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Old 02-25-2018, 06:30 PM
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Hiya orchid peeps!
I'm lovin' all the great advice here!
Please help me help my good friend with her new orchid. I know nothing about the Phaiocalanthe Kryptonite orchid. The tag says it's a "Parkside".
My research says it's a deciduous orchid and terrestrial. This plant looks horrible to me but, what do I know. The good news is that it has a new growth coming from below. (see photos)
Please tell me what to use for repotting media and how much sun and water it prefers. And any other advice on it would just be "gravy"!
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That's about what it should look like at the end of the growing & blooming season. It takes a short rest, and then starts the next growth (already visible in photo).

I know that some prefer to grow it in spaghnum. I prefer a terrestrial mix, which I mix myself:
3 parts chunky peat (not the milled kind from garden centers)
2 parts composted manure
1 part perlite

You can mix in a little leaf mulch or similar to lighten the mix.

It should go into a 6" pot now, and you can water regularly since the new growth is active. Fertilize every 2 weeks while it is in active growth.
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My friend is totally thrilled that she didn't kill it!
Thank you so much for the advise!
I heard they like full sun in the morning and maybe filtered the rest of the day. Is that correct?
Also, we live in North Georgia and summer weather can reach into the 90's. Should she not leave it outside?
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Years ago, years, I had one these which died. I thought. I threw it out. I saw a bunch at Hausermann's but ignored them.

So, Kim, what does it take to grow them successfully in our climate?
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How did you not grab one Carol? I have been interested in these for awhile now. I do know this one is a cross but i didn't realize they lost there leaves. Kim I would love to see pictures of yours.
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Years ago, years, I had one these which died. I thought. I threw it out. I saw a bunch at Hausermann's but ignored them.

So, Kim, what does it take to grow them successfully in our climate?
They need less of a rest than true Calanthes. We grew and bloomed them very well in an intermediate greenhouse, with light levels in-between Cattleya & Papahiopedilum conditions, and thermostat set at 55F.
We reduced watering from end of bloom till new growths were well on their way.
And then, fertilize well while the new growths are actively growing.
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Most of what I've read says to cut off the old leaves above the pseudobulb when they start yellowing. These and Spathiglottis are sold in the landscape section at Home Depots in Florida, to people who don't know anything about plants. They do fine there in mostly shade to some sun.
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They need less of a rest than true Calanthes. We grew and bloomed them very well in an intermediate greenhouse, with light levels in-between Cattleya & Papahiopedilum conditions, and thermostat set at 55F.
We reduced watering from end of bloom till new growths were well on their way.
And then, fertilize well while the new growths are actively growing.
I have one of these blooming - Kim, do you cut the spike off when it's done? Seems like you would given how the leaves behave but don't know.
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