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Orchids: Identifying orchds, empty snail shells, snail bait
empty snail shells, snail bait, unopened buds: Hello Peter F, After looking at the photos you took, all of them are cymbidium orchid flowers. While looking at the photos, I noticed what appears to be snail or slug damage on several flowers. You might suggest to your grandfather to put out some...

Orchids: Identifying my orchid, phalaenopsis orchids, star shape
phalaenopsis orchids, star shape, green leaves: Hello Shanna, While it would have been nice to have the name of the orchid plant or a photo of it, you gave a fairly nice description of what the plant and flower look like. From that information, I believe what you have is a phalaenopsis orchid. If...

Orchids: Identifying my orchid, mass marketers, plant nurseries
mass marketers, plant nurseries, star shape: The picture at 1888Orchids is a floral arrangement. The flower pictured is a cymbidium flower that blooms on a plant with long grass-like leaves. The broad green leaves at the base of your orchid makes it most likely a moth orchid and the description of...

Orchids: Identifying an orchid, four leaves, purple flower
four leaves, purple flower, shape size: Hi Steve, I don t think a photo is necessary, your description of the orchid was good enough for me to make a pretty good guess. It sounds like what you have is a phalaenopsis orchid. Phals are primarily indoor plants, especially in those Connecticut...

Orchids: Identifying an orchid, acid loving plants, soil content
acid loving plants, soil content, sphagnum moss: Hi Randee, Here are some answers to your follow-up questions: 1. Living in an apartment in NYC, if there is a south (the best choice), east or west facing window, place the cymbidium there. If leaving the window open is not an option, use a small...

Orchids: Identity of dendrobium, dendrobiums, orchid nursery
dendrobiums, orchid nursery, dendrobium: It is not possible to identify a dendrobium hybrid strictly by its picture because there are so many that look alike. There are two general types of dendrobiums, however. The nobile type has flowers that emerge anywhere along the growth. The phalaenopsis...

Orchids: Info, natural fungicide, community pot
natural fungicide, community pot, fungus disease: In general, very young orchids are subject to many diseases including damping off -- a fungus disease. Another reason the survival rate is low is that very young plants grow very slowly. I would grow them in a community pot where they are all together....

Orchids: Insect on orchids / indoor plants, little critters, size of an ant
little critters, size of an ant, indoor plants: Hello Russell, It sounds like what you have are mealybugs. You do not want those little critters to get out of control as they can suck the life out of your orchids and plants. If there are only a few of them, you can try wiping them off with a Q-tip...

Orchids: identification, bark type, butter knives
bark type, butter knives, indirect sunlight: Hi Scott, I am afraid I still am not able to figure out what type of orchid you have with the additional information. But here are some very general care guidelines you can try in keeping it alive. Place it where it will receive bright indirect sunlight...

Orchids: identifying orchid, distant cousins, spam folder
distant cousins, spam folder, orchids: Hello Cathy, I apologize for taking so long to respond to your question. It seems AOL sent it to my spam folder and I found it while checking to make sure nothing important had been sent there without my knowledge. What you have is a Miltassia orchid...

Orchids: identifying plant, s yard, leaf litter
s yard, leaf litter, elbow: There was no picture accompanying your question. What is the location of this plant? Florida? Java? Belize? It isn t clear whether this is growing in someone s yard or in the wild. You just haven t provided enough information for me to even guess at the...

Orchids: ill orchid, one bud, ceramic pot
one bud, ceramic pot, plastic pot: Thank you, Jessica, for honoring me with your question. It is likely that the water in the bottom of your container pot was keeping the potting mix wet. It is fine to put your plant s growing pot in a container pot for support and appearance but you should...

Orchids: inherited orchid plant, orchid plants, orchid plant
orchid plants, orchid plant, 3 feet: That is indeed a large orchid plant. General advice for orchid plants is to repot when the new growth starts if it is in a pot. Don t know what you mean by The main plant . If there are smaller plants growing on the main plant these could be removed after...

Orchids: its closing, full bloom, cym
full bloom, cym, pleanty: Hello Kameelah, By Cali, did you mean California? I believe what may have happened to your cym was caused by your repotting and dividing it while it was still in bloom. While it is possible that it was just time for the flowers to die naturally, repotting...

Orchids: Job for Retirement Years?, supplemental retirement income, dendrobium orchids
supplemental retirement income, dendrobium orchids, growing orchids: Hello Diane, I m afraid I can t be of much help in your quest for information about growing orchids as a business as I am strictly a hobby grower. But I can tell you that it would be difficult to make a living growing and selling orchids on a small...

Orchids: Keiki has no roots, rooting hormone powder, flower spike
rooting hormone powder, flower spike, flower spikes: The plant is in flowering mode and the hormones present at this time are promoting flower formation and not root formation. I would remove the flower spike and move the plant to an area with a little less light. You might check at your local garden center...

Orchids: keeping orchids alive, orchid plant, potting mix
orchid plant, potting mix, humid air: Hello Jane, I m sorry to hear about your plight, but don t feel alone as I hear this same thing from quite a few people. You didn t mention where you live and what kind of orchid(s) you ve had, that would have been helpful in deciding what the problem(s)...

Orchids: keiki on a spike that is starting to brown, orchid fertilizer, indirect sunlight
orchid fertilizer, indirect sunlight, main stem: The stem turning brown is normal and the browning usually stops just above the keiki. You can cut the brown part off if it bothers you to see it, just go up about an inch above the keiki and cut it off. I m not quite sure where to start. You did not...

Orchids: Not to sure of what kind of mold is on my Orchid, snail eggs, styrofoam balls
snail eggs, styrofoam balls, flower buds: Hello Sarah, I have to admit that your question has me stumped a little. But I ll give it a try from things I ve seen and read about. The mold around the roots and bark may or may not be a problem, I d need a little more information to make a guess....

Orchids: What kind of orchid is this?, dendrobium orchids, orchid pot
dendrobium orchids, orchid pot, new roots: Hi again Fae! To begin, be careful about watering the dendrobium in the 4 inch pot as it probably is a little large for the size of plant. The reason I say this is because dendrobium roots do not like being kept wet for too long. Wait until the potting...

Orchids: Las Vegas visit, carol siegel, orchid nurseries
carol siegel, orchid nurseries, casuarina hotel: Hello Patrick, I do not know of any orchid nurseries in the Las Vegas area but there is an orchid society there. Here is the information about it: Greater Las Vegas Orchid Society Meeting Info: 1st Sunday, monthly, 2 pm AOS Rep: Carol Siegel...

Orchids: Leaves falling off, orchid potting mix, insect infestation
orchid potting mix, insect infestation, orchid care: There are generally two causes. One is an insect infestation such as scale. This might be present if you see any white fuzzy (mealy) or small helmet-like bumps (scale) on any part of the plant. The second, and most common, cause is root rot. Either way,...

Orchids: Leaves from flowering stem, keikis, keiki
keikis, keiki, phalaenopsis: Hello Lana, What you have is a keiki or baby phalaenopsis plant growing on the stem. Leave them on the stem until they have roots over 2 inches long then you can remove them by gently twisting and pulling until the break off then put them in a pot of...

Orchids: Leaves growing, but not blooming..., phalaenopsis orchids, night temperatures
phalaenopsis orchids, night temperatures, phals: Hi Denise, All of the phalaenopsis are capable of reblooming. Make them happy and they will make you happy. Depending upon how hard your water is, you can try using bottled drinking water instead. If you buy it in 2-gallon containers it is not quite...

Orchids: Leaves are splitting, new leaves, potting mix
new leaves, potting mix, phal: Hello Bob, The good news is that your phalaenopsis orchid has grown some new leaves. Are they about the same length as the older leaves? New leaves should grow to be as long or longer than the older leaves, that indicates that it is being grown well....

Orchids: lady slipper, orchid cactus, orchid flowers
orchid cactus, orchid flowers, marshy areas: It is next to impossible to hazzard a reasonable guess without knowing where you are located, the color and size of the look alike, and what the flower looks like. Superficially, there are many flowers that, in some ways, resemble orchid flowers. To list...

Orchids: I have a large cymbidium for..., orchid fertilizer, hardy orchids
orchid fertilizer, hardy orchids, light breezes: Hello Ruth, Growing the cymbidium outside in summer is good but you didn t mention where you live nor where outside. Cymbidiums are fairly hardy orchids but have certain needs fulfilled in order to grow and bloom well. Since I don t know where you live...

Orchids: leaf drop, slow release fertilizer, osmacote
slow release fertilizer, osmacote, leaf drop: All of the species you referenced have two things in common: they are plicate (ie thin) leaved and they are warm growers. Since osmocote is a very slow release fertilizer, I don t suspect it as the problem. Colder temperatures, especially if combined with...

Orchids: leaf issues, fungus infection, orhids
fungus infection, orhids, phal: Hello Sabrina, Wow, you seem to be having quite a few problems with your orchids. Hope I can help you with them all. Phal leaves suddenly turning yellow and falling off could be due to a fungus. When you watered it, did you just pour the water over...

Orchids: leaf problem on dendrobium, purple blooms, copper salt
purple blooms, copper salt, leaf spot: My guess is that you have a fungus producing the leaf spot. To prevent this from potentially spreading, find a fungicide at your nearest garden center. My preference is to use a copper salt spray. This will not cure the fungus infected leaves but could...

