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Old January 15th, 2016, 07:18 PM   #1
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I may get a division of a phrag Besseae from a friend of a friend. I'm having second thoughts because I dont want to kill it. Question is are they difficult to grow? I hard they are only for the hardcore growers. Please advise. Thank you!

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Old January 16th, 2016, 07:28 AM   #2
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The species besseae is definitely not for beginners. They need very clean fresh water among many other requirements like humidity and cool temperature. If you feel adventurous and the plant cost nothing then, why not give it a try.
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Yes harder to grow than hybrids and some other species, probably not a beginners plant.

I have a few and they grow very slowly for me and have struggled at times but if your conditions are ok it should be fine.

A bit risky I guess.
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You got some good advice here. Definitely not a beginner's plant. Try a hybrid like Eric Young or a Grande, those are so much easier to grow. I tried a couple of besseaes and they were very slow to grow and very picky about their conditions and eventually died
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Thanks for the replies. The division was no longer available, oh well! I will look for the recommended hybrids.
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