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Oral Surgery: wisdom tooth, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, wisdom teeth
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth: Cyn - You are correct that the bone becomes denser as we get older and teenagers do have softer bone compared to 30. This softer bone makes the extractions a little easier, but if you wait until 45-50 to have the teeth removed, and it might become necessary...

Oral Surgery: wish i knew, two front teeth, gum tissue
two front teeth, gum tissue, permanent teeth: I need more information to be able to help you with this question. 1. Are you in braces now? 2. How long did you wear the retainer? 3. Was the reason you wore a retainer because you had missing teeth(baby teeth or permanent teeth)? 4. Is the pain coming...

Oral Surgery: worried about infection or dry socket, warm salt water, wisdom teeth
warm salt water, wisdom teeth, extraction area: Gene - Without symptoms and with what you describe it sounds like you results are good. Not every socket completely heals in initially. It can take 4-6 weeks for that socket to completely fill in and look like the other side. To make sure that the socket...

Oral Surgery: I wrote to you yesterday..., chili ny, north chili
chili ny, north chili, pollan: Elizabeth - The following are a few of the oral and maxillofacial surgeons in Rochester and the nearby towns. All of these surgeons are board certified and are skilled. Dr. Caplash - Rochester, NY -- 240-277-7047 Dr. Pollan - North Chili, NY - 585-594-1122...

Orange County: Bonfire Party, san juan capistrano, bonfire party
san juan capistrano, bonfire party, coat hangers: Hi Camille, I m not TOO familiar with that beach. But, I do know that you can call 949-493-5911. It s San Juan Capistrano Parks and Rec department. They should know exactly where the bonfire pits are and what hours they are open. I used to never...

Orange County: parties/ideas, caricature artist, face painting
Orange County: parties/ideas, caricature artist, face painting, party favor

Orange County: good beginner surf, northern orange county, newport pier
northern orange county, newport pier, newport beach: Hi! I m not exactly sure where in Orange County you re looking at going, but here are a few choices. I hope it helps. :) If you re in northern Orange County, I ve heard Seal Beach is a good place to learn (but I ve never actually surfed there myself)....

Orange County: L.A. (general), supportive educational environment, aspiring writer
supportive educational environment, aspiring writer, metro area: Hello, I will be glad to answer your questions to the best of my ability. I have lived in just about every part of the L.A. Metro area. There are many nice places to live and there are also many places I would avoid. I would suggest taking a short vacation...

Orange County: L.A., marina del ray, short commute
marina del ray, short commute, sunset blvd: HI :) It s definately a great place to live if you want to get involved in the film industry. I think LA can be a great area to live in. If you re interested in film, obviously Hollywood would be a great place to live. There s plenty to do on Sunset...

Orange County: move info, vehicle registration fees, huntington beach area
vehicle registration fees, huntington beach area, income tax rate: Hmmm, let s see... TAXES: I m not sure what the state income tax rate is, but I don t think it s too high. The biggest bite out of your paycheck will be, as it always has been, the federal government. The sales tax rate in most areas is about 8%, give...

Orange County: moving, rancho santa margarita, san juan capistrano
rancho santa margarita, san juan capistrano, ecomomy: This is a tough question because Orange County is huge, and i s hard to really know what another person will like or dislike...but I ll give it a shot. Orange County is sort of divided north/south. The southern portion is, almost without exception, very...

Orange County: parties/ideas, wolfgang pucks, joe s crab shack
wolfgang pucks, joe s crab shack, chick flick: The Irvine Spectrum is always fun. For a party, you can have dinner at one of the nice restaurants (Champs, Wolfgang Pucks, and more) or to save a little money, have dinner at the food court. Then, head on over to Gameworks. The games are fun, and they...

Orange County: Surf/Hang, newport pier, high school kids
newport pier, high school kids, newport area: Oh, hey, perfect question...well, the first one at least. :) One of the best places to learn how to surf in this area is just north of the newport pier at a break called Blackies. It s called that because of the bar, Blackies, that s right there. It s...

Orange County: skateboarding, exact job, venice beach
exact job, venice beach, huntington beach: Ummm... Yeah, there are good skateboarders in Orange County, just like there are probably good skateboarders everywhere. I honestly think though, mostly they stay north or south in LA or San Diego. There are a lot of places where you re not supposed to...

Orange County: What is there to do?, south orange county, having a great time
south orange county, having a great time, newport beach: hmmmmm, let s see. 26, that s 5 years older than me. i just recently turned 21 (in april) and i ve just started to check out the bar scene. so far i ve met tons of cool people (depending on your definition of cool). :) anyways, that s always a fun place...

Orchids: 1st Orchid - Phalaenopsis - Leaf Spots, greenhouse window, fungus infection
greenhouse window, fungus infection, razor blade: Thanks for your question Jacque. My guess is there is one or two likely causes of the black spotting. In the summer, the sun is at its maximum northward journey. You may have noticed whether or not you have received any direct sunlight in this window....

Orchids: What 2 do when orchids bloom fades, rita moreno, orchid plant
rita moreno, orchid plant, sure what kind: Hi Rita, Oh my, I m the tie breaker! I don t know if I am able to withstand the pressure. (grin) Without knowing what kind of orchid plant you have, it would be difficult to say it is better to leave it or cut the flower stem off. With that said...

Orchids: 2 Phals, near death experience, potting soil
near death experience, potting soil, phal: Let me take the easy part first Kasha. Removal of the old dried flower spikes is an aesthetic issue. You can cut them off anywhere and it will not damage the plant. Both plants should be repotted in an orchid potting mix. This will also give you an opportunity...

Orchids: black streaks & spots on orchid leaves, fungus spores, evaporation process
fungus spores, evaporation process, water droplets: Hello Ar, Without actually seeing the problem on your orchids, it is a little difficult to determine what it is although I have some thoughts about what it might be. Also, you don t mention what kind of orchids this has been happening to, some orchids...

Orchids: blossom problems with mini-cattleyas, one bud, mary mccauley
one bud, mary mccauley, ethylene gas: Hello Mary, If your mini-cattleyas are setting buds, you must be taking pretty good care of them. Your description of how and where you grow them also sounds pretty good. As for why the buds and flowers are wilting, there can be many reasons for this....

Orchids: Cymbidium, orchid nurseries, clay soils
orchid nurseries, clay soils, cymbidiums: Hi Elvie, To begin, call me Jim, please. Mr. is too formal and as my friends and family can attest, that is far from what I am. (grin) While it is possible to grow cymbidiums in regular soil, they will grow and bloom better in a good orchid media....

Orchids: Cymbidiums - South Africa, summer rainfall, cymbidiums
summer rainfall, cymbidiums, black frost: Hello Pam, I m sorry to hear about the weather problem you had this past winter. I had a similar experience in 1990 when the daytime high temperature during a 2 week cold spell was 26F or -4C. Although I had covered all of my cymbidiums (almost 1,000),...

Orchids: cutting orchids, fatal mistake, orchids
fatal mistake, orchids, blooms: Hello Jodi, Where and how to cut depends upon what kind of orchid you have. While most orchids produce blooms only once on a stem, there are some capable of reblooming on the same stem over several years. If the top of the stem begins to die back or...

Orchids: cym not blooming, flower spike, orchid fertilizer
flower spike, orchid fertilizer, bright sunlight: Hello Ann Marie, Cymbidiums grow and bloom better when grown outdoors as much as possible. Keeping it indoors, even in a bright window, and basically you have a large green plant. Living in Ireland, keep it outdoors as long as temperatures remain above...

Orchids: cymbidium, nitrogen fertilizer, epsom salt
nitrogen fertilizer, epsom salt, bloom season: Hello Miriam, You didn t mention where you live nor how you have been growing it. Depending upon where you live, what kind of cymbidium it is along with where and how you have been growing it would influence how well it produces blooms. One thing,...

Orchids: cymbidium flowers, flower spikes, direction of the sun
flower spikes, direction of the sun, cymbidium flowers: Hello Mark, The good news is that your cymbidium does produce spikes but the bad news is they never develop enough for the buds to open. While I cannot be certain about this, but the reason the buds abort or die soon after bringing it indoors is due...

Orchids: Dendrobium Orchid-leaves falling off stems look dry, indirect sunlight, new roots
indirect sunlight, new roots, initial strength: Your dendrobium is a deciduous orchid. After flowering, it goes into a rest period in which it may lose most or all of its leaves. This is a signal that it has stopped growing and should be a signal to you to greatly reduce the watering and feeding. Dendrobiums...

Orchids: Dirt!, rapid drainage, orchid potting mix
rapid drainage, orchid potting mix, pot size: Ruby, as long as you don t go heavy on the watering, the plant should be okay for now. As summer approaches, new growth should start at the base of the plant and that is the time to repot. Find a bag of orchid potting mix when you repot and use a pot size...

Orchids: Drying fresh Orchids for shadowbox, purple orchids, orchid flowers
purple orchids, orchid flowers, pressed flower: Hello Karen, I m sorry to hear that your father passed away. As for preserving the orchid flowers in a shadowbox, I m not quite sure how it is done as I ve never done this. But, long ago they used to press flowers to preserve them. If memory serves...

Orchids: dead buds, little bugs, potting soil
little bugs, potting soil, green thumb: Hi Brittany, To begin, although you did not mention what type of orchid you have, I believe it may be a phalaenopsis orchid. If the leaves are rather thick and shaped like an elongated oval with no bulb at the base of the leaves, there is a pretty good...

Orchids: dry roots, water drains, fertilzer
water drains, fertilzer, orchids: Hello Maya, It may be that you are not watering the orchids long enough for the roots to accept moisture. When roots become too dry, it can be difficult for them to initially absorb water. When watering them, give them enough so water drains from the...

Orchids: Flower buds dying, flower buds, sudden temperature changes
flower buds, sudden temperature changes, white flowers: Hi Rachel, Bud wilt and drop can be due to several things. Has it been exposed to temperatures below 55F? Any sudden temperature changes greater than 10F? Are there fruits close by? Use any cleaning solutions with a strong odor? Do any painting of...

Orchids: Drying fresh Orchids for shadowbox, silica gel, drying flowers
Orchids: Drying fresh Orchids for shadowbox, silica gel, drying flowers, new pair of shoes

Orchids: growing, room temperature water, orchid potting mix
room temperature water, orchid potting mix, firm roots: JoAnne, it sounds as if it has been a couple of years since you last looked at the roots and repotted it. Excuse the pun but roots may be at the root of the matter. You need to once again remove the plant from its pot and see if you have some good (not rotted...

Orchids: healthy yet dying?, flower spike, flower spikes
flower spike, flower spikes, orchid potting mix: Kelsey, I will assume that you have a phalaenopsis orchid. First, Phalaenopsis flower spikes may either stay green after flowering or may turn brown and die back. It has nothing to so with the way you treated the plant (ie it will not help to cut the green...

Orchids: NO IDEA, flower spikes, fine flower
flower spikes, fine flower, best guess: Not a problem. It is importanr that you ask questions. That is the key to learning-- that s what I m here for. I don t believe there is anything to the rumor you heard about creating a chemical imbalance by toughing the roots with your hands. Even if you...

Orchids: What Kind, indirect sunlight, south exposure
indirect sunlight, south exposure, orchid collection: Hi Becky, Thanks for getting back to me with more information. As mentioned earlier, there are a number of orchids you can try growing in the house as most of them are basically indoor orchids there in Southern Aarkansas. But the encyclia, dendrobium...

Orchids: King of Orchids, stems and flowers, orchid fertilizer
stems and flowers, orchid fertilizer, plant pot: Hi Sharon, While it is possible to plant a cymbidium in the ground, it may be better to keep it in the pot. Also, living in Surrey, U.K., place it where it will receive as much sun as possible with maybe a little shade during mid day. If you decide to...

Orchids: Losing all leaves on my cybidium, nitrogen fertilizer, orchid potting mix
nitrogen fertilizer, orchid potting mix, cybidium: You need to repot this plant to fresh orchid potting mix. It should start its new growth in a couple of months and should have fresh material in which to grow. If you have been feeding the plant with a high nitrogen fertilizer, this can be discontinued until...

Orchids: do i need to replant or repot or just replant the crown on my orchid, flower buds, encino ca
flower buds, encino ca, plastic tag: Hi again Denise, That is too bad about there not being a tag with the name on it. I m still unsure what kind of orchid you have because you mentioned four foot long roots above the pot that grew while you were on vacation for a week. It is not unusual...

Orchids: new growth on a phaleanopsis orchid plant, mother plant, baby judy
mother plant, baby judy, keiki: Judy, from your description, I believe the two leaves are the beginnings of a new plant called a keiki. Most often, these are seen on old bloom stalks but can also can occur on large healthy phalaenopsis plants in other locations as yours is apparently doing....

Orchids: Is this a new spike?, flower spike, phalaenopsis orchids
flower spike, phalaenopsis orchids, humidity tray: Cherrie, thank you for the detailed description. I believe you have a new flower spike developing on this plant and will slowly elongate into a spike with buds. After it elongates to 8 -10 inches, I would start to stake the spike with a bamboo stake of proper...

Orchids: Oncidium and phalaenopsis culture, leaf juncture, new roots
leaf juncture, new roots, new flower: If you have new leaves growing below the wound, that suggests that you do have a growing point below the wound. In that case, it would be Ok to remove that part of the plant above the wound. I assume that you want to do this because the plant is not aesthetically...

Orchids: Oncidium- Ramsey Gordan variety, bearer of bad news, oncidium
bearer of bad news, oncidium, brownish color: Hello Gina, From our description of what is happening to the oncidium, it sounds like it is slowly dying. Why, I m not quite sure. But, here are some possibilities: There may be a fungal or bacterial infection within the oncidium. What tells...

Orchids: Orchid left in Cold, better chance, revival
better chance, revival, leaves: From the sound of things, it was below freezing in the car overnight. If that is true, the plant probably will not survive the frost. If the leaves were frozen, they will become limp. You didn t mention the type of orchid it was, but that may not matter...

Orchids: Orchid Leaves, fungus spores, phalaenopsis
fungus spores, phalaenopsis, orchids: Hi Charleane, What a relief! Glad to hear your phalaenopsis orchids still have green leaves. Living in Columbia, SC, the phalaenopsis should be pretty much thriving. What I suspect has happened is that the potting media may have broken down to the...

Orchids: Orchids, new leaves, potting mix
new leaves, potting mix, keiki: Jane, what you have is called a keiki. It is a new plant. Let it grow where it is. It should develop roots as well as leaves. The larger the plant is when you remove it from the old flower spike the better the chance that it grow into a new plant after...

Orchids: Orchids, new roots, new leaves
new roots, new leaves, orchids: Hi Kim, That is what I was afraid of, most of the roots are goners. If there are a few roots that are still firm and alive, there may be some hope. Yes, the broken down soil probably caused the root rot problem. Roots need to breath air and a broken...

Orchids: Orchids and apples, unopened buds, ethylene gas
unopened buds, ethylene gas, hello jeff: Hello Jeff, Actually, apples and some other fruits emit ethylene gas as they ripen which is fatal to the flowers and unopened buds of orchids. The plants themselves should survive but may not grow as well as they would without the fruits near by. It...

Orchids: Orchids for the South ?, types of orchids, growing orchids
types of orchids, growing orchids, summer areas: Hello Michelle, Living in Northern Alabama, there are quite a few orchids you probably can grow both indoors and outdoors for the summer. Here are some you might look for but being that you sound like a beginner, I ll only give you what I believe are...

Orchids: oncidiums/phalaenopsis, phal, phalaenopsis
phal, phalaenopsis, place water: Hello Patrick, While I cannot be certain, I believe the problem with your phalaenopsis may be within the pot. You did not mention how long you have had it or whether you had repotted it. What I think has happened is the potting media has broken down...

Orchids: My orchid is Dying!, indirect sunlight, token of appreciation
indirect sunlight, token of appreciation, shady location: Hello Janice, From your description of what has been happening to your orchid, things do not look very promising to save it. But, here are some things you might try, hopefully it is not too late to save it. Get some orchid potting media and a pot...

Orchids: orchids, dendrobium orchids, name tag
dendrobium orchids, name tag, pots: Marie, can you describe your plants in a little more detail? Is there a name tag in the pot? My guess is that they are miniature dendrobium orchids. If you choose to leave the roots on, just do more frequent misting so they get some moisture. You may want...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis, indirect sunlight, two flowers
indirect sunlight, two flowers, potting mix: Hello Hayley, For the leaves to wilt and turn brown so quickly is slightly unusual as it normally takes weeks and even months for that to happen. How are the roots? Are they firm when squeezed or soft and mushy? If some or most are still firm, that...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis leaf yellow, wrinkled and drooping, orchid potting mix, fungus growth
orchid potting mix, fungus growth, uppermost leaf: Hello Natasha, Thanks for the wonderful description of your phalaenopsis and what happened to it. 1. From the sound of it, it appears your friend may have gotten water on the leaves while watering it. When water gets on the leaves, especially down...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis orchid blooms have wilted 1 week after bringing home, orchid blooms, orchid potting mix
orchid blooms, orchid potting mix, bloom period: Leah, it sounds, from your description, that your plant will be fine. It is often difficult to tell how long a plant purchased in flower has been in flower before purchase. For that reason, if I wish to enjoy the prospect of a fairly long bloom period, I...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis: wilting flowers, flower spike, drainage hole
flower spike, drainage hole, blooms: Megan, it is difficult to give you a specific reason for the mid-stem wilt. It could be normal flower senesence with those at the bottom of the flower spike soon to follow. Otherwise, it would seem that that part of the flower spike has been exposed to some...

Orchids: Phalaneopsis, phalaenopsis orchids, orchid fertilizer
phalaenopsis orchids, orchid fertilizer, indirect sunlight: Hi Lina, I don t want to give you any false hopes about saving the phalaenopsis but chances are slim. Placing it in a baggie is basically the last hope for saving it and I hope it does that for yours. Keep it in a warm shady location for several...

Orchids: Phaleonopsis Orchid, orchid fertilizer, growing orchids
orchid fertilizer, growing orchids, humidity tray: Hello Alissa, You are learning an important lesson with your phalaenopsis orchid, namely patience. With that said, it does seem yours is really taking its sweet time to bloom. From the time a shoot (spike or stem) first appears, it usually takes...

Orchids: Problem with flowers growing back, phalaenopsis orchids, new roots
phalaenopsis orchids, new roots, new flower: Hello Melissa, Your boyfriend probably did not do any damage to your phalaenopsis orchid plant when he cut off the spent flower stem. If it has been growing well and you have fed it once in a while, it should be starting to grow a new flower stem....

Orchids: phaelonopsis, orchid potting mix, aerial roots
orchid potting mix, aerial roots, humidity tray: Catherine, the condition you described sounds like root rot. Obtain a small bag of fresh orchid potting mix from your local garden center. Remove the plant from its pot and discard all of the old potting mix. Wash the roots thoroughly and remove any mushy...

Orchids: phal leaves fell off, gayu, orchid plant
gayu, orchid plant, yellow flowers: Hello Gayu, From your description of what happened and the condition of the phalaenopsis orchid plant, I m afraid there is not much hope for yours. If there were still some green leaves attached, it might have been possible to revive it but with no leaves...

Orchids: phalaenopsis with splitting leaves, new leaves, phal
new leaves, phal, phalaenopsis: There is a product that your local garden center may be familiar with. It is called Protek and it strenghtens the leaves. If you use it, be sure to follow the directions carefully or your leaves coulds become brittle. I would also cut back on the feeding....

Orchids: phalanopsis, keiki, phalaenopsis
keiki, phalaenopsis, san jose ca: Hello Becky, Leave the baby or keiki on the spike until it grows several roots that are over 2 inches long, then you can put it in a small pot of its own. I have a keiki on one of my phalaenopsis, it has only one root about an inch long but it also...

