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Location: Kellyville, Okla
Posted: Aug/17/2008 4:52 AM PST
I received a lot of plants when I was in the hospital, mostly beautiful Mums, but there are two orchids. I have no clue how to take care of them. I need all the help I can get. Thanks.
Location: Tulsa OK z7a
Posted: Aug/17/2008 5:22 AM PST
Good morning, John...great looking Orchids! I can't give you any first-hand help with growing the little beauty as the only one I've ever had, I managed to kill within a month.
First thing to do is ID the kind of Orchid you are growing. That can be a real trip since they have so many similarities. I think you may have one of the Moth Orchids...Phalaenopsis Orchid. Check out this website for growing info:
That said, this link is to some really good information from the U of Georgia: http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/horticulture/orc hids.html
Good luck! Have a sunny day.
Location: Chesapeake VA
Posted: Aug/17/2008 6:54 AM PST
Orchids can be in a filtered southfacing window. They LOVE humidity, so place the pots on top of a humidity tray, making sure the pots don't sit in water. If you think they need watered, wait another day- they do better on the dry side as opposed to wet.
I have a Dendrobium and a Cattleya. I put them outside for the summer on my front porch where they recieve bright indirect light, with some morning sun. My dend. is growing great! For the winter they go in my southfacing dining room window on a tray filled with water and pebbles. I haven't needed to water them once this summer as it's been so humid, and when it rains they get wet too. In the winter I'll water them maybe once a week.
Hope that helps a little
Location: Manchester, MA
Posted: Aug/24/2008 3:53 AM PST
John, I would also add that when I water, I take them to the sink, water well and let them drain well. Water with orchid food (which I also use on the ferns and ivys). Always drain well. Can sit on a tray of pebbles with a little water for humidity. If you get little white mealybugs (I think), they can be removed with a Q-tip dipped in alcohol. Air roots are your friend. I have a friend that cut them all off to neaten up the plant - then found out that they were keeping his beautiful orchids alive! The home heating in the winter is tuff on the plants, definitely need a little extra humidity then. Enjoy them, they bloom for months.
Location: Lancaster, SC
Posted: Aug/25/2008 2:31 AM PST
I wish that I could help you because I just love them, but I've never had one. My eye doctor grows them and they are all over his office. What a pleasure it is to go see him!