Orchids: too many leaves?, orchid fertilizer, sun temperatures
orchid fertilizer, sun temperatures, epsom salt: Hello Victor, From your description, I d say you and your wife have been growing the phalaenopsis pretty well as evidenced by all the new leaf growth. But, being they have grown new leaves over the past year, I am a little surprised they did not bloom...

Orchids: leaves have fallen off now what, orchid plant, phalaenopsis
orchid plant, phalaenopsis, q tip: Hello Toni, From your description of what has happened to your phalaenopsis orchid plant, I m afraid it does not look very promising for survival. Are all of the leaves gone? If so, enjoy what blooms are left and once they die off, discard it. Sorry...

Orchids: leaves splitting, sooty mold, split cycle
sooty mold, split cycle, full bloom: Hello Randy, The usual cause for leafs splitting is low humidity but the leaves do not die off very quickly, taking many months. Have you thoroughly looked at the leaves to see if there are signs of black sooty mold at the leaf base? If there is,...

Orchids: leaves are yellowing/dying, bright indirect light, fungus infection
bright indirect light, fungus infection, phalenopsis: Hello Andrew, What you did not tell me about was how you have been caring for it. The place you have is ideal, a little early morning direct sun then bright shade the rest of the day. My suspicion is that you have been watering the phalaenopsis from...

Orchids: little bumps on Phalaenopsis leaf, orchid plant, new leaf
orchid plant, new leaf, 5 months: Hello Lumi, While I can t be sure, but from your description of the abnormal flower, it does sound like it might be virused. If it is virus, there is nothing that can be done to make it well. Sorry. You might think about trashing it. If it is the...

Orchids: I live in nj and the frost..., types of orchids, watering orchids
types of orchids, watering orchids, evening temperatures: Hello Ruth, The answer is yes and no. Most orchids would benefit from being placed outdoors, after all that is where they all grew in their native habitat. (grin) Living in NJ with frost danger passed is a good time to think about moving them out...

Orchids: loosing leaves!, orchid pots, new roots
orchid pots, new roots, bottom leaf: Hi Shari, While repotting, soaking the roots in lukewarm water for 5 minutes can help soften them enough to put them into the pot. But, don t worry if they won t go in. For wayward roots that will not go in, lightly spray or mist them in the morning...

Orchids: Making Orchids Bloom, miracle grow fertilizer, phalaenopsis orchids
miracle grow fertilizer, phalaenopsis orchids, orchid potting mix: For purposes of this response, I will assume they are phalaenopsis orchids. They may require more light than you are providing. Morning sunlight s good. Check your fertilizer. It will have three numbers such as 30-10-10, 20-20-20, etc. When the spring...

Orchids: Making Orchids Flower, miracle grow fertilizer, epsom salts
miracle grow fertilizer, epsom salts, epsom salt: Hi Sarah, You didn t say what type of orchids you have, where and how you ve been growing them or where you live but I ll try to give you some ideas. That the two orchids are still alive means you must be doing most things right. What may be the...

Orchids: Mealy Bugs!, mealy bugs, rubbing alcohol
mealy bugs, rubbing alcohol, mealies: Hello Nita, That s a good question. Hopefully you will never need to take this advice but it is better to be prepared, just in case. Yes, it is the same as rubbing alcohol. For just a few mealies, you can try dipping a Q-tip in straight alcohol...

Orchids: Mealy Bugs, mealy bugs, orchid potting mix
mealy bugs, orchid potting mix, future signs: Hello Tim, Mealy bugs can be very hard to eradicate once they have infested your orchid collection. While treating your plants with isopropyl (not denatured) alcohol will help for a short time, but a longer term solution would be cleaning and repotting...

Orchids: Mealybugs on Phalaenopsis orchids, sticky honeydew, phalaenopsis orchids
sticky honeydew, phalaenopsis orchids, flower buds: Hello Sinem, If you did not find any mealybugs on your plants, there may be some other insect that is causing the sticky honeydew on the leaves of your phalaenopsis orchids. Other insects that can deposit honeydew on the leaves are aphids and whiteflies....

Orchids: Mericloning medium, propagation facilities, orchid propagation
propagation facilities, orchid propagation, media recipes: Hi again Jessica! Located a possible source of information about orchid propagation facilities. Most of them only offer propagating services but a few might sell propagating media. Check this web site: http://www.orchidmall.com/supplies.htm. I still...

Orchids: Mildew on little plantlets, physan 20, room atmosphere
physan 20, room atmosphere, high humidity: Hello again Agnieszka, You are correct in that the very high humidity is the probable cause for the grey mildew. If possible, try to reduce the humidity to around 50% and be careful of watering, especially the amount and frequency. What you want is the...

Orchids: Miltassia C.M. Fitch 'Izumi' AM/AOS, amazon basin, miltonia
amazon basin, miltonia, izumi: Miltassia denotes that this is a hybrid made from the genera Miltonia and Brassia. The Miltonia used is a Brazilian Miltonia. Both parents come from very warm, humid, and fairly high light environoments such as might be found in the amazon basin. So, I...

Orchids: Miltonia bartley schwartz, oncidium orchids, distant cousins
oncidium orchids, distant cousins, miltonia: Hello Susan, Mtdm is shorthand for Miltonidium which is a hybrid between Miltonia and Oncidium orchids. While they are different orchid species, they are related like distant cousins. Hope this helped. Jim Kawasaki San Jose, Ca. ...

Orchids: Miltonia orchid, fungus infection, suns rays
fungus infection, suns rays, orchid types: It could be sunburn if it gets exposed to sunlight. This would be the case also if spotting is not spreading. First make sure it does not get bright sunlight. If any positioning change does not stop this, then remove the leaf as it might be a fungus which...

Orchids: Miltoniopsis, flower buds, firm roots
flower buds, firm roots, new roots: Hello Brian, Living in Sacramento, Ca., it can get pretty hot and dry in summer, conditions miltoniopsis do not like. Accordian-like leaves can result from underwatering but also from overwatering that caused the roots to rot (no roots means no water...

Orchids: Miniature orchid, k mart stores, humidity air
k mart stores, humidity air, carribean basin: These are called twig epiphytes or equitant oncidiums or tolumnias. The are difficult to grow for the most part because they come from the carribean basin where they have good humidity, air movement and nightly mists and grow in the full sun-- conditions...

Orchids: Mold on growing medium, sponge rock, orchid potting mix
sponge rock, orchid potting mix, medium dark brown: Hi Veronica, From your description of the potting medium, it sounds like it may have some fine grade perlite or sponge rock in it, what the dark brown stuff is I m not certain of at this time without more information about it. It may be that the mold,...

Orchids: Mold - please help!, orchid potting mix, orchid plants
orchid potting mix, orchid plants, mealy bug: That is not white mold Vanessa. It is a sucking insect called a Mealy bug and will readily spread from plant to plant. Over time, it will kill the plants. One of the first places this appears is on the back of flowers where there is a lot of plant sap upon...

Orchids: Moldy Orchid, isopropyl alcohol, systemic insecticide
isopropyl alcohol, systemic insecticide, fungus gnats: Hello Austin, If it is mold that is growing on your orchid soil, it may be due to the soil being kept too wet. You did not mention where you live or what type of orchids you have but that may not matter in answering your question. Most orchids need...

Orchids: Moth Orchid Yellow Stem, going down to the bottom, orchid flowers
going down to the bottom, orchid flowers, indirect light: Hello Celeste, The yellowing of the stem is normal once the flowers have all wilted and died off. As for the flowers, phalaenopsis orchid flowers will usually last for two to three months then slowly die off. Yes you can cut the stem off by going...

Orchids: Moth Orchids, moth orchids, orchid plant
moth orchids, orchid plant, lukewarm water: Hello Fred, If it was just the flowers that are wilting, there would not be anything to worry about with your phalaenopsis orchid plant. But, since you said the the leaves are also starting to wilt, it sounds as though there may be a problem with the...

Orchids: mealy bugs, cotton bud, dead roots
cotton bud, dead roots, mealy bugs: Marion, at this point you seem to have done what I would have advised. Assuming you have some good roots and leaves, it will recover and should resume new growth in a few weeks. Remain vigilant because there may still be mealy eggs that could hatch...

Orchids: mealybugs, insecticidal soap, plant tissues
insecticidal soap, plant tissues, q tip: For now, remove them as you find them. I use a Q-tip soaked in alcohol if there are just a few-- or an insecticidal soap. You will need to be vigil because they find good hiding places and eggs will be hatching as well. You will need to continoe to spray...

Orchids: miltonia bartley schwartz, orchid fertilizer, potting mix
orchid fertilizer, potting mix, water solution: Hi Meg, Glad to hear your Miltonia Bartley Schwartz is recovering and producing new growths. You didn t mention where you live, but one thing to keep in mind with regards to sun exposure is that most miltonias do not like lots of direct sunlight, especially...

Orchids: miltonia, beautiful flowers, name tag
beautiful flowers, name tag, buds: To help me give you the best advice, you will need to answer the following questions: 1) How long have you had it?, 2) what is it potted in?, 3) What are your current growing conditions (light, humidity,how often watering, temperature)? I m assuming it is...

Orchids: miltoniopsis wrinkled leaf, fertilizer solution, indirect sunlight
fertilizer solution, indirect sunlight, color temperatures: Hi Barbara, Aw shucks! Here I was fantasizing about you taking showers with your orchids. (grin) It would be best to leave the pot out of the ceramic pot, putting it in when you want to dress it up a bit. Inside the ceramic pot limits the amount of...