Orchids: My phals tip is turning yellow, phalaenopsis orchids, phal
phalaenopsis orchids, phal, couple minutes: Hello Chelsea, Cutting off the stem after the flowers have all fallen off can be done fairly easily. Go down to the bottom of the stem, go back up an inch or two and cut it off, just be careful to not cut any of the leaves. Of course, this is assuming...

Orchids: pot-bound phalaenopsis, room temperature water, orchid potting mix
room temperature water, orchid potting mix, glorious bloom: Marjorie, first let me congratulate you are your excellent growing job. First step in repotting is to obtain a supply of orchid potting mix and a pot large enough for the large root mass it will need to contain. I do not recommend cutting healthy roots....

Orchids: Roots, pink flowers, english teacher
pink flowers, english teacher, early spring: Hello English teacher, You did not mention where you live or where and how you are growing it, but I ll try to help with some things you can check and do. Fair enough? Depending upon what it is potted in and where and how you are growing the phalaenopsis,...

Orchids: roots, and blooms, phalaenopsis orchids, room temperature water
phalaenopsis orchids, room temperature water, flower spike: Based upon your description, you likely have a phalaenopsis or moth orchid. If so, the leaves on the flower stem are the start of what could become a baby plant or clone of the mother. Some types of phalaenopsis have this tendency. It also can occur when...

Orchids: How to save a Phalaenopsis, orchid potting mix, fir bark
orchid potting mix, fir bark, beautiful blooms: Danielle, you did not describe the poting soil you have used. I presume you used orchid potting mix that contains fir bark, perlite. charcoal, and, often, other ingredients. This is a fairly coarse mix to provide a lot of air movement at the roots. If...

Orchids: Vanda - root rot, bathtub shower, free root
bathtub shower, free root, wooden planter: Kristen, I would say you did get some bad advice. Soak it or mist it every other day and hang it in a south window. If your water is softened, be sure to avoid softened water as its salts can be detrimental. I have good luck hanging my vandas under a tree...

Orchids: White Mould, cattleya orchids, types of orchids
cattleya orchids, types of orchids, flower spray: Hello Heather, The white mould sounds like it may be boisduval scale. As you have noticed, they can spread very quickly from plant to plant. You can use the rose and ornamental spray but make sure the active ingredient is imidaclod, it doesn t take a...

Orchids: Wilted Leaves, phalaenopsis, san jose ca
phalaenopsis, san jose ca, kawasaki: Hello Thomas, From your description of what happened to your phalaenopsis, it sounds like the leaves wilting might be due to root damage deep inside the pot. Although the roots near the top and outside the pot might be fine, the roots deeper in the pot...

Orchids: I want to save my Phalaenopsis, orchid potting mix, plastic pot
orchid potting mix, plastic pot, new roots: May, it sounds like you have overwatered your plant leading to root rot. It is great that you have some new leaf growth-- that means you do have a chance of saving the plant. First thing to do is reduce waterinmg to once per week. Next, I recommend that...

Orchids: yellowing of dendrobiums, phals, cattleyas
phals, cattleyas, mushiness: I doubt that it is due to a virus. More likely, the combination of cold and darkness has caused the dendrobiums to go into a rest period in which they will lose most or all of their leaves. If the canes are strong and don t show any mushiness, I think they...

Orchids: air roots?, flower stalk, flower spike
flower stalk, flower spike, fir bark: Kathi, it is not essential to bury the air roots. Some think they are unsightly or see it as a sign that something is wrong. The main concern is that as they grow away from the plant and potting mix they encounter drier air and tend to stop growing. In some...

Orchids: Banrot systemic fungicide, orchid pests and diseases, handbook on orchid pests and diseases
orchid pests and diseases, handbook on orchid pests and diseases, orchid potting mix: Paula, the American Orchid Society s Handbook on Orchid Pests and Diseases indicates that Banrot is effewctive against a wide range of plant fungi but ineffective against bacteria. It recommends Banrot (which is a wettable powder) be used as a drench in the...

Orchids: My Brsdm., northern latitudes, facing window
northern latitudes, facing window, cloudy days: A west facing window is fine. You can adjust the light level by moving the plant clopser or further from the window. It should get enough light so you can ascertain a shadow on the leaf when you place your finger or other object between a leaf and the window....

Orchids: bartley schwartz ROOTS, miltonia, orchid species
miltonia, orchid species, bartley: Hi Deb, I believe what you have may be either a Beallara orchid named Bartley Schwartz. Beallara is a mixture of 4 different orchid species: Brassia, Cochlioda, Miltonia and Odontoglossum. These are related to each other sort of like cousins. With...

Orchids: Cattleya Orchid - leaves turning brown, cattleyas, orchids
cattleyas, orchids, thanks in advance: Hi Angelo, I apologize for taking so long to respond. I ve been running back and forth to the hospital to check on my mother s care. Thanks for the new links to the photos, I was able to view them although they were fairly large and took a little...

Orchids: CONFUSEDDD, 1800 flowers, repotting
1800 flowers, repotting, excess water: Hello Eileen, I apologize for taking so long to respond to your question, my mother is in the hospital and I ve been running back and forth to monitor her care. You can remove the plastic covering, it will make it easier to water the orchid. In fact,...

Orchids: Cymbidium, drainage holes, orchid potting mix
drainage holes, orchid potting mix, glass pot: Amanda, one thing you said suggests a reason for your plant s decline. You mention a square glass pot. I assume that the Cymbidium was potted in that and there are no drainage holes in it. If that is the case, the roots were too wet for too long and you...

Orchids: cymbidium orchid cutting, types of orchids, orchid clubs
types of orchids, orchid clubs, cymbidiums: Hello Pat, I am not sure what you got was a cymbidium as all cymbidiums I have seen do not grow from stems but rather from pseudobulbs. But, if you received a cymbidium flower stem (spike), that sounds more likely. If it was a spike, I am afraid planting...

Orchids: Dipping orchids into a water bucket, orchid pot, fertilzer
orchid pot, fertilzer, water saver: Hi Angelo, Sorry for taking so very long to respond to your question, my mother was in the hospital and I d been spening a lot of time going back and forth, etc. While dipping the orchid (pot and all) into a bucket of water is fine, I would not keep...

Orchids: Dying Orchid, hello jim, phalaenopsis
hello jim, phalaenopsis, flower shop: Hello Sophia, Most phalaenopsis flowers will last between 2 to 3 months once they have opened. So, unless they had been open for a couple of months at the flower shop before you bought it, several weeks at your home is a little soon. There are several...

Orchids: droopy leaves on phalaenopsis, drainage holes, orchid potting mix
drainage holes, orchid potting mix, plastic pot: Marilyn, the droopy leaaves will not recover because the roots serving them are likely dead-- you may cut them off. Reducinng watering is the second best thing you can do, so, good for you. However, even better, is to repot your plant in a standard orchid...

Orchids: Fertilizer, orchid nurseries, orchid supplies
orchid nurseries, orchid supplies, home depot: Hi Angelo, Yes, you may feed your orchids year round with the 20-20-20. Just remember that they may not require watering quite as often in winter. Living in Orlando, there are probably a number of orchid nurseries and orchid supply places within...

Orchids: My first Orchid, flower spikes, flower spike
flower spikes, flower spike, orchid roots: Christian, thank you for sharing your concern with me. First thing we need to establish is the type of orchid you have. In addressing your concern, I ll assume that you have a phalaenopsis (moth) orchid. You will need to correct me if that assumption is...

Orchids: help, commercial retail outlets, drainage holes
commercial retail outlets, drainage holes, orchid potting mix: Kelly, the most commonly found pot orchid at commercial retail outlets is the phalaenopsis (aka Moth) orchid. These have usually 3-5 oval leaves and, when in flower, have a flower spike (ie stem), originating at the base of the plant, from which floral branches...

Orchids: NEW, drainage holes, orchid potting mix
drainage holes, orchid potting mix, fir bark: Eileen, I recommend that you repot it in a plastic pot with lots of air/drainage holes in the bottom. Use fresh orchid potting mix. You can obtain a bag of this at a Lowes or Home Depot garden center. Be sure it has fir bark in it. Soak a portion while you...

Orchids: New Orchid owner please help., orchid potting mix, plastic pot
orchid potting mix, plastic pot, taisuco: Thank you for your questions Stephanie. For now, I would just be careful not to overwater it-- no more than once per week. If you have an east facing window, they like to watch the sun come up. The crucial part comes after the plant loses its flowers. ...

Orchids: naturally growth verses fooling mother nature, phalaenopsis orchids, worm poop
phalaenopsis orchids, worm poop, nature question: Hi Theo, At least a few of them are spikes!!! Now, I hope the other growth is a spike also but you are wise to not get your hopes up too high in believing they are. Now, if they do turn out to be spikes, you can jump for joy! (grin) Along with...

Orchids: Orchid, black bugs on shoots, flowers, orchid potting mix, fungal spores
orchid potting mix, fungal spores, black bugs: Christopher, phalaenopsis can be repotted most anytime because they don t have a rest period as found in cattleyas and dendrobiums. As a rule of thumb, it is best to repot phalaenopsis after flowering. This is becuase they tend to put quite a bit of energy...

Orchids: Orchid id, cold winter temperatures, pot hangers
cold winter temperatures, pot hangers, sudden stress: Thanks for the picture Dennis. It might be helpful if you can either send a picture of the plant or a description. Does the plant have pseudobulbs? What kind of leaves does it have (eg. heavy thick or thin)? How many leaves per growth? Where does the bloom...

Orchids: Orchids, flower spike, dendrobiums
flower spike, dendrobiums, rest period: Jessica, from your description, it sounds as if you have a dendrobium orchid. Dendrobiums have canes that support both leaves and, when flowering, the flowers. The warm growing dendrobiums flower by producing a flower spike (ie stem)from near the top of the...

Orchids: Phal - flowering & repotting of mother & baby?, flower spike, types of orchids
flower spike, types of orchids, flower development: You re welcome Claire. Orchid roots are threadlike and are covered by a thick sheath called the velamin. The velamin stores water and nutrients and can actually photosynthesize. The chlorophyll in the velamin will cause a healthy root to turn green when...

Orchids: Phal. orchid not blooming, orchid potting mix, drainage holes
orchid potting mix, drainage holes, fir bark: Preeli, yes, this would be a good time to repot. Repotting in a good fir-bark based potting mix will provide a better root environment and the reptting process will also allow you to examine the plants roots for any mushiness--a sign of root rot. Before...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis, full bloom, orchid plant
full bloom, orchid plant, bright shade: Hi Honey, Phalaenopsis flowers may last from 2 to 4 months on the orchid then they will slowly wilt and fall off. Since yours was alread in full bloom when you bought it, it just may be time for the flowers to die and fall off. I would advise caution...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis New Leaf Growth, orchid potting mix, fir bark
orchid potting mix, fir bark, firm roots: Annie, normally I recommend that a plant not be repotted until it finishes flowering. The reason is to provide maximum enjoyment. In the case of your plant with limp leaves, I think it s advisable that you repot as soon as possible. The fact that you have...

Orchids: phalaenopsis orchid, african violets, inch pot
african violets, inch pot, orchid mix: Barbara, if your plant s leaves are a dark green in color, it is not getting sufficient light for flowering. I recommend that you increase the light level by adding supplemental lighting for about 12 hours a day. The leaves should be closer to a yellow green...

Orchids: phaleanopsis, flower spikes, phalaenopsis orchids
flower spikes, phalaenopsis orchids, orchid potting mix: Roger, the standard procedure on phalaenopsis orchids is to repot after each flowering. Purchase a small bag of orchid potting mix, Remove the amount that you will use and soak it while unpotting your plant. Rinse the roots off and remove any roots that...

Orchids: repotting a phalaenopsis and a oncidium orchid, transparent pot, orchid potting mix
transparent pot, orchid potting mix, thick air: Good morning Cecily. Both plants should be repotted. The garden centers at both Lowes and Home depot should have orchid potting mix. If you don t have access to these or other garden centers you may order it from Charley s Greenhouse and Garden ...

Orchids: rotting new flower stem before blooming, humidity tray, supplemental lighting
humidity tray, supplemental lighting, new flower: Leigh, Phalaenopsis do not do well below 15 degrees C and, if the buds were exposed to such temperature, could be the cause of bud aborting. Also, as the temperature drops, so does the humidity and reduced humidity can also cause bud drop. Be sure that you...

Orchids: Saving Sedirea japonica, aerial roots, sphag
aerial roots, sphag, orchid bark: Hello Sharon, I apologize for taking so long to respond to your question but I ve been running back and forth to the hospital to monitor the care of my mother. From your description on the condition of the Sedirea, I m afraid it does not look promising....

Orchids: How to test sodium level in water, sodium level, angelo orlando
sodium level, angelo orlando, rain water: Hi Angelo, The easiest way to check the quality of your water is to ask the local water company. By law, all water districts must check and analyze the water they distribute. In most cases, these water reports are free to residents. Ideally, what...

Orchids: yellow cymbidium leaves, fungus growth, humidity air
fungus growth, humidity air, sunlight exposure: Hi Yolanda, Yellowing of leaves is probably not due to the amount of direct sunlight exposure they are getting but it could be contributing to it. Moving from Stockton to Fremont, there is a difference in the growing environment for the cymbidiums such...

Orchids: My 1st Orchid, flower spikes, phalaenopsis orchids
flower spikes, phalaenopsis orchids, drainage holes: Amber, flower spikes on phalaenopsis orchids are either the type that turns brown and dies back or the type that stays green. If it is of the forer type, you may cut it off near where it originates on the plant. If it stays green, cut it off above a node...

Orchids: Aeration of the potting media, community pots, orchid roots
community pots, orchid roots, agar media: Hello Cohen, Yes, just about every book about orchids along with most orchid growers will recommend using an open media to pot orchids. The basic reason for this is that orchid roots need exposure to air to help convert water and nutrients into food for...

Orchids: Bartley Schwartz - Will it be ok in cool air?, afternoon sunlight, glass stones
afternoon sunlight, glass stones, kitchen window: Hi Janet, It sounds like you are doing a good job in growing it, keep up the good work. If you mean the lowest temperature it would be exposed to by the kitchen window is around 50F then that is okay but if it will be much lower than that I would...

Orchids: Black on the stem of the orchid, flower stalk, isopropyl alcohol
flower stalk, isopropyl alcohol, black fungus: Hello Valerie, From your description, it sounds like the problem may be due to a fungus. The reason I say this is because you said it is black in between. Fungus can appear when water is left on the plant overnight, for this reason it is best to do any...

Orchids: Bringing Orchids inside for the winter, creepy crawly insects, snail bait
creepy crawly insects, snail bait, iron phosphate: Hi again Angelo, Yuk! A cockroach!!! It is almost impossible to keep all creepy crawly insects out of a growing area, they seem to be able to get into everything. What I do 2 to 3 weeks prior to moving any orchids into my house is spray them with...

Orchids: beginner, american orchid society, phalaenopsis orchids
american orchid society, phalaenopsis orchids, longwood gardens: Very good questions Sharon. I recommend that you get her a phalaenopsis orchid and one that is in flower. This is also called a moth orchid. It would be nice if she could pick it out as many children at that age are quite particular as to their likes. Phalaenopsis...

Orchids: brassia orchids, flower spikes, orchid potting mix
flower spikes, orchid potting mix, plant food: Gaby, it needs very little care just after flowering. You can water lightly until you see new growth. Then, I recommend that you report it in fresh orchid potting mix in a pot that is well drained. As it begins its new growth in late winter or early spring...

Orchids: Care of bought Orchids, flower life, orchid plants
flower life, orchid plants, phial: Vivienne, I assume that what you received were flower stems (sometimes called spikes )and not orchid plants. If this is the case, I would leave them in the solution as it contains certain preservatives to extend flower life. You will not be able to propagate...

Orchids: Cymbidium, night temperatures, partial shade
night temperatures, partial shade, sun light: Hi Lita, Living in Tampa, unless temperatures go much below 45F you probably can leave the cymbidium outside. With leaves of about 24 inches, it probably has some Asian cymbidiums in its heritage which would mean that it has some ability to produce blooms...

Orchids: Cymbidium orchid, orchid mix, plastic pot
orchid mix, plastic pot, clay pot: Hi Maria, Yes, you are doing great! In fact, I hadn t thought about using a plastic bag inside the clay pot - that is a Maria original !!! (grin) Glad to hear that the cymbidium is in pretty good condition. Keep in mind that recovery is a slow...

Orchids: how to care for my orchid, fir bark, potting mix
fir bark, potting mix, potted plant: Thanks for your questions Valerie. There is a close relationship between the nature of the potting mix and watering. Often, newly acquired orchids have not been newly potted so that the bark-based potting mix has begun to deteriorate. When that happens,...

Orchids: Two colors flowers one plant, dendrobium phalaenopsis, yellow blooms
dendrobium phalaenopsis, yellow blooms, green flowers: Jennifer, this is a dendrobium orchid and, more specifically, a dendrobium-- phalaenopsis type. That means it is a warm grower. Congratulations on growing this plant so well. The simplest explanation for the different colors is that you really have two...

Orchids: Dtps Newberry Parfait care, yellow tinge, orchid plant
yellow tinge, orchid plant, water drops: Hello Mary, I hope I can help you keep your Dtps. Newberry Parfait alive. You were correct to remove the brown stalks (spikes) because they were dead and of no further use to the orchid plant. The problems you note could be an indication that there...

Orchids: deformed phalaenopsis leaves, plastic name tag, dry spells
plastic name tag, dry spells, phals: Hi Grace, There are many causes for phalaenopsis leafs to grow deformed but the most frequent cause is light exposure. If the pot is moved or turned as the leaf is just beginning to grow, it will orient itself towards the sunlight. For this reason it...

Orchids: my dendrobium looks like a bunch of sticks, dendrobium, phal
dendrobium, phal, keiki: Hi Nick, Yes, I d suggest just cutting off the dead ones at the base, just above the soil level. If you decide to repot it in the spring, you can then remove the remainder of the dead canes. Also, after removing them you can repot back into the same...

Orchids: Two colors flowers one plant, phalaenopsis, spike
Orchids: Two colors flowers one plant, phalaenopsis, spike, bloom

Orchids: Growing dendrobium from a seed pod, rebecca tyson, mold spores
rebecca tyson, mold spores, seed pod: Thanks for your question Ted. The topic you inquired about is too involved to provide the entire set of procedures here. However, I recommend a book by the late Rebecca Tyson Northen titled Home Orchid Growing . It has an excellent index and you can find...

Orchids: humidity., autumn in ny, mid autumn
autumn in ny, mid autumn, pebbles: Hi Theo, I would be cautious about watering any orchid potted in moss. The reason for this is because the exposed moss may look and feel dry, the moss within the pot may still fairly moist or wet. Also, moss tends to dry out slower than more open media....

Orchids: lady slipper orchid, flower spike, flower growth
flower spike, flower growth, new roots: Hi Chuck, An outdoor greenhouse would be a good idea for growing orchids but with your winter weather, heating it could be a problem (expensive?). One thing, make sure there is adequate air circulation and heat venting in the greenhouse. Lack of air...

Orchids: lighting, genus miltonia, intensity of light
genus miltonia, intensity of light, odontoglossum: Hello Clara, You have quite a varied collection of orchids growing in your home. While they all do not require the same amount or intensity of light, you can safely leave the lights on for 10 to 12 hours a day in winter and 12 to 14 hours in summer. ...

Orchids: Mold on orchid, orchid medium, dtps
orchid medium, dtps, beep: Hello Helen, Unless the orchid is in dire trouble healthwise, it would be best to wait until after it has finished blooming. Until then, reduce watering by allowing the potting media to become almost dry before watering again. Jim Kawasaki San...

