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Oral Surgery: Wisdom Teeth Complications, wisdom teeth, root canals
wisdom teeth, root canals, wisdom tooth: Alicia - What you are enduring is a common situation when a doctor who is trained in general dentistry attempts to remove teeth that should only be attempted by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Breaking or damaging the adjoining tooth is bad and not diagnosing...

Oral Surgery: Wisdom Teeth Extraction, wisdom teeth extraction, wisdom tooth extractions
wisdom teeth extraction, wisdom tooth extractions, oral surgeon: Matt - If proper technique is used and the surgeon is knowledgable about the procedure and aware of you as more than just a body lying on the table, the burning should have been noticed and prevented. Whomever you saw is totally devoid of perspectives and...

Oral Surgery: Wisdom Teeth, Implants & Crowns - Pain after two weeks, wisdom teeth extractions, teeth implants
wisdom teeth extractions, teeth implants, joey joey: Joey - From the extensive amount of dental work and surgery that was performed on you and the fact that the pain that occurs does not seem to localize at any one tooth area, implant site or ground tooth area, there are only two real possibilities for the cause...

Oral Surgery: Wisdom Teeth pain after surgery, wisdom teeth pain, warm salt water
wisdom teeth pain, warm salt water, third world country: Christina - I wish I could give you a course that you could treat on your own, but it sounds like you are suffering from a dry socket. This is a situation where the blood clot in the socket breaks down due to poor localized vascular flow. When this occurs...

Oral Surgery: Wisdom Teeth Removal, wisdom teeth removal, gum tissue
wisdom teeth removal, gum tissue, wisdom tooth: Diane - Of course not examining you makes it a little difficult for me to fully explain what needs to be done or what is correct. I can, however, tell you that if the lower left tooth is to be removed, then the upper wisdom tooth on the same side also needs...

Oral Surgery: Wisdom Teeth, removal of wisdom teeth, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
removal of wisdom teeth, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, family dentists: Yang - It sounds like the dentist is not very skilled at removal of wisdom teeth. It is not uncommon during the extraction of the tooth to intentionally section off the roots to ease the pressure of extraction on the patients. The roots are then removed...

Oral Surgery: Wisdom Tooth bleeding, wisdom teeth removal, wisdom tooth
wisdom teeth removal, wisdom tooth, tea bag: Melissa - It is not unusual for bleeding to occur after an extraction. This can be very annoying and definitely should be stopped if at all possible. My suggestion to you is to take a tea bag, soak it in warm water for a couple of seconds and then squeeze...

Oral Surgery: Wisdom Tooth and broken jaw, hairline fracture, wisdom tooth
hairline fracture, wisdom tooth, scar tissue: Mark - If, in fact, a postoperative film disclosed a fracture of the jaw, you need to be wired closed, even if the bone does not appear to be displaced. The movement of the jaw and the pressures placed on it by the muscles that help you open and close your...

Oral Surgery: Getting over Wisdom Tooth Extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, local anaesthetic
wisdom tooth extraction, local anaesthetic, oral sedation: Alison - Of course without a direct exam it is impossible to be totally accurate, but you may have had two separate problems. Yes, the wisdom tooth obviously needed to be extracted due to the gum swelling and soreness in the region, but you may have had and...

Oral Surgery: Wisdom Tooth Extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom teeth
wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom teeth, gum tissue: Narjis - Your dentist is correct to advise you to have the opposing teeth also removed. Throughout life, our teeth constantly erupt. The opposing teeth actually grind against each other with normal function and inhibit any actual lengthening of the teeth....

Oral Surgery: Wisdom Tooth Extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom teeth
wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom teeth, bone density: Ray - The major criterion on whether the dentist should extract the teeth or the surgeon depends on two issues. 1) Does the dentist regularly extract teeth and if so, if a problem occurs where the tooth breaks, is the dentist able to handle it or will...

Oral Surgery: Wisdom Tooth Removal?, wisdom tooth removal, wisdom teeth
wisdom tooth removal, wisdom teeth, fly by night: Courtland - If what I think is really happening, you cannot fully contain it. You might slow down some of the situation, but it will continue to fester deep and then who knows when it will blow. That could be terrible and debilitating. Again, you need...

Oral Surgery: Wisdom Tooth, gum tissue, wisdom tooth
gum tissue, wisdom tooth, soft tissues: Joanne - I find the dentist s reaction about the hard, sharp area of soft tissue is not good. It is not unusual for dentists when the extract teeth to not smooth the bone surrounding the teeth. Often gum tissue covers and overlays these sharp edges of bone...