Orchids: mineral deposit on leaves, de ionized water, bottom surfaces
de ionized water, bottom surfaces, leaf surfaces: Hi James, Those mineral deposits are from your water supply which is probably considered hard water. To remove those ugly deposits you can try using citric acid (be sure to wear protective gloves when you use it). If you do not happen to have pure...

Orchids: miniature phal confusion, flower spike, orchid potting mix
flower spike, orchid potting mix, miniature species: It s not surprising that you re confused. I don t think there is agreement, but I think a concensus is that it s the size of the flowers that defines miniature . There are very few truly miniature species. The most common one is Phalaenopsis equestris....

Orchids: mix for repotting, coconut husk chips, new zealand sphagnum moss
coconut husk chips, new zealand sphagnum moss, fir bark: Hi Michael, Going orchid mix fishing, are you? Well, I ve got quite a fish story for you!!! (LOL) There have been many, many different materials used to pot orchids with, all will varying degrees of success. The main criteria for any orchid potting...

Orchids: mold on potting soil of phalaenopsis, potting soil, orchid media
potting soil, orchid media, bottom leaf: Hi Jane, You didn t say how long you have had the phalaenopsis. Is the potting media really like potting soil or is it more chunky like bark? White mold on the top could be salt residue from water and fertilizer by the nursery that grew it. Scrape...

Orchids: mold, tiny insect, air circulation
tiny insect, air circulation, gentle air: Hello Kim, Golly, people read what I wrote? (grin) Too bad you don t know what kind of orchid you bought at Home Depot but most of the orchids they sell don t have name tags on them - unfortunately. With that said, there are a few orchids which...

Orchids: moth orchid, flower spikes, orchid potting mix
flower spikes, orchid potting mix, east coast of australia: If I understand you correctly, your phalaenopsis has no leaves but has new flower spikes emerging. The first thing I would do is to remove the plant from its pot after you have secured some fresh orchid potting mix. After removing it, clean the roots thoroughly...

Orchids: moving orchids outdoors, phalaenopsis orchids, peat moss
phalaenopsis orchids, peat moss, rain tank: Hello Tina, My first impression was that you had a Dendrobium orchid but reading further it sounds more like a Phalaenopsis orchid of maybe even a Vanda orchid. You say it now has 3 tiny leaves, are they roundish or more pointy in shape? If roundish...

Orchids: moving my orchids, us postal service priority mail, us postal service
us postal service priority mail, us postal service, service priority: I don t know the particulars of the move, but if you are using a moving van for furniture, etc you might consider boxing your plants and puting them on the van with your other possessions. Of course, you will want to make sure they are well watered before...

Orchids: Naming orchids, grex name, photo slide
grex name, photo slide, brother sister: Hi Skylar, Welcome to the club! (grin) Yes, what you describe is what I ve found to be true, the more I read and learn the more questions I have which causes me to read some more. Sort of a vicious cycle isn t it. (grin) I m not sure the correct...

Orchids: Need info, night time temperatures, distant cousins
night time temperatures, distant cousins, pot size: Hello Wes, The reason you were unable to find information on Beallara Peggy Ruth Carpenter is that it has multiple orchid species in its heredity. Beallara has in its background the following orchid species: Brassia, Cochlioda, Miltonia, Odontoglossum....

Orchids: New growth, orchid potting mix, orchid mix
orchid potting mix, orchid mix, clay pot: Thanks for your questions Laura. The orchid you purchased for your dad is called a dendrobium orchid. The type you have is deciduous (ie naturally loses its leaves) so the leaf loss is normal. Dendrobiums of this sort have a rest period when not in growth...

Orchids: New Orchid, moist side, morning sunlight
moist side, morning sunlight, mid fall: Hello Sarah, What you received is a Brassidium Lillian Oka which is an intergeneric hybrid between two orchids, Brassia and Oncidium. Now that you know what kind of orchid you have, the rest is easy - right? (grin) Brassia prefer their roots being...

Orchids: New to Orchids, flower spike, flower spikes
flower spike, flower spikes, orchid potting mix: For purposes of my response, I am assuming that you have a phalaenopsis orchid which is the most common type in cultivation. Further, I m assuming that what you refer to as the stem is, in fact, the flower spike from which the flowers emerge. It is normal...

Orchids: New Phal leave sunburn, sunburn damage, phal
sunburn damage, phal, orchid show: Hello Veronica, If the brown area on the leaf is due to too much sun, it may be sunburn damage and, unfortunately, is now a permanent feature of the leaf. As long as the damage is on the top surface, I would suggest leaving it alone. But if it goes all...

Orchids: New roots!!, orchid mix, keiki
orchid mix, keiki, phal: Hello Robert, That s great that your phalaenopsis orchid is producing a baby (called keiki which is Hawaiian for baby). Leave the keiki on the mother phal until it has several roots that are over 2 inches long. Have a small pot with some orchid mix...

Orchids: new orchid has lost all flowers, unopened buds, white moth
unopened buds, white moth, flowers in bloom: Hi Helena, I am not sure if being next to the Clivia caused the flowers and buds to blast (die), but it might if the flowers are fragrant. I m not familiar with Clivias as I ve never grown one, although my wife keeps telling me how lovely they look. ...

Orchids: new phal orchid blooms wilting, flower spike, orchid blooms
flower spike, orchid blooms, glass pot: If those flowers that have wilted had been open for some time, it is likely that this is just part of the normal flower aging process. The flowers that open first, and are lowest on the flower spike, will be the first also to wilt. You are not killing the...

Orchids: new phalaenopsis leaves deformed?, systemic insecticide, insect infestation
systemic insecticide, insect infestation, leaf tips: Hello Theresa, That s great to hear about your doing well with orchids. Many people over water their orchids at the beginning because they treat orchids just like houseplants. With phals., the potting mix should be allowed to become barely moist between...

Orchids: new phaleanopsis orchid, american orchid society, rapid drainage
american orchid society, rapid drainage, orchid mix: A good site for all kinds of information is the Orchid Mall (Use your search engine). You probably can access the American Orchid Society through the Societies link at that site. The American Orchid Society has culture sheets on line-- including one for phalaenopsis....

Orchids: new plant from stem., flower spike, orchid potting mix
flower spike, orchid potting mix, plastic pot: The growth of a new plant at a node on the old flower spike is not unusual in phalaenopsis. Yours has already developed roots and can be potted up in a separate plastic pot appropriate to accommodate the roots that are developing. You can separate this new...

Orchids: non-flowering orchids, types of orchids, steamy jungle
types of orchids, steamy jungle, plastic tags: Hi Maria, You did not mention what type of orchids you have which makes suggesting what to do difficult. Orchids are not all alike, just like we humans. While many orchids can be grown under similar conditions, there are others that require more...

Orchids: non-flowering orchids, nitrogen fertilizer, plant tissue
nitrogen fertilizer, plant tissue, plant food: Two suggestions: increase the light level the plant gets and switch to a plant food that has a higher middle number than first number. If you re feeding a high nitrogen fertilizer, the plant may be using the nitrogen to build more plant tissue rather than...

Orchids: Oncidium, varieties of orchids, light exposure
varieties of orchids, light exposure, warm water: Hello John, Congratulations on getting your orchids to rebloom for you. You didn t mention where you live or how you ve been growing the Oncidium but my guess is that it has not been receiving enough sunlight. Oncidiums require enough sunlight for the...

Orchids: Oncidium, orchid fertilizer, mary dee
orchid fertilizer, mary dee, oncidiums: Hello Mary Dee, You didn t mention where you live but here are some general guidelines. If it is an Oncidium orchid you have, it may need more light than is available in the guest bathroom. When an Oncidium is getting adequate light exposure, the...

Orchids: Oncidium?, light green leaves, flower spikes
light green leaves, flower spikes, fir bark: Hi Theresa, From your description, it does sound more like an oncidium rather than cymbidium orchid. Little brown spots near the tip of oncidium leaves is not unusual, so not much to worry about on that front. Oval dark brown spots near the base of...

Orchids: Oncidium Blooms, yellow butterfly, stalks
yellow butterfly, stalks, 3 feet: You are impatient. The next event should be a branching of the bloom spikes. After that, the branches should begin to bud. If all continues to go well you should have a spectacular flowering. The name of the plant is properly Odontocidium Wildcat. I would...

Orchids: Oncidium culture, flower spike, flower spikes
flower spike, flower spikes, new flower: Hello Veronica, Did you buy the Oncidium Sweet Sugar because of the fragrance? Once those buds have been open for a few days and it warms up during the day, it will fill the room with its fragrance. Enjoy! Now, on to your questions. When the flowers...

Orchids: Oncidium Orchid, flower stalk, full bloom
flower stalk, full bloom, blooms: Hello Cheryl, From your description of the flower stalk, I d suggest leaving it alone to see what happens. If it continues to grow taller, that could mean that it will be in full bloom in a short while. Yippeee!!! Wouldn t that be wonderful? Oncidium...

Orchids: Oncidium Orchid, phals, phal
phals, phal, dancing lady: Hello Sandra, I don t care for sphagnum moss for any of my plants, whether orchids or otherwise. As you said, it tends to stay wet for too long which can be a death sentence for most orchids. Moss is primarily good for orchids that like to be kept wet...

Orchids: Oncidium orchid, excessive sunlight, indirect sunlight
excessive sunlight, indirect sunlight, orchid flowers: Hi Eileen, It would be highly unusual for the Oncidium flowers to dry and fall off in such a short time after you bought it due to watering. What may have caused this is the presence of some fruits nearby on the kitchen counter. Are there fruits nearby?...

