Orchids forum: Psychopsis orchid care

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Name: Alex Junge
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Plantsmylove
Feb 3, 2018 8:02 PM CST
I have a new psychopsis orchid mandren halio
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And I would like the cultural / care information on it

Thanks

Name: Daisy I
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Feb 3, 2018 9:32 PM CST
I have not heard of that Psychopsis and there aren't all that many. Are you sure its not P. Mendenhall?

Psychopsis are such cool orchids. I got my first because I loved the name (and the leaves had pink spots!) but when it bloomed... Oh My Gosh! Lovey dubby

Psychopsis are in the Oncidium Alliance so their care is basicly Oncidium care with a few peculiarities:

They hate to be transplanted but its recommended you do it every year because when the bark starts to wear out, the roots sufficate.

Never let them dry out but don't let them be wet. They are very intolerant of salt buildup so if your water has a lot of minerals, consider using distilled water. They like high humidity.

To that end, mine are planted in rock: clay pellets, lava rock, one is in roadbase. Smiling In the summer, they are watered daily - leaves and all. If you are growing indoors, a humidity tray is mandatory. If you can't keep them humid enough, think about dropping the pot in a tall vase.

The bloom stalks last 10 or 15 years. My oldest now has 5 bloom stalks and last summer, they all bloomed at once! I'll look for photos and post.

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Feb 3, 2018 11:29 PM CST

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I've moved this thread to the Orchids forum for increased visibility.

I cannot advise on how to grow Psychopsis (I have no experience with them), but I can tell you that there is no registered hybrid with that name (Mandren Halio). Are you able to show us a closeup of the label?
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Feb 4, 2018 12:05 AM CST
Alex's plant looks like P. Mendenhall.
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Feb 4, 2018 8:45 AM CST
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Maybe this one? It is easy to mangle the names these days
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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Feb 4, 2018 3:24 PM CST
Thanks for the care tips how much light does it like mines under t5 54 watt lights with some clip ones thrown in should i invest in a light meter
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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Feb 5, 2018 9:28 PM CST
I got my new light today tommarow i get a humifity tray.


I will keep an eye on it
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Feb 5, 2018 9:31 PM CST

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Sounds good! Smiling
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BigBill
Feb 17, 2018 6:13 PM CST
Clay pots work well, loosely packed sphagnum, a little morning sun otherwise bright.but in sphagnum moss do not over water. They like to be moist but not soggy wet.
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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Feb 22, 2018 10:36 AM CST
okay, its in a clear plastic pot with charcoal and bark medium.

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