Phrag. fischeri (disc. 1996)
Habitat Information:

Geographic Distribution::Ecuador, 1000-1500 meters

Blooming Season (North): Like many Phrags, these can bloom all year. Since these bloom sequentially, the blooming may last for multiple seasons.

Light requirements: Low-medium (1000-2000 cf)

Temperatures : Intermediate. Cooler temps may produce increased anthocyanin production and more raspberry colored flowers.

Substrate: Very moist, never dry. Suitable for semi-hydroponic culture. A BASIC pH is preferred (unlike most Phrags). pH of above 7 but lower than 8. The pH is the result of minerals (probably limestone) in the substrate.

Water: Good humidity is important. Jerry Fischer suggests 50-70%. Prefers some mineral content in the water.

When growing Phrag. fischeri in a standard phrag potting medium, the plants will benefit from the addition of dolomite lime added as a top dressing. Use only a small amount - 1/4 tsp for small pots should be fine every couple of months, but test your pH before adding more. Fertilize lightly, with 1/4 or 1/2 strength balanced fertilizer. If you're growing them semi-hydroponically, there is less danger of root burn, so more frequent fertilization is possible.

Phrag. fischeri is a recently discovered species and has not been used extensively in breeding to this point. Probably the most popular of the registered hybrids is Phrag. Barbara LeAnn, which is fischeri crossed with besseae. The color of Phrag fischeri is passed on nicely in this hybrid, so it seems likely that Phrag fischeri will pass on its color in other hybrids as well.

Phrag. fischeri plants are very compact, blooming at around 6" leafspan. When they have multiple growths, the growths (in my experience with 4 or 5 of my own plants), seem to be separated by at least an inch, connected by a thin rhyzome.