Orchids: Oncidium orchids not blooming, oncidium orchids, oncidiums
oncidium orchids, oncidiums, adequate light: Hello Elizabeth, The reason your oncidiums have not bloomed for you is probably not enough light. What is the color of the leaves? Dark green, medium green or light green? Oncidium leaves should be a light to medium green color when receiving good light...

Orchids: Oncidium plant, inch pot, oncidiums
inch pot, oncidiums, leaf tip: Hi Ardie, Thanks for the rating and comments. I noticed you mentioned having a cymbidium orchid along with the oncidium. Even though you didn t ask about it, here are some things that might help you with the cym. You didn t mention where you live or...

Orchids: Oncidium with no roots & 1 bulb, bright morning sun, lime soda
bright morning sun, lime soda, bud vase: Hello Marc, That is a definite oops! . You didn t mention where you live or where and how you are growing it so I ll keep things fairly generic. All may not be lost (hopefully) and it will survive. If all of the buds have opened, you have a choice:...

Orchids: Oncidium with rotten roots, care of orchids, sheer curtains
care of orchids, sheer curtains, new roots: Hi Lisa, From your description of the Oncidium orchid, it sounds as though the rotten root problem had happened before you bought it. Roots will rot when the potting mix is kept too wet, but it usually takes a month or more for that to happen and since...

Orchids: Oncidium sweet sugar, orchid potting mix, orchid bark
orchid potting mix, orchid bark, sweet sugar: The green foliage should not be in the potting mix. The foliage originates at the top of the pseudobulbs. The pseudobulbs are rooted in the potting mix. The answer to your two questions is yes . Orchids should best be repotted each year in fresh orchid...

Orchids: Oncidium, lowe s store, flower spike
lowe s store, flower spike, oncidium gower ramsey: Thanks for the detail Lauren. It helps in providing the needed advice. Since you have a flower spike emerging, and the plant seems otherwise healthy, I would place the plastic pot containing the plant into a larger clay pot which can help support it and...

Orchids: Ondontoglossum, growing orchids, hmmm sort
growing orchids, hmmm sort, night temperatures: Hi again Suzanne, Before bringing the odontoglossum back indoors, be sure to treat it for any hitchhikers (insects). Also, clean it up by washing the leaves and remove any dead leaf remnants. Patience is the key to growing orchids, they will do what...

Orchids: ORCHID PLANTS, thin roots, thick roots
thin roots, thick roots, pot size: Hello Melvin, Repotting an orchid is not very difficult. But before you begin, gather the supplies you will need such as a new pot, potting media and sterile cutting tool. Depending upon what kind of orchid you are repotting will determine what grade...

Orchids: ORCHIDS - MIXING THE VARIETIES, flower buds, root mass
flower buds, root mass, potting mix: You could pot them in the same pot, but if they have flower buds, this would not be the appropriate time. You should wait until after flowering. I m assuming they are the same type of orchid and therfore require similar growing conditions. When you do repot,...

Orchids: Orchid, flower spike, flower spikes
flower spike, flower spikes, blossoms: I assume that you have a phalaenopsis orchid that has just finished flowering. You may cut the spike all the way to the base or, if you wish, just above a node on the old flower spike. Depending upon the hybrid, some flower spikes will dry up. If that happens,...

Orchids: Orchid, types of orchids, orchid potting mix
types of orchids, orchid potting mix, febraury: Most orchids bloom once per year. They do have a season, but there are many types of orchids, each with their own requirements. Chances are that yours will rebloom next Febraury (or sooner) if you can keep it healthy. As a rule, orchids are not in continuous...

Orchids: Orchid, aerial roots, orchid mix
aerial roots, orchid mix, orchid plant: Those are roots. Orchids have roots that penetrate the potting mix and aerial roots that can live outside the mix. Sometimes roots will try to get out of the mix because the mix is inhospitable to their growth because it remians too wet deep in the mix....

Orchids: Orchid, plastic greenhouse, types of orchids
plastic greenhouse, types of orchids, different types of orchids: Hi again Kathy! Thanks for getting back with the name. If you would like to see a photo of what your orchids flower might look like, check out this web page by copy/pasting this link: http://ablackorchid.com/PhalNobbysAmySH1.jpg (sorry but this web site...

Orchids: Orchid, new leaves, stems
new leaves, stems, san jose ca: Hi Laura, Yes, your phalaenopsis orchid should produce new stems next winter. Until then, take care of it by watering and feeding it as you had been doing. It should grow one or more new leaves through summer and fall. In the fall, you should see a...

Orchids: Orchid, dry hope, orchid mix
dry hope, orchid mix, pot size: Hello Kate, Your dendrobium orchid is showing you how tough it is, having survived your moving. If the new growth has roots over 2 inches long, you can remove it an put it in a pot of its own. To remove it, gently twist and pull it away from the old...

Orchids: Orchid, orchid fertilizer, indirect sunlight
orchid fertilizer, indirect sunlight, night temperatures: Hello Ruth, Although you did not mention what type of orchid you have, I am assuming it probably is a phalaenopsis orchid. Since you have had it for several months, it just may have been time for the flowers to wilt and die rather than something your...

Orchids: Orchid Baby, new roots, orchid bark
new roots, orchid bark, orchid plants: Hi Gina, Congratulations! You have a baby phalaenopsis orchid! (grin) By the way, baby orchid plants growing on a mother plant is often called a keiki (pronounced key-key) which is Hawaiian for baby. As long as it is still attached to the mother...

Orchids: Orchid: the base is dangerously thin, growth habit, purple flowers
growth habit, purple flowers, 3mm: Hi Siegfrid, I d love to help with your orchid but you did not tell me what kind of orchid it is. From your description, it sounds like it might be what is known as a miniature orchid. Your description of what the orchid looks like helps but only a little...

Orchids: Orchid base wrinkled, species of orchids, cherry pop
species of orchids, cherry pop, plastic tag: Hi Liz, Thanks for checking on the name tag, it helps a lot. QF 056 is probably the growers code for the plant, the important information is the Colm. Cherry Pop. Colm. is short for Colmanara which is an inter-generic hybrid of Miltonia, Odontoglossum...

Orchids: Orchid bitten by dog. Help!, orchid potting mix, fir bark
orchid potting mix, fir bark, orchd: I assume that this is a Miltonia orchid (It makes a huge difference what type of orchd it is). They have thin, floppy leaves. I also assume that you repotted it in fresh orchid potting mix. You didn t describe the dying symptoms. I ll assume the leaves...

Orchids: Orchid blooms, orchid blooms, plant blooms
orchid blooms, plant blooms, lowland rainforests: Hello Bill, You didn t mention what kind of orchid you have. Knowing what kind it is would be real helpful in telling you what to do. There are over 30,000 different species of orchids coming from just about every corner of the earth from steamy lowland...

Orchids: Orchid Care, orchid potting mix, insect infestation
orchid potting mix, insect infestation, new roots: My first thought is to check the plant for root rot. Poor roots can be at the source of many problems from growth to flowering. Before looking at other causes, obtain some orchid potting mix and unpot your phal, Wash off the root system thoroughly and look...

Orchids: Orchid Care, phalaenopsis orchids, dead roots
phalaenopsis orchids, dead roots, likes and dislikes: Hi Hanna, Thanks for the link to the photo, that really helped identify your orchid as a phalaenopsis. Phalaenopsis orchids need bright light but not direct sunlight, temperatures between 60F to 85F, humidity above 50% along with some light air movement...

Orchids: Orchid Classification using foliage, foliage photos, orchid plants
foliage photos, orchid plants, flower photos: Hello Dick, To my knowledge, books that show orchid foliage are few and far between. Most concentrate on what the flowers look like but once in a while you might see some foliage in the background, that s about it. There are two relatively inexpensive...

Orchids: Orchid { Cymbidium }, dead stalks, flower stalk
dead stalks, flower stalk, cymbidium: Hello Tree, Go ahead and cut off the dead stalks (spikes). Cut them off as low as you can without damaging the pseudobulbs. People become confused because there are some orchids that are capable of producing flowers over several years on the same...

Orchids: Orchid Dying, faint glimmer, dead roots
faint glimmer, dead roots, glimmer of hope: Hello Nicole, I m afraid it doesn t look good for your orchid with no leaves. It may still be alive since it still does have some live roots, have you checked the roots inside the pot to see if they are alive also? You can try unpotting it by placing...

Orchids: Orchid dropping new bulbs, plastic pot, orchid world
plastic pot, orchid world, ceramic planter: Hi Sylvia, How about a third alternative? Leave the yellowing leaf alone and it will fall off on its own. With that said, I would recommend you take a close look at the base of the leaf where it connects to the plant for any evidence of a black sooty...

Orchids: Orchid may be dying, indirect sunlight, new leaves
indirect sunlight, new leaves, high humidity: Hi Sharon in San Diego, It would be easier knowing what type of orchid you got from your boyfriend, but I believe it might be a phalaenopsis orchid. Do the leaves look like elongated ovals and grow outward from the center of the plant with leaves alternating...

Orchids: Orchid Flower Wiltering Fast, orchid flower, light intensity
orchid flower, light intensity, root mass: I would check to be sure the roots are in good condition. This may mean removing some of the moss so you can check the root mass. Usually, your symptoms are the result of root rot from keeping the roots too wet and not having enough air movement. After...

