Hey everyone! I know car rides aren't a phrag's favorite thing in the world, and I'm concerned about bud/bloom blast on a long trip... My magnificent Fritz Schomburg has a huge bud that started to open up last night. It's going to be the first phrag I've ever bloomed myself; I'm so excited! BUT...
Update on this situation: I tried sitting them in water for awhile, but their medium was constantly soggy wet, and the surface of one grew a coating of mold. So I discontinued sitting them in water and have been instead just watering them frequently. Maybe my humidity is too high for wet feet...
I got this Phrag. Calurum less than two months ago, and it seems to have grown enormously in that time... I'm thinking it's time to repot, right? Should I wait til it's done blooming?
See photo, w/TP for size comparison.
Thanks for helping out, everyone! I've got them sitting in shallow saucers of water, and their potting medium has stayed quite wet. I'll probably cycle them in saucers for a few days, then out for a few days, as Mr. Koopowitz advised. My humidity hovers in the 50s to low 70s.
So it looks like wet feet is the way to go with phrags.
Is grocery store bottled water pure enough to use as standing water in the saucers? I don’t have access to rainwater most of the year (this is California), and even when we do get rain it’s nasty and smog-laden.
I now have 3 phrags here at the Ventura house: a Calurum (Sedenii X longifolium), a Don Wimber (Eric Young X besseae), and an Incan Treasure (kovachii X longifolium), and I've been hearing conflicting info about whether or not to sit their pots in water. At the orchid show last weekend I talked...
This beautiful hybrid is the prize specimen of my small (so far...) orchid collection. Sadly I didn’t bloom it but got it already in bloom (I’m still a faker who hasn’t bloomed or rebloomed any orchids yet... )
Thanks everyone! It seems this flower was just ready to drop. The second flower (which was already open by the time the first one dropped) is still on the plant and looking beautiful (see photo) And a new bud is swelling up above it! I love this plant; the prize of my small (so far...) collection!