Oral Surgery: Wisdom teeth, warm salt water, wisdom teeth
warm salt water, wisdom teeth, water rinse: Dennis - About 48 hours after the surgery you can begin a gentle warm salt water rinse to keep the area clean. He is right for you to avoid spitting, but you can let the water just drip out of your mouth. By the fourth day you can begin to gently spit out...

Oral Surgery: Wisdom teeth, bleeding and dry socket, warm salt water, wisdom teeth
warm salt water, wisdom teeth, dry socket: Jim - 48 hours after the extractions, it is possible for a dry socket to develop, and that maybe what is occurring, but it sounds like just inflammation. I don t know what postoperative advice you were given by the surgeon, but if you start warm salt water...

Oral Surgery: Wisdom teeth extraction, wisdom teeth extraction, week ago today
wisdom teeth extraction, week ago today, cheek: Stacey - The hole most likely will close up fine, but I suggest that you get back to see the dentist. That hole in the cheek should not be there and proper healing is important. Do not smoke for, at least, another week, especially due to the hole. ...

Oral Surgery: Wisdom teeth lingual nerve, mandibular nerve, lingual nerve
mandibular nerve, lingual nerve, wisdom teeth: MIchael - During the extraction of a horizontally impacted tooth, injury to both the mandibular nerve and the lingual nerve are possible. The chances of the lingual nerve being injured are not very high at all as long as the surgeon is careful. Of course,...

Oral Surgery: Wisdom teeth...How long till the holes heal?, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, wisdom teeth
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, wisdom teeth, open sockets: Jessica - Not being able to examine you it is a little difficult to fully determine the cause of your continued pain. If the pain is severe and is accompanied by a bad taste in your mouth, you may be suffering from a dry socket. Of course I cannot be sure,...

Oral Surgery: Wisdom teeth and pregnancy, hormonal changes during pregnancy, general anaesthetic
hormonal changes during pregnancy, general anaesthetic, payment plan options: Hormonal changes during pregnancy cause many pregnant women to have problems that they didn t have before they became pregnant. The gum tissue is more sensitive to irritation. They swell, become inflamed, turn red, bleed and are often painful. These...

Oral Surgery: Wisdom teeth regrow?, dissolving stitches, wisdom teeth
dissolving stitches, wisdom teeth, allexperts: Bruce - Sorry to delay this answer. Allexperts was advised in advance I would be away for a week, but they never changed their records. So now your question. There are instances of what are called supernumerary teeth or extra teeth beyond the 32 we all...

Oral Surgery: Wisdom teeth regrowing, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, wisdom teeth
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth: Tim - Sorry for delay in answering - my computer broke. It is not possible for another wisdom tooth to erupt unless your daughter has erupting a supernumary tooth. This tooth is not formed from the original 32 tooth buds that normally develop, but it...

Oral Surgery: Wisdom teeth removal, wisdom teeth removal, nhs waiting list
wisdom teeth removal, nhs waiting list, nerve injury: Katie - You must insist that they remove them as soon as possible. Delaying the removal can promote a spread of inflammation or infection in the area. Yes there is a possibility of some nerve injury every time a wisdom tooth is removed. Every patient...

Oral Surgery: Wisdom teeth removal/Painful tongue, wisdom teeth removal, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
wisdom teeth removal, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, painful tongue: Ambre - The most important thing with your tongue is to find the reason for your discomfort and then the pain can be resolved. Occasionally with the removal of lower wisdom teeth, the lingual nerve (the nerve that innervates the sensations of the tongue)...

Oral Surgery: Wisdom teeth removal with sadation dentistry, wisdom teeth removal, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
wisdom teeth removal, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, local anesthetic: Hello, First question-is your surgery going to be with an board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon or a general dentist. I do not recommend having wisdom teeth removed by a general dentist. They are not usually equiped with the instruments to remove...

Oral Surgery: Wisdom teeth removal side effects., wisdom teeth removal, third molars
wisdom teeth removal, third molars, upper tooth: Kenny - Absolutely yes - the first molars, tooth number three from the back in all four quadrants, supports your bite and facial structure. As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who restructures the entire face of many patients born with skeletal deformities...

Oral Surgery: Wisdom teeth removal, wisdom teeth removal, temple region
wisdom teeth removal, temple region, morristown area: Diana - Your sister s chronic problem is now way too long unaddressed. No longer should she be seen by a local doctor or surgeon. Better yet, with her proximity to New York, I would suggest that she be seen by the doctor who is the head of a major oral and...

