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This is what I have currently for my Millbrook. East facing exposure that's in 70s during day and 60s at night, relative humidity 50-90% depending on weather. Non-foliar watering every other day with distilled or R/O water with K-Lite at 25ppm and Green Jungle 1 tablespoon per gallon at every watering, bi-weekly KelpMax 1 tablespoon per gallon. Flush monthly with distilled or R/O. This one is still in old media and will get repotted to grodan grow cubes next week or so. I think your plant may have come in a mix of grodan grow cubes and perlite.

There's a lot of good options for culture that best fit your conditions and the amount of extra time you have to focus on your phrags. Key points being good water (virtually impossible to over water so long as you have good drainage), a little Cal/Mag, intermediate temps and not too much light. Hardest part is making room for more phrags.
Thank you so much for the detailed response! This is super helpful.
 

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Just a note about culture.
MaxC says ‘not too much light’.
i give mine plenty of light, almost up to cattleya levels, providing that they are well rooted!
This shows some mature phrags right behind some hybrid catts in a west facing window.
it works for me!3C9AD837-A702-48E9-8011-12CF6CBD676E.jpeg
 

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Oh, interesting. Thanks for sharing. The light level was the thing I was most concerned about.
 

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I wouldn’t give seedlings full cattleya type light but more mature plants with good roots can take quite a bit of sun and seem to enjoy it. They can take way more than paphs. You have to monitor the plants At the beginning of the year when the sun starts to increase in strength after winter. That‘s the time you’re most likely see scorch,
David
 

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eBay!? Nice. :(
eBay is as good or as bad as the seller.

Eric, I agree that it is often better to buy orchids directly from the grower, particularly if a question arises or a problem develops. By the time you know you have a problem, an eBay seller is, in essence, long gone. Case in point - I bought a “Phrag. richteri” directly from a reputable grower in 2018. It just bloomed for the first time, quite obviously not a richteri. I contacted the grower and within minutes, I received a reply identifying the plant and promising to send me a richteri with my next order.
On the other hand, eBay can sort of level the playing field for growers who have great plants, but who don’t have the time, money, or inclination to build out a platform of their own. I can think of at least one or two of these, including one who frequents this site.

Yet, eBay is also fertile ground for lowlifes who prey on people with orchid fever. There is no real accountability with something that is going to take months or years to develop.
 

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This is the first bloom (open about 5 days) of my Millbrook from the Orchids Limited cross I mentioned above (besseae 'Raging Red' x Nicholle Tower 'Tower of Red'). It is about 9 cm horizontal natural spread. The petals are modestly reflexing posteriorly. I was hoping for a bit more red from the breeding. This diploid flower is not as nice as my polyploid Ouaisne (an Eric Young Orchid Foundation registration like Millbrook) despite similar species makeup (a flip flop of some besseae and dalessandroi). The difference may all be from the polyploid longifolium in Ouaisne. At any rate, I will keep the Millbrook through 1 or 2 more bloomings, but it may not be a keeper in my limited indoor space.
 

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This is the first bloom (open about 5 days) of my Millbrook from the Orchids Limited cross I mentioned above (besseae 'Raging Red' x Nicholle Tower 'Tower of Red'). It is about 9 cm horizontal natural spread. The petals are modestly reflexing posteriorly. I was hoping for a bit more red from the breeding. This diploid flower is not as nice as my polyploid Ouaisne (an Eric Young Orchid Foundation registration like Millbrook) despite similar species makeup (a flip flop of some besseae and dalessandroi). The difference may all be from the polyploid longifolium in Ouaisne. At any rate, I will keep the Millbrook through 1 or 2 more bloomings, but it may not be a keeper in my limited indoor space.
Hey Terry - Did you mean to post a picture with this text?
 

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This is the version Seattle Orchids is selling. This is its second bloom on this spike. Been in a southeast window for 6 months now, 40 ppm raw water raised to 100 ppm with soluble fert and one teaspoon of 4-4-4 organic mixed in upper inch of substrate.DEA0E88B-BA2F-4E2B-960E-36CD40D6A65E.jpeg
 
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kit fox - what are the parents of your Millbrook plant from Seattle Orchids? Yours is fairly similar to mine. I failed earlier with my picture, so here goes again.IMG_1705.jpeg
 

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They just say straight species besseae and plain old ‘Nicholle Tower’. Sorry, no detail at all In the documentation.
 
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