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  1. Noah Arthur

    Car ride = bud blast? Phrag. Fritz Schomburg

    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...
  2. Noah Arthur

    Repot me?

    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.
  3. Noah Arthur

    Phrag. Incan Treasure (kovachii X longifolium)

    ...And here's the other phrag I got at the Huntington Gardens orchid show, a big ol' Incan Treasure. These were larger than I expected, approaching kovachii in petal span!
  4. Noah Arthur

    Phrag. Don Wimber (Eric Young X besseae)

    I went to my first orchid show ever last weekend -- what an experience! Two beautiful phrags came home with me, one being this almost-besseae...
  5. Noah Arthur

    Phrags: pot sit in water or not?

    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...
  6. Noah Arthur

    Phrag. Calurum (Sedenii X longifolium)

    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... )
  7. Noah Arthur

    New phrag dropped a flower!

    I got this Phrag. Calurum a week ago, and it seemed to be doing well until today, when it dropped a perfectly healthy flower... What did I do wrong? I got it from a nursery with a very warm greenhouse, and brought it home to a cooler house. The indoor temps are well within the acceptable range...
  8. Noah Arthur

    Phrag won’t open all the way...?

    My Phrag. ‘Betheva’ flower won’t open fully. It’s almost there, but the petals are still stuck together below the flower (see photo). It’s been like this for almost two weeks. The petals are getting longer, but not separating... Does it need a little help? Should I peel/pry the flower open? Or...
  9. Noah Arthur

    Food for paphs and phrags?

    Hey orchid people! My first post here. I just got my first orchid a couple weeks ago. I was immediately hooked, and now I have five of them, including a stunning Paph maudiae-type in bloom and a Phrag 'Betheva' in spike... Most of the slipper care info I've found online is pretty...