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CITES export Appendix I Hybrids (Paphs and Phrags)
This hybrid has nice large, smooth red flowers. It is also heat tolerant.
Intro:Phragmipedium Noirmont is a hybrid between Memoria Dick Clements and longifoilum. The particular cross we offer was made with select parents resulting in larger than standard variety flowers and a deeper smooth red coloration. Because the warmer growing Phrag. longifolium and sargentianum are two of the species used (the other is besseae) in this hybrid the plant has a lot of warmth tolerance. These are robust plants with strong flower spikes (when blooming) that yield several flowers 3 to 4 inches in size. It is easy to grow and flower.Light:Low to medium from 750 to 1500 foot-candles. East windows are ideal or South or West windows with shear curtains to reduce strong-hot sunlight.
P.L. Lights systems are a great way to provide artificial light to your orchids. See our P.L. Lights page for more information on this great product we offer.Humidity:50 percent or higher is ideal
The use of humidity trays or room humidifiers is beneficial.
We offer two products that can help increase humidity levels. The humidity tray offered in black or white, and the Mist Maker. Water:It is best to use rainwater, distilled or reverse osmosis water. Municipal water with a pH of 7.5 or lower can also be used. Water when the mix approaches dryness But do not allow the mix to become bone dry. During the warmer summer months the plants pot can be stood in a saucer of water ½ to 1 inch deep. Allow the saucer to become dry and then water the plant flushing the mix well and re-fill the saucer.
Overwatering can cause several problems such as root rot and infectious bacteria/fungus in the potting medium. One product we offer that can help these problems if caught at an early stage is Phyton 27 bactericide and fungicide.Fertilizer:We highly recommend using Green Jungle Orchid Food, especially formulated to work with rain, distilled, reverse osmosis water or water low in alkalinity. Fertilize with Green Jungle every time you water if plants are planted in bark. Be sure to flush the mix with clear water only once per month to prevent fertilizer salt build up.
GrowMore 20-10-20 Ureafree for municipal or well water. Use at the rate of ½ teaspoon per gallon. If using GrowMore with rain, distilled, or reverse osmosis water, add back in 5 - 10% municipal or well water to supply the necessary calcium and magnesium. Fertilize every other watering in the summer and every third watering in the winter.
Another fertilizer offered is: GrowMore 6-30-30 (Cymbidium and bloom boosting formula).Flowering:This plant can bloom at anytime of year producing strong upright spikes of bright, smooth red flowers that emerge one at a time sequentially. The individual flowers last 2-3 weeks but the entire spike can bloom easily from 3 to 6 months or more. Heaviest flowering is in spring or fall. The flowers have a beautiful yellow inner rim on the slipper that is dotted in red-orange. Often there is a green base to the basal sepal and a green ventral sepal which contrasts nicely with the red coloration.Repotting:Repot in the spring or fall months using a small grade bark mix or coco husk mix. Large plants can be divided when there are six growths or more. Leave at least 2-3 growths per division.
We offer several different types of potting medium. Here are direct links to what we believe to be some of the best potting mediums available for orchids: Orchids Limited bark mix, New Zealand sphagnum moss, coco husk, coco peat, sponge rock, charcoal, tree fern fiber and cork slabs for epiphytic plants.