Oral Surgery: Wisdom teeth, dry sockets, gauze pads
dry sockets, gauze pads, wisdom teeth: Megan - I fully understand the taste - lousy. I am a little concerned with the packing just placed in there 4 days ago and left in. What should have happened is that the sockets should be irrigated and the packing with medication on the packing placed into...

Oral Surgery: Wisdom tooth, wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth
wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth, fish oils: Lou - First of all, the difficulty of removing any tooth, with or without decay, can only be predicted based on a direct examination and xrays of the area. If your dentist said it should be no major problem I don t think you should worry about it. As far...

Oral Surgery: Wisdom tooth causing problems, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, wisdom tooth
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, wisdom tooth, root canal: Alex - When a general dentist decides that the order of treatment, when an inflammation and possibly an early infection exists, is to first fill cavities, it shows that dentist really does not know what is important. That inflammation or early infection...

Oral Surgery: Wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, warm salt water
wisdom tooth extraction, warm salt water, wisdom teeth: Kaylee - Sorry for delay. My computer crashed. What you describe as a droopiness, as long as numbness is not also associated, is do to a little internal fluid build up from the surgery. This problem should resolve within 3-4 days. To enhance the improvement,...

Oral Surgery: Wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, local anaesthesia
wisdom tooth extraction, local anaesthesia, pregnacy: Julie - First of all, I have removed teeth on pregnant women without any problems. The first thing you must do is to speak with your OB-GYN and see if that doctor has any restrictions. In general, local anesthesia (novocaine like medication) can be used,...

Oral Surgery: Wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, tooth extractions
wisdom tooth extraction, tooth extractions, warm salt water: Neil - Of course, it is difficult for to tell you if another infection has developed or not. The fact that you are having an altered taste in the area may mean that food debris and bacteria is trapped in the healing socket. This can percolate and produce...

Oral Surgery: Wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, molar teeth
wisdom tooth extraction, molar teeth, upper molar: Christopher - If you are continuing to have the flow of fluids from the mouth come out your nose, waiting will not help the situation. It should be addressed as soon as possible. Waiting can potentially cause more of a problem and intercepting it early can...

Oral Surgery: Wisdom tooth infection, wisdom tooth infection, poor blood flow
wisdom tooth infection, poor blood flow, blood glucose: Harry - Infections of any type in a diabetic body can elevate the blood glucose. It is therefore important to have the infection contained and removed. Diabetics who do not quickly eradicate infections are prone to secondary effects, such as blockage of...

Oral Surgery: Wisdom tooth inside the sinus, sinus connection, wisdom teeth
sinus connection, wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth: Ken - I suggest that you do get the tooth removed. With an obvious mobility associated with the tooth, who knows if there is not already a degeneration of the bone surrounding the tooth. This degeneration can lead to the area becoming infected and then the...

Oral Surgery: Wisdom tooth removal, wisdom tooth removal, warm water rinse
wisdom tooth removal, warm water rinse, warm salt water: Geogi - I agree with you, it does not sound like you have a dry socket from your description. The internal swelling is most likely from internal blood from the extractions. The best thing you can do to reduce the swelling and discomfort is to begin...

Oral Surgery: Wisdom tooth removal-bad taste in mouth, wisdom tooth removal, bad taste in mouth
wisdom tooth removal, bad taste in mouth, warm salt water: Emma - It is not unusual during the healing phase after extractions for odor to develop. This occurs from an accumulation of bacteria from saliva in the healing sockets. Doing the warm salt water rinses is a good idea for healing and in many it can help...

Oral Surgery: Wisdom tooth removal and gingivitis?, wisdom tooth removal, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
wisdom tooth removal, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, wisdom teeth: Shannon - The hygienist is correct that periodontal treatment at the wisdom tooth area is difficult. The hygienist should go over the correct technique for you to keep the areas clean so periodontal disease does not cause the loss of other teeth. Another...

Oral Surgery: Wisdom tooth removal, wisdom tooth removal, warm salt water
wisdom tooth removal, warm salt water, wisdom teeth: Lisa - Now that is about 12 days since the extractions, the tissue, although lined up has not completely healed. Manipulations of the tissue is not a good idea. You can separate the sutured areas. Most likely nothing has happened, but I suggest, rather...

Oral Surgery: Wisdom tooth., oral and maxillofacial surgeon, wisdom tooth
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, wisdom tooth, aggrenox: Franz - I again do not know what the exact cause of the warnings given to you about the extraction, but I would suggest a second opinion in your area by a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. There may be a potential problem in the eyes of the...

