Finally... Phragmipedium humboltii in spike!

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DrLeslieEe

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After 3 years of just greening, my humboltii is finally spiking with two inflorescences and 3 buds each! I’m just tickled with anticipation because Phrags are rare in my collection (only have 5 here) and that they usually refuse to bloom for me. So a double happiness! Can’t wait for the 12 long trellises!

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Almost there!!

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Exciting... we should have a guessing game to see how long the petals will get. I say 60 cm... others?
 

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Can’t wait to see the blooms. Congrats. The two spikes are a testament to your fantastic growing ability and knowledge!
Thanks Michael. I usually just wing it lol.

I know what the plant likes (eg bright light and warm). I have a shelf that is bright and warm. I put plant there. Haha...

And that is my secret hehe. That's how I grow. Connecting the dots.
 

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Has anyone had problems with phrag petals extending under home conditions with low humidity (around 30%)?

If so, what have they tried and how successful was that method?

I want to give these buds the best chance. They will open in 1-3 days...
 

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I caught this thread just in time! Really looking forward to seeing these! Great job!! They are slow, still waiting for mine to bloom from years of growing.
 

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So whats the game plan? humidifier? Will be difficult to confine a hot shelf to raise humidity. I think your best option is a strategically placed humidifier. Will be interesting to see what you come up with. Looking forward to the blooms, great growing!
 

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I will likely put in front of a cool mister when flowers elongate ... I’ll post pics as they extend ... the flowers will pop open likely tomorrow.
 

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Oh, my God... you have started on Phrags, too, Leslie?!

Allow me to remind you of the ol' nursery rhyme:
"Slippery, slippery, slippery slope,
Buy him a Phrag, and there is no hope...!"
 

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Oh, my God... you have started on Phrags, too, Leslie?!

Allow me to remind you of the ol' nursery rhyme:
"Slippery, slippery, slippery slope,
Buy him a Phrag, and there is no hope...!"
Haha... cute rhyme.

And no, I have not started on Phrags... I have grown them over 20 years but sold most of it to create space for cattleyas. I only have 5 (including besseae’Carlisle’) now and likely may sell them all off.

My newest obsession is Sophronitis; cernua, wittigiana, pygmeae, brevipedunculata, mantiquera etc!! I want them all lol.
 

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That leaves me a bit less concerned!
My newest obsession is Sophronitis; cernua, wittigiana, pygmeae, brevipedunculata, mantiquera etc!! I want them all lol.
And this info even more so, as they do not usually take up loads of space - and to some are even considered to be just another form for Cattleya! ;)
 
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Oh no! Sorry. I’ve had that happen with me before to a few phrags.. actually kovachii. I thought I was the best grower in the world at the time because it was moving along at a fast clip. Then bloomed as a kovachii hybrid.. wha wha whaa.. what can you do.
 

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