Orchids: Moth orchid(phalaenopsis), orchid potting mix, drainage holes
orchid potting mix, drainage holes, plastic pot: Russell, it is likely that the whitish spikes are new roots. You should locate a source of orchid potting mix at a garden center. While there purchase a plastic pot with lots of drainage holes in the bottom (Lowes or Home Depot usually carry orchid potting...

Orchids: mealy bugs on orchids, flower buds, pot stakes
flower buds, pot stakes, systemic insecticide: Corinne, the use of a systemic by-passes the need to treat the entire growing environment of the plant (eg potting mix, pot, stakes, etc). Once the systemic gets inside the plant tissue, it kills the insects as they suck on the plant sap. Systemics come in...

Orchids: new shooting star black gold, flower spikes, drainage holes
flower spikes, drainage holes, ceramic pot: Teresa, the proper name of your plant is likely Brassidium Shooting Star Black Gold . The name Brassidium is called the intergeneric name and tells us that it is a cross between an Oncidium and a Brassia-- both of which are warm growers. This plant should...

Orchids: Oncidium Orchids, high pressure sodium light, high pressure sodium
high pressure sodium light, high pressure sodium, oncidium orchids: Cheryl, OTT=Lite is a brand name. They are high eficiency lights manufactured to allow the true colors of the indoor environment to be accented. I have not found any of OTT-Lite s products to be produced specifically for plant growing (ie with a prpoer balance...

Orchids: Orchid after blooming, orchid fertilizer, orchid flower
orchid fertilizer, orchid flower, new leaves: Hello Eliza, You did not do any harm to the phalaenopsis by cutting off the flower stem, in fact you probably helped it. Phalaenopsis orchids usually only bloom once a year, usually in late winter into spring and the flowers may last 2 months or longer....

Orchids: Orchid having crystals under leaves, turtle shells, systemic insecticides
turtle shells, systemic insecticides, systemic insecticide: Hello Rosemarie, I am not quite certain what the crystals could be, I have not seen this happen before. Can you remove some of the crystals by scrapping? Is it clear or does it have color? Just had a thought! Do the crystals look sort of like...

Orchids: Orchid Mold, drops of water, nightfall
drops of water, nightfall, fungus: Hello PatriciaRose, Small patches of mold on flowers could be botrytis fungus. Are they black and sooty looking? If they are, it probably is botrytis. Botrytis appears almost overnight when drops of water are allowed to remain on the flower overnight,...

Orchids: Orchids, rebecca tyson northen, home orchid growing
rebecca tyson northen, home orchid growing, types of orchids: Cyndi, that is quite a predicament you have. Let s start with tags. If there are any tags in the pots, copy them down and send me any information on them via a follow-up question. While different types of orchids require different growing conditions,...

Orchids: orchid fungus?, systemic insecticide, scale insect
systemic insecticide, scale insect, cotton balls: Meredith, I suspect that you have an infection of the scale insect. The wet spots are plant sap which is most likely the reult of a sucking insect-- scale is likely to be the culprit. Another hint is that, in their adult stage, scale have a hard browm covering....

Orchids: orchid plant - getting yellow leaf with black spot, orchid plant, yellow leaf
orchid plant, yellow leaf, orchid species: Hello Raj, Thanks for the photo. What you have is a phalaenopsis orchid plant. From the photo, I m afraid it does not look very good for it because it appears to have a lot of problems. While it might be possible to save it, it will take quite a...

Orchids: orchid reproduction, inch pots, inch pot
inch pots, inch pot, little pot: Hi again Lee, When you get ready to pot the keiki, be sure to put it in a small pot because too large a pot could cause problems. With only a few roots, it will take longer for them to take up water and thus the potting media will stay wet longer than...

Orchids: orchids, two flowers, orchid plant
two flowers, orchid plant, knowing what type: Hello Lea, Unfortunately, without knowing what type of orchid you have makes it impossible to tell you much of anything. If there is a tag or label with the orchid name on it, send the name to me and I ll try to help. Also, it would help to know where...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis withering leaves, moist paper towel, new roots
moist paper towel, new roots, classic result: Hello Sharon, What you describe is the classic result of a phalaenopsis that no longer has any live roots left. Phalaenopsis orchids use their leaves to store water and nutrients and without any live roots it is taking the water from the leaves in order...

Orchids: Potting Medium, coconut husk chips, large plastic tubs
coconut husk chips, large plastic tubs, sponge rock: Hello Bill, While I do recommend fir bark be used most of the time because it is more readily available but many orchid growers have been switching to coconut husk chips. I ve used it myself with very good results, the main problem and concern with it...

Orchids: phaelenopsis, sudden temperature changes, one flower
sudden temperature changes, one flower, temperature change: Hello Linda, There are many causes for flowers to die suddenly but the most common causes are fruits laying near by and sudden temperature changes. Ripening fruits produce a gas as they ripen that can be fatal to flowers. If there was a sudden temperature...

Orchids: phal flower stem branching at bud sites, greenhouse controls, flower spikes
greenhouse controls, flower spikes, greenhouse conditions: Vivian, I suspect that your phalaenopsis has higher light levels in your greenhouse and is responding with improved flowering. As long as you have a large, strong plant (and it sounds as if you have) it should be able to support all of the flower branches....

Orchids: phalaenopsis, new leaf, time temperature
new leaf, time temperature, day time: Hello Jaqueline, One thing orchids will do is test your patience! (grin) It might be frustrating to see the buds but not seeing them open to show you the flower, but good things take some time to happen. One thing you can try is raising the day...

Orchids: Got my phalaenopsis to grow,how to treat new stems?, new leaves, phalaenopsis
new leaves, phalaenopsis, 18c: Hi Gunta, Yes, it truly is amazing that a person from one part of the world is able to ask a question and have it answered by another from the opposite side of the world. Makes me wonder how people got answers to questions in the past! You are so...

Orchids: phalaenopsis orchid, flo flo, drainage holes
flo flo, drainage holes, orchid potting mix: Flo, you need to repot your plant in fresh orchid potting mix. First, obtain a bag of fir bark-based orchid potting mix and soak part of it which unpotting your plant. rinse the old potting mix from the roots and remove any mushy roots. Those mushy roots...

Orchids: phalaenopsis trouble in the caribbean, drainage holes, orchid potting mix
drainage holes, orchid potting mix, brown patches: Ramona, here are several potential causes for the condition of your phalaenopsis: Exposure to the sun, deteriorated potting mix, keeping them too wet, insufficient drainage of the potting mix, viral infection. Your pot should have lots of drainage holes...

Orchids: phaleonopsis --brown on upper branch, growth spurt, phaleonopsis
growth spurt, phaleonopsis, phalaenopsis: Hello Denny, If it is just the branch (spike) that had flowers on it that is turning brown, that is normal and nothing to be concerned about. Most phalaenopsis orchid spikes begin turning brown from the tip downward after the flowers have all fallen off,...

Orchids: Repotting/rotted roots, commercial orchid growers, unopened buds
commercial orchid growers, unopened buds, flower spike: Caroline, the orchid poting mix only needs to soaked for an hour or less, though it does no harm to soak it for a day or two. Since you have fewer roots, you can probably get by with a smaller pot size. When you repot, be sure the crown of the plant is above...

Orchids: Roots-New plant?, fir bark, orchid pot
fir bark, orchid pot, stringy roots: Hi Jake. Roots and leaves of orchids contain no meristemmatic tiss ue and, therfore, they cannot be used to generate an entire plant. The only meristemmatic tissue in phals is located in the crown of the plant and at the joints or nodes of the flower spike....

Orchids: how to rebloom my phal.?, bloom season, night temperatures
bloom season, night temperatures, phals: Hi Nick, Phals can safely withstand temperatures down to 55F and even to 50F for a very short time. Also, it is best to not move it from one place to another if there is greater than a 15F difference between locations as it might shock it. You can...

Orchids: roots, orchid potting mix, aerial roots
orchid potting mix, aerial roots, humid climates: Jane, thanks for the clarification. I don t recall what type of orchid you have. It sounds as if you may have a dendrobium where the roots are originating from nodes (joints) on one or more canes. This could also happen at nodes on phalaenopsis flower spikes...

Orchids: sick orchid, lime soda, lemon lime
lime soda, lemon lime, dendrobiums: Hello Maria, From your description of what has happened to the leaves, it sounds like you may be watering or misting the leaves regularly. Also, the your water would be considered hard water due to the amount of minerals in it. As the water evaporates,...

Orchids: soft white bugs on orchids, soft paper towel, systemic insecticide
soft paper towel, systemic insecticide, forked tails: Hello Jessie, While I am not certain, I believe they may be mealybugs. You can get rid of them by using a systemic insecticide, check at your local garden center and ask for one that is recommended for orchids. Be sure to follow the instructions on mixing...

Orchids: watering, cold coffee, rest periods
cold coffee, rest periods, coffee grounds: Katie, there are no dumb questions. It is unfortunate that some of us learned to keep our mouth shut for fear of embarrassment. Being a former teacher, I m of the opinion that learning is best when it occurs in response to questions, so, keep asking those...

Orchids: Cattelaya Blooms, flower buds, winkelmann
flower buds, winkelmann, repotting: Hello George, While I am not quite sure what caused 2 of the flower buds to blast while the other 2 did not but here are some things you might consider. 1. They were closer to a window and exposed to colder temperatures. 2. Water left over night...

Orchids: Cymbidium leaves are turning yellowish, discoloring, insect names, types of insects
insect names, types of insects, scale insects: Angelo, Cygon 2E is certainly effective but be careful handling this stuff. I know that I had some years ago and then I heard that they took it off the market because of its toxicity. I believe I took all mine to a place that disposes of toxic chemicals...

Orchids: cymbidiums, orchid nurseries, flower spikes
orchid nurseries, flower spikes, weather reports: Hello Sarah, Thanks for the photo, your cymbidium looks very healthy! Just be patient and the buds will open when the weather warms up a bit. Until then, keep your ears open to the weather reports for possible frosts. If frost is forecase, make...

Orchids: cymbidiums, miniature cymbidiums, orchid fertilizer
miniature cymbidiums, orchid fertilizer, cymbidium: Hello Christina, Growing and blooming the cymbidium might be a problem for you living in NYC. While you probably can get it to grow, getting it to bloom could be much more difficult. Why? Unless your apartment has a south facing window and also receives...

Orchids: Droopy Paphiopedilum, morning sunlight, paph
morning sunlight, paph, bright shade: Hi Anne, While constant 70 degrees may be nice to work in and the paph will grow happily, it probably would never produce any blooms. Paphs as with almost all orchids require changes in temperature to really grow and bloom well. In your new home, put...

Orchids: dying leaves on phaelo, sphagnum moss, orchid potting mix
sphagnum moss, orchid potting mix, drainage holes: Denny, dying leaves are a symptom of root rot. Obtain some orchid potting mix at your garden center and soak it while you unpot your plant. Any mushy roots are dead and need to be removed. Only firm roots are healthy. I suspect that you have a number of...

Orchids: Falling orchid flowers - normal or not?, orchid flowers, glass vase
orchid flowers, glass vase, orchid media: Hello Daniella, Oops, thought I had already answered your question but it appears I have not since it still in listed as not having been answered. Phalaenopsis orchid flowers should last upwards of 2 months and even longer unless something has happened...

Orchids: Fertilizing during in house overwintering, dendrobium orchids, snail bait
dendrobium orchids, snail bait, iron phosphate: Hello Corrine, Treating your orchids prior to bringing them into the house is a very good idea! You don t want to bring in any hitchhikers along. (grin) Yes, continue to feed them but at about half what you had been giving them. Also, be mindful...

Orchids: Is this a fungus and what to do about it, cattleya orchids, physan 20
cattleya orchids, physan 20, fungus disease: Hi Terri, You didn t get the answers I sent to the other questions? I m not quite sure how to retrieve previous answers and resend it but will take a look around to see if I can do that. Hope you had a great Christmas! Jim Kawasaki San Jose,...

Orchids: Insecticide, Fungicide, insecticide fungicide, 4 quarts
insecticide fungicide, 4 quarts, orchid friends: Hi Angelo, Yes, that home made insecticide will work but it will not get the critters down within the potting media. Before applying the solution, it may be a good idea to repot into fresh media first, that should eliminate or minimize the critters hiding...

Orchids: Leaves are falling off my Phalaenopsis Orchid, hydrogen peroxide, orchid roots
hydrogen peroxide, orchid roots, orchid pot: Hi Malynda, There is a slim chance you might be able to save it but it will take some work and a lot of patience. To begin, remove the pot from the ceramic pot. Purchase a small bag of medium grade orchid bark. Unpot the phalaenopsis from the pot...

Orchids: Orchid exposed to the cold, phrag, merry christmas
phrag, merry christmas, san jose ca: Hello Alaina, I m afraid I ve only got bad news to offer you. Phragmepediums do not mind cool temperatures but totally dislike anything below 45F. Sorry! Hope you had a Merry Christmas in spite of this tragedy. Jim Kawasaki San Jose, Ca....

Orchids: Orchid propagation, orchid propagation, baby plant
orchid propagation, baby plant, orchid plant: Hello Rhonda, Leave the new baby plant alone until it has grown 2 or more roots that are over 2 inches long. Once you are ready to remove it, have a new small pot with some orchid potting media ready. To remove it, hold the baby plant in one hand and...

Orchids: orchid plant, flower bud, orchid plant
flower bud, orchid plant, farmers market: Hello Michele, Since it may have come from a supermarket or farmers market along with the description of the flower, my guess is that you probably have a phalaenopsis orchid plant. Phalaenopsis orchids normally only produce blooms once a year, usually...

Orchids: orchid roots, orchid roots, mother cane
orchid roots, mother cane, pink blooms: Hi Audrey, Before removing the keiki, gather the supplies you will need such as a small plastic pot (about 2 to 3 inches), orchid potting media. When you are ready, hold the keiki with one hand and the mother cane in the other then gently twist and pull...

Orchids: my orchid wilted, unopened buds, orchid flowers
unopened buds, orchid flowers, cooler room: Hello Dottia, From your description of what happened, it could have been the sudden temperature change. If it was due to the warm temperature, it should have revived after moving into a cooler room. But if it didn t and the flowers are still wilted,...

Orchids: orchids, orchid flowers, orchid plants
orchid flowers, orchid plants, preservative solution: Thanks for your question Larissa. I assume that you have cut flowers and not actual orchid plants. Usually, those in vials have a rubber cap on the vials with a hole through which the flower stem is inserted. I think that the preservative solution must...

Orchids: orchids, arid deserts, cloud forests
arid deserts, cloud forests, orchid species: Hello Jessica, Those web sites are mostly correct, orchids do have special needs fulfilled in order to grow and bloom reliably. Do you know what kind of orchid you have? Without knowing what kind it is makes it impossible for me to tell you what...

Orchids: Phal and its spikes growing sideways, flower spike, flower spikes
flower spike, flower spikes, bamboo stake: Angelo, you may be able to slip the spike to one side of the leaf and anchor it to a bamboo stake so it doesn t slip back into its old position. When staking more mature spikes, you may need to alter their course of growth gradually since they are brittle...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis Orchid, terra cotta pot, bottom leaf
terra cotta pot, bottom leaf, new leaf: Hi Marsha, Thanks for the photo, it really helps! From what I can tell, it appears there are two distinct plants in the pot (more on this later). Also, I can tell that you have been doing a great job in caring for it with the new leaf growths plus the...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis - Reflowering on same stem, kitchen window sill, flower spike
kitchen window sill, flower spike, phalaenopsis orchids: Nick, thanks for your questions. It is not unusual for a phalaenopsis to reflower on the same flower spike. This can be done when either the flower spike elongates and continues to flower on the elongated flower spike, or when a node (ie joint) along the...

Orchids: Phals exposed to cold temperature, drainage holes, fir bark
drainage holes, fir bark, orchid potting mix: Janice, thank you for the picture. In the photo I see two leaves with problems. I would cut off the leaf with the descending yellow area about one inch below the yellowing portion of the leaf. That is likely damage that occurred when the tip of the leaf...

Orchids: phalaenopsis Orchid leaves suddenly wilting and dying, orchid potting mix, phalaenopsis orchids
orchid potting mix, phalaenopsis orchids, fir bark: You re welcome Katie. It is likely that the air roots are responsible for survival of your plant. Sometimes, air roots are a survival mechanism, especially when the potting mix is sour. When you repot with fresh orchid potting mix, you may carefully placed...

Orchids: phalaenopsis wrinkled leaves dark around edges, orchid roots, physan 20
orchid roots, physan 20, orchid mix: Hello Terri, Let s take this one phal at a time. No. 1 with wrinkled leaves is showing signs that it is becoming dehydrated due to the roots in the pot not taking up moisture. Although you have been watering it every 10 days, it may be that the roots...

Orchids: Stems and Flower, orchid potting mix, fir bark
orchid potting mix, fir bark, air holes: Sounds as if the keiki has not matured enough for separation. When it gets large enough you should be able to grasp it between thumb and forefinger near where it joins the flower spike and twist it a couple of times and it should separate from its parent....

Orchids: When should I see the spikes?, bamboo stake, orchid hybrids
bamboo stake, orchid hybrids, wooden benches: Hi Angelo, When an orchid will bloom depends upon what kind of orchid it is and where the species originated. But, with that said, many orchid hybrids produce their blooms between fall through spring with even some in summer. Moving your orchids...

Orchids: Vanda, yellow leaf, vanda
yellow leaf, vanda, source of water: Angelo, unfortunately, there must have been a mix up on tags. Your plant is not a vanda. It may be a cattleya type or a dendrobium. Remove the yellow leaf at the node (ie joint) where it joins the healthy green tissue. After you remove it, take off the...

Orchids: Vandas dropping first (oldest) leaves, putting energy, vanda
putting energy, vanda, orchids: Jurg, it is not unusual for orchids, including orchids of the vandaceous alliance, to lose older leaves. This likely is the result of the plant putting energy into new growth at the expense of the old growth. There may be precipitating factors, however, such...

Orchids: What is wrong with this orchid?, cattleya, leafs
cattleya, leafs, blooms: Hi Terri, The black spots on the leafs appear to be fungus damage. Your orchid is what is commonly called a bifoliate cattleya because each pseudobulb had 2 leafs. By the way, the other cattleya you have is called a unifoliate since there is one leaf...

Orchids: yellow leaves and yellowin stem,new growth, yellow leaves, keiki
yellow leaves, keiki, dendrobium: Hi Janine, Once a flower stem turns brown you can remove the stem by cutting it off from the growth. If there is a keiki growing on the stem and it does not have any roots yet, the stem below the keiki should still be green with only the stem above it...

Orchids: yellowing, flower spike, flower spikes
flower spike, flower spikes, orchid potting mix: Alison, thanks for your question. It is possible that the sudden change in temperature had some effect on the second flower spike by shortening the bloom period leading to early flower and bud loss. This may also be the result of drier air about the plant...

Orchids: Black spot in my cymbidium, cymbidiums, cymbidium
cymbidiums, cymbidium, elvie: Hello Elvie, If the black spots are on the small (tiny) side and near the end of the leafs, it probably is okay. Some cymbidiums are susceptible to leaf spotting especially when exposed to temperatures below 40F. It also could be caused by a fungus,...

Orchids: Bloom problems, flower spike, orchid potting mix
flower spike, orchid potting mix, plastic pot: Roxanne, phalaenopsis flowers and buds are very sensitive to cold so it sounds as if your plant will lose it s flowers and, maybe, its buds. What you want to focus on is the leaves. If they still look healthy and not droopy, you have a good chance to save...