Oral Surgery: Wisdome Tooth Extraction, dry sockets, warm salt water
dry sockets, warm salt water, dry socket: Stephanie - It is normal, even in the simplest extractions, to feel some soreness after the extraction. Has a dry socket formed? It is too early to tell. Just don t smoke, rinse with warm salt water for 5 minutes 3-4 times per day to keep the area clean...

Oral Surgery: Wondering about wisdom teeth, wisdom teeth, dentist
wisdom teeth, dentist, span of time: Cynthia - Normal is the word that no body can fully predict. There is a span of time when the eruption of any teeth can occur. This span of time can include age 13, but is usually, in a female, about 16 years old for wisdom teeth. As long as you are...

Oral Surgery: white guey stuff in extraction holes, wisdom teeth extraction, warm salt water
wisdom teeth extraction, warm salt water, wearing braces: Hanim - You are doing fine. The white tissue you describe is often just the surface cells around an extraction socket dying off. That is totally normal. Just keep up the warm salt water rinses to keep it all clean and you should do well. If you have...

Oral Surgery: whole root left after extraction by oral surgeon, root removal, financial obligation
root removal, financial obligation, oral surgeon: Emme - I am so sorry to hear of the situation you have endured. The surgeon who charged you for the first procedure must either remove the remaining root or pay for the root removal by the other surgeon. That is my perspective, but who knows how either surgeon...

Oral Surgery: wider smile, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, reorientation
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, reorientation, plastic surgeon: Jessica - Yes the mouth can be widened, but the surgery involves reorientation of the muscles that surround the mouth in a circle. My suggestion is not an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for this procedure, but a plastic surgeon. I am personally not familiar...

Oral Surgery: widom tooth removal complications, dry sockets, wisdom tooth
dry sockets, wisdom tooth, dry socket: S - Dry socket. As you said that is what you had and it had not healed fully before the surgeon went in and cut the bone. That only accentuated and reestablished the dry socket. That is what is sounds like. Of course, without a direct exam I can t be sure,...

Oral Surgery: widsom teeth, dry sockets, warm salt water
dry sockets, warm salt water, wisdom teeth: Liz - You unfortunately are dealing with a common problem with general dentists removing teeth, especially wisdom teeth. They are not surgeons. Not only is their surgical technique often questionable, when their patients suffer from postoperative complications...

Oral Surgery: wisdom too extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, annah
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, annah, gum: Annah - Of course without a direct exam I cannot tell you what s really up, but you should not feel anything sharp, like exposed bone. If the gum is gone and the bone is exposed the surgeon should have adjusted the bone, sutured the gum over it and then it...

Oral Surgery: wisdom teeth, dry sockets, warm salt water
dry sockets, warm salt water, wisdom teeth: Paul - First of all you should know that dry sockets of the upper wisdom teeth are rare. The only time it occurs there if the surgeon was a little too forceful and traumatized the surrounding tissue and bone. The best way to assist in the healing and...

Oral Surgery: wisdom teeth, removal of wisdom teeth, tooth socket
removal of wisdom teeth, tooth socket, dry socket: Emily - Pain that increases a number of days after the removal of wisdom teeth often indicates the development of a dry socket. This process occurs when the blood clot that forms in the tooth socket breaks down and leaves exposed walls of bone that are extremely...

Oral Surgery: wisdom teeth, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, molar teeth
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, molar teeth, upper molar: Nina - It is true that a dry socket can produce a radiating pain on the side of the problem, but with no real pain on the lower, and originally diagnosed as the cause, the upper would not alone be uncomfortable. So what could be the cause? Well the upper...

Oral Surgery: wisdom teeth, dental anesthesiologist, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
dental anesthesiologist, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, dental anesthesiology: Renee - General dentists are not trained in anesthesia or even the use of intravenous sedation in the dental office. That is, unless the dentist has a degree in dental anesthesiology. If not, then you are definitely correct in assuming that the dentist is...

Oral Surgery: wisdom teeth, soft noodles, wisdom teeth
soft noodles, wisdom teeth, bottom hole: Jessica- First of all, and most important, do not stick anything into the sockets. Rinsing is the only thing you should really do to keep the areas clean. If food get trapped and you are unable to remove any debris see the doctor who extracted the teeth....

Oral Surgery: wisdom teeth, warm salt water, wisdom teeth
warm salt water, wisdom teeth, sutures: Sarah - Normal eating should be able to occur about 5-7 days after the surgery, as long as any sutures that were placed during surgery are removed. If there are no sutures then you can resume a normal diet, but you must keep the areas totally clean after...

