My first and only fischeri.

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John M

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When I got this plant, it didn't like me. The foliage became blemished and horribly marked shortly after arriving. I thought it would die. It tried to bloom twice; but, I nipped off the stem before getting to see any flowers because I was worried that the plant was too weak to carry flowers. Then I realized I was feeding too much calcium and as soon as I stopped, this plant recovered quickly, putting up two nice, clean, healthy growths, one of which has just come into bloom now. This is the first time I've seen a fischeri in bloom in person and I love it! Growing in a 6" net pot in a mix of 1/2 perlite (dust filtered out) and 1/2 small CHC....standing in a 1/8" deep puddle of R.O. water. Located on the West (sunny), side of the greenhouse and growing with intermediate temperatures.
 

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That is beautiful congrats, and good to know about the Ca.


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Thank you both!

Jason, I was using R.O. water and 7-11-27 with Calcium Nitrate, with excellent results. Shortly before I got the fischeri, I switched to using water from a nearby stream, which periodically flows over limestone rock rapids. However, I forgot to adjust my fertilizer and I continued to use the Calcium Nitrate even though my water source would have enough calcium. Big mistake! A lot of plants suffered. They all recovered once I stopped using the Calcium Nitrate, even though I continued to use the water from the stream. Now, and since last fall, I've gone back to using R.O. water; but, I still havn't gone back to using the Calcium Nitrate. Instead, I use the stream water when I fertilize to give the plants some Calcium and I switch to R.O. water for my daily misting and spot watering. When I'm not feeding the plants, I use straight R.O. water.
 

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I love it! I have a very young one and it's doing reasonably well, but seems quite slow growing. I also
think possibly my growing conditions might be too warm
with a winter low of 60F. Mine is potted in coarse perlite
and Orchiata...perhaps too much calcium?
 

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Angela, my plant gets winter lows of about 55*F, not far off from what you're giving your plant. Does Orchiata have calcium in it? If it does and you're feeding calcium, that could be a problem. Although, the excess calcium didn't just make this plant grow slowly, it made the foliage become terribly marked with black blotches that looked like virus or a severe fungal infection. As soon as I stopped feeding the calcium, all the new growth began coming up nice and clean and it stayed that way....and it did begin growing faster, too.
 

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I'd love to own this one, great looking plant and flower!
 
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