Orchids: Brown spots turning yellow on the leaves, san jose ca, kawasaki
san jose ca, kawasaki, ashley: Hello Ashley, I d really love to help you but you didn t say what kind of orchid you have or what you have been doing in caring for it. If you can write back with a little more information, I ll try to help you with it. It also helps to know where you...

Orchids: baby, shady location, baby plant
shady location, baby plant, potting mix: Hello Aja, Does the baby phalaenopsis plant have any roots, even tiny ones? If it does, there is a slight possibility to grow it to maturity. If there are not any signs of roots the chances are slim to none I m afraid. At any rate, if you want to give...

Orchids: book on orchid care, world of orchids, reputable shop
world of orchids, reputable shop, orchid care: Hi Gina, There are lots of good orchid books around, some better than others. But a good starter book is one published by Ortho Books All About Orchids for about $15.00. It should be available at most book stores and garden centers selling orchids....

Orchids: broken cymbidium spike, little sugar, vase
little sugar, vase, spikes: Hello Margaret, OUCH!!! A broken spike! If it is not broken cleanly but only bent over slightly, it may continue to grow and the flowers open. But, if it is broken open, it might be better to go ahead and cut it off and place it in a vase with water....

Orchids: cymbidium blooms, light shading, night temperatures
light shading, night temperatures, overhead protection: Hello Toni, Cymbidium blooms will last from a month to several months and longer, when they begin to wilt and brown it is just that their time is up. Once the flowers are gone, remove the spike by cutting it off as low as you can, it will not rebloom for...

Orchids: cymbidium orchid, would like more information, stems
would like more information, stems, san jose ca: Hello Jacob, Your plan of action with the cymbidium is to be prepared to cut off the stems once the flowers die off. Cymbidium stems only produce flowers once then they slowly die back. Cut them off about an inch or two from the bottom. Cymbidiums...

Orchids: cymbidiums, light shading, california climate
light shading, california climate, sf bay area: Hello Karen, If you live just about anywhere in coastal California (within 50 miles of the Pacific), you can grow cymbidiums outdoors for most of the year. More inland and they will require some help and protection from the summer and possibly winter...

Orchids: Dendrobium Burana Stripe #1 & Phalaenopsis, rest period, phalaenopsis
rest period, phalaenopsis, little water: Thank you for the details Jessica. That dendrobium is a deciduous dendrobium. It requires a rest period during which it loses some or all of its leaves. If it is watered much during its rest period, it goes back into growth and into decine over a few years...

Orchids: Dendrobium leaf problem, fungus spores, fungus infection
fungus spores, fungus infection, four leaves: Hi Cleo, My first thought was that the patch could be sunburn but reading further into your note, I m not certain. Another possibility is an insect but usually they cause damage sporadically on the leaves rather than one spot. It also could be a bacterial...

Orchids: denrobiums, light intensity, dendrobiums
light intensity, dendrobiums, sunny window: Hello Pat, The yellowing of leaves may be due to too much sunlight. Try moving them about 3 feet from the sunny window and they may green up a little. Dendrobiums love bright light but not bright mid day sun, early morning or late afternoon is fine....

Orchids: dieing buldes, unopened buds, bud death
unopened buds, bud death, unopened flowers: Hello Laura, You didn t mention what kind of orchid it is you bought but I believe it may be a phalaenopsis orchid so I will respond as though that is what it is. Okay? Unopened buds dying after only 3 days is a bit unusual, phalaenopsis buds usually...

Orchids: dying orchid, tiny bud, bearer of bad news
tiny bud, bearer of bad news, short periods: Hi Betty, I hate being the bearer of bad news but from your description on the condition of your phalaenopsis orchid, it does not look very good I m afraid. While phalaenopsis can withstand temperatures down to 50F for very short periods, they really...

Orchids: Fertilizer for cymbidium, slow release fertilizer, liquid fertilizer
slow release fertilizer, liquid fertilizer, orchid clubs: Hi again Khanh, There are many different orchid fertilizers available locally but as I mentioned earlier, I prefer the Grow More brand which is in granular form and available at most garden centers and nurseries in the area. As for how to use it,...

Orchids: ground orchids are not doing well at all., orchids, boca
Orchids: ground orchids are not doing well at all., orchids, boca, plants

Orchids: Orchid, grandma, grass
Orchids: Orchid, grandma, grass, babies

Orchids: Phal queriies, excess nitrogen, belated response
Orchids: Phal queriies, excess nitrogen, belated response, plant food

Orchids: Growing in Nevada, orchid fertilizer, growing orchids
orchid fertilizer, growing orchids, bloom season: Hi again Elora, It all depends! (grin) It may just be time for the lowest leaf to go to leaf heaven. Phalaenopsis leafs will live for about 2-3 years then slowly die. In the mean time, the phalaenopsis should have made 3 or more new leafs. Take a...

Orchids: ground orchids are not doing well at all., yellow flowers, corms
yellow flowers, corms, plant food: Hi Laura, I believe you have Spathoglottis Plicata which most persons refer to as the ground orchid. It can be easily grown in the ground in most parts of Florida but does need protection from temperatures below 45F in the northern part of the state,...

Orchids: how can i help my orchid, orchid potting mix, firm roots
orchid potting mix, firm roots, new leaves: Thank you Jenna for honoring me with your questions. It sounds like your orchid got too cold during shipment. That could account for the loss of buds. Phalaenopsis need temperatures between 60 - 85 degrees to do well. It also sounds as if your plant has...

Orchids: Leafs falling off, orchid bark, would like more information
orchid bark, would like more information, light gold: Hello Jon, That is pretty good, bloomed 3 times in 4 years. You must be caring for it pretty good! You didn t mention what kind of orchid you have which makes it a little difficult to tell you what to do or what the problem is that is causing the leafs...

Orchids: ladyslipper, listerine mouth wash, orchid potting mix
listerine mouth wash, orchid potting mix, lady slippers: Kristy, I assume you repotted your orchid in a seedling type of orchid potting mix. If you don t have any, you could E-mail Hausermann s for some of the mix they use on their Paphiopedilum lady slippers. With regard to the black growth, it sounds like it...

Orchids: markers in orchid pots that you buy., orchid pots, full bloom
orchid pots, full bloom, initials: Hi Lisa, Numbers on an orchid label could mean a variety of things depending upon the original grower. Some growers like to note the date it was last repotted, others like to keep track of the date it initiated the bloom cycle while others the date it...

Orchids: Need a bit of advice on miltonia, car ride home, commercial fertilizer
car ride home, commercial fertilizer, uppsala sweden: Hi Marlina, Brrrrr, 10 degrees!!!! Even in celcius degrees that is on cold side. (grin) While I am not certain, it may be that the exposure to the cold going from the store to your car and then from the car to your home caused the miltonia to be...

Orchids: New Leopard Prince Orchid, fungus growth, fungus infections
fungus growth, fungus infections, water droplets: Hi Melissa, I m afraid once the leafs have yellowed, they are pretty much history and will drop off within a week or two. What don t want to happen is for the other leafs to follow those. Although you didn t say what kind of orchid your Leopard Prince...

Orchids: New Orchid, orchid phalaenopsis, flower spikes
orchid phalaenopsis, flower spikes, orchid potting mix: Yes, orchid food or any plant food is fine as long as you use only 1/4 tsp per gallon of water. Remember that feeding an orchid plant is only as effective as its root s ability to absorb the food and use it to grow tissue. So, first priority is to determine...

Orchids: new orchid's stem is turning brown!, room temperature water, flower spike
room temperature water, flower spike, orchid potting mix: Kelly, I assume you have a phalaenopsis orchid. The stem that bears the flowers is called a flower spike. It has nodes (joints). These nodes have a small sheath. Under that sheath is a special tissue which can develop either new plants or a branch in...

Orchids: Odd spot on one orchid leaf, phalaenopsis orchids, humidity tray
phalaenopsis orchids, humidity tray, cutting blade: Hello Cherrie , While I cannot be sure without actually seeing it, from your description of the spot it sounds like it may be a bacterial infection. Keep an eye on it to see if it grows larger or appears on other leaves. If it starts to grow larger,...

Orchids: Oncidium intergeneric/Alliance, orchid potting mix, types of orchids
orchid potting mix, types of orchids, yellow butterfly: I think many of your challenges result from the decomposition of the potting mix. Best time to repot is when new vegetative growth begins from the base of the old growth. After soaking the plant for a couple of hours you will find that much of the old potting...

Orchids: Orchid, orchid 7, sure what kind
orchid 7, sure what kind, green leaves: Hi Barbara, At first I thought you might be talking about a cymbidium orchid but changed my mind when you mentioned the spindly things growing on the stems. Now, I m not quite sure what it is you have. By chance, is there a tag with a name on it?...

Orchids: Orchid in the Office, night time lighting, would like more information
night time lighting, would like more information, florescent light: Hello Lynne, Where you now have it, it probably is okay to leave it there while it is in bloom but once the flowers wilt and die, it would be better to place it where it will receive a little more light unless the flourescent light is less than 3 feet...

Orchids: Orchid seedlings, orchid seedlings, foot candles
orchid seedlings, foot candles, plastic pots: Hello again Florence, If you moved them directly from the plastic tubes into pots then directly into bright sunlight, what may have happened is the leafs got sunburned. Although vandas do need quite a bit of bright sunlight, it is best to gradually move...

Orchids: Orchid seedlings, orchid seedlings, foot candles
orchid seedlings, foot candles, plastic pots: Thank you Florence for the detailed description. You are to be congratulated on doing so well with these young mericlones as orchids that young are much more challenging than mature plants. For the first few years, plants that small grow slowly, are less...

Orchids: Orchid over watered, flower spike, orchid potting mix
flower spike, orchid potting mix, phalaenopsis orchids: Dawn, it sounds like you have a phalaenopsis orchid. The flower spike on phalaenopsis orchids naturally dies back after flowering. You may cut off the old flower spike without damaging the plant. The more insidious issue is likely the poor condition of...

Orchids: Orchids, orchids, san jose ca
orchids, san jose ca, kawasaki: Hello Kate, I m afraid I don t know what animal is eating orchids in B.C. There are some places where animals are fed parts of certain orchids but this is the first I ve heard of it in B.C. If you like, write back and I can check around and find...

Orchids: Orchids in a Cold (50 deg) Terrarium, oak hill gardens, paphiopedilum orchids
oak hill gardens, paphiopedilum orchids, orchid vendors: Rose, that is indeed a challenge. Most small orchids that do well at cool temperatures don t do well at very warm to hot temperatures. You could test a variety of small orchids to see which do the best. Masdevallia orchids are small and often brightly colored....

Orchids: My orchid, room temperature water, orchid potting mix
room temperature water, orchid potting mix, phalaenopsis orchids: Megan, I assume you had a phalaenopsis orchid for purposes of my response. When a phalaenopsis finishes flowering you should repot it in fresh orchid potting mix. Here are the steps I recommend: 1) obtain a hobby bag of orchid potting mix (preferably for...

Orchids: orchid care, flower spike, world of orchids
flower spike, world of orchids, new flower: First Jaci, welcome to the wonderful world of orchids. It sounds like you have a phalaenopsis (otherwise called moth ) orchid. Yes, the long stem on which flowers appear is called the flower spike. Trimming of the old flower spike can be done without...

Orchids: orchid ident without flowers, american orchid society, blades of grass
american orchid society, blades of grass, orchid forum: Hopefully, you already have my followup answer, but if not here it is again. In the picture the plant appears to have near spherical pseudobulbs. You can confirm this by looking at the plant. If this is the case and the leaves are long, narrow, and thick...

Orchids: orchid question followup, orchid photos, address link
orchid photos, address link, e mail: Hi Barbara, If you have photos stored on a web site, you can send me the address link via another post and I can look at the photos. If not, you can attach the photos to an e-mail to: kawacym@aol.com. Just be sure to put Orchid Photos on the subject...

Orchids: orchid top bent over badly, flower spike, american orchid society
flower spike, american orchid society, types of orchids: Ryan, I ll need to guess at some of the missing details in your description so I ll do that and my answer will be based upon that guess. I ll assume that you are referring to a phalaenopsis orchid and, by the top, you are referring to the flower spike that...

Orchids: orchids, phalaenopsis orchids, excuse spelling
phalaenopsis orchids, excuse spelling, sticky stuff: Hi Colin, While I cannot be certain about the brown scabs on your wife s phalaenopsis orchids leaves without actually seeing it, I believe it may be a bacterial infection. In the worst case, it can kill the plant but generally if it remains localized...

Orchids: orchids, orchid fertilizer, indirect sunlight
orchid fertilizer, indirect sunlight, night temperatures: Hello Louisa, Once the flowers have all died off, cut off the stem as low as you safely can. Grow it where it will receive bright but indirect sunlight, temperatures between 60F to 85F, humidity above 50%, with some light air movement around it. Water...

Orchids: Phal orchid help, air registers, aerial roots
air registers, aerial roots, new roots: Cat, I wouldn t be concerned about the aerial roots (ie those outside of the pot). While they are more likely to be influenced by low humidity, most of the roots to support the functions of the plant are down in the potting mix and need to be healthy. Since...

Orchids: Phal problem, flower stalks, tiny bud
flower stalks, tiny bud, phals: Patty, from your description, it sounds as if you will lose your bud. It is not uncommon for phals flowering for the first time to muster the energy to support flowering especially if the plant is small. If this plant has flowered before and is healthy with...

Orchids: Phal queriies, phals, leaf tips
phals, leaf tips, cold temperatures: Hi Patty, That s great two of your phals have spikes! Keep up the good work with them. Usually, leaves that curl do it downward, not upward. Have you taken a close look at the leaf tips to see if there is anything such as insects along the top edges?...

Orchids: Phal rebloomed and now wilting leaves?, exchange gases, orchid roots
exchange gases, orchid roots, sudden temperature changes: Hello Jacqueline, Blooms dying soon after opening along with buds drooping without opening could be due to several things, the main one being fruits near by. Ripening fruits produce ethylene gas as they ripen and it can be fatal to blooms and buds. Other...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis, flower spikes, orchid potting mix
flower spikes, orchid potting mix, good shape: Mike, the stems (aka flower spikes) naturally die back after flowering has finished. You may cut them off after they have finished their die back. You may want to consider getting some fresh orchid potting mix and repot your plant. This is generally recommended...

Orchids: My Phalaenopsis Bloom is Wilting, sudden temperature changes, indirect sunlight
sudden temperature changes, indirect sunlight, valentine s day: Hi Katherine, You re welcome. If it has at least 4 healthy mature leaves, you can try seeing if it will make an offshoot or secondary flowering stem off of the current stem. To do this, go down the stem to where the lowest flower had been, go down...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis Orchid, orchid mix, little leaves
orchid mix, little leaves, would like more information: Hi Donna, The reason it is having a baby is because it knew you wanted a baby. (grin) Actually, I m not really sure why it did that but here are some things I believe might have contributed to it happening. Possibly a change in growing environment...

Orchids: No Phalaenopsis stem!, phosphorous fertilizer, flower spike
phosphorous fertilizer, flower spike, balanced fertilizer: Jessie, it was not stupid to cut the stem (ie flower spike) on your phalaenopsis. On some phalaenopsis hybrids, that flower spike dies back naturally. You are approaching the time of year when your phalaenopsis should be sending up a new flower spike. Check...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis w/yellowing buds, fungus growth, water droplets
fungus growth, water droplets, cold window: Hello again Kris, If the leaves are starting to yellow, check at the base of the leaf to see if there is a black sooty looking deposit. If there is, it probably is a fungus that is slowly killing the leaf. Fungus forms and grows under dark damp conditions,...

Orchids: Please save my plant, cymbidiums, orchid plant
cymbidiums, orchid plant, cymbidium flowers: Hi Amy, How long have you had the cymbidium? Most cymbidium flowers will last for several months then slowly die and fall off. It doubtful that sunlight is causing this as most cymbidiums require quite a bit of sunlight to grow and bloom well. The exception...

Orchids: phalaenopsis, orchid fertilizer, phalaenopsis orchids
orchid fertilizer, phalaenopsis orchids, indirect sunlight: Hello Dorothy, Phalaenopsis orchids only produce flowers once a year, usually some time in the winter through spring. As for repotting, as long as the potting media is still okay you can wait until next year. But, if it is beginning to break down...

Orchids: phalaenopsis potting, flower spikes, plastic pot
flower spikes, plastic pot, clay pot: Hello Marianne, A plastic pot within a clay or ceramic pot is fine except you have to be very careful with watering because the potting mix does not dry very easily between waterings due to restricted air flow in the pot. Unless you love the way it looks...

Orchids: phals, long bloom stalk, no blooms, shultz, buds
shultz, buds, blooms: It can easily take a month or more for long bloom spikes to develop buds. You didn t mention how long you have been waiting fot buds to appear on the bloom spike. Schultz 19-31-17 is fine. As long as your bloom spike isn t dying back, it s going to require...

Orchids: Rescue me! Will my phal make it?!, sunburn damage, white moth
sunburn damage, white moth, black patches: Hiya Adam, Thanks for the link to photos! They helped a lot!! At first, when I saw the photo of the entire plant, my initial thought was that it could be sunburn damage but after looking at the close-up it looks more like a possible fungal infection...

Orchids: repotting my phalenopsis, sponge rock, orchid potting mix
sponge rock, orchid potting mix, phalenopsis: Hello Sarah, You mentioned that the potting mix remains moist a very long time, that could mean it has broken down and should be replaced. Phalaenopsis orchids love moisture around their roots but not constant wetness which can cause roots to die and...

Orchids: stem and leaves help, phalaenopsis roots, potting mix
phalaenopsis roots, potting mix, cold weather: Hi again Sabrina, If it is only the lowest leaf that is going limp, that is not unusual as it may just be time for it to go. Phalaenopsis leaves will live for about 3 years then slowly die because it has served its purpose of keeping the plant alive....

Orchids: Trimming stems, flower spike, phalaenopsis orchids
flower spike, phalaenopsis orchids, bloom season: Hi Ken, Yes, go ahead and cut the spike off once the current blooms fall off. There are several reasons for doing this but the primary reason is to allow the phalaenopsis plant to rest and recuperate from producing blooms which takes quite a bit of the...

Orchids: trying to figure out what I bought.., e mail address, dorsal sepal
e mail address, dorsal sepal, upper margins: Gina, I undertstand your desire to put a name on this plant. Paph makuli is actually a complex hybrid: Maudiae x sukhakulii. Maudiae is also a hybrid: callosum x lawrenceanum. Therefore, Makuli contains a mixture of traits contained in both of the species...

Orchids: vanda robert's delight, orchid fertilizer, south africa coast
orchid fertilizer, south africa coast, warm temperatures: Hi Gladys, I hope it does get better and starts to grow for you. If it does, be patient as it may take several years for it to gain enough growth and energy to produce blooms. Speaking of patience, that is one thing orchid growers learn to deal with...

Orchids: White bugs in my soil, phalaenopsis orchids, plant blooms
phalaenopsis orchids, plant blooms, new roots: Hi Lynda, If your phalaenopsis orchids is just now in the process of sending up new stems, you probably can repot it by being careful to not damage the stems. When you repot it, do it in the afternoon when things are warmer because the stems are not quite...

Orchids: Wilting leaves and buds, fungus problem, crown rot
fungus problem, crown rot, black rot: Hello again Adam, First, I would like to apologize for taking so long to write back to you. I thought I had sent a reply almost as soon as I saw your folloup question but I may not have clicked on the Send button after finishing. Since then, I had gone...

Orchids: white mold?, entire leaf, q tip
entire leaf, q tip, paper towel: Hello Beth, Are you sure it is white mold and not something else? The reason I ask is because it could be mealybugs rather than a mold. Mealybugs produce a white cottony looking protective cover over themselves to help protect them from predators as...