Oral Surgery: wisdom teeth, dry socket treatment, food debris
dry socket treatment, food debris, wisdom teeth: Sarah - Your dentist was just wrong to place packing in the socket to arrest the dry socket and just leave it there. The socket needs to be frequently irrigated during that first week of dry socket treatment to prevent a build up of food debris and bacteria....

Oral Surgery: wisdom teeth bleeding, wisdom teeth, oral surgen
wisdom teeth, oral surgen, penicillen: Sadie - First of all, some patients feel uncomfortable and their stomach reacts to some antibiotics. Contact whoever prescribed the medication and let them know. As far as the bleeding. More than 24 hours of bleeding is not good. I would first try a...

Oral Surgery: wisdom teeth bleeding, wisdom teeth, tea bag
wisdom teeth, tea bag, excess moisture: AJ - Sorry for the delay - my computer broke. The best way to stop the bleeding at home is to moisten a tea bag in warm water. Squeeze out the excess moisture and bite on the bag for 15 minutes. Remove the bag, do not rinse your mouth. You can repeat...

Oral Surgery: wisdom teeth and board certified surgeons, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, wisdom teeth
oral and maxillofacial surgeons, wisdom teeth, bone graft: Dave - As far as your first question, the only master list of those who are board certified is held by the ABOMS. This list is also only provided to all board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons. The best way for the public to discover if the surgeon...

Oral Surgery: wisdom teeth causing this?, warm salt water, wisdom teeth
warm salt water, wisdom teeth, temple region: Donna - This may sound simplistic, but your symptoms are indicative of muscle spasms of the muscles that help open and close your mouth. This is not unusual and happens in many people. There are two main groups of muscles that help us opening and closing...

Oral Surgery: Should I have my wisdom teeth extracted?, wisdom teeth, rapid proliferation
wisdom teeth, rapid proliferation, new dentist: Kate - For two main reasons, I do recommend that you do have the wisdom teeth removed. Let me first say, without an xray evaluation what I am going to say is for a normal vertical eruption situation. The unerupted wisdom teeth often cause a weakening...

Oral Surgery: wisdom teeth extracted, kay kay, wisdom teeth
kay kay, wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth: Kay - You are correct to question such an early dental appointment after the extraction of the wisdom tooth. You should wait a minimum of 7-10 days and definitely after the sutures are removed. It is not a good idea to have any debris, whether from the tooth...

Oral Surgery: wisdom teeth extraction, wisdom teeth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
wisdom teeth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, pain medications: Ashleigh - If the surgeon who removes the teeth is a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon the risks are minimal. The removal of unerupted teeth involves a small incision in the gum, making a window in the bone and either elevating the tooth out...

Oral Surgery: wisdom teeth extraction, wisdom teeth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
wisdom teeth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, middle teeth: Julie - First of all, you don t say what type of doctor you have seen about this situation. You should only see a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. The surgeon has the ability in his office to not only do the best surgery, but make you totally...

Oral Surgery: wisdom teeth extraction, wisdom teeth extraction, warm salt water
wisdom teeth extraction, warm salt water, muscle tightness: Tracey - What you are experiencing is not unusual after the wisdom teeth are removed. Often the muscles that help open and close your mouth go into spasm after these extractions and can prevent your jaw from opening properly. The swelling of your gum is...

Oral Surgery: wisdom teeth extraction, wisdom teeth extraction, sinus infections
wisdom teeth extraction, sinus infections, antral: Daryl - You should definitely contact the surgeon who removed the teeth. It sounds like the doctor caused an opening to occur into your sinus and did not realize it. This can be very bad. It can cause severe sinus infections without quick closure of the...

Oral Surgery: wisdom teeth extraction, wisdom teeth extraction, warm salt water
wisdom teeth extraction, warm salt water, third molar extraction: Susan - At two weeks you should definitely be on the road to healing and any discomfort should now be minor at most. I don t know what you are doing to treat the area, but if you are not using warm salt water rinses, you should begin using it 4-5 times a...

Oral Surgery: wisdom teeth extraction issues, wisdom tooth extractions, wisdom teeth extraction
wisdom tooth extractions, wisdom teeth extraction, high heart rate: Tia - I don t think the elevated pulse rate is due to the extractions. Your blood pressure is just a little high, so don t dwell on that. As far as facial massage, yes that can help. Concentrate on the area from the bottom of the jaw to just in front...

Oral Surgery: wisdom teeth extraction preparation, wisdom teeth extraction, general anesthetic
wisdom teeth extraction, general anesthetic, salty water: Paula - You sound like you have the situation handled pretty well. The only thing I would suggest is that you make sure to have ice ready to place on your face for the first 24 hours only. Have salt ready to make salty water for rinses starting the day...

