Friday, November 18, 2011

Orchid flowers?

i bought my mum an orchid flower 4 mothers day n dnt wnt it to die! any advice on how 2 look aftr it properly plz lke ow often 2 water it n a gd place 2 put it


Orchid flowers?
stick your finger in the soil if it feels real dry water it.only if it feels real dry should you water it if it feels alittle wet leave it alone .put it in a sunny window were it can get lots of sun.
Reply:Go to to identify the type of orchid you have and information on how to take care of it.
Reply:Don't know where you live, but here in south Texas the following applies. Hope this can help you.

People abandon such plant attributes figuring that growing such a wonderful plant must require extraordinary care and culture. Actually, the opposite is true; some orchids require nothing special. Some orchids can tolerate more abuse than common houseplants and still bloom. Orchids compose the largest family of flowering plants in the world. There are 50 species of orchids plus 2 specific botanical varieties in about 18 genera native to Texas. Many people think that one must have a fancy greenhouse to produce orchids. No true, and even if the soil is sorry, the orchid really doesn't mind since the orchids recommended to be grown in this area are epiphytic. This means that roots of these orchids grow in and take water from the air. In fact, standard potting mix will kill these orchids. Orchids will grow well in most porous, inert mix. Many growers prefer fir bark to support the orchid roots in growing containers.

Commonly people cause plants to decline because of neglecting to periodically re-pot. Roots become crowded in pots which are too small and soon nutrient uptake by expanding roots diminishes resulting in plant decline. Orchids do not need re-potting as often as most pot plants. Re-potting is done when the main body of the plant has reached the edge of the pot in which it is growing and begins to grow over the side of the pot. This may only occur every three years or re-potting is necessitated when the potting support material such as fir bark breaks down. Until that time, aerial roots can actually grow out of the pot. Clumped orchid plants in small pots are usually the most spectacular bloom producers. So if orchid growing is so easy, why don't more people enjoy the spectacular, exotic blooms of orchids? The answer probably lies in the selection of the orchid to be grown. The most common orchid sold in supermarkets is the cymbidium which is a terrestrial orchid not suitable for South Texas growing conditions. The selling of such unadapted orchids enable buyers to enjoy the orchid blooms and then, hopefully, dispose of the plant.

To be a successful orchid grower, you must chose the variety carefully. The choice as to which is the best orchid for you is dependent upon sunlight availability and where you want to grow the plant. The best two choices for this area of Texas are the Phalaenopsis and the Dendrobium. If you want to grow an orchid indoors in conditions usually provided for African violets, you should choose the Phalaenopsis. If you can successfully grow and bloom African violets, you will not have trouble growing and blooming Phalaenopsis.

Phalaenopsis, the Moth Orchid, is one of the best orchids for growing in the home. TEMPERATURES for Phalaenopsis should usually be above 68 degrees F. at night, and range between 75 and 85 degrees F. during the day for fast leaf and root growth. Although higher temperatures force faster vegetative growth, higher humidity and air movement must accompany higher temperatures, the maximum should not exceed 95 degrees F. Night temperatures to 60-65 degrees F. and day temperature not to exceed 78 degrees F. are desirable for several weeks in the fall to initiate flower spikes. A sudden, drastic change in temperature can cause bud drop on plants with buds ready to open.

LIGHT is easy to provide for Phalaenopsis. They grow easily in a bright window, with little or no direct sun. An east window is ideal in the home; shaded-south or west windows are acceptable. Use artificial lighting if available. Do not put plants out-of-doors in full sun during the summer or they will be scorched quickly.

WATER is especially critical for Phalaenopsis. Because they have no major water-storage organs other than their leaves, they must never completely dry out. Water plants thoroughly and do not water again until nearly dry through the pot. In the heat of summer in a dry climate, this may be every other day. Water only in the morning so leaves and the center of the plant are dry by nightfall. This watering technique prevents rot from occurring on leaves. Use water with low salt content.

HUMIDITY is important to Phalaenopsis, the recommended humidity being between 50 and 80 percent. In the home, set the plants on trays of gravel, partially filled with water, so the pots never sit in water. Mist the plants during dry weather, in the morning only. Grouping plants together raises the humidity by keeping the moisture that plants transpire from being lost too quickly.

Apply FERTILIZER on a regular schedule, especially if the weather is warm, when the plants are most often growing. Orchids need a minimum of twice a month applications of a balanced fertilizer (20-20-20, or a similar formulation). Apply fertilizer at full to 1/2 strength with every watering; this is best for warm, humid conditions. When cooler, or under dull conditions, apply fertilizer once every other watering.

POTTING is best done in late spring, after blooming. Pot Phalaenopsis plants in a well-draining mix such as fir bark, tree fern, various types of stone, sphagnum moss, or combinations of these. Adding 30 percent peat moss to fir bark often results in better growth. Potting is usually done every 1-3 years. Mature plants can grow in the same pot until the potting medium starts to decompose, usually in two years. Root rot occurs if plants remain in a soggy medium. When mature, a plant may stay in the same pot size for many years, but must have the medium changed. To re-pot, remove all the old medium from the roots. Trim soft, rotted roots, and spread the remaining roots over a handful of medium in the bottom of a new pot. Fill the rest of the pot with medium, working it through the roots. The junction of the roots and the stem is at the top of the medium. Wait for a few days before the first watering. Keep the plant shaded and humid, but drier in the pot, for several weeks to promote new root growth.

Orchid help?

How long will it take for our orchid to grow? We got it as a present from Hawaii. We planted it about 2 weeks ago and nothing? Also, how often should we water it?

