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Phragmipedium hirtzii

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Ricardo, May 1, 2020.

  1. Ricardo

    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    I brought this plant some years ago to see if I could grow and bloom a Phragmipedium in the mountains of Puerto Rico. The plant is from Ecuador. It grew well enough and to my surprise it survived the climatic chaos that followed the destruction of the forest canopy in my locality by hurricane Maria. Many other hardier plants didn't. Since it was blooming size and yet it didn't seem inclined to bloom, I exposed it to stronger sunlight for more hours and upped the nitrogen in the fertilizer. The plant produced larger leave fans than ever and bloomed.

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  2. DarleneJay

    DarleneJay Well-Known Member

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    The long twisting petals are lovely. I find this group of Phrags need to form a clump before blooming. Did you find that to be the case with yours?

    Good to know this one can be a bit tough. I would not have thought that.
     
  3. Ricardo

    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    My plant has only a few growths but it is getting hours full morning sun and lots of organic fertilizer. Maybe that did the trick.
     
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    DarleneJay Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, Ricardo!