Oral Surgery: wisdom teeth extraction and stitches in cheek, wisdom teeth extraction, warm salt water
wisdom teeth extraction, warm salt water, pharmacey: Dawn - It sounds like everything is healing well and you are not developing a problem. The cheek being pulled over might be a little too much movement for that tissue, but the surgeon probably wanted to cover over the socket the best he could and he pulled...

Oral Surgery: wisdom teeth extraction, wisdom teeth extraction, excess blood
wisdom teeth extraction, excess blood, tea bags: Joshua - Tea bags are good to stop the bleeding, but you must first rinse your mouth to get out excess blood. Then place the tea bag in warm water. Squeeze out the excess water and place it over the bleeding socket. Bite down hard for 10 minutes. Do not...

Oral Surgery: wisdom teeth - local vs general, wisdom tooth extractions, local anesthetic
wisdom tooth extractions, local anesthetic, wisdom teeth: Donna - Many surgeons prefer not to only use a local anesthetic since difficult wisdom tooth extractions often are accompanied by the use of excessive pressure that is not stopped by local anesthetic. In addition, there are sounds that many patients find...

Oral Surgery: wisdom teeth - prolonged pain, wisdom teeth removal, warm salt water
wisdom teeth removal, warm salt water, general anesthetic: Louise - Of course without a direct examination I cannot fully diagnose what is occurring, but you should definitely be examined again by the surgeon. Occasionally there are inflammatory reactions that occur to the bone and surrounding tissues after wisdom...

Oral Surgery: wisdom teeth removal at 31 years old, wisdom teeth removal, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
wisdom teeth removal, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, facial muscles: Amy - There is no doubt that you should seek a second opinion by a local board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Well the reason you are having migraines may not at all be due to the wisdom teeth or their proximity with the sinus. It may be a...

Oral Surgery: wisdom teeth removal, wisdom teeth removal, warm salt water
wisdom teeth removal, warm salt water, wisdom tooth: Melody - The only true warning for a dry socket is pain. There is no way to predict, even in a traumatic extraction, if a dry socket will occur. The best thing you can do to assist in the healing and possibly prevent a dry socket is to do warm salt water...

Oral Surgery: wisdom teeth removal with cysts, wisdom teeth removal, warm salt water
wisdom teeth removal, warm salt water, cysts: Pat - Four days postsurgery, the muscles that help open and close her mouth are probably in spasm limiting her opening. Not being able to bring her teeth together may be due to excessive swelling in the mouth where the teeth were removed. If that is the...

Oral Surgery: wisdom teeth removal, wisdom teeth removal, tongue peircing
wisdom teeth removal, tongue peircing, wisdom tooth: Teresa - If the piercing is firm and there is no chance that it will become mobile during the surgery, there should be no problem. I would in advance advise the surgeon of the piercing and make sure he has no problem with it, though there should not be. ...

Oral Surgery: wisdom teeth removed...how long to heal fully?, wisdom tooth extraction, warm salt water
wisdom tooth extraction, warm salt water, muscle stiffness: Tara - As with any type of surgery, everyone heals differently and in a different period of time. In general, however, the healing of the sockets should be mostly healed from 10 days to two weeks. The muscles tightness that is common with wisdom tooth extraction...

Oral Surgery: wisdom teeth and sinus surgery, wisdom teeth, sinus surgery
wisdom teeth, sinus surgery, scar tissue: Maria - The communication between the sinuses and the inner ear is via a tubule that goes between the nasophayrnx (above the back of the throat) and the inner ear. This tubule, when inflamed can prevent the normal fluids produced in the inner ear from draining...

Oral Surgery: my wisdom teeth stitches, warm salt water, wisdom teeth
warm salt water, wisdom teeth, stitches: Nft - Don t worry, as long as you keep the area clean with warm salt water rinses after meals there should be no problem. The socket will heal from the bottom up and within a short time it will be completely healed. If you have any other questions, feel...

Oral Surgery: wisdom teeth, wisdom teeth, flu shot
wisdom teeth, flu shot, dissolving sutures: Lauren - Even when an infection develops from extractions of wisdom teeth, the effect is usually fairly localized. Yes you can have soreness down your throat, an earache and a headache in the temple, but a generalized feeling of being sick is not to be expected....

Oral Surgery: wisdom tooth, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, wisdom tooth
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, wisdom tooth, taste buds: Andrew - Of course without a direct examination it is difficult for me to fully diagnose the situation. From your description it sounds like their might be either an inflammation and swelling of a lymph node in the area or there might be a blockage of the...