Orchids: Orchid flower dying, but leaves Growing., unopened buds, orchid flower
unopened buds, orchid flower, leavs: Once the flowers start folding, they are done for the flowering season. Flowering spikes will die back when flowering has finished. You didn t mention how long the flowers had been open or whether there were unopened buds. It may be that the flowers were...

Orchids: Orchid not flowering, nitrogen fertilizer, flower spike
nitrogen fertilizer, flower spike, flower spikes: My assumption is that your mother s plant is either a phalaenopsis or a dendrobium. A phalaenopsis would have a single flower spike withy several large flowers. The dendrobium would be cane-like and have several flower spikes with more but smaller flowers....

Orchids: Orchid, all flowers fell off, flower spike, orchid potting mix
flower spike, orchid potting mix, two flowers: It is not unusual for the flower spike on a phal to dry and die back. You will notice that there are nodes along the flower spike. You may want to wait before cutting the flower spike to determine where to cut it off. It may die back to the its point of...

Orchids: Orchid leaf dying los gatos california, los gatos california, los gatos ca
los gatos california, los gatos ca, mini blinds: Hi again Elizabeth, Hopefully the phal will make new roots! From your description of what is happening, it does sound as though there may be a few new roots growing. New roots will have a green tip and as it grows it will become greyish behind the green...

Orchids: Orchid....leaves fell off..., fungus spores, phalaenopsis orchids
fungus spores, phalaenopsis orchids, orchid food: Hello Michelle, From your description of the condition of your phalaenopsis orchid, I m afraid it does not look promising for you to be able to save it. Why? You said that the bottom leaves fell off which tells me that it probably was caused by a fungal...

Orchids: Orchid might be dying, phalaenopsis orchids, indirect sunlight
phalaenopsis orchids, indirect sunlight, ethylene gas: Hello Amy, From your description of what happened and what you did in trying to save it may have been the wrong thing to do at the time. Here is why. You repotted it into a larger pot because the roots were growing outside of the original pot. What...

Orchids: Orchid mold - please help!, phalaenopsis orchids, insect body
phalaenopsis orchids, insect body, tiny insect: Hi Vanessa, I hope I can help you save your orchids. I m not sure what the white mold is without actually seeing it but I suspect it might be mealybugs which are white and fuzzy looking. To test if they are mealybugs, take a Q-tip dipped in isopropyl...

Orchids: Orchid Name, types of orchids, leaf type
types of orchids, leaf type, principal types: There are two principal types of orchids: Paphiopedilum (Paphs) and Phragmipediums (Phrags). The most common type are the Paphs which fall into two types: the mottled leaf and the plain green leaf type. The mottled leaf type requires less light but both...

Orchids: Orchid Petals, orchid petals, orchid fertilizer
orchid petals, orchid fertilizer, indirect sunlight: Hi Megan, Thanks for getting back to me with more information. While it would be a good idea to repot it, now is not the best time to do it since it is still in good condition, wait until spring to repot it. The only time I would repot an orchid...

Orchids: Orchid Petals, orchid petals, flower petals
orchid petals, flower petals, orchids: Hi Craig, If you mean the flower petals are falling off, that just means the flowers are dying and it is the end of the orchids bloom cycle. You did not say what kind of orchid it is so I don t know if it is one of the orchids that produces blooms on...

Orchids: Orchid (not a Phal) possibly cymbidium, circular spots, phals
circular spots, phals, bactericide: Hello Barbara, If it is a cymbidium that you have, the spots you see might have been caused by a fungus. The circular spots might be a bacterial infection. The fungus is not much of a worry but the bacteria can be a problem if it continues to appear...

Orchids: Orchid Phalaenopsis, leaf axils, flower spike
leaf axils, flower spike, mother plant: The mother plant will likely wait until its next flowering cycle (ie when it normally flowers) to send out another flower spike. As long as the keiki is doing well, I would wait to remove it, especially if the mother plant is putting out strong new growth....

Orchids: Orchid Potting Medium, phals, tiny leaf
phals, tiny leaf, orchid plant: Hello Geeta, You did the right thing by repotting it into a bark mix. Phal roots need air to circulate around their roots and sphagnum moss tends to clump and decay fairly quickly, choking off air to the roots. As long as the spike tip remains green,...

Orchids: Orchid plant, orchid phalaenopsis, orchid potting mix
orchid phalaenopsis, orchid potting mix, orchid plant: The gray colored extensions are roots. Do not cut them or the plant will suffer. You may repot the plant in fresh orchid potting mix after removing the plant from its pot and thoroughly washing all potting mix from the roots. Give the roots a good soaking...

Orchids: Orchid propagation, orchid propagation, mother plant
orchid propagation, mother plant, keiki: Those leaves will be followed by root growth. When the roots are about an inch in length you may remove the plant (called a keiki) from the spike from which it has grown and pot it up. It will do no harm to let it grow on the mother spike. Keiki s will...

Orchids: Orchid Regrowth, orchid plants, orchid plant
orchid plants, orchid plant, regrowth: Hello Frances, First, if your phalaenopsis orchid plant has 3 or less mature leaves, I would caution you about doing the following. Why? It takes quite a bit of the phalaenopsis energy to produce flowers and the only reserve it has is in the leaves....

Orchids: Orchid root rot while in bloom, shore flies, drainage holes
shore flies, drainage holes, fruit flies: Sounds like you are moving in the right direction in saving your plant. Several additional suggestions:1) make sure the plant is potted in a plastic pot small enough to just accommodate the reduced root mass, 2) cut off the flower spiek just below the lowest...

Orchids: Orchid stem, topmost node, tiny leaf
topmost node, tiny leaf, orchids: Hello Ron, On most orchids you can remove the barren stem after the flowers have all fallen off. There are a few orchids which may produce additional flowers on the same stem the next flowering season. The tip of the stem on these orchids do not die-back...

Orchids: Orchid type?, family hope, would like more information
family hope, would like more information, 3d1: Hi Nancy, If your orchid looks similar to the one at: http://www.myfourthirds.com/files/3045/Istiqamah_Orchid.jpg, then it is a dendrobium orchid and it is of the evergreen dendrobium family. Hope that helps you. If you would like more information,...

Orchids: Orchid Won't bloom, flower stalks, orchid fertilizer
flower stalks, orchid fertilizer, light mixture: Hi, Without knowing exactly what type of orchid plant you have, it is difficult to tell you what to do to make it bloom again for you. I m not being evasive, but there are over 30,000 different species of orchids on this earth of ours. With that...

Orchids: Orchid with wilting leaves, flower spike, correct advice
flower spike, correct advice, phalaenopsis: Jody, it does make a difference the type of orchid you have. My guesses are that it is either a phalaenopsis or a dendrobium. The phalaenopsis has broad rounded leaves and the flower spike originates from the base of the plant. It would be fine to cut the...

Orchids: Orchid, brite lites, phal
brite lites, phal, purple spots: Hello April, Sorry for taking so long to respond to your question, it was mistakenly sent to my spam folder by my internet provider (AOL). I believe what you have is an unregistered hybrid and that the name should have been noted on the tag as (Phal....

Orchids: Orchids, types of orchids, american orchid society
types of orchids, american orchid society, different types of orchids: Hello Daniel, Congratulations upon acquiring 35 orchid plants. Digital photos would be helpful in identifying what type(s) of orchids they are or might be. But first, I would suggest you go to the American Orchid Society webpage (http://www.theaos.org/)...

Orchids: Orchids, night time temperatures, flower spike
night time temperatures, flower spike, orchid fertilizer: Hello Dolores, Phalaenopsis orchids are fairly easy to care for but do have certain needs fulfilled in order to grow and bloom. You didn t mention where you live (city or state) so I will give you some general growing and care guidelines. Keep in mind...

Orchids: Orchids, almaden plaza, care of orchids
almaden plaza, care of orchids, types of orchids: Hello Ury, Hey, we are almost neighbors as I live in south San Jose. To answer your question about whether you can grow them and get them to rebloom, the answer is yes. But that is a qualified yes. Much will depend upon what types of orchids your...

Orchids: Orchids, dendrobium orchids, sized plants
dendrobium orchids, sized plants, phals: Hi Nita, Glad to hear from you and how things are going with your orchids. I m afraid Vandas would not be a good choice for Toronto, Canada unless you want to spend quite a bit of money to provide them extra light, humidity and warmth all year round....

Orchids: Orchids, flower spikes, orchid potting mix
flower spikes, orchid potting mix, orchid plants: Orchid plants should be repotted every year. Garden centers that carry orchids will also carry repotting supplies. You need to repot these plants in an orchid potting mix. Such a mix allows more air passing through it than conventional houseplant potting...

Orchids: Why do my Orchids flower bulbs........, phalaenopsis orchids, flower bulbs
phalaenopsis orchids, flower bulbs, kerosene heater: Eric, I m sorry to hear about your problem with phalaenopsis orchids. Not quite sure why it is happening but I m wondering if you might have some fruits near them. You mention placing the phal. on the coffee table, are there fruits on it also or within...

Orchids: Orchids flowers falling off quickly, flower spikes, orchid potting mix
flower spikes, orchid potting mix, indirect sunlight: It sounds as if your temperature, light, watering frequency, and the growing medium are fine. Orchids vary greatly in the length of time they hold their flowers. For the thin leaved types (such as Beallara), two weeks is not unusual. Sometimes plants that...