Orchid help?
It depends on what kind of orchid you have.

Check out the link below for some FAQs, and then I recommend googling your orchid type after you find out what is you have - like Phaeleonopsis, or Oncidium, or Cymbidium or whatever...there will be more information specifically geared to your species of orchid when you narrow it down a bit.

The bottom link has a couple varieties with little pictures that you can use to get you started.

Good luck!
Reply:orchids grow very slow. it will take a few weeks to even see a leaf common up and a month or even two to see a leaf.

flowers wont come unless given lots of plant food.
Reply:What is an Orchid???????? :^(

Mushroom like fungus growing from my phalaenopsis orchid???

There are lots of thin, mushroom like things growing in the pot with my phalaenopsis orchid. I pull them out whenever I find one. They are never too far below the surface of the moss and seem to either be growing out of the moss or out of the orchid bark, and the "root" area is like a little white fuzzball, almost like mold or something. Any ideas? Should I repot the orchid right away? I've been raising orchids for almost 5 years now, and I've had this particular one for almost 4 years; I've never seen anything like this before.... thanks for any help!

Mushroom like fungus growing from my phalaenopsis orchid???
Probably more Phalaenopsis are lost to pseudomonas, a bacterial disease, than to any other disease. The reason? Most hobby growers and some commercial growers use a fungicide when the disease is bacterial. Neem oil, Physan 20 or RD20 is a good control for bacteria as well as for fungus. Pseudomonas is very infectious and can be spread even by splashing water. All suspect plants should be treated . If the diseased area of the leaf is spreading, cut the area back 1/2 inch into the non-affected area. The whole leaf may need to be removed. Be sure to spray the entire plant with neem oil, Physan 20 or RD20, especially the cut area, as well as all plants that were near the diseased plant.

Fungus:The best prevention for fungal disease problems is a combination of:

a.good air movement;

b.keeping temperatures in an acceptable range; and

c.making sure plants (not potting medium) are dry before nightfall. If plants are not dry in late afternoon, spray the leaves with 2 teaspoons Physan or RD20 mixed in one gallon of water. This should dry the leaves and sterilize the plants.

The above care should eliminate fungus problems.


Repotting Spray. In our greenhouses we use the following mixture to thoroughly spray the complete plant, especially the roots and any cut areas. Use it to spray the entire plant after removing it from the pot, and when repotting is complete to sterilize, give the plant a boost and to help prevent transplant shock. We use the repot spray first, and follow up by spraying with Neem oil solution.

Add to one gallon of water:

2 teaspoons Physan 20 or RD20

1 teaspoon water-soluble fertilizer

1/2 teaspoon SuperThrive
Reply:check your orchid is it affected,it is probably spores from moss.its harmless to the orchid it is wild flower.Dont repot observe first.You might do damage than good to your plant.

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Orchid care?

I have an orchid plant, and it has grown quite a bit since ive had it. it has bloomed many times, but the stalk is getting very long and starting to put strain on the base. can i trim them like roses, do i have to cut the bloom off at a special point? also, i planted it in soil, which i read you arent supposed to do (it still has bloomed) because it is meant to be planted in spongy like material. any suggestions?

Orchid care?
Is it a Phalaenopsis?... Most indoor gardeners interested in planting this orchid use green wires to anchor the stalks (its green so it'll look like some stem!)...

When the blooms of your Phalaenopsis orchid have faded, you can cut the spike above the highest node. If you are lucky, this will cause the plant to develop a new flower spike or even a keiki. Keiki is the Hawaiian word for “baby” and an orchid keiki is a small baby plant that can be placed in its own pot.

You should never plant an orchid in soil... Thank goodness it has not rotten yet!... Change the medium to pine barks or coco-peat and sphagnum moss... Good luck...
Reply:You need to know what type of orchid it is.

See source for information and growing tips.

Orchid problem.....Please help?!?!?

I recently bought 2 phalaenopsis plants off of ebay..... they are 2-3 years from blooming size..... instead of the seller shipping them in the original pot he shipped them dry root.... well 6 days after I potted the orchid the leaves have turned white which is very out of the normal....... From what I have read this may be a possible sunburn... How can I save my plant? Or can I??

Someone plz help because this will soon be a beautiful plant!!!!

Orchid problem.....Please help?!?!?
don't worry if the roots are white the worst would be of brown color... if your plants are re-potted in clay pots with a good orchid mix and inside just make sure you water them and fertilize and be patient orchids adapt and are slow grower they need constant humidity and filtering light but make sure they drain easily.
Reply:Where are you located? And where did they come from? Is it possible that they were frozen during shipping? If they are frozen, they may not be saved. If they are just sunburned they should come back.

Orchid tips/species help?

My boyfriend sent me a potted orchid via interflora for my birthday. Its supposed to flower for 2-3 months and then re-flower after 6-9 months. I want to ensure that it re-flowers and keep it healthy, and I would be quite upset if it didn't florish because of the sentimental value, but i've heard they're hard to keep and i'm not too good with plants anyway.

Can anyone give me any orchid care advice/good sources with this kind of advice and/or sources which will help me identify the species (because this didn't come with the plant's information and I think it would help me give it more specialised care). I've already bought it orchid feed from the garden centre which I plan to use monthly, and I water it minimally once a week. Thanks!

Orchid tips/species help?
You need to find out what kind of orchid you have in order to know how to take care of it. Different orchids have very different needs. You can find out what kind of orchid you have at the website below, along with some general information on how to care for it. Once you know what kind of orchid you have, you can look for more specific details on it.

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