Oral Surgery: wisdom tooth, warm salt water, wisdom teeth
warm salt water, wisdom teeth, wisdom tooth: Tom - Unfortunately, you are in a situation that happens occasionally with a socket that stays open during the healing process. As you are doing, spraying the socket, you should be using warm salt water to stimulate better healing, is important to reduce...

Oral Surgery: wisdom tooth, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, pins and needles
oral and maxillofacial surgeon, pins and needles, negative possibilities: Shelley - Not seeing an xray film of your daughter s situation makes it a little difficult for me to fully evaluate your daughter s specific problem. I will tell you that when a root is left and infection subsequently develops, the infection alone can produce...

Oral Surgery: wisdom tooth, wisdom tooth, dry socket
wisdom tooth, dry socket, maxilla: Jennifer - First of all, one packing of a dry socket does not usually cure the problem. Usually the packing needs to be removed, irrigation of the socket and repacking. This usually is done 3-4 times before the socket completely heals. So my suggestion...

Oral Surgery: wisdom tooth, dana dana, pins and needles
dana dana, pins and needles, wisdom tooth: Dana - If the specialist thinks that the nerve was just traumatized and now the fibers are interacting during the healing process to produce the symptoms you describe, often neurological medications are prescribed to reduce the sensitivity. These medications...

Oral Surgery: wisdom tooth, warm salt water, wisdom tooth
warm salt water, wisdom tooth, pain pills: Al - You don t say what postextraction instructions you were given, but especially when a packing is placed into a healing socket, warm salt water rinses a few times a day is necessary. I say that, because bacteria has a tendency to attach and adhere to...

Oral Surgery: wisdom tooth after effects, wisdom tooth extraction, mandibular nerve
wisdom tooth extraction, mandibular nerve, nerve irritation: Kris - Most likely, the numbness sensation you are undergoing is related to some injury to the mandibular nerve. This nerve runs in the lower jaw bone under the teeth. When the teeth are removed, there is pressure applied. Extra pressure can cause trauma...

Oral Surgery: wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, warm salt water
wisdom tooth extraction, warm salt water, blood clot: Eva - There are usually two different causes of the odor and taste that comes from the socket. The most common is just the blood clot that forms can give off a bad odor and taste. The second cause is the normal bacteria that exist in all of our mouths. ...

Oral Surgery: wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, warm salt water
wisdom tooth extraction, warm salt water, oral bacteria: LJS - Of course without my direct examination of the area it is difficult for me to be totally accurate. It is possible a number of weeks later to have inflammatory reactions develop in the socket. These reactions are usually due to trapped debris and the...

Oral Surgery: wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
wisdom tooth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, wisdom teeth: William - As long as you are being treated by a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, preexisting infections do not prevent the surgery. The surgery can be performed without taking an antibiotic before the surgery. In fact, as the tooth is removed,...

Oral Surgery: wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
wisdom tooth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, warm salt water: Mariejo - It is absolutely abnormal that your surgical site and secondary effects are occurring. If you have not had instructions on postoperative care, immediately begin a regimen of warm salt water rinses for 5 minutes 5 times a day. Due this every day....

Oral Surgery: wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
wisdom tooth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, wisdom teeth: Brenda - For both of the situations you describe you should look for and be treated by a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. This type of doctor not only extracts wisdom teeth, but frequently addresses skeletal imbalances of the jaw bones like...

Oral Surgery: wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom teeth extractions
wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom teeth extractions, warm salt water: Amie - You are experiencing a not uncommon result of wisdom teeth extractions. The muscles that help to open and close your mouth are most likely in spasm. There are two main groups of these muscles on each side of your face. One group goes from the bottom...

Oral Surgery: wisdom tooth extraction during pregnancy..., wisdom tooth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
wisdom tooth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, local anesthetic: Dao Yang - Surgery can definitely be done during the 29-30th week of pregnancy without causing a problem to the child, but you definitely need to have the obstetrician okay the procedure. It can be done under local anesthesia - the local anesthetic cannot...

Oral Surgery: wisdom tooth extraction/foul odor, wisdom tooth extraction, warm salt water
wisdom tooth extraction, warm salt water, growth of bacteria: Nanci - The cause of foul odor after extractions of wisdom teeth is not always related to a dry socket. Most times the cause of the foul odor is trapped food particles associated with an overgrowth of the normal bacteria in saliva in that area. My suggestion...