Orchids: Orchids...help, natural sunlight, air circulation
natural sunlight, air circulation, orchid plant: Hi, Sorry for taking so long to respond to your questions, I totally forgot about it. You did not mention what type of orchid plant you bought for your friend but I believe it may have been a phalaenopsis orchid from your description. If it is, here...

Orchids: Orchids who have lost their flowers, half moon bay, intergeneric hybrids
half moon bay, intergeneric hybrids, knowing what type: Hi Carla, Yes, trim off the stem once the flowers die and fall off as it will not produce any more flowers on it. Leave about an inch of the stem to make sure you don t accidentally damage the plant. Be patient and care for it and it will reward you...

Orchids: Orchids Outside?, phals, northen california
phals, northen california, mild climate: Hi Mary, I would not grow either the oncidium or phalaenopsis outdoors in Santa Cruz. The oncidium would be marginal outdoors but the phalaenopsis would probably not survive over the winter. While both could be grown outdoors from mid spring through...

Orchids: Orchids in Texas, orchid vendors, california grower
orchid vendors, california grower, dry weather: The Texas coast should provide the needed humidity for Mexican species such as Brassavola nodosa, Laelia anceps, or other Mexican Brassavolas or Laelias. While many of these grow in full sun it would be best to start them in an area with at least partial...

Orchids: Orchids, flower spikes, dendrobium orchids
flower spikes, dendrobium orchids, new flower: Many dendrobium orchids are deciduous-- that is they loose their leaves. They may rebloom on the old canes. What you may be observing is the development of new flower spikes on the old canes. The new growth at the base of a cane may be a new cane beginning...

Orchids: Overexposure to heat, entire leaf, luck jim
entire leaf, luck jim, hello mike: Hello Mike, Sorry to hear about what happened to your orchid. You did not say what type of orchid it is so it is hard for me to tell you what to do to nurse it back. With that said, here are some things you might try, hopefully they will help nurse...

Orchids: oncidium, minor minerals, luck jim
minor minerals, luck jim, stiff wire: Hello Cathy, You can add a support stake to help the spike stay upright as it grows. If you have some bamboo stakes handy, push one in as close as you can without damaging the growths and tie the spike to it ever 6 inches or so. Add more ties as it grows...

Orchids: oncidium fungus, unopened flower, pencil point
unopened flower, pencil point, flower stalk: Hi Sandy, Welcome to the wonderful hobby of orchid growing! I have to warn you that it can become an all consuming hobby, taking over every available space in your home. (grin) Many oncidiums tend to have tiny black or brown spots on their leaves,...

Orchids: oncidium maintenance, sphagnum moss, phalaenopsis orchids
sphagnum moss, phalaenopsis orchids, oncidiums: Hello Maureen, As you are finding out, oncidiums are not the same as phalaenopsis orchids. One of the major differences between them is that oncidiums need more sunlight in order to grow and bloom than phals. Oncidium leaves should be a light green color...

Orchids: oncidium orchid, oncidium orchids, growing orchids
oncidium orchids, growing orchids, sterile conditions: Hello Nay Chi Win, I m not very knowledgeable about in vitro growing of orchids. But I ll tell you what little I know, if that is okay. By in vitro growing of oncidium orchids, do you mean growing them in a flask or jar from seed? If you do, this...

Orchids: oncidium orchid-how to rebloom?, orchid flowers, late autumn
orchid flowers, late autumn, tiny type: Hi again Eileen, I believe I answered your question about the tiny yellow bugs on a previous question, so I ll go on to the rest of this question. As for how thrips got onto your oncidium, there are many ways they can do that. But, the most common way...

Orchids: oncidium orchid, orchid potting mix, flower stalks
orchid potting mix, flower stalks, mother plant: Hi Holly, You have a choice to make now that the flowers have all withered and died off your oncidium. Namely, decide whether to cut the stalks completely off or leave some of it on the plant. The stalk top will not produce more flowers so you should...

Orchids: oncidium, weather thanks, clay pots
weather thanks, clay pots, clay pot: Hi Karem, Most oncidiums can withstand quite a bit of light. I find that using leaf color to be a pretty good measure of good light levels on mine. What you want to see is a medium to light green leaf color on them, dark green is not enough and yellow-green...

Orchids: orchard root or flower stem?, wall divider, phalaenopsis orchids
wall divider, phalaenopsis orchids, new flower: Hi Meryl, Depending upon if you live in south, mid or north Fl., can make a difference in getting orchids to rebloom - depending upon what kind of orchids you have. From your description of long thick green leaves I am assuming you have phalaenopsis orchids....

Orchids: orchid, last green leaf, orchid fertilizer
last green leaf, orchid fertilizer, container hope: Hi Bertha, Sorry to hear about the condition of the phalaenopsis orchid from Hawaii. It went through quite a traumatic trip on the way home. There may be some hope of salvaging it depending upon how the crown (top) looks. Look at the very top and...

Orchids: orchid, phalaenopsis orchids, orchid mix
phalaenopsis orchids, orchid mix, insect infestation: Hello Kate, With the first phalaenopsis orchid you will have to be patient as most phalaenopsis bloom once a year, usually in late winter. That it is growing a new leaf is a good sign, keep up the good work! New leafs should grow to be as large or larger...

Orchids: orchid, warm location, potting mix
warm location, potting mix, orchids: Hello Sonja, You did not say what kind of orchid you have, that could make a little difference in how long it would take for the bud(s) to open. There are well over 30,000 different orchids with more than 150,000 hybrids, each has their own timetable...

Orchids: orchid, luck jim, bright shade
luck jim, bright shade, new leaves: Hello Michele, Although you did not say what kind of orchid it is, I believe it might be a phalaenopsis orchid you have because you said the leaves became mushy when it was left in the heat. If some leaves have a bleached appearance on the top surface,...

Orchids: how to get my orchid bloom?, steamy jungles, arid deserts
steamy jungles, arid deserts, capped mountains: Hello Allen, You did not say what kind of orchids you have, in order to make suggestions on how to get them to bloom for you I need some information. Information such as type(s) of orchids you have, where and how you are growing them, where you live plus...

Orchids: orchid done blooming, flowers dropped, phalaenopsis orchids, spikes
phalaenopsis orchids, spikes, bloom: Hi Rob. Let me assume that you are talking about a phalaenopsis orchid and that the stem to which you refer is actually the bloom spike. Technically, it doesn t matter whether you cut off the bloom spike above a node, remove the entire bloom spike, or...

Orchids: orchid--blooming, but leaves dying, fifth leaf, leaf growth
fifth leaf, leaf growth, four leaves: Hi Chris, Your phalaenopsis has been through quite a bit, hasn t it. From your description of what it currently looks like indicates that it is not taking up much water; i.e., limp and vertically crinkled leaves. Phals use their leaves as a reservoir...

Orchids: orchid not blooming?, cymbidium species, sunlight exposure
cymbidium species, sunlight exposure, late autumn: Hey Suz, how ya doing downunder? It probably is a cymbidium orchid your friend gave you, they grow really well along the eastern Australia coast. In fact, there are three cymbidium species that are native to your country. I believe your cymbidium...

Orchids: orchid care, green leaves, orchid care
green leaves, orchid care, orchid plant: Hello Kimber, Since your phalaenopsis orchid has five leaves, you can trim off the top portion of the flower stem by going down from the top until you get to where the lowest flower had been. Go down a little more until you get to a bump on the stem,...

Orchids: orchid care, phalaenopsis orchids, vandas
phalaenopsis orchids, vandas, orchid care: Hello Betty, You didn t mention where you live but did say that you grow the Aranda plus some Dendrobiums and Phalaenopsis orchids growing in a tree, so I assume you must live in a tropical to semi-tropical area. Aranda orchids are very similar to...

Orchids: orchid cross, orchid hybrids, land of enchantment
orchid hybrids, land of enchantment, u know the name: I have checked both the Wildcatt Data base amd the Sanders List of Orchid hybrids. Apparently you have a cattleya hybrid. Land of Enchantment is a Laeliocattleya, however there is no registered hybrid by the name of Taylor Moore. The closest registered hybrid...

Orchids: orchid disease, flower spike, rubbing alcohol
flower spike, rubbing alcohol, phal: It is normal for a flower spike to exude sap as a result of the fluid pressure build up in the spike. If you re concerned about the possibility of tiny sucking insects on the spike, you can dip a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and rub it up and down the flower...

Orchids: orchid dying!, flower spikes, orchid potting mix
flower spikes, orchid potting mix, orchid flower: Orchid flower spikes naturally and normally die back. As long as you have healthy roots and leaves, the plant should set forth new growth for a future reblooming. I would repot it at this time in any orchid potting mix that you can purchase at a garden center....

Orchids: How to get an orchid to flower?, cymbidium orchids, orchid potting mix
cymbidium orchids, orchid potting mix, repotting: Most orchids bloom once per year. Most also tend to bloom in the spring, but there are many exceptions depending upon the type of orchid. Use of a bloom booster fertilizer can help with flowering (use a fertilizer with a high middle number such as 10/30/10)....

Orchids: orchid flowers falling off plant b4 blooming, orchid flowers, temperature stress
orchid flowers, temperature stress, rest period: Based upon your description I will assume that you have a dendrobium orchid. It is possible that the plant was subjected to temperatures that were too low. The flowers are the first to show signs of temperature stress. That does not mean your plant is dying....

