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Old 03-09-2020, 10:44 AM
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I normally post here because some of my collection is having problems, so I thought I'd break precedent and talk about recent improvements. I'll attach a picture of the most magnificent Catt in my collection, which I finally got to open six magnificent, scented blossoms at the same time.

My collection is housed in my basement under a 400-Watt HID bulb about four feet above the table running 14 hours daily. The room stays cool (around 65 degrees) and humid (around 65%). I have some carpet pad under the plants, which absorbs overflow from watering and helps a lot with humidity. I water twice a week with RO water except for the plants that are in moss; they stay moist from weekly waterings. Most of the rest are in Orchiata. After a lot of experimentation, I'm happy with MiracleGro for Orchids (30-10-10) at the recommended dose of 1/4 tsp per gallon every two weeks. I'm also using Kelpmax from First Ray's, and I think that has really helped root growth. My plants have better spikes than they did with K-lyte or MSU.

I got this baby from Hausermann's in 2015 in a 3" pot. Now it hurts my back to lift LOL.
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Old 03-09-2020, 11:47 AM
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that is a very beautiful plant
1 well grown
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Old 03-11-2020, 10:46 AM
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Very nice! Looks like a B. digbyana in the background?
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Thatís very nice.

Out of curiosity, what was your dosing for K-Lite and MSU?
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I tried various doses, higher and lower than recommended.
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Very nice! Looks like a B. digbyana in the background?
I looked it up... a very complex hybrid. Going back multiple generations, ends up at around 22% Rl. digbyana, 20% C. dowiana, and 19% C. granulosa as the major species, the balance a whole bunch of things at minor percentages.
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