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Old 08-01-2015, 04:06 PM
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Hi all! I am needing some help with my orchids. Usually, I kill these within a week. I have had these a month now . So I am excited they have lasted longer. But I did notice the leaves on the big one are dropping down instead of standing strong.
I have it in orchid bark. My friend said she doesn't bother with the sphagnum and hers blooms for her all the time. I am wondering if I need to water it more often (currently about once a week). Or maybe a little more light.
The smaller one I think is ok. I left it in the medium it came in which is the moss. But since a new leaf is growing I think it is ok. I am careful to let it dry out.
Any advice would be helpful since I do not have a great history with these.
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Old 08-01-2015, 07:15 PM
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I soak my orchids once a week in the summer. I take all of the moss off them as soon as I get them...like every peice. Its tedious but I like orchid bark much better. Mine also sit in a window where they get a few hours of morning sun a day. I've had one of mine for about 8 years. Long enough to have split it once. In fact as soon as it flowers in the fall I need to split it again. Its an oncidium gower ramsey.
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Old 08-01-2015, 08:03 PM
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Well they aren't getting morning sun. Maybe I will move them. What window do you have them in?
I was tempted to take the moss off of the little one. But it has been growing that new leaf so I was afraid to mess with it!
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Old 08-01-2015, 08:27 PM
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Hi there,
Yes, you are right your phal needs more water. And def more light like Pinkham says. Bright filtered light through a screen in the morning but not direct sun in the mid day. I don't repot mine if its actively growing either...if it's happily growing then that's a good sign.
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Old 08-02-2015, 12:00 PM
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Thanks. I have moved it to a morning light spot and I think I will give it an extra watering.
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Old 08-02-2015, 04:53 PM
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Too much water will kill it. I water my oncidium once a week...maybe less. Once every two weeks in the winter.
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Old 08-02-2015, 04:57 PM
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I couldn't tell you which one I have. I do know I need to be careful with the one that is in moss. And I know part of my problem with them in the past is overwatering.
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Old 08-02-2015, 06:53 PM
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Yours is a phalaenopsis orchid. I have had one for 3 years or so. Its pale yellow.
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Old 08-04-2015, 05:49 PM
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Brought from HD in plastic open basket with roots hanging out. Apparently this is how you grow these but I need help light? was told to mist and spray with orchid fertilizer spray. How often? Thanks
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Old 08-04-2015, 06:15 PM
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I have my orchids in an orchid bark mix. It sounds like your is mounted. I have no experience with misting or orchid fertilizer spray. sorry
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Old 08-04-2015, 09:28 PM
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I don't know anything about orchids being mounted. But I have been misting mine with just water for humidity. I am no expert though.
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