Orchids: orchid growth, flower spike, orchid potting mix
flower spike, orchid potting mix, screen porch: This is a new plant and, once it has root growth, you can separate it from the flower spike it is on. It will grow where it is indefinitely. The larger it is, the better the chance for survival, but to avoid damaging its roots, you should remove it and pot...

Orchids: orchid growth, retarded growth, question the answer
retarded growth, question the answer, orchids: Hello Brandy, Good question. The answer it depends. How fast an orchid grows depends upon what type of orchid it is along with how you care for it. There are some orchids that grow fairly quickly while there are some that grow ever so slowly. How...

Orchids: orchid health, flower spike, orchid potting mix
flower spike, orchid potting mix, humidity tray: Phalaenopsis flowers generally last 2-4 weeks. Generally, you should have waited to repot the plant until it has finished flowering as repotting it when you did would have disturbed the roots and shortened the flowering process. In the future just remember...

Orchids: orchid help, african violet, pot culture
african violet, pot culture, green leaves: Brandy, if this was a phalaenopsis orchid, you may have lost it as they grow year around. They grow like an african violet and should have healthy green leaves. If this is the type of orchid you have and it has green leaves, it may flower this spring with...

Orchids: orchid identification, orchid growing, wrong stuff
orchid growing, wrong stuff, faintest idea: Hi Rich, Yes, it would be a tall order to try identifying an orchid without having seen it, so a photo would definitely be helpful. While I may or may not be able to identify it even with a photo, I ll give it my best try. Fair enough? Write back...

Orchids: orchid has lost flowers ,, now what??, orchid potting mix, house plants
orchid potting mix, house plants, phalaenopsis: Orchids are annual bloomers. Now, the thing to do is keep the plant healthy and happy and putting on new growth. This involves an annual repotting following flowering (I assume you have a phalaenopsis or moth orchid). Locate a bag of orchid potting mix...

Orchids: orchid maintenance, orchid mix, 4 leaves
orchid mix, 4 leaves, potting soil: Hi Sarah, It would help to know what kind of orchids you have as that can make quite a difference in what you should use in repotting. With that said, I would not use regular potting mix to repot an orchid, regardless of what kind it might be. The...

Orchids: orchid's moss not drying out, leaf yellow, flowers falling off, flower spikes, orchid potting mix
flower spikes, orchid potting mix, growing orchids: I do not recommend growing orchids in moss. Moss tends to compact over time, reducing air flow to the roots. Moss, depending upon how compact it is, will either dry out too quickly or stay wet too long. I recommend that you purchase a bag of orchid potting...

Orchids: orchid pots, different kinds of orchids, phalaenopsis orchids
different kinds of orchids, phalaenopsis orchids, orchid pots: Hi Carol, How long have you had the phalaenopsis orchid? Unlike houseplants, most orchids will produce blooms once a year. This is why many people who grow orchids usually have more than one and have different kinds of orchids that will bloom at different...

Orchids: orchid question, orchid fertilizer, royal horticultural society
orchid fertilizer, royal horticultural society, deep reddish purple: Hi Jennie, Congratulations upon receiving an orchid from your son. Thanks for providing the orchid s name, that helps quite a bit. What the tag information tells me is the following: LV 280 is either the hybridizer or nursery code for the orchid...

Orchids: getting my orchid to rebloom, orchid fertilizer, snow apple
orchid fertilizer, snow apple, indirect sunlight: Hello Brenda, Now that the flowers are gone on your phalaenopsis Snow Apple, it would be a good time to repot it. Before starting, gather the supplies you will need such as large orchid bark and potting tools (shears or cutters). To repot it, remove...

Orchids: orchid rebloom, epsom salt, sun temperatures
epsom salt, sun temperatures, indirect sunlight: Hi John, I m taking a wild guess about what type of orchid you have but believe it may be a phalaenopsis orchid. Was there a tag or card with it, if so it might have called it a moth orchid which many people call phalaenopsis because the flower does...

Orchids: orchid regrowth, flower buds, orchid food
flower buds, orchid food, mother plant: The Schultz formulation is what is called a bloom booster and should be used prior to the next blooming period. In the interim, as long as there is new growth I would recommend a formulation that promotes growth such as a balanced formulation in which all...

Orchids: orchid root, brown roots, potting mix
brown roots, potting mix, blooms: Hello Carolina, From your description of what has been happening with your phalaenopsis orchid, things seem to be fairly normal. The best time to repot it is after all the flowers have died and fallen off. As for the roots growing outside the pot,...

Orchids: orchid roots, orchid roots, orchid potting mix
orchid roots, orchid potting mix, aerial roots: You probably have a moth orchid (otherwise called a phalaenopsis). The stem is called a flower spike. This flower spike dies back and dries up on some plants and stays green and reblooms on other plants depending upon the parentage of the cross. These...

Orchids: orchid spike, flower buds, flower spike
flower buds, flower spike, phal: Hello Sadie, First, I d like to apologize for taking so long to respond to your questions. Been running behind and the hurrier I go the further behind I get. (grin) Sorry to hear that your flower spike broke off in the middle. Although you did not...

Orchids: orchid with spreading roots, orchid roots, tiny leaf
orchid roots, tiny leaf, green leaves: Hello Phyllis, Without knowing what kind of orchid you have, it is difficult for me to tell you what to do. With that said, if the spreading roots are still short enough, you can try to gently direct them into the moss and into the pot. Many orchid roots...

Orchids: orchid stem changing colors, flower spike, flower spikes
flower spike, flower spikes, orchid potting mix: Depending upon its ancestry, phalaenopsis may have flower spikes that remain green and can rebloom on the same flower stem. It appears you have the other kind where the flower spike does not rebloom and, in fact, dies back and dries up. It is not likely...

Orchids: orchid survival rate after root rot, new roots, phaleanopsis
new roots, phaleanopsis, new leaves: Hi Darcy, Hopefully your phalaenopsis will survive. One of the biggest mistakes people make with orchids is watering. Most orchids prefer the potting media to become barely moist between waterings but new orchid growers tend to water them on a schedule,...

Orchids: will the orchid survive?, orchid potting mix, soft sunlight
orchid potting mix, soft sunlight, insect spray: Yes, I would like to see any imaqes you can send. I don t think this web site is designed for pictures so you can E-mail them to me at Wayking@prodigy.net. Since you have a coarse mix, I think you can resume watering twice per week and mist it in between...

Orchids: orchid transplant, phalaenopsis orchids, orchid potting mix
phalaenopsis orchids, orchid potting mix, flower spike: Good morning Lois. Glad to hear we have a budding orchid enthusiast. I will assume that you have a phalaenopsis or moth orchid as many of these bloom with white flowers. They are the most common type of orchid found at garden centers. It is commonplace...

Orchids: orchid trimming, orchid growers, orchid plant
orchid growers, orchid plant, dormant state: Each of the pseudobulbs is connected to one or more other pseudobulbs. You need to find that connecting growth and that is what you cut to split one division apart from another. Each division resulting should have its full set of leaves and roots so the roots...

Orchids: orchid w/broken leaf, razor blade, broken leaf
razor blade, broken leaf, midline: Depends upon how the leaf is ripped. Sometimes the leaf will tear in the midline of the leaf. If this is the case, you can just leave it as is,or, if you feel this is unsightly, you may cut it off at the base of the tear using a sharp razor blade. If the...

Orchids: My orchid was doing so well then it flopped., self watering pot, orchid potting mix
self watering pot, orchid potting mix, orchid food: If you changed its environment while it was in bud, that could have led to bud drop. They like the morning sun but I m not so sure about a self watering pot. They like to become almost dry between waterings. It sounds as if you actually repotted the plant...

Orchids: orchid, phalaenopsis orchids, orchid potting mix
phalaenopsis orchids, orchid potting mix, plastic pots: The drying out is fine and a normal part of the plant cycle. Now is the time to repot the plant. Do not water it as that can cause root rot while the plant is resting. If the plant has not recently been repotted, you will need to get some fresh orchid potting...

Orchids: orchids, fungus gnat larvae, fungus gnats
fungus gnat larvae, fungus gnats, larvae feed: They could have arived in the orchid mix. I would start with any insecticidal spray and repeat at one week intervals. If this doesn t do the trick after a couple of weeks, I would repot in fresh mix after unpotting the plant and thoroughly spraying with an...

Orchids: orchids, vanda orchids, dinner plate size
vanda orchids, dinner plate size, cattleya orchids: Hello Phoebe Carter, Orchid with the largest blooms? I wish I knew the answer. I know there are orchids with flowers in excess of 8 inches diameter (almost dinner plate size) but I believe there are some even larger. Also, there are some orchids...

Orchids: orchids, care and feeding of orchids, types of orchids
care and feeding of orchids, types of orchids, how to care for orchids: Hi Dana, Sorry to hear about your friend passing away. Like you, I recently lost an aunt to cancer (multiple myeloma). It would have been nice to know what types of orchids your dear friend had but what I can do is give you some very general guidelines...

Orchids: orchids, welcome grin, phaleonopsis
welcome grin, phaleonopsis, dry periods: Hi Betty, You re welcome! (grin) With the phalaenopsis orchid stem you have a choice of leaving it or removing it. If the tip of the stem appears to still be alive, you can try leaving it to see what happens but if the tip is dying and turning brown,...