Orchids: white spots / scales on leaves, systemic insecticide, spider mites
systemic insecticide, spider mites, unhatched eggs: Hello Meka, Those white spots on the leaves of your dendrobium could be boisduval scale. Try wiping them with a soft cloth dipped in isopropyl alcohol to see if some or all of the white spots disappears. If it does, they could be boisduval scale or possibly...

Orchids: wrinkled leaves on Phals, orchid potting mix, flower spike
orchid potting mix, flower spike, drainage holes: Olive, I think you definitely should repot your phals. The first step is to obtain some orchid potting mix and soak it for a few hours. While it is soaking, unpot each plant and toss the old potting mix. Carefully clean the roots of the unpotted plants,...

Orchids: Bent Phalaenopsis Flower Spike, football goal posts, flower spike
football goal posts, flower spike, worst case scenario: Linda, congratulations on your flowering success. Supporting the bent spike above and below the bend should work fine as long as that support stabilizes the bend and prevents it from moving. I favor spike clips if your can find them (these are spring loaded...

Orchids: Black spots on phals, fir bark, phals
fir bark, phals, plastic pot: Sheryl, it is not likely that your phals have a virus from the symptoms you have described. It sounds like a fungus but if the flowers have been on the plant very long, it may be a part of the termination of flowering. If the flowers are fairly fresh on the...

Orchids: Blooms on the same spike, flower spike, phalaenopsis orchids
flower spike, phalaenopsis orchids, cymbidiums: Very few orchids will rebloom on the same spike. It is most common on phalaenopsis orchids. However,whether or not a phalaenopsis spike will rebloom depends upon the hybrid. On some phalaenopsis hybrids, the flower spike will die back after blooming. Each...

Orchids: Brassia Orchid flowering, sphagnum moss, edmonton canada
sphagnum moss, edmonton canada, oncidiums: Tony, I have a couple of suggestions for things you might try. About this time of year, the sun is shifting toward the north so, from now until fall, you are getting less and less light in the south window. I suggest placing in a west window or, secondly,...

Orchids: Burragera Nelly Isler Care, mature flower, nice fragrance
mature flower, nice fragrance, lighting conditions: Hi Gina, the flowers on this plant actually grow larger as they age and the colors tend to become diffuse as the pigment as spread over a larger area. It has nothing to do with your growing conditions. Most growers of this plant recommend an east window...

Orchids: Butterfly Orchids Flowers, genus psychopsis, flower spike
genus psychopsis, flower spike, flower spikes: Cleo, the genus Psychopsis (ie Butterfly orchid) can reflower on the old flower spikes (ie stems) so I would not remove them. It is not unusual for this plant to send up a new flower spike while also reblooming on an old one. Wish you well with this plant...

Orchids: black spots, orchid potting mix, physan 20
orchid potting mix, physan 20, orchid roots: Hi Tammy. It is likely that the black spots under the leaves is something called sooty mold. On way to test thia is to take a tisue or cotton swab that has been moistened with alcohol or listerine and rub the black spots. If they are sooty mold you should...

Orchids: bright white mold like spots, orchid potting mix, chemical gloves
orchid potting mix, chemical gloves, mealys: Lynelle, you have a bad infestation of a sucking insect called mealy bug. Yes, it reproduces rapidly and will be tough to fight. Yes, you need to separate the infested plants from those that do not yet seem to be infested. I recommend a three stage approach...

Orchids: broken phalenopsis leaf, fungus growth, broken leaf
fungus growth, broken leaf, phalaenopsis: Hi Grace, What a relief! It should be okay with a broken leaf, even if it were to fall off. The main concern would be any new leaf that were to emerge from the top or crown of the phalaenopsis. The broken leaf should not prevent a new leaf from...

Orchids: Cutting back after orchids have lost all of their blossoms, flower spike, orchid plant
flower spike, orchid plant, hybrids: Barbara, I will assume that you are referring to phalaenopsis orchids. Each flower normally lasts 2-4 weeks depending upon many factors. Some phalaenopsis hybrids lose there flower spikes and they dry up. On other hybrids, the spike stays green and may...

Orchids: Cymbidium, flower buds, mealy bugs
flower buds, mealy bugs, plastic gloves: Renee, the whitish fuzz is another insect called a mealy bug. The sticky substance is plant sap which is probably being drawn out by the mealy bugs. I recommend that you use some cotton balls soaked in some rubbing alcohol and, as a first treatment phase,...

Orchids: Cymbidium blooms not completely opening, flower shapes, orchid flowers
flower shapes, orchid flowers, flower size: Hello Gelerie, Yes, there are some cymbidium flowers that do not fully open. In fact there is a name for such flowers, cupped because the petals form a cup. There are many variations of flower shapes on cymbidiums, some just barely open all the way to...

Orchids: cymbidium, mild soap, paper towel
mild soap, paper towel, warm water: Hello Sheana, That sticky syrupy drop is happening because your cymbidium is happy and has an excess of sugar within it. It won t harm your cymbidium but it can be attractive to ants, if there are any around. Getting it off leaves can be a little difficult,...

Orchids: cymbidium care, coconut husk chips, coconut chips
coconut husk chips, coconut chips, half moon bay: Alma, thanks for your questions. I will try to address each one in order. 1 &3 I m not familiar with Romeo dry fertilizer or what might be the best potting mix for cymbidiums. Fir bark, mixed with charcoal and perlite is the traditional mix. I don t...

Orchids: cymbidium and phalenopsis, flower spikes, orchid potting mix
flower spikes, orchid potting mix, new roots: Since cymbidiums will not reflower on old flower spikes, when flowering has finished, you may cut off the old flower spikes. When the phalaenopsis has finished flowering you will need to repot it in an orchid potting mix-- probably found in a garden center....

Orchids: cymbidium pot, orchid nurseries, growing orchids
orchid nurseries, growing orchids, orchid pot: Hi Liz, There are quite a few different types of pots available but I would recommend pots that are taller than wide for cymbidiums because of their root system. As for hole size, I look for pots with as many holes as possible then look at hole size....

Orchids: Dendrobium, orchid potting mix, snow mold
orchid potting mix, snow mold, preferred courses: There are two preferred courses of action. The white fuzz, as you suggested, is likely snow mold from the potting mix being kept too wet. You could find a fungicide to spray on the surface of the potting mix. However, if the mix has been kept too wet it...

Orchids: Dendrobium / Phaleanopsis, flower spike, phaleanopsis
flower spike, phaleanopsis, new flower: Elizabeth, with regard to your dendrobium, it is all one plant. Each new growth derives some of its nourishment from earlier growths so they are all important. The best way to tell if you are growing the dendrobium well is if each new growth, when mature,...

Orchids: Dying bulbs, flower spike, environmental stresses
flower spike, environmental stresses, buds: Debra, I assume by bulbs you mean buds . It is difficult to say for sure why the buds are aborting. When phalaenopsis are in flower they sre at their most vulnerable to environmental stresses. For example, if they were exposed to cold or too much heat,...

Orchids: dendrobium disease, systemic insecticide, flower spikes
systemic insecticide, flower spikes, flower buds: Cheryl, it sounds as if sucking insects have been attacking your leaves. You will need to examine the plant to see if you can find any suspicious insects. The most common insects that attack orchids are scale, mealy bugs, and aphids and thrips. The leaves...

Orchids: Flower spike, flower spike, flower spikes
flower spike, flower spikes, double edged sword: Jack, Im assuming that you have a phalaenopsis orchid. Phalaenopsis flower spikes are of two types. One type slowly turns brown and dies back, while the other type stays green and could rebloom. Let s assume for the moment that you have the type that stays...

Orchids: Questions about Brassidium, orchid expert, phalaenopsis
Orchids: Questions about Brassidium, orchid expert, phalaenopsis, late spring

Orchids: Help!!, blooms, san jose ca
blooms, san jose ca, six weeks: Hello Heather, The flowers probably are wilting because their time is up and slowly dying. Once all of the flowers have died off, cut the stem off about an inch or two from the bottom. The exposed root is drying because it does not have enough moisture...

Orchids: Help save my phalaenopsis please!, orchid fertilizer, inch spike
orchid fertilizer, inch spike, white flowers: Lindsey, the answer to your question is that it all depends. Most orchid potting mixes contain ingredients that break down over time and the potting mix becomes more soil-like and retains much more moisture and reduces needed air movement through the mix....

Orchids: help on cattleya, orchid potting mix, cattleya species
orchid potting mix, cattleya species, bamboo stakes: Alma, Cattleya species generally grow in areas that get little or no rain during part of the year. During this time, the pseudobilbs do shrink some. During this perid of dormancy it is best to cut back on the watering and rely pretty much on misting until...

Orchids: Leaves turned white on Phaia, new leaves, light environment
new leaves, light environment, target: Gail, I think your suggested reason for the leaf change is on target. It sounds like bleaching from excessive bright light. Unfortunately, I know of no way to reverse the bleaching. Move it to a much lower light environment. Remove the worst leaves-- hopefully...

Orchids: Meristem media question, orchid flasking, propagation of orchids
orchid flasking, propagation of orchids, orchid seeds: Hi Ray, I am surprised that you have not gotten a response to your questions about flasking, etc. on the Yahoo site. But be patient a little longer and hopefully you ll get some answers. #1. I do not know. #2. From the little I know, usually...

Orchids: moth orchid, orchid fertilizer, sudden temperature changes
orchid fertilizer, sudden temperature changes, phalaenopsis orchids: Hello Luke, I m afraid that once the flowers are gone, that is it for the year as phalaenopsis orchids only bloom once a year. Until then, give it bright indirect sunlight with maybe a few hours of direct morning sunlight there in Minnesota, temperatures...

Orchids: New plants, flower spike, orchid potting mix
flower spike, orchid potting mix, razor blade: New plants that are found on a flower spike must grow fairly large (ie 3 inch + leaf span + new roots) before being removed and potted up on their own. Separate the new plant at the point where it is attached to the old flower spike by making a cut there...

Orchids: Orchid care, flower spike, orchid care
flower spike, orchid care, buds: Diane, first let me assume that you have a phalaenopsis orecchid and the stem you refer to is a flower spike on which buds and flowers appear. The new plant on it is a clone of the mother. It will grow leaves and roots and, if left on the spike long enough,...

Orchids: Orchid Newbie, fir bark, orchid roots
fir bark, orchid roots, orchid pot: Susie, you would be right not to repot while the plant is in flower or bud. As soon as the buds have all opened and the flowers have all fallen, you can repot. The ideal orchid pot should have several good size drainage in the bottom. It is usually a good...

Orchids: Orchids Drooping (Phal), water density, root health
water density, root health, new leaves: Maggie, orchid roots consist of two parts: a covering called the velamin and a hair-like center. The purpose of the velamin is to aborb and store water and nutrients for growth. Roots rot involves destruction of the velamin. Therefore, a root is healthy,...

Orchids: Overheated Greenhouse, bells and whistles, shade cloths
bells and whistles, shade cloths, preset limits: Calleb, I purchased my shade cloth from Charley s Greenhouse (charleysgreenhouse.com). They have a a large number of selections in color and size and they are grommeted. I have the same size greenhouse that you have and I think my shade cloth cost $50-60....

Orchids: orchid, orchid potting mix, root health
orchid potting mix, root health, tsp: Cara, I suggest you increase the light level and feed the plant with 1/4 tsp of a bloom booster plant food per gallon of water. It may still send up a flower spike this spring. If it has not been repotted during the time you have had the plant, it is probably...

Orchids: is my orchid going to make it?, terra cotta pot, drainage holes
terra cotta pot, drainage holes, orchid potting mix: Sorry for the loss of your plant Samantha. Moss, as part of a potting mix, can be a problem as it tends to compact over time reducing air flow through the potting mix. In the short run it s fine but will compact in less than a year. The way you were growing...

Orchids: orchid care & flowering, drainage holes, phalaenopsis orchids
drainage holes, phalaenopsis orchids, sun temperatures: Hello Jannah, Although you didn t say what kind of orchid you have, I believe it may be a phalaenopsis orchid so I ll answer with that assumption. You are correct in realizing that it would not be a good idea to water it since it is still wet. Phalaenopsis...

Orchids: orchid i.d.s, rebecca tyson, american orchid society
rebecca tyson, american orchid society, types of orchids: One website you could try is the American Orchid Society (AOS) website. One section of their website contains sketches of the common orchids and culture information on how to grow them. Just google AOS. Treat this opportunity as a learning experience. ...

Orchids: orchid flowers are falling, leaf coloration, orchid potting mix
leaf coloration, orchid potting mix, flower spike: Colleen, you didn t mention what type of orchid you have. It could make a difference in my response. I m going to assume that it is a phalaenopsis orchid which is the most common type. When receiving an orchid in bloom there usually is no way to know how...

Orchids: orchids, unopened buds, color intensity
unopened buds, color intensity, morning sunlight: Hi Alma, Thanks for clarifying things, now it makes more sense. It is possible for some orchid flowers to open one color and as they age, change color but not a dramatic change. Some of this is genetics but sunlight can play a role too. I have some...

Orchids: Phaelenopsis, orchid fever, eric hansen
orchid fever, eric hansen, pantheon books: Susan, senescence refers to dying due to aging. It is not a likely explanation for all the flowers folding at once. The cause is more likely to be environmental. I have seen flowers die when exposed to 40 degree temperatures. About the reblooming, it is...

Orchids: Phal Orchid, flower spike, flower spikes
flower spike, flower spikes, aerial roots: Donna, without having seen it, I would say yes to the flower spike. Aerial roots are usually grey except for a small amount of the tip which is green. A new flower spike should be green throughout its length. A flower spike does look different on its tip....

Orchids: Phal questions, phalaenopsis orchids, flower spike
phalaenopsis orchids, flower spike, heather heather: Heather, not to worry. The reason Phalaenopsis stay in bloom so long is precisely because of the sequential blooming. The first flowers to open and die are the lowest on the flower spike. As the flower spike elongates, more buds open and, further out, more...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis, razor blades, entire leaf
razor blades, entire leaf, luck jim: Hello Helen, If the black spot is growing, it may be either a bacterial or fungal infection and you definitely will want to get rid of it as soon as you can. Using a sterile cutter (I like to use new single-edged razor blades for this purpose), cut the...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis Orchid, purple coloration, dead roots
purple coloration, dead roots, pot size: Hi Sharon, Darn!!! I finished responding to your latest note and accidentally closed the page rather than sending it. Must have been a senior moment! (grin) Thank you for providing more information, it really does help. If you still have the...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis with Shriveled Leaves, room temperature water, orchid potting mix
room temperature water, orchid potting mix, fir bark: Victoria, clearly your plant s potting mix is not staying moist enough. Both shriveling leaves and the dry roots are trying to tell you that. Orchid potting mix contains not only fir bark but other ingredients that help to retain moisture in the potting mix....

Orchids: Phaleonopsis leaves shriveling, flower spikes, orchid potting mix
flower spikes, orchid potting mix, rule of thumb: Ann, it is likely that this plant needs to be repotted. I would not let a plant be in continuous flower more than 6 months so use that as a rule of thumb. Preferably repot when it is donw flowering. If it is still in flower after 6 motns, cut off the flower...

Orchids: Placing trays under orchids, glass marbles, air circulation
glass marbles, air circulation, humid environment: Michele, yes it is helpful. While humidities indoors in the winter can drop very low, air conditioning in the summer can have the same effect. I like to have a little more air circulation with a small fan to help move the humidity around the plant. Good...

Orchids: phal orchid - dry leaves, leaf underside, plastic pot
leaf underside, plastic pot, cold shock: Hello Ricki, From your description on the condition of your phalaenopsis, it does sound like it is on its last leg. Leaves that become wrinkly or veined are due to a lack of water in them. The leaf color does not sound normal, yellow-whitish green...

Orchids: phal orchid leaves cracking and yellowing, bright indirect light, orchid potting mix
bright indirect light, orchid potting mix, cause chances: Here are my recommendations: First, let the plant finish blooming; second you should remove it from its pot and check the root system; remove any rotted roots which are probably the cause of your leaf problem: finally repot your plant in fresh orchid potting...

Orchids: phalaenopsis, orchids, san jose ca
orchids, san jose ca, kawasaki: Hello Erica, The one stem that lost its flowers and is turning yellowish orange is just past its prime and slowly dying back. You can remove the stem by cutting it off about an inch or two above the bottom of the stem. The other stem will do the same...

Orchids: phalaenopsis in office seems to be dying, drainage holes, orchid potting mix
drainage holes, orchid potting mix, fir bark: I believe the cause can be found at the roots. I think your plant has root rot. You can verify that by removing the plant from its pot and examining the roots. Rotting roots are mushy, healthy roots are firm. That diagnosis is not only based upon the flower...

Orchids: phalaenopsis orchid, q tip, buds
q tip, buds, blooms: Vickie, I assume you have 6-8 buds on your plant and these have not yet opened. It does take a long time for buds to open. They start out small and, over time, they swell to grow larger and larger before they slowly open. Black areas on the buds could be...

Orchids: Questions about Brassidium, orchid potting mix, bill switzer
orchid potting mix, bill switzer, orchid roots: Sheralee, the short answer is that most types of orchids prefer to be crowded. However, both crowded roots and a tight pot are a factor in the decision to repot. Repotting in response to a broken down potting mix is, by far, the most important reason for...

Orchids: No roots...?, orchid potting mix, rubbing alcohol
orchid potting mix, rubbing alcohol, lowe s: April, if you or your friend have the receipt, you might check with the store and see if you can get a refund or replacement. A Home Depot where I occasionally purchase an orchid does have a return policy. If that doesn t work, or you or the nurturing...

Orchids: Sharry Baby Oncidium advice, orchid fertilizer, indirect sunlight
orchid fertilizer, indirect sunlight, morning sunlight: Hi Daniel, While oncidium flowers may last for several months, if it was already in bloom when you bought it, its time may have been just up. You can remove the spent flower stalk (spike) because it will not produce any more blooms and will slowly turn...

Orchids: Spots on Cymbidium Seedlings, yellow streaks, virus disease
yellow streaks, virus disease, sudden exposure: Hi Victoria, The black mottled spots may or may not be of concern, keep an eye on them to see if the grow larger and if they do that could mean an infection of some sort - either fungus or bacteria. Yellow spots may possibly be due to sudden exposure...

Orchids: can i save my phalaenopsis orchid!?, beautiful blooms, dead roots
beautiful blooms, dead roots, snake skin: Heather, you are not giving yourself enough credit. I hope you are repotting in fresh orchid potting mix. The plant that has the healthy roots and leaves has the best chance for survival but it needs to be repotted in fresh potting mix in a plastic pot with...

Orchids: shrivelling orchid buds, alison allison, orchid potting mix
alison allison, orchid potting mix, environmental stresses: Allison, those buds that have become srinkly will abort and fall off. That doesn t mean that there wil be a problem with future budding. It may have been that the aborting buds were exposed to environmental stresses (eg cold) prior to your receiving the...

Orchids: simple orchid reaseach topic, types of orchids, native orchids
types of orchids, native orchids, artificial propagation: Holly, I recommend a topic on native orchid culture. Several possibilities are: 1) the artificial propagation of native orchids, 2) the types of orchids that grow in your state and where they can. found. I might be able to give you a reference book if you...

Orchids: no stem!, flower spike, new leaves
flower spike, new leaves, phalaenopsis: Debbie, I assume that by the stem you mean the flower spike. It is OK if the flower spike was cut off. As long as the plant is healthy, it will send up another flower spike next year. It is not posible to grow back a flower spike that has been cut all the...

Orchids: I think my Dendrobium Orchid is dying.., indirect sunlight, last flower
indirect sunlight, last flower, dendrobiums: Diana, it is a common error to water sleeping dendrobiums. After blooming, they go into a rest period, during which, watering should be greatly reduced. The question now is whether or not you rotted out the eyes at the base of the plant from which new...

