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Old 09-30-2014, 09:02 PM
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It is very dark, but I did not know it gets lighter with time.

I never saw mine bloom. Mine did grew like a weed, but somehow it kept getting this brown rot on the leaves, so I got tired of trimming and eventually tossed it.

I would definitely want to try this hybrid again.
I have another one that's similar. Well, I assume it's Eumelia Arias, but it was actually sold to me as Fritz Schomburg. It's very finicky, grows slowly, and comes down with bouts of rot like yours all the time.

I'm letting it recover now, then unless it's blooms improve significantly next time it flowers, I'll probably sell, trade, or give it away.

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I've seen multiple sources of this online lately, from several different vendors and on Ebay. I think mature, flowering sized plants can be had for $30 - $50 plus shipping and applicable taxes, making this the least expensive kovachii hybrid. I happened to pick this one up at a local orchid place about 1.5 - 2 years ago.
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Old 10-01-2014, 05:04 PM
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I bought mine at a local show from a South American vendor for $45. It was in spike with a few buds, but all blasted, which I expected sort of being bareroot and having gone through international travel and all.

It was such a tiny plant, which I really liked, but the rot would just never leave it alone. lol
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Old 10-02-2014, 01:46 PM
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It is very dark, but I did not know it gets lighter with time.

I never saw mine bloom. Mine did grew like a weed, but somehow it kept getting this brown rot on the leaves, so I got tired of trimming and eventually tossed it.

I would definitely want to try this hybrid again.
I keep having the same thing happen with mine, and I've about had it....how do you grow this MrHappyRotter?
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Old 10-02-2014, 07:20 PM
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I keep having the same thing happen with mine, and I've about had it....how do you grow this MrHappyRotter?
It's a water loving phrag, so I keep it sitting in water at all times. Water quality is important, so I use mostly rain and RO, but tap from time to time doesn't seem to hurt. I feed lightly, rotating out products, but my core fertilizers are CalMag (primary), whatever brand of random "orchid" fertilizer I have on hand, seaweed extract, and then once or twice a year, bone meal / blood meal / whatever's cheap.

Potting mix is mostly inorganic, primarily rock wool. But I throw in a variable mix of other media, including charcoal, large grade perlite, LECA, sphagnum moss, sand, and oyster shell.

I grow under T8 fluorescent shop lights, with 6500K bulbs, and a bit of supplementary window light. Plants are typically no more than 12 inches (30cm) from the tubes, most are within 6 inches of the bulbs.

I grow indoors, so the temps are fairly standard indoor temperatures, air conditioning most of the summer, and heating in the winter. I'd say typical day time temps are upper 70s, but may sometimes reach mid 80s (F). Night temps are mid to low 70's. In the winter, my night time temps usually drop into the mid/low 60's ... I like it a bit cool.
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Thanks so much for your help. I use rain water as well...but perhaps it needs to be wetter than what it has been . Will try some of your tips, thanks again.
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I kept mine a bit too dry, then I took a risk and started to put the pot sitting in a saucer full of water.
To my surprise, the plant just took off with many many new shoots.
The thing is the brown disease never went away even though the plant grew so vigorously.

In fear of whatever it is and it might spread onto my other orchids, I finally said good bye.
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Fantastic! I'm restraining myself from googling who is selling this now.

On second thought, it wouldn't hurt just to look...
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Old 10-03-2014, 10:37 PM
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Orchid Inn had it for a low price "due to good production" according to the website until recently.
I'm not sure if Sam still has this variety, but go and check the website.
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It's quit cute, to bad it fads so quickly.
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You're right, it looks spectacular!!!

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