Phragmipediums are the tropical cousins to the north american
ladyslipper. They are native to south america north to panama
Phragmipediums light requirements are much brighter than
the paphiopedilums, 2,500 to 3,500 footcandles. This is
about the same as cattleya light. The ideal position is
about one foot from an east, west or south facing window.
They will also excel in a light garden.
Most phragmipediums require a night temperature of 55f
to 65f, with a day temperature of 65f to 80f.
Growing your orchid in the hydroculture planter takes all
the guess work out of when to water and how much. Water
your phragmipedium when the indicator reads min.
Mix the nutrient solution as per packet directions. You
may store the nutrient in a gallon plastic bottle to be
used when needed. It is best to keep it at room temperature
and out of direct sunlight.
Pour the nutrient slowly into the clay pebbles next to
the water level indicator. Water until the indicator is
just below the "opt" level. Always be sure to
water when the indicator reaches the "min" level.
Phragmipediums have no psuedobulbs and should never dry
out. They live in high rainfall or seepage areas, so their
roots are extremely sensitive to an excessive amount of
nutrient in the growing medium. If your water source is
hard water you may want to water with distilled or rain
water in order to keep the medium free of a salt build-up.
Once a month, rinse the foliage and the clay pebbles under
tepid running water to remove any dust and accumulated plant
food from the growing medium. Be sure to blot dry any moisture
that is in the crown of the plant. Return the culture pot
to the outer pot and water with the nutrient solution. Alternate
with plain water the next time you water. This watering
pattern will help to avoid a mineral salt build-up.