Orchids: Vanda with keikis, keikis, mother plant
keikis, mother plant, potting mix: Jack, they can be separated if they have new root growth. I recommend that they have at least four to five leaves. I assume you want to pot these up as new plants. If so, use the same potting mix and growing environment as the mother plant. You should...

Orchids: White Orchids not blooming this year, flower spike, white orchids
flower spike, white orchids, phalaenopsis: Brenda, it sounds as if both of your orchids are phalaenopsis including the one you referred to as the white orchid. It sounds as if it is doing very well. Since it has bloomed before in the same location, it may just be delayed in sending out a flower spike...

Orchids: Withering Miltonia Pansy Orchid, pale yellow flowers, deadly fungus
pale yellow flowers, deadly fungus, orchid potting mix: Susan, I suspect that the orchid, when in bud at the retailers, got wet and may have gotten too cool and that is starting to show up in bud and flower damage. Try eliminating the watering for a couple of weeks and create a humidity tray using gravel and a...

Orchids: white stuff on orchids, adult insects, systemic insecticides
adult insects, systemic insecticides, cotton swabs: Barbara, glad you asked. Mealy bugs are like cottony growths but are insects that quickly reproduce. On single plants, I recommend cotton swabs soaked in rubbing alcohol. The alcohol will cause them to turn a yellow brown. Remove all that you see in this...

Orchids: 3 spikes on my phal, dark leaves, pot size
dark leaves, pot size, bottom leaf: Hello Melissa, I would leave it alone for now and just enjoy the blooms. Although the pot may look too small for the size of the phalaenopsis plant, it actually is probably the perfect size for it. Phalaenopsis orchids have fairly large leaves which...

Orchids: 3 y. o. Phalaenopsis dying?, flower spikes, sun temperatures
flower spikes, sun temperatures, indirect sunlight: Good morning Naomi, For a phalaenopsis orchid that you ve had for over 3 years to only grow three new leaves when it should produce at least one or two per year, it would appear that it is not happy with where you have it. Then the newest leaf fell off...

Orchids: about my Ascoscenda, greenhouse, humidity
greenhouse, humidity, flower: Francis, depending upon where you are located, you may be able to do what I do. I hang my ascocendas in a semi-shaded location under a tree from mid-May through Mid-September. They like a lot of humidity so I put them in the greenhouse over the winter. They...

Orchids: Baby Orchids, rock the baby, inch diameter
rock the baby, inch diameter, orchid plant: Hello Sabrina, Although it would have been better if the roots on the baby were only 2 or so inches long rather than a foot long but you can still try to remove it and put in its own pot. Here is what to do. Get a small bag of orchid potting media...

Orchids: Bsrdm. orchid, orchid plants, brassia
orchid plants, brassia, mid fall: Hello Eleanor, Your Brassidium is a inter-generic hybrid between Brassia and Oncidium orchid plants, as such it likes very similar care between the two. You didn t mention where you live but here are some general care and growing guidelines. Grow...

Orchids: baby phal, atrium area, orchid expert
atrium area, orchid expert, kansas weather: Hi Kim, That s great to hear, a success story like yours! You re doing a good job caring for it, keep it up! Yes, moving from the atrium area back to your office was a good decision. As for the baby (keiki), leave it alone until it has several roots...

Orchids: black roots in Phalaenopsis, phalaenopsis orchids, sponge rock
phalaenopsis orchids, sponge rock, orchid bark: Hi Agnieszka, I m not sure what the potting mix you purchased from Orchid Accessories contains but what ever is in it is making your phalaenopsis unhappy. I would suggest repotting it using a potting media comprised primarily of medium sized orchid bark...

Orchids: brassia christine rex, orchid potting mix, brassia
orchid potting mix, brassia, chritine: In order to avoid having the infection spread, I would advise cutting out the rotted portion of the bulb. Cut away until you see clean tissue and seal the resulting wound by smearing it with powdered sulphur to prevent reinfecting the wound. There are many...

Orchids: browning tips on cymbidium, drainage holes, leaf tips
drainage holes, leaf tips, night temperatures: Hello Karen, Without actually seeing your cymbidium, I can t be sure but I believe the browning leaf tips might have already been there when you bought it and just didn t notice because you were looking at the blooms. Brown leaf tips are usually caused...

Orchids: Caring a Paphiopedilum parishii, paphiopedilum parishii, indirect sunlight
paphiopedilum parishii, indirect sunlight, paph: Hello Francis, Paph. parishii usually bloom in mid to late winter. They love moisture while actively growing so keep it moist but not constantly wet from spring through summer. Grow it in bright indirect sunlight, temperatures between 55F to 85F, humidity...

Orchids: CYMBIDIUM, annual orchid show, deanza blvd
annual orchid show, deanza blvd, orchid nurseries: Hi Chau, Yes, the prices on their website are pretty pricey, for this reason I only buy orchids from them when I m in Santa Barbara for the annual Orchid Show during March each year. While down there, I also visit a couple other orchid nurseries to buy...

Orchids: Cymbidium, foliage plant, orchid website
foliage plant, orchid website, cymbidiums: Hi Christina, You are very welcome! Actually, watering the leaves is fine when it is growing outdoors where it is exposed to some winds to help dry them before nightfall. Water left on them overnight is a prime breeding environment for fungus and...

Orchids: Cymbidium, mini-Oncidium, Phalaenopsis and Cattleya, expert gardener, orchid food
expert gardener, orchid food, full bloom: Hello Angelo, Actually, this is not my web site, I m only a volunteer answering questions. Hopefully I ll be able to answer yours. Living in Orlando, Fl. you live in some prime orchid growing country. 1) Cymbidiums usually produce blooms once a...

Orchids: cymbidium, copper spray, dead roots
copper spray, dead roots, luck jim: Hi Katie, There are some photo web sites that you can post photos on then you can send a link to your photos of flowers and plants within another question. Another possibility is to take digital photos, download it onto your computer then include them...

Orchids: cymbidium buds, flower buds, cymbidiums
flower buds, cymbidiums, cool side: Hi Rupert, If the temperatures have been on the cool side, it may take a while for the buds to open. Prior to opening, you may see the buds start to swell up a little and within a week or so they will open. If you want to get them to open sooner, try...

Orchids: cymbidium flowers & pests, slug bait, systemic insecticide
slug bait, systemic insecticide, growing orchids: Hi Rupert, I can t be certain but it may be that you have some slugs or snails nibbling on the blooms. Try spreading some slug bait around the top of the pot, hopefully it will be their last meal. Those clear drops of goo is probably excess sugars being...

Orchids: cymbidium pest, flower buds, flower spike
flower buds, flower spike, systemic insecticide: Hi Jennifer, Yes, it does appear you may have several different pests attacking your cymbidium. Exactly what they are, I m not certain without actually seeing the damage they ve done. But, what you can do is to get some systemic insecticide that is recommended...

Orchids: cymbidiums flowering to early !, flower buds, winter temperatures
flower buds, winter temperatures, overhead protection: Hello Rebakah, Most people ask why their orchid doesn t flower, you re the first person to ask why their orchid is flowering early! So be grateful!!! (grin) You didn t mention the name of the cymbidium is but there are some that are capable of blooming...

Orchids: D Parishii Orchid Care, leaf death, dendrobiums
leaf death, dendrobiums, orchid care: Hi again Beth, The new yellowing leafs may be due to what had happened in the past, it may take a few weeks to months to get past it. The arbor location sounds ideal, even maybe expose it to a little direct early morning sun. Ideally, the leaves...

Orchids: Dendrobium babies, hello dawn, thanks in advance
hello dawn, thanks in advance, san jose ca: Hello Dawn, You just have to be patient and wait for those baby plantlets to grow some roots. This can take several months or longer. Once there are several roots over 2 inches long, you can remove them and put them in a small pot of their own. ...

Orchids: Dendrobium w/dead roots - can it be saved?, dead roots, greenhouse environment
dead roots, greenhouse environment, mini greenhouse: Hi Catherine, If it does not start to grow new roots soon, there is one more thing you can try to encourage it. Take the dendrobium out of the pot, clean off any media from the roots then put it and a slightly damp paper towel in a plastic bag (ziploc)...

Orchids: Diffentiation between two Paphs, leaf appearance, orchid species
leaf appearance, orchid species, species name: Francis, I m sure that you can locate pictures by googling the species name. One site that I use quite often is http://orchid species.com. It has a comprehensive coverage of most orchid species, including pictures of most and a decription of where they grow...

Orchids: dead cymbiduim, orchid mix, time and patience
orchid mix, time and patience, cymbidium: Hi Julie, As the leaves die and turn brown, the leaves will fall off on their own but if it bothers you to see them, go ahead and cut them off. First, try to see if they will come off with a slight pull of the leaf, many times they will break off when...

Orchids: dendrobium orchid, fungus spores, fungus infection
fungus spores, fungus infection, water droplets: hello Alia, Depending upon where you live and whether it is a deciduous dendrobium, losing the leaves might be normal or not. Deciduous dendrobiums normally lose their leaves over winter, not in the spring. Have you been spraying or misting the entire...

Orchids: dendrobium (Sri Siam X Nuri Michener) X Sutiknoll, sri siam, sun temperatures
sri siam, sun temperatures, orchid pot: Hello Diane, I m afraid I could not locate any information about your dendrobium (Sri Siam X Nuri Michener) X Sutiknoll on the internet. With a little detective work I located a Dendrobium (Sri Siam x Mari Michener) x Sufiknoi, could this be the name...

Orchids: Frozen orchids, hello angel, humid environment
hello angel, humid environment, freeze damage: Hello Angel, Sorry to hear about the mishap during your move. If there are still some live leafs on them, it may be possible to save them with some tender care. I would caution you about watering them too frequently, you don t want to end up with dead...

Orchids: Growth problems, flower buds, new flower
flower buds, new flower, new leaf: Hello John, Thanks for the photo links. I m not quite sure what the black area on the growth of orchid #1 is, it sort of looks like a sunburn spot but also could be a fungus damage. It does not look like it is growing larger, so I d keep an eye on...

Orchids: Help! Frost killed my cypripedium reginae, cypripedium reginae, lady slippers
cypripedium reginae, lady slippers, cold period: Svetlana, even in its natural habitat, Cypripedium reginae may begin to grow during an especially cold period. If the tuber has not been damaged, it may yet attempt to send out another shoot. Each tuber has a number of growing eyes from which a plant may...

Orchids: my intergeneric orchid..., phal, phalaenopsis
phal, phalaenopsis, notches: Hello Katherine, If the spike it starting to turn brown, go ahead and cut it off. Most orchids produce flowers once on a spike after which the spike turns brown and dies back to the base. Some, but not all, phalaenopsis are one of the few orchids capable...

Orchids: Mould on leaves of phalaenopsis, new roots, bacteria infection
new roots, bacteria infection, entire leaf: Hello Michele, If the mold on the leaves is white in color, it may be mealybugs and you definitely want to get rid of them before they suck the life out of your phalaenopsis orchid. Using a soft cloth or paper towel, dip it in isopropyl alcohol and wipe...

Orchids: Mould on Phaleonopsis leaves, insect bodies, systemic insecticide
insect bodies, systemic insecticide, dish soap: Hello Michele, If it really is mold growing on your phalaenopsis leafs, you can try mixing a few drops of mild dish soap in a cup of warm water and using a soft cloth or paper towel, wipe the affected leafs. The mold should come off. But, if it is what...

Orchids: new owner, orchid bark, rotten place
orchid bark, rotten place, shady place: Hi Nita, As long as the leaves are green, there is hope! Although the exposed roots might be dead, hopefully those within the pot are still alive. One sign that all the roots are dead would be leaves beginning to droop over and feeling somewhat soft....

Orchids: Oncidium sphacelatum, sudden temperature changes, indirect sunlight
sudden temperature changes, indirect sunlight, orchid flowers: Hello Garima, I m not sure what you have is a Oncidium sphacelatum as I believe the flowers are mostly yellow in color. It sounds as though the buds may have blasted (died) from your description of their condition. Things that can cause this are...

Orchids: Orchid, oncidium sharry baby, nusery
oncidium sharry baby, nusery, beginner book: Hello Amy, Yes, as you have found, the book Orchids for Dummies is very basic and rudimentary which is designed for dummies . Obviously, you are not a dummy because you soon realized it didn t tell you what to do with your Oncididum Sharry Baby. ...

Orchids: Overwatered! Help, flower spike, water flowers
flower spike, water flowers, orchid plant: Hello Lanifm, You didn t mention what kind of orchid you overwatered. But I ll try to give you some general guidance on things you can do to try and save what ever it is. If the orchid plant appears to be in distress with leaves becoming droopy,...

Orchids: orchid bark and moss moisture, algae growth, green algae
algae growth, green algae, orchid bark: Hello Theresa, Living in Florida, high humidity can be a problem which contributes to algae growth, especially on the moss. I would suggest removing the moss and using only the bark. The algae probably won t hurt your orchids, but it may not look very...

Orchids: orchid blooms rotting, orchid blooms, container hope
orchid blooms, container hope, water droplets: Hello Barbara, You didn t mention what kinds of orchids you ve bought at Lowe s and Home Depot but I ll try to answer your question regarding the black spots and leaf edges with some general ideas of what might be the cause. Some orchids are susceptible...

Orchids: my orchid may be dead, dendrobium, thin paper
dendrobium, thin paper, sheathing: Christina, the first thing I need to know is the type of orchid you have. I suspect that you have a dendrobium. Dendrobiums grow canes (long upright growths). Another type is the phalaenopsis orchid which has broad leaves coming from a single point. Your...

Orchids: My orchid has no flowers and I wonder what type it is, bottom leaf, photo link
bottom leaf, photo link, google: Hello Jamie, Thanks for including more photos, it really helps to see the problem you ve described. The larger black spots look like sunburn, where they had been exposed to too much sunlight. There are some smaller black spots that look sort of like...

Orchids: orchid leaves fell off, bacteria infection, phrag
bacteria infection, phrag, cutting tool: Hi Carrie, Yes, remove the entire growths and roots of the dead growths, keeping only the live ones. While I can t be sure what caused this, it may have been a fungal or bacterial infection which started when water was allowed to remain on the the leafs...

Orchids: orchids, flower spike, orchid potting mix
flower spike, orchid potting mix, phalaenopsis orchids: Kyler, it means that the flowers are dying-- but that is normal. The plant itself, if kept healthy, will live on to bloom again. The flower spike (that part of the plant that bears the flowers) may produce additional buds if it stays green. If the flower...

Orchids: orchids and how to revive them!!!, flower spikes, flower spike
flower spikes, flower spike, fir bark: Genelle, thanks for your question. I ll assume that you have a phalaenopsis or moth orchid and the stems are flower spikes. Depending upon the type of hybrid, the old flower spikes either stay green or die back. Since one flower spike has already died...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis, dead hope, keiki
dead hope, keiki, buds: Hi again Lucy, As long as the not-fully opened buds stay healthy looking, I d say be patient and hopefully they will eventually open fully. Next year when it blooms again, keep an eye on it to see if this happens again. Once in a while an orchid will...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis Orchid, new leaves, entire leaf
new leaves, entire leaf, phal: Hello Helen, If a stem has not produced more flowers within 4 months after cutting the top off, cut the rest of it off. Normally, a new secondary stem will begin to grow outward within 2 months of the top being cut off. As long as the yellowing leaf...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis Orchid dying, orchid fertilizer, water pearls
orchid fertilizer, water pearls, fungus infection: Hello Heather, I m afraid the one phalaenopsis is a goner. What caused it I m not sure but suspect it may have been a fungus infection. For this reason, I would suggest repotting the still healthy phalaenopsis into another slightly smaller pot with fresh...

Orchids: paph ruby leopard, morning sunlight, paph
morning sunlight, paph, new leaves: Margaret, I would let them die off naturally. There may still be some photosynthesis occuring in these leaves and that could benefit the plant. North facing windows can be a problem. In the winter, the windows can get quite cold (hence I suspect your reason...

Orchids: My paphiopedilums, indirect sunlight, quality water
indirect sunlight, quality water, water source: Hello Dana, Moving the paphiopedilum 3 times in 2 years, it is totally confused. What also probably contributed to the growth pattern is that the growing conditions might have been quite different at each place, further confusing it. Regardless of...

Orchids: phalaenopsis flower upside down, dorsal sepal, flower spike
dorsal sepal, flower spike, source changes: David, it may be an aberration, but it also could be a function of how the plant was grown. The peduncle (part that connects to the flower) is highly photropic (responds to light). If, while the bud is growing, the position of the plant relative to its light...

Orchids: phalaenopsis orchids, orchid fertilizer, phalaenopsis orchids
orchid fertilizer, phalaenopsis orchids, indirect sunlight: Hello Sierra, As long as the leaves are fine, there is nothing wrong with your phalaenopsis orchid. Phalaenopsis flowers may last from 2 to 3 months before they gradually wilt, die and fall off. Keep an eye on the stem (spike) for a while to see if the...

Orchids: phalaenopsis orchids, phalaenopsis orchids, number of flowers
phalaenopsis orchids, number of flowers, dirty answer: Hello Brenda, The quick dirty answer is: it depends! (grin) The long clean answer is that, depending upon the parentage of the phalaenopsis, there can be between 6 to 20 or more flowers on a spike or stem. Yours is about in the middle which is pretty...

Orchids: phalenopsis leaves shrivelling, flower spike, orchid potting mix
flower spike, orchid potting mix, air pockets: Good question Barbara. I m afraid the answer is not simple. If the mother plant is sending out one or more healthy roots, I would remove the flower spike(s). If that is not the case, I would let the spikes proceed to develop unless, or until, the mother plant...

Orchids: problem with a phalenopsis, orchid potting mix, gazeta pl
orchid potting mix, gazeta pl, dead roots: Yes, it should be smaller and, ultimately, the size should be even smaller if the root mass has been diminished by rot. Use a pot size that the roots will just fit into without being cramped. I recommend that you sift out the dustlike particles and use particles...

Orchids: question about an orchid I got as a gift, container hope, dendrobiums
container hope, dendrobiums, seasonal rains: Hello Alexandra, Your dendrobium is one of the evergreen types and should grow really well for you outdoors in part sun there in South Florida. Protect it from your seasonal rains as you do not want it to become too wet. It loves moisture but not drenched...

Orchids: Repotting my orchid, full bloom, orchid plant
full bloom, orchid plant, excess water: Hi Randee, Sorry for not getting back to you sooner, have you repotted it already? If not, here is what I d advise. Leave it alone for now and just enjoy the blooms. Once it is finished blooming is a good time to repot it. By the way, does the...

Orchids: Rynchostylis, blooms, san jose ca
blooms, san jose ca, kawasaki: Hello Francis, It may be that your Rynchostylis retusa is still too small and young to produce blooms. Be patient and care for it and it may produce blooms for you next year or in two years at most when it is a larger plant. Jim Kawasaki San Jose,...

Orchids: reproduction, phalaenopsis orchids, flower spike
phalaenopsis orchids, flower spike, types of orchids: Amber, thank you for your interesting question. Not all orchids reproduce from the flower spike. This is most commonly found in dendrobium and phalaenopsis orchids but only under specific circumstances. When that does occur, it is, in fact, a clone of the...

Orchids: San Jose water, lava rocks, sudden temperature changes
lava rocks, sudden temperature changes, brita water: Hi Diane, Yes, San Jose water is considered hard water! One of the best ways to modify the water for a few orchids is to get a Brita water purifier available at most stores in the area. Actually, even with San Jose s hard water you will need to feed...

