  4. Phragmipedium Who Am I?
    By bench72 in forum Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: October 11th, 2006, 07:48 PM
  5. Phragmipedium richteri
    By Paphraguy in forum Photography Archive 1
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: May 29th, 2004, 06:09 AM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
OrchidTalk --An Orchid Growers Discussion Forum brought to you by River Valley Orchidworks. A World Community where orchid beginners and experts talk about orchids and share tips on their care, cultivation, and propagation.