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    Phrag Akela

    Thanks for your comments. Two more flowers coming and so far only one has fallen off. The colors in the photo are pretty accurate. More orange than red. To KateL - Yes, it is QF Akela (Eric Young x Rouge Bouillon), according to label from Marlow, where I got it. I guess it would have helped to...
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    Phrag Akela

    Second time it has bloomed for me. More flowers than last year.
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    Fumi's Gold

    Just opened. There's second much smaller bud behind this one. Is that common? Rich
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    Paphiopedilum javanicum var floresianum

    I'm hoping to learn what determines the curl in the dorsal. I have Paph. Graetrixianum that's quite pretty, but the dorsal is curled all the way back so that it touches in the back. It was pretty flat at first - I posted a photo on 12/8 - but has curled over the past couple of weeks. Does...
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    Paph graetrixianum

    I wish I could take credit for "identifying" it. I ordered a gratrixianum and that's what I was told it was when I picked it up. I noticed the label when I took the photo yesterday. In my message earlier, I intended to put a frowning emoticon next to "Marlow", since it's such a good local...
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    Paph graetrixianum

    No, I don't know the parentage. I got the plant from Marlow (:() last spring and learned about growing conditions but not parentage. Unfortunately, the label in the pot was wrong (or I mixed them up). It says "Paph. vejvaruntlanum x sib). Based on photos I found, that's clearly not right. Rich
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    Paph graetrixianum

    Not quite fully opened
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    How much PAR are your orchids getting?

    Thanks for the advice. I'll find a way to reduce the intensity to better levels. Rich
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    How much PAR are your orchids getting?

    It's called Korona. It's at the App Store. There's an add-on for LEDs. And there's a website with some information. I'm no expert, so I can't add to what I said above about its accuracy. Rich
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    How much PAR are your orchids getting?

    I have a question about the trade-off of light intensity and duration. I'm growing mostly phals, paphs, and phrags under LEDs. Given the specs from the manufacturer (confirmed, FWIW, by an iPhone app that seems pretty good!), the PAR readings are higher than suggested here. Given the setup, I...
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    Brown leaf tips on phrag

    The recommended strength is 1 teaspoon per gallon.
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    Brown leaf tips on phrag

    I was fertilizing with Grow More 20-10-20 Urea Free Orchid Food until a couple of weeks ago. Every other week, or so, at no more than half the recommended strength. I've now switched to K-Lite at the low strengths you recommend.
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    Brown leaf tips on phrag

    Thanks for the reply, Ray. I got Kelpmax from you a couple of weeks ago and have begun using it according to directions. The water here is pretty good (as you said in an email in response to a question I asked with my order). It's potted in a mix of small orchiada, lava rock, sponge rock, and...
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    Brown leaf tips on phrag

    It was repotted this past September. The roots are not good. There are some dead ones (soon to be removed) and a few that look pretty new and healthy. I think that I may not have been watering it sufficiently until recently when I learned more about appropriate care.
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    Brown leaf tips on phrag

    Hi all, I've got a phrag longifolium x dalessandroi with brown leaf tips. I cut off the tips a couple of weeks ago, but it continues to spread. It's growing under lights in the basement, about 45% humidity. I fertilize lightly every couple of weeks. I use tap water, which is not too bad here. I...
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    Advice for more growing space for Phrags (Lights, Shelves, Action)

    I have a setup something like what you want. I used a Husky wire shelving unit from Home Depot. They make a variety of sizes. I have LEDs from Active Grow. They seem great to me, but I don't claim to be an expert. I put 1/8" hardboard on the shelves, and then attached some cabinet shelves and...
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    Dropped bloom

    Thanks for the replies. I like the glue idea, which my wife suggested as well. The flower lasted a little over 2 weeks before falling off. The plant gets lots of light but direct sun only in the latter part of the afternoon.
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    Dropped bloom

    I'm a relative newbie with a question about a phrag (Eric Young). It seems relatively healthy and has been growing under some good LEDs. A flower was about to open about 3 weeks ago, so I moved it up to my kitchen where it continues to look good. It's a west window, decent light. The bud opened...
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