Orchids: save my cymbidium, flower spike, latent growth
flower spike, latent growth, inch pot: Hello Glenn, Place the bag in a warm shady place. If there are any latent growth eyes present, they will sprout and begin to grow. Once there are several roots over 2 inches long you can pot it in a small pot that is barely larger than the bulb. After...

Orchids: save my orchid, stringy roots, new roots
stringy roots, new roots, orchid media: Hello Amy, I hope I can help save it. The two remaining leaves, are they the top two? I hope so! Phalaenopsis produce new leafs from the top, so it is important that the top leaves are still healthy. If not, I m afraid there is not much that can...

Orchids: serious problem with infested orchid mix, orchid mix, kitchen faucet
orchid mix, kitchen faucet, doing the dishes: Hello Katherine, Thanks for the heads up! I believe the chiggers came in the UniGro Orchid Mix and not the bark. I ve never used the UniGro brand and don t think I ever will - now! I normally use various sizes of Sequoia Brank orchid bark mixed with...

Orchids: White spots in medium, sponge rock, orchid mix
sponge rock, orchid mix, orchid growers: Hi Annely, While I cannot be certain without seeing it, the white spot you see might be a small piece of perlite or sponge rock. Some orchid growers use perlite in their orchid mix to help keep the media aerated. Perlite is volcanic rock that has been...

Orchids: Yellow Dendrobium leaves with brown spots., morning sunlight, yellow leaves
morning sunlight, yellow leaves, green leaves: Thanks for your question and the detail provided. I think you can be confident that the plant has been in resting mode. It is not uncommon for the older canes to lose their leaves (yellowing and spotting is the first indication of this). A reminder that...

Orchids: Belize Orchids, west dundee illinois, oak hill gardens
west dundee illinois, oak hill gardens, species orchids: I recommend that you contact any of a number of growers in the United States. Oak Hill Gardens in West Dundee, Illinois artificially propogates species orchids from seed and Andy s orchids in California also specializes in growing species. You will need to...

Orchids: Breeding Cymbidiums, andy easton, hawi hawaii
andy easton, hawi hawaii, orchid clubs: Hi Al, Ah ha! So you ve already met Bob Harris and got all the warmth tolerant cymbidiums in his collection. Outside of Bob, I don t believe any one else on the islands is working at hybridizing cymbibiums so that means you will have to try California...

Orchids: black spots on petals, liquid dish soap, fungus problem
liquid dish soap, fungus problem, unopened buds: Hello Ashley, From your description of the flower petals, it sounds like the black moldish stuff might be a fungus caused by the constant humidity from the fish tank. Moisture left on flower petals overnight can be a prime breeding environment for botrytis...

Orchids: bought bare rooted cymbidium, cymbidium orchids, liquid dish soap
cymbidium orchids, liquid dish soap, orchid bark: Hello Helen, By chance, did you buy the bare-root cymbidiums at Santa Barbara Orchid Estate during the show there in early March? They always have bare-root divisions of cymbidiums available during the show weekend. Have you tried soaking the roots...

Orchids: Cutting the root of an orchid, orchid roots, orchid plant
orchid roots, orchid plant, coworker: Hello Lorraine, Well, the answer is: it depends. Depending upon what kind of orchid it is (you didn t mention this), it may or may not be okay to cut the roots. Orchid roots that tend to grow long roots with few or no branching roots growing off...

Orchids: Cymbidium, water rot, cym
water rot, cym, sheaths: Hi Sam, If all of the buds are out of the covering sheath (leaf like covering over the buds), there is probably not much danger of bud loss. If the covering sheaths are still over the buds, it might be a good idea to place it where it will have protection...

Orchids: cascading cymbidium, dappled sunlight, hayward ca
dappled sunlight, hayward ca, persimmon tree: Hi Alma, It may be that the spikes will begin to turn downward as it gets longer and due to the weight of the buds and as they open. Some of mine do that, grow slightly upright then start leaning over. In addition, some growers will try forcing the spike...

Orchids: Dendrobium orchids, clay planters, drainage holes
clay planters, drainage holes, dendrobium orchids: Good question Samantha. Listerine has antifungal properties. It can be used full strength. To prevent fungal infection of an open wound, powdered sulphur is a product I have used with good success. For black spot fungus, a solution of Copper sulphate in...

Orchids: General health of a journeyman Phal., caring for orchids, drainage hole
caring for orchids, drainage hole, crown structure: The Home Depot orchid potting mix is fine. I usually soak it overnight before using it because fir bark, in its dry state, repels water. Adding sphagnum can be tricky. Long fibred sphagnum is preferred. Your sunroom should be fine. I think your plant...

Orchids: growing another orchid from an existing, american orchid society, types of orchids
american orchid society, types of orchids, orchid potting mix: Angela, I recommend a hybrid phalaenopsis. They are easy to care for and come in a large variety of flower colors. I have purchased quite a few at Home Depots and Loewes stores but noticed that many have depleted supplies following Mother s Day. If you obtain...

Orchids: Hakalau, pacific sunrise, phals
pacific sunrise, phals, mtdl: Hi again Sheryl !!! You are definitely fast becoming an orchid addict! I m afraid there is no cure for it!! (LOL) Place the Onc. Pacific Sunrise Hakalau near the phals and paphs but with a little more sunlight. Or you can put it with the catts...

Orchids: Horizontal growth on dendrobium, woon leng, few green leaves
woon leng, few green leaves, bamboo skewer: Good questions Susan. It most likely doesn t make any difference which of three options you choose: 1) remove the Keiki from the cane and pot it up, 2) remove the keiki by cutting the cane above and below the keiki, sealing the cut ends, and poting it up or...

Orchids: Can you help me with my orchid?, orchid pots, ceramic pots
orchid pots, ceramic pots, plastic pot: Hello Tori, What a nice husband! Santana Row stores are too rich for me! (grin) For all the things that appear to be wrong with the phalaenopsis, my guess is that some of it was already present on it when he bought it for you 2 weeks ago. My advice...

Orchids: My New Orchid, phalaenopsis orchids, paint dries
phalaenopsis orchids, paint dries, orchid flowers: Hello Shirelle, Flowers on phalaenopsis orchids usually last for several months or longer, for yours to be wilting so soon may indicate that there is something causing it to wilt. Are there any fruits near where you have it? Fruits emit a gas as they...

Orchids: new to Cymbidiums, fir bark, light breezes
fir bark, light breezes, phals: Hi Kate, I hope it doesn t have a virus but if it does, the best thing to do is dump it into the trash bin. Even if you keep it segregated from your other orchids and plants, any tools you use on it will have to be thoroughly sterilized before use on...

Orchids: Ondontoglossum, new flower, josette
new flower, josette, 5 months: Hello Josette, Without actually seeing the stem growth, it is hard to say what it might be. My advice would be to be patient and wait 2 to 4 weeks to see if it does develop into a new flower. New shoot growths will slowly grow over the next 4 to 5 months...

Orchids: Orchid in trouble!, night time temperatures, orchid potting mix
night time temperatures, orchid potting mix, poor appearance: Cecily, the full name of your plant is Vuylstekeara Cambria. Vuylstakeara (Vuyl) is an intergeneric hybrid formed from the genera Cochlioda, Miltonia, and Odotoglossum. Unlike your Oncidium, this a regarded as a cool growing plant. Day time temperatures should...

Orchids: Orchids, star shape, pinkish color
star shape, pinkish color, orchids: Hello Sophie, You didn t mention what kind of orchid you have so it is difficult for me to tell you much about it. With that said, once all the flowers have died and fallen off, remove the flower stem about an inch above where it emerged from the orchid...

Orchids: Orchids, stems and flowers, orchid blooms
stems and flowers, orchid blooms, buckets of water: Hello Dorothy, If the stems were cut off the orchid plants, the best thing to do would be to put them into a vase with water. Once they are cut off, the flowers may last from a day to several weeks depending upon what kind of orchid they are. Jim...

Orchids: orchid health, orchid potting mix, new roots
orchid potting mix, new roots, favorable environment: Angela, it sounds like you have a problem with your roots. When roots serving one or more leaves rot, the leaves will do what you describe. It is highly unlikely that the leaves that are shriveled will ever recover. They are likely to turn yellow and fall...

Orchids: orchid problem, yellow buds, orchid potting mix
yellow buds, orchid potting mix, new roots: Patty, it is difficult to say which of a number of conditions might have caused mushy buds. Usually, this can be attributed to temperatures that are too low. I assume you have a phalaenopsis orchid-- these are the most common. If you have a dendrobium,...

Orchids: orchid trouble, sphagnum moss, drainage hole
sphagnum moss, drainage hole, plastic pot: Hello Krista, I hate to contradict the lady at the garden center, who probably doesn t know much about orchids, but you did the right thing by not doing as she suggested! What is probably causing the wrinkly leaves is the sphagnum moss because it...

Orchids: orchids, orchid flowers, blooms
orchid flowers, blooms, vase: Hello Kathy, If you meant that you cut the stem that the blooms were on, I m afraid the best thing to do would be to put it in a vase with water. Since it has been a while since you cut it, cut off the bottom 2 inches of the stem before putting it in...

Orchids: Phal Orchid, dendrobium orchids, orchid dendrobium
dendrobium orchids, orchid dendrobium, flower spikes: Tamia, from your description, I wonder if you really have a phalaenopsis orchid. Dendrobium orchids grow upward on canes nad flower from the canes. Canes should not be cut back. Phalaenopsis orchids only have one stem and that is the flower spike which...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis, two flowers, blooms
two flowers, blooms, san jose ca: Hello Yvonne, If the two lowest flowers wilting, you may see the others following in the next few weeks. Phalaenopsis flowers may last any where from 2 months to 3 or more then slowly wilt and die and fall off. Once all the flowers have died off, wait...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis amabilis (Moon Orchid), flower spike, orchids
flower spike, orchids, blooms: Hello Cristina, If they are small leaves growing off the flower spike, it probably is baby plants or keikis (Hawaiian for babies). Leave them on the spike until there are several roots over 2 inches long then remove and put them in their own small pot....

Orchids: Phalaenopsis orchid, dead roots, indirect sunlight
dead roots, indirect sunlight, orchid media: Hello again Christine, The only other thing I can think it might be are old dead dried stems that had not been cut off after the flowers died off. Although old stems are usually a light to medium brown color rather than dark brown. But, what ever they...

Orchids: Phaleanopsis, flower spike, orchid potting mix
flower spike, orchid potting mix, bamboo stake: Put your doubts aside and enjoy the flowers. When they have finished flowering, you can cut the flower spike just above a node or joint on the flower spike ( Stem ). See if you can locate a bag of orchid potting mix at a local garden center or nursery. ...

Orchids: Phalenepsis, sudden temperature changes, orchid flowers
sudden temperature changes, orchid flowers, facing window: Hello Carol, Oops, I guess I m a little late since the birthday party already passed. At any rate, here goes. When you brought the phalaenopsis orchid home, were there any fruits close by? Ripening fruits put out etheylene gas as they ripen and...

Orchids: Phalenopsis Orchid, sun temperatures, bloom season
sun temperatures, bloom season, orchid food: Hello Maureen, The usual cause for a phalaenopsis to not rebloom after a year are one or more of the following things: not enough light, temperature too low or too high, uneven watering, low humidity, inadequate air movement, wrong orchid food plus a few...

Orchids: Phalenopsis problem, orchid potting mix, lava rock
orchid potting mix, lava rock, phals: James, usually, the problem you have described is due to root rot. You indicated that you attempted to repot one of the phals.. Usually, one of the most important aspects of repotting to check for root rot. You did not describe what you found when you unpotted...

Orchids: Phaleonopsis clone, orchid bark, orchid media
orchid bark, orchid media, mail order: Hi Carol, Not sure what is available where you live (you didn t tell me). Here in San Jose, there are several brands of orchid bark, Wonder Bark and Sequoia brands. Both are good but I prefer the Sequoia brand. The primary thing to look for would be...

Orchids: phal orchid, flower bloom, orchid fertilizer
flower bloom, orchid fertilizer, flower bud: Hello Lin, That is a definite OOPS! . (grin) As long as the phalaenopsis plant itself is fine, it should survive the disaster fall. The main thing is that you put it back into the pot with as much of the potting media you could gather. Also, if...

Orchids: phal orchid update help, aerial roots, leaf growth
aerial roots, leaf growth, potting mix: Catherine, it is natural for older leaves to turn yellow and die. These should be replaced by new leaf growth. It also is not unusual for aerial roots to stop growing after a bit except in very humid conditions. Growth is more dependent upon roots in the...

Orchids: phal root, phals, root problem
phals, root problem, wetness: Hello Kai, From your description of what happened and is happening now, it sounds like the rotting root problem may be caused by too much water. Phalaenopsis roots like moisture but not constant wetness around them. The best method for watering phals...

Orchids: phalenopsis, orchid fertilizer, indirect sunlight
orchid fertilizer, indirect sunlight, new leaves: Hello Jesykah, There can be many reasons for why your phalaenopsis orchid has not rebloomed since Mother s Day last year. The most common reason is that it is not happy where or how it is growing. Phalaenopsis prefer bright indirect sunlight, temperatures...

Orchids: Repotting, new roots, orchid plant
new roots, orchid plant, keiki: Hello Mary, What kind of orchid is it? Without knowing what kind of orchid you have, it is very difficult to tell you what to do. With that said, if there are new roots begining to grow, for most orchids, this is a good time to repot. But, depending...

Orchids: Shatered Orchid Pot, orchid potting mix, orchid pot
orchid potting mix, orchid pot, new roots: Carrie, I assume you have a phalaenopsis orchid. You can save the plant by repotting the roots and (and part of the plant connected to them) in a fresh pot and fresh orchid potting mix. Only the roots should be placed in the new orchid potting mix. Be sure...

Orchids: wilting leaves-phanelopsis, orchid potting mix, new roots
orchid potting mix, new roots, followup questions: Joanna, when you repotted did you check the condition of the roots? Roots that are mushy are dead and should be removed. Leaves served by dead or damaged roots will droop and wrinkled and will be lost. Also, you should be using a commmercial grade orchid...

Orchids: Apple help, apple trees, apple help
apple trees, apple help, apple tree: Hi Rajeev, I am sorry that you have picked the wrong expert to ask these questions on apple trees & growing, I am expert in Orchid growing and culture. Go back to all expert.com and type in apple trees,click search, I saw several apple tree topics that...

Orchids: answer to your answer about mystery orchid, orchid fertilizer, rich thanks
orchid fertilizer, rich thanks, orchid species: Hi Rich, Thanks for getting back with the possible name of your orchid and the link. Beallara is a combination (hybrid) of 4 different orchid species; Brassia, Cochlioda, Miltonia and Odontoglossum. They are all somewhat related and thus have similar...

Orchids: Black areas on cattleya orchid, physan 20, oval areas
physan 20, oval areas, 1 x1: Bernadette, I like your plan. As you know, it is difficult to diagnose a disease strictly from a written description. My first inclination is to consider this as sunburn. However, the physan soak is a good idea just in case it is a fungus. It does not...

Orchids: CM Fitch Izumi, orchid potting mix, rootone
orchid potting mix, rootone, orchid grower: Maureen, the yellowing and loss of older leaves is normal but the Squishy areas are of great concern as that indicates that fungal/bacterial rot has set in. You need to obtain powdered sulphur, rootone, or other powdered fungicide and proceed as follows....

Orchids: Cymbidium orchid, flower spike, cymbidium orchids
flower spike, cymbidium orchids, orchid potting mix: Rosie, cymbidium orchids bloom only once per year. When the flowers fall, the flower spike (from which they originate) will also die back. This is normal and not an indication of a problem. This would be a good time to repot your plant in fresh orchid potting...

Orchids: Cymbidium Propagation, phals, phal
phals, phal, breaking off: Hi Mohsen, No, cymbidiums are propogated by dividing the clump of pseudobulbs or bulbs. This is done when repotting the cymbidium, breaking off one or more bulbs then putting them in a small pot of their own. Many cymbidium growers do this by breaking...

Orchids: cymbidiums, gallon pots, benign neglect
gallon pots, benign neglect, orchid media: Hello Sharron, You didn t mention where you live so I am unable to give you any specific advice on cymbidiums for where you live, but here goes with a little information. For cymbidiums, my suggestion would be to take a look at Hatfield Orchids (http://www.hatfieldorchids.com/),...

Orchids: Dendrobium Burana White Orchid, green leaves, high temperatures
green leaves, high temperatures, bright shade: Hello Pamela, Yes, cut off the stem now that the flowers are gone as the stem will not produce more flowers. Since your dendrobium orchid is not one of the deciduous types, there is something causing the leaves to prematurely die. Here are some things...

Orchids: Dendrobium orchid, flower buds, plastic pot
flower buds, plastic pot, morning sunlight: Hello Adele, I suspect that the new growths are probably new canes rather than flowering stems, but time will tell which. As for flowers, you will have to be patient as most dendrobiums produce flowers only once a year in late winter to early spring....

Orchids: Doritaenopsis, facing window, apartement
facing window, apartement, morning sun: Lynne, I think it would be fine to leave it on a shaded patio while the temp remains 65-85 degrees. Be careful of any sunlight as a plant unaccustomed to sunlight could easily get leaf burn. An east facing window that gets some morning sun is also fine...

Orchids: dendrobium burana pink No.2, followup questions, keiki
followup questions, keiki, forefinger: Andy, the only time I would cut an old cane is if it has rotted and exhibits the symptoms I have described. It should be cut off just above a node on the cane below which the tissue is healthy. If there is a keiki from the rotted portion of the cane, it...

Orchids: Feeding Phalaenopsis?, phalaenopsis orchids, getting a balance
phalaenopsis orchids, getting a balance, fertilizer: Hi Tri, I would suggest getting a balance type fertilizer that is recommended for orchids. Phalaenopsis do not require lots of fertilizer to grow and bloom so use about half the amount suggested twice a month. Hope this helps. Jim Kawasaki ...

Orchids: King Shiang's Rose x Dtps. Taisuco Firebird, plant food, orchids
Orchids: King Shiang's Rose x Dtps. Taisuco Firebird, plant food, orchids, vf

Orchids: what's the record on number of blooms for Phalaenopsis
Orchids: what's the record on number of blooms for Phalaenopsis

Orchids: Size of the pot, repotting, toronto
Orchids: Size of the pot, repotting, toronto

Orchids: transplanting baby orchid plants, care of orchids, keikis
Orchids: transplanting baby orchid plants, care of orchids, keikis, recuperative time

Orchids: fertilizer, soil, phalaenopsis orchids, drainage holes
phalaenopsis orchids, drainage holes, orchid potting mix: Good to hear from you Nicole. Let me answer your second question first. You need to locate a source that carries orchid potting mix. Any place that sells orchids should have it in hobby bags. It is not soil, but a mix which may consist of several of the...

Orchids: greenhouse heating, direct vent wall furnace, removable insulation
direct vent wall furnace, removable insulation, programmable thermostat: Bonnie, the first thought that came to me has to do with heat conservation. If you have single pane glass, you could install bubble pak insulation on the inside of the glass. It just installs with water or a special bubble insulation spray adhesive. As...

Orchids: Help - my Phal is turning yellow, fungus infection, temperature swings
fungus infection, temperature swings, phal: Hi again Elizabeth, Yes, putting ground cinnamon was a good idea. Cinnamon has some mild fungicidal and batericidal properties within it. Some persons sprinkle it on any fresh cuts to prevent an infection. Leave it where it is for now. Once it...

Orchids: health of plant, water droplets, leaf loss
water droplets, leaf loss, orchid plant: Hello Joy, You did not say what kind of orchid you have so it is difficult for me to tell you if what has happened is something to be really concerned about. But, with that said, it is not normal for an orchid to suddenly lose several leaves so quickly....

