Originally Posted by Amandalee
I wanted to show everyone my new plant I got at the Fort Pierce Farmers Market in Fort Pierce, Florida while out-of-town for Christmas. It is a Phaiocalanthe Kryptonite 'Blood Bath.' It was a bargain $12 and I thought it was really neat plant. I had never seen one, until today. I would appreciate any imput anyone has on their care.
Amanda, I can tell you quickly how to kill it.
Seriously though, these guys LOVE semi/hydro. Yesterday I finally got the courage to take the ones I accidentally FROZE (note to self: don't leave them outside when the temps go in the 30s) out of the s/h pots to throw them out.
I was absolutely AMAZED at the amount of root growth. When I put them in 2L coke bottles back in May, they had been in 3" NBS pots. I kind of over potted them because I read they grew fast and loved water.
I really did nothing except lots of water flushing (weekly), 3000-4000 light inside a shade-house, air movement, and very little fertilizer (20-20-20).
I stopped the fertilizer in October and started putting them outside. They really like the fall....then I made the mistake of leaving them outside when we had a severe temp drop.
The s/h pellets do not offer any protection from the cold and in fact make the pot a little cooler. Unfortunately the bulbs froze and they all died.
But as we all know, there is something to be learned. I learned that s/h lowers the temperature of the pots. I also learned that these chids absolutely LOVE s/h for growing.
When I killed them, they had 5 spikes (on 3 plants). I really wish I could have seen them bloom. I definitely will try them again.
Good luck! Great choice to try in semi/hydro.