Oral Surgery: wisdom tooth extraction, odor, and blood clots, wisdom tooth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
wisdom tooth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, wisdom teeth: Regina - With the excessive clot formation that you describe, odor can definitely get out of hand. If the clots extend out past the socket then some of the clot should be removed to allow for normal healing. If you were treated by an oral and maxillofacial...

Oral Surgery: wisdom tooth extraction residual numbness, wisdom tooth extraction, needle pricks
wisdom tooth extraction, needle pricks, wisdom teeth: Carol - The key criterion to repair the nerve is the changes that occur to the sensation over the next two months. If no changes occur, especially to the left side, then the nerve is injured and repair of the nerve needs to be addressed. So you are a little...

Oral Surgery: wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, removal of wisdom teeth
wisdom tooth extraction, removal of wisdom teeth, oral and maxillofacial surgeon: Bobbi - The extent of the injury to the nerve is probably not too bad in your situation. The reason I say that is due to the tingling and itching you have. With major trauma or cutting of the nerve there is complete numbness without any sensation at all....

Oral Surgery: wisdom tooth extractions, wisdom tooth extractions, root canal work
wisdom tooth extractions, root canal work, upper mandible: Franz - I don t fully understand why the socket where the tooth was won t heal You had a rebuilt mandible, but I assume you did not have any radiation or other treatment to reduce the blood flow to the area. If the extraction is done properly without excessive...

Oral Surgery: wisdom tooth extractions, mild sedative, minor trauma
mild sedative, minor trauma, wisdom teeth: Tamara - First of all, the numbness you are experiencing is probably not due to swelling, but due to either bleeding after or during the surgery into the nerve canal or direct minor trauma to the nerve. Resolution of this numbness if it is due to minor trauma...

Oral Surgery: wisdom tooth headaches, wisdom tooth problems, wisdom teeth
wisdom tooth problems, wisdom teeth, warm salt water: Valerie - From what you describe, I m assuming that your headaches are mostly in the temple region. There are two groups of muscles that help open and close your mouth. One of the two groups start up in the temple region and go down in front of the ear....

Oral Surgery: wisdom tooth impacted/first trimester, warm salt water, inflamed area
warm salt water, inflamed area, wisdom tooth: Bambi - The best thing you can do for an inflamed area during your first trimester is to begin a regimen of warm salt water rinses for at least 3-4 times a day for about 5 minutes. Another thing is to have your dentist speak with your OB GYN doctor. Maybe...

Oral Surgery: After wisdom tooth removal, wisdom tooth removal, warm salt water
wisdom tooth removal, warm salt water, food particles: Paul - There are two possible causes of your present discomfort. Yes, the wisdom tooth is causing the problem is one possibility. By the way, don t worry about it changing your bite in a short time period. The major problem, if it is the tooth, is the possibility...

Oral Surgery: wisdom tooth removal, wisdom tooth removal, wisdom teeth
wisdom tooth removal, wisdom teeth, excess force: Lindsay - Obviously it is more than 16 hours now. If you are still numb, injury to the nerve has occurred. It can have occurred if the surgeon applied excess force in removing the tooth and crushed the nerve. The surgeon could have cut the nerve. The surgeon...

Oral Surgery: wisdom tooth removal and cyst removal, wisdom tooth removal, cystic lesion
wisdom tooth removal, cystic lesion, food particles: Chris - I am really not sure what the doctor is speaking about. If the tooth is removed and there is a cystic lesion attached to the ends of the root of the tooth and the cyst is also removed, the surgeon should attempt to suture the incision closed. Yes...

Oral Surgery: wisdom tooth removal side effects, wisdom tooth removal, warm salt water
wisdom tooth removal, warm salt water, wisdom teeth: Kris - Of course without a direct exam I cannot be 100% sure, but it sounds like you are having episodes of spasms of the muscles that help open and close your mouth. This is not unusual and shows up differently in different people. I would suggest...

Oral Surgery: wisdom tooth removal, wisdom tooth removal, dissolvable stitches
wisdom tooth removal, dissolvable stitches, clogged salivary gland: Joy - You don t state that the lump is tender, so I assume that it is not. There are two main possibilities for the hard lump you feel on the outside of your mouth. You also don t say where it lies. So I m going to assume it is not in the cheek, but it...

Oral Surgery: wisdom tooth removed, wisdom tooth, tooth socket
wisdom tooth, tooth socket, dry socket: Stephanie - What you have is most likely a dry socket. This is a situation that occurs when there is a breakdown of the blood clot in the tooth socket. This is not totally uncommon and whoever did the extraction should see you and treat the condition. ...

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...