Orchids: King Shiang's Rose x Dtps. Taisuco Firebird, northern nevada reno, taisuco
northern nevada reno, taisuco, orchid food: Hello Karen, Your orchid is a hybrid within the phalaenopsis family of orchids and so should require the same basic care. Bright shade with no direct sunlight in Reno, temperatures between 60F to 85F, humidity above 50% with some light air movement. ...

Orchids: Limp Leaves and a Brown Stem, orchid potting mix, flower spike
orchid potting mix, flower spike, firm roots: Jason, the old flower spike is dying back, which is normal for your plant. You may cut it off where it joins the plant. Secondly, I recommend that you repot your plant in fresh orchid potting mix. As a general rule, an annual repotting following flowering...

Orchids: Moth Orchids, moth orchids, sun temperatures
moth orchids, sun temperatures, sooty mold: Hello Cow, Phalaenopsis or moth orchid do not require lots of sun to grow, in fact they prefer bright shade with little or no direct sun, temperatures between 60F to 85F, humidity above 50% with some light air movement. Water when the potting mix becomes...

Orchids: miltonidium bartley schwartz, orchid potting mix, yellow leaves
orchid potting mix, yellow leaves, time owner: Janet, I recommend you repot your plant in fresh orchid potting mix. This is an ideal time for that while you have new growth. It may be that some of the older leaves are turning yellow due to root rot. Orchids, as a rule, should be repotted in orchid pottingmix...

Orchids: New Roots, flower spike, new roots
flower spike, new roots, new flower: Jamie, you may remove the keikis with a small twist where they join the flower spike. These may be potted up in a separate pot. The mother plant will either send a branch flower spike at a node on the existing flower spike or it may do its annual rebloom...

Orchids: new owner, orchid bark, rotten place
orchid bark, rotten place, shady place: Hi Nita, As long as the leaves are green, there is hope! Although the exposed roots might be dead, hopefully those within the pot are still alive. One sign that all the roots are dead would be leaves beginning to droop over and feeling somewhat soft....

Orchids: new plant bud on dying plant, plant bud, bottom leaf
plant bud, bottom leaf, fall and winter: Hello Renee, From your description, it does sound like you have a baby (keiki) plant growing on the stem. Wait until there are roots over 2 inch long then remove it. To remove it, hold the keiki and the stem then twist it back and forth until it comes...

Orchids: Oncidium Intergeneric Alliance Wildcat, potting mix, repotting
potting mix, repotting, mush: Hi Whitney, Oh oh, you are going over your question limit! Just kidding!! (grin) Wait until the potting mix starts to dry out before watering again. You can gauge how wet or dry it is by lifting the pot, when it feels somewhat light is when you should...

Orchids: Oncidium intergeneric/Alliance Wildcat, morning sunlight, oncidium alliance
morning sunlight, oncidium alliance, new roots: Hi Whitney, On the back deck that is facing east, put it where it will be in full sun for a couple of hours in the morning then mostly light shade the rest of the day. Unless there are heavy rains during summer where you live, there should be no need...

Orchids: Orchid baby, side ways, san jose ca
side ways, san jose ca, kawasaki: Hi Missy, If the growth on the stem has leaves forming on it, it probably is a baby plantlet. Wait until it grows a root over 2 inches long before removing it. To remove it, twist it side ways while gently pulling it away from the stem several times,...

Orchids: Orchid - Phalaenopsis, phalaenopsis orchids, orchid phalaenopsis
phalaenopsis orchids, orchid phalaenopsis, orchid potting mix: Leslie, some phalaenopsis do have a tendency to do this. I have found that using a solution called protek can strengthen the plant tissues to help guard against future splitting. Be careful to follow the label as too great a concentration can cause the...

Orchids: Orchid Rebloom, orchid fertilizer, bright shade
orchid fertilizer, bright shade, home depot: Hello Linda, Phalaenopsis normally produce blooms once a year, usually sometime in mid winter through spring. After the flowers are gone, wait a few months to see what happens to the bare stem. If the tip stays green, leave it alone as it may produce...

Orchids: Orchid Roots, orchid roots, hurricane force
orchid roots, hurricane force, gentle air: Hello Maureen, The brown rings on the joints of the exposed orchid roots might be a fungus or it might be something else. Have you tried to see if you can remove the brown substance by wiping the root? If it does not wipe off easily, it could be a fungus....

Orchids: Orchids, orchid potting mix, flower spikes
orchid potting mix, flower spikes, orchid roots: Carol, I m not sure what type of orhid you have but I will assume you have a phalaenopsis orchid and the vines are really flower spikes that bear the flowers. With orchids, the general approach following flowering is the repot the plant in fresh orchid...

Orchids: my orchid got sun burn, growing orchids, orchid plant
growing orchids, orchid plant, time jim: Hi Tricia, You didn t say what kind of orchids you have, which makes it hard to tell you what to do. Although a leaf may be sunburned, it usually is not fatal to the rest of the orchid plant unless the entire plant was sitting in direct hot sunlight....

Orchids: My orchids have wiltered, orchid potting mix, dead roots
orchid potting mix, dead roots, dee dee: Dee, thank you for your question-- maybe, together, we can save this plant. I m going to assume you have a phalaenopsis orchid as that is the most common. You need to obtain some fresh special orchid potting mix and a plastic pot about the right size for...

Orchids: orchis cut or not, flower spike, phalaenopsis orchids
flower spike, phalaenopsis orchids, last flower: Ka, no it is not true. Phalaenopsis orchids can rebloom in one or more of three methods. The first is that the flower spike may elongate and produce additional buds; the second is that you may cut the flower spike off above one of its nodes and that node...

Orchids: oth orchid roots, orchid roots, dead roots
orchid roots, dead roots, pot plants: Hello Grace, What you probably have is a phalaenopsis orchid as moth orchid is one of the names it is often called. Aerial roots that dry out are usually due to low or lack of adequate humidity around them. Roots need moisture to stay nice an plump....

Orchids: Phal, unopened flowers, orchid flowers
unopened flowers, orchid flowers, flower color: Hi Cheryl, Yes, with the contrast in color of the flowers, it must really be a very pretty sight to behold. I may be wrong but I do believe there are two plants very close together. The next time you repot it, take a close look to see if there are...

Orchids: My Phal is turning yellow, flower spike, orchid potting mix
flower spike, orchid potting mix, new roots: Jillian, there are several issues here and I will take them separately. It is not unusual for the older leaves (one s nearest the bottom of the plant) to yellow and fall off. These are the oldest. However, I m always concerned about the root condition of...

Orchids: Phalaenopis, phalaenopsis roots, orchid pot
phalaenopsis roots, orchid pot, bloom season: Hello Rita, I am afraid it is very late in the bloom season for phalaenopsis, so you will have to be patient another year. In the mean time, continue to care for it. Since you quoted the price you paid as 35, I assume you live in England. You did...

Orchids: Is my Phalaenopsis amabilis Orchid dying?, phalaenopsis amabilis, flower spike
phalaenopsis amabilis, flower spike, orchid potting mix: Jade, it was fine to leave the old flower spike the way it was. Our main concern should be to focus on what we can t see-- the root condition. It is not unusual for the lowest leaf on the plant to turn yellow and fall off. However, you need to repot your...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis Hybridizing..., mycology lab, reproductive morphology
mycology lab, reproductive morphology, pollinia: Monsen, thanks for your question. The orchid flower has a very different reproductive morphology than other plants and it is that morphology that is the defining nature of orchids. You want to focus and a structure in the center of the flower called the...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis new leaf growth, flower spikes, orchid potting mix
flower spikes, orchid potting mix, orchid mix: Christina, you will not need to cut back the old leaves because the y are likely to drop off. What so often concerns me as that many newly purchased orchids do not have healthy roots. They really need to be repotted in fresh orchid potting mix and rotted...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis repotting -- soil?, sphagnum moss, styrofoam peanuts
sphagnum moss, styrofoam peanuts, drainage holes: Hi Kelly. You need to locate a source of orchid potting mix in which to plant your phal. Many garden centers have this including Home Depots and Lowes. This potting mix may contain one or more of the following ingredients: fir bark, perlite, osmunda, tree...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis is wilting and some yellow leaves please help!, slow release fertilizer, terra cota
slow release fertilizer, terra cota, orchid potting mix: Vanessa, aerial roots (those sticking out of the pot) are normal. Ideally these should be put back into the potting mix when you repot as the plant will eventually produce more. Be sure to soak those roots thoroughly (until they turn green) before putting...

Orchids: Phaleonopsis Orchid, orchid nurseries, orchid fair
orchid nurseries, orchid fair, orchid vendors: Hello Pat, Where you are growing the phalaenopsis sounds about right so the question about why the leaves are yellowing and falling off is what I ll try to help with. When you water, do you wait until the potting media becomes barely moist or do you...

Orchids: phaelo. orchid question, phalaenopsis orchids, orchid potting mix
phalaenopsis orchids, orchid potting mix, orchid roots: Repotting should be at the top of your orchid to do list at this time. Locate a bag of orchid potting mix at a local garden center. If it is dry you will need to soak if for an hour before use. Soak only as much as you plan to use at this time and keep...

Orchids: phalaenopsis, time jim, stalk
time jim, stalk, early spring: Hi Nicola, It is not unusual for a phalaenopsis to produce a baby (keiki) plantlet with roots on a stalk (spike) but it is very unusual for only roots to appear without leaves. I m not quite sure what to tell you to do with the roots but am tempted to...

Orchids: my phalaenopsis is growing again!, orchid potting mix, plastic pot
orchid potting mix, plastic pot, new roots: Lovy, the simplest way to feed is to use a balanced plant food. A balanced plant food is one that has all numbers the same (ie 20-20-20 or 7-7-7, etc). The first number is for nitrogen, the second for phosphate, and the third for potassium. If you can t...

Orchids: phalaenopsis orchid lost all leaves?, orchid potting mix, plant survival
orchid potting mix, plant survival, leaf loss: JoAnne, let me first address the issue of yellowing and floppy leaves as that is the most critical here. Your leaf loss is due to root rot. When roots are rotted, the parts of the plant they serve cannot survive. Here are the steps I recommend: First,...

Orchids: phaleaopsis, leaf areas, razor blades
leaf areas, razor blades, leaf tissue: Hello Mary el, From your description of the problem, I m afraid it might be due to a bacterial infection - although I hope it is not! But if it is, I m afraid your phalaenopsis is destined for the trash bin. When you cut off the infected leaf areas,...

Orchids: Replanting, indirect sunlight, plastic pot
indirect sunlight, plastic pot, orchid mix: Hello Brandy, Without knowing what kind of orchid it is, I ll give you some general guidance on potting it. Buy a small plastic pot of about 4 inch diameter along with a small bag of orchid mix. Place some mix in the pot then lower the roots (string...

Orchids: what's the record on number of blooms for Phalaenopsis, bamboo stake, flower buds
bamboo stake, flower buds, number of flowers: Hello Susan, To support the blooming spike, you can use a slender bamboo stake pushed into the pot and tie the spike to it every 6 inches or so. When you do this, make sure it is nice and warm with temperatures above 65F. The reason for this is that...

Orchids: reliable books on orchids, rebecca tyson, prentiss hall
rebecca tyson, prentiss hall, orchid seedlings: Courtney, the 1990 edition is the fourth and, I believe most recent, edition. It differs little from the third edition published in 1970. If you google Home Orchid Growing you should be able to find some good deals for purchase if you can t find either...

Orchids: How to revive my orchid?, water droplets, air circulation
water droplets, air circulation, leaf tissue: Hello Elizabeth, From your description of what happened to your orchid, I m afraid it is a goner. Sorry. It sounds like what happened is a fungus grew at the base of the leafs, killing the leaf tissue there and causing the leaf to fall off even though...

Orchids: Size of the pot, drainage holes, pot size
drainage holes, pot size, baby leaf: Hello Geeta, Yes, pot size does make a difference, especially if it is too large for the orchid. But, from your description of the roots on your phalaenopsis, going to the next size larger pot should be okay. The problem with too large a pot is that...

Orchids: Snow Apple Orchid Care, american orchid society, drainage holes
american orchid society, drainage holes, snow apple: Lia, I m assuming you have a phalaenopsis orchid. The term Snow Apple could refer to several different types of plants other than orchids. There are no registered phalaenopsis orchids with that name but there is a website called Snowapple.net that ships...

Orchids: More specific recommendation, light pink flowers, flower spike
light pink flowers, flower spike, strawberry milk: Hi Sharron, It is difficult to tell you what to get your friend in Martinez without know what kinds of cymbidiums she has and prefers. Every person has their own likes and dislikes, I would hate to recommend a cymbidium to you only to find out they don...

Orchids: Trimming my Orchid, last blossom, orchid fertilizer
last blossom, orchid fertilizer, fifth leaf: Hi Vandana, As big as your phalaenopsis is (4 mature leafs with a small fifth leaf starting), you probably can try number 2 if you wish. I prefer number 3 for my phals but that s just my preference. Of course, this is assuming that the spike (branch)...

Orchids: transplanting baby orchid plants, keikis, orchid plants
keikis, orchid plants, pot size: Hi Jennifer, It would be better if there were 2 or more roots but you can remove and pot them up with only one root. Keep in mind that it is best to choose the pot size by the number and size of roots rather than size of the plant. So, look for a pot...

Orchids: trim my Den Woon Leng, growth habit, cyclic nature
growth habit, cyclic nature, rest period: Kathie, I have several observations to share with you. First, the normal growth habit of most dendrobiums is to go into a period of rest following flowering. Since these plants are deciduous, they tend to lose most or all leaves following flowering. Do not...

Orchids: Vanda Hanging Basket (Cymbidium), light breezes, corbin ky
light breezes, corbin ky, night temperatures: Hello Derek, Hey, you aren t too far from Corbin, Ky where a friend lives. I ve never visited her but she said Corbin is almost in West Virginia. Is it a Vanda or Cymbidium that is in the hanging basket? Vandas are many times grown in hanging baskets...

Orchids: How to water an indoor orchid, room temperature water, early morning sunshine
room temperature water, early morning sunshine, drainage holes: Jessica, my first concern comes when I hear that your phalaenopsis orchid is in a ceramic pot. If your pot has lots of holes, it may be okay, but if it has just one drainage hole, it will not be suitable. You need to locate a mall bag of orchid potting mix...

Orchids: wilted orchids, hot car, orchids
hot car, orchids, san jose ca: Hello Kathy, That depends on what kind of orchids they are. Some orchids can survive being left in a hot car for several hours while others could be goners. Do you know what kind of orchids they are? Without knowing what kind of orchids they are, it...

Orchids: wilting--HELP !!, orchid blooms, buds
orchid blooms, buds: Mary, orchid blooms are very delicate and once they start to wilt it is unlikely they can be returned to a healthy state. If you have any buds in good condition they may still open. After it is done flowering you need to cut the watering way back to once...

Orchids: yellow tip, sudden temperature changes, insect damage
sudden temperature changes, insect damage, bottom leaf: Hello Adam, While it is not unusual for one bottom leaf to turn yellow and die, it is usual for another to do so in such a short time. Phals. will lose one or two bottom leaves over the course of a year while also making 1, 2, or 3 new leafs during the...

Orchids: Black Tips On Cymbidium Orchid leaves, ammoniacal nitrogen, cymbidium orchids
ammoniacal nitrogen, cymbidium orchids, orchid food: Hello Arnold, The orchid food you are using is one part of the problem causing the black leaf tips, the other may be the water. If the nitrogen in the orchid food is mainly urea rather than nitrate or ammoniacal nitrogen, that could be contributing...

Orchids: brown flower tips on phaleanopsis orchid, flower spike, brown patches
flower spike, brown patches, flower tips: Raelynn, I would wait to repot until it has finished flowering. It sounds as if the flowers that have brown patches were either sunburned and/or watered late in the day. You may cut the flowers off or just pinch them off where they join the flower spike...

Orchids: bugs in my orchids, drainage holes, orchid potting mix
drainage holes, orchid potting mix, plastic pot: Jen, I recommend That you use an insecticidal drench on your plants. It is likely that your potting mix has degraded and formed a perfect environment for these insects to breed. When they are done flowering, you need to obtain some fresh orchid potting mix....

Orchids: Cane Orchid, orchid growers, dendrobium
orchid growers, dendrobium, canes: Rosemary, I assume your cane orchid is a dendrobium. There are many different hybrids that could, therefore, respond differently to pruning. I suggest you top a couple of the tallest canes. Cut them off above a node (ie) joint in the cane. Observe the...

Orchids: Cymbidiums, orchid mix, clay pots
orchid mix, clay pots, blooming plants: Hello Stan, Yes, cymbidiums are beautiful, aren t they! And yes they do grow fairly easily in most of California, but especially within 50 miles of the coastline. Buying them in Florida in bloom makes me think that they might be of the type considered...

Orchids: Cymbidiums-dividing and transplanting, inch pots, inch pot
inch pots, inch pot, clay pot: Hi Dick, The answer is a qualified yes . Qualified in the sense that there was nothing added to the compost pit that was diseased, especially material that is virused. Plant virus are capable of surviving long periods even under some harsh environments....

Orchids: Cypridpedium spike turned brown, orchid fertilizer, morning sunlight
orchid fertilizer, morning sunlight, elementary question: Hello Meredith, Yes, it does sound as though it may be time to cut off the spike. It should produce a new spike next year, until then keep it moist but not constantly wet. Feed it lightly with a balance orchid fertilizer. It likes the same temperatures...

Orchids: cymbidium flower spikes, flower spikes, southern hemisphere
flower spikes, southern hemisphere, cymbidiums: Hi Amanda, Yes, it can be difficult to tell if what you see is a spike or new growth but it is possible. New spikes tend to have a roundish bullet shape to them while new growths tend to be somewhat flat with a arrow shaped tip. Hope yours are bullets...

Orchids: Dendrobium New Spikes, flower spikes, homestead rd
flower spikes, homestead rd, new flower: Sandi, from your comments, it sounds as though these plants have bloomed well for you in the past and this is a new development. It sounds environmental but I can t be sure. Could have had a dry spell that caused the spikes to abort or it got too warm. You...

Orchids: Dendrobium Orchid, new leaves, dendrobiums
new leaves, dendrobiums, cattleyas: Hello Angelo, Sorry for taking so long to respond to your questions but I had some trouble accessing your photos. I kept being sent to the web page for Caripito, Venezuela and could not locate your photos on any of the links on it. But, I just now tried...

Orchids: Dendrobium question, winter thanks, dendrobiums
winter thanks, dendrobiums, rest period: You re welcome Erin. We have a catch 22 situation with the new growth. Kind of depends on how large the new growth is. If you support the new growth, you are delaying the onset of the rest period. Let s take a middle position and see if that works. Support...

Orchids: Dendrobium's turning white?, epsom salt, orchid food
epsom salt, orchid food, eastern exposure: Hi Sheryl, Be patient a little longer as it can take weeks if not months for any changes to be visible. In the mean time, keep them growing and look for any new growths that may appear and whether they have the streaks. Write back once in a while...

Orchids: Drooping leaves on Miltoniosis, indirect sunlight, plastic pot
indirect sunlight, plastic pot, miltoniopsis: Bob, you chose an irrestibly beautiful, difficult to grow orchid. Over the years I have had dozens of these and am down to just a couple. These grow exceptionally well in the Santa Barbara area and I have consulted with a grower there. He said the trick is...

Orchids: DYING ? PHAELANOPSIS, orchid potting mix, phalaenopsis orchids
orchid potting mix, phalaenopsis orchids, fir bark: Cynthia you didn t mention whether you have one or more healthy firm roots. If so, you still have a chance that you can grow new leaves. It is natural for the flower spikes to turn brown after flowering. Once they turn brown you can cut them off near their...