Orchids: orchids, slugs and snails, hydrogen peroxide
slugs and snails, hydrogen peroxide, fir bark: You have all sorts of problems don t you. First I would recommend to suspend impermeable material, such as fiberglass, over the outside plants so they stay mostly dry. Then, use a black shade cloth (about 50/50) over that and you ll have good protection against...

Orchids: orchids, salt damage, leaf tip
salt damage, leaf tip, leaf edges: Hello Janey M, From your description of the orchid plant, it sounds like it may be a phalaenopsis orchid. If there is a tag or label with it, is that the name? If the roots that are starting to shrivel are ones that are outside of the pot, that would...

Orchids: orchids, miniature plants, dappled light
miniature plants, dappled light, high temperatures: At lower altitudes, Cymbidiums can be grown at temperatures from 32 - 105 degrees. Water frequently and heavily during high temperatures. Provide protection against intense light. It is recommended that they be positioned under open crowned trees, or shade...

Orchids: orchids, cymbidium orchids, orchid plant
cymbidium orchids, orchid plant, warm environment: Hi Erin, If it is a cymbidium orchid plant you have, I think I can help you. To begin, cymbidium orchids should be grown outdoors as much as possible. They can withstand temperatures down to 45 F with no problem, even down to 30 F if given some protection...

Orchids: orchids, winnipeg manitoba canada, phalaenopsis orchids
winnipeg manitoba canada, phalaenopsis orchids, aerial roots: Hi Karen, Thanks for getting back with the orchid name and where you live, with that information here is what I recommend. Phalaenopsis orchids are basically indoor orchids where they should be placed in bright but indirect sunlight but there in Winnipeg,...

Orchids: orchids, mother flask, community pot
mother flask, community pot, germinated seeds: Thanks for your interest in this subject Sarah. First thing to note is that orchids can only be cross bred within genetically compatible groups or alliances. Thus you cannot breed a phalaenopsis with a Cattleya as they are from incompatible groups. The...

Orchids: orchids, oncidiums, dry water
oncidiums, dry water, shade cloth: Putting them outside is ok and long as you follow certain precautions. One concern is slug and snail damage. To avoid that, I would not set them on the ground. You will need to have some kind of shelving to keep them well off from the ground. Secondly,...

Orchids: orchids, types of ants, what attracts ants
types of ants, what attracts ants, leaf undersides: Hello Jaime, Ants by themselves usually do not cause any harm to orchids but what they may bring along with them might, things like aphids, mealybugs, scale. What attracts ants is a sugary sap that many orchids produce near the base of buds and flowers....

Orchids: orchids, problam, phal
problam, phal, hi john: Hi John, The stem that the blossoms were on is slowly dying back now that the blossoms are gone. Most phalaenopsis will do this although there are a few that can produce flowers on the same stem for several years, on these the stem remains green after...

Orchids: orchids, orchid flower, orchid genera
orchid flower, orchid genera, science project: Hello Sarah, I apologize for taking so long to respond to your question. While breeding orchids can be a fun and fascinating project, I m afraid 6 months time is too short a time frame to complete it. It would take 6 months or longer from the time...

Orchids: orchids, inch pots, flower book
inch pots, flower book, color temperatures: Hello Karl, Welcome to the wonderful and fascinating hobby of orchid growing! You have 3 orchids that are in the Cattleya family and they require similar growing conditions, that will make things a little easier to grow and bloom them. Pot. (short...

Orchids: orchids, dendrobium orchids, growing orchids
dendrobium orchids, growing orchids, full bloom: Hi Jurgen, That helps a lot, knowing what kind of orchids you have. Most dendrobiums are not that hard to grow but getting them to bloom reliably is the hard part. Moving them to Florida will make it easier. Why? The climate and sunshine it will receive...

Orchids: orchids, lady slipper orchids, vandaceous orchids
lady slipper orchids, vandaceous orchids, flower spike: You do not have to wait for a bloom to identify the type of orchid that it is if it is one of the more commonly available orchids. The most common is phalaenopsis that has large roundish to oblong leaves at the base of the plant and the flower spike grows...

Orchids: orchids, insect problem, facing window
insect problem, facing window, protek: Betty, I don t think your problem is insect or disease related so I wouldn t worry about that. With regard to the scratches, it is either physical damage (do you have a cat that has access to the plants?) or it may be related to a growth problem in which different...

Orchids: orchids, orchids, kawasaki
orchids, kawasaki, bloom: From what you described, it would appear that your phalaenopsis orchid has produced a plantlet or keiki (Hawaiian for baby). Leave it on the stem until it has several roots that are over 3 inches long, then you can remove it and put it in a pot of its own....

Orchids: orchids not blooming, early morn, natural sunlight
early morn, natural sunlight, orchid food: Hello Molly, Sorry to hear your orchids are not blooming for you. You already have the solution in mind, turning off the lights at night and moving them back to the window. Orchids need a period of darkness in order to grow and bloom, keeping them...

Orchids: orchids&gloxinia, types of orchids, american orchid society
types of orchids, american orchid society, growing orchids: I can t help you with gloxinias, but I might be able to help with orchids. First, you should be aware that orchids grow naturally in nearly every part of the world. But, most orchid growers grow hybrids which grow under cool to warm conditions. However, there...

Orchids: orchids, phalynopsis, salmon arm bc, orchid mix
salmon arm bc, orchid mix, orchid bark: Hi Kristen, Sorry for taking so long to respond to your question but I ve been without electricity for 4 days!!! Don t know if you ve been experiencing hot weather up in B.C. but it has been over 95 F for 2 weeks with the last 4 days above 110 F!!!!...

Orchids: orchids reblooming, flower spike, orchid potting mix
flower spike, orchid potting mix, flower buds: Maryann, I assume you have a phalaenopsis orchid-- the most common type. If the old flower spike (from which the blooms originate) stays green, you might have more flower buds forming. If it dies back (ie turns brown), it is the type of phalaenopsis orchid...

Orchids: orchids, orchid fertilizer, indirect sunlight
orchid fertilizer, indirect sunlight, night temperatures: Hello Annette, While you didn t say what kind of orchid plant you have, I believe from your description that it might be a phalaenopsis orchid. Are the leaves somewhat flat and thickened and sort of oval or elongated? If they are then it probably is...

Orchids: orientation of phalaenopsis during growing period, bamboo stake, vertical growth
bamboo stake, vertical growth, light changes: You can turn the pot until the spike gets to be a few inches long without any problem. It s worth a try. You can always try my earlier suggestion, if your hypothesis doesn t prove out. For spikes that grow out over the edge of the pot, you still can use...

Orchids: Pansy orchid flower stems, flower spike, leaf axil
flower spike, leaf axil, flower buds: Hi Lisa. The pansy orchid flower spike originates in a leaf axil and often is trapped in the leaf axil while developing so while the flower stem is elongating it is held between the leaf fron which it is emerging. In the future you will need to monitor the...

Orchids: Paphiopedilum Orchid, mealy bug, q tip
mealy bug, q tip, flower show: Vicky, the millipede like thing is likely a mealy bug. This is a sucking insect commonly found on orchids and, if left unchecked, could rapidly reproduce to produce large quantities of offspring and suck the life out of your plant. Sounds like you have...

Orchids: PHALAENOPSIS FLOWERS DROPPING OFF!, fertilizer solution, phalaenopsis orchids
fertilizer solution, phalaenopsis orchids, epsom salt: Hello Vicki, Your phalaenopsis orchid has been in constant bloom since 02/06? Or did you mean 02/07? While phalaenopsis blooms can last for quite some time, it would be unusual for them to last over a year. Once all of the blooms have fallen off, remove...

Orchids: PHALAENOPSIS, flower spike, flower buds
flower spike, flower buds, aerial roots: From your description, I believe they are aerial roots. If you don t mind the appearance, they can be left as is or, when you repot the plant, some or all can be tucked into the pot and covered with potting mix. They will need to be soaked in water for an...

Orchids: Phaelenopsis Orchids, cylinder vase, glass cylinder
cylinder vase, glass cylinder, engagement party: Hello Cheryl, Yes, is the short answer. (grin) For the best results, keep the phalaenopsis flower stems on the plant until an hour before the engagement party. Have the tall glass cylinder vase with rocks, marbles or whatever you want in them on...

Orchids: Phaelenopsis, hello neighbor, orchid bark
hello neighbor, orchid bark, phals: Hi Anne, Well, hello neighbor! (grin) Congratulation on getting your phalaenopsis orchid to rebloom off the old flower stem (stalk). Since it has been over a year since you bought it, my suggestion would be to remove the stem by cutting it off about...

Orchids: My Phal, orchid potting mix, cotton swab
orchid potting mix, cotton swab, scale insects: Cheryl, see if the hard dots come off with a q-tip and rubbing alcohol. If so, these are scale insects and treatment is needed. The initial treatment is to remove as many as you can see using the alcohol and cotton swab or q-tip. Then, you will need to...

Orchids: Phal Care: Fertilizing, Repotting, Trimming, english ivy plants, yellow tinge
english ivy plants, yellow tinge, valentine s day: Hi again S., I m not sure about the cedar baskets with the orchid mix you bought unless there are few if any open spaces on it. Any large openings might allow the mix to come out over time. Are the medieval-looking clips for the purpose of holding the...

Orchids: Phal care - leaves wrinkling and thin, orchid bark, san mateo ca
orchid bark, san mateo ca, indirect light: Hi EM, Thanks for letting me know you live in San Mateo, that gives me an idea of the growing climate. I hope I can help you with the phal. From your description of the condition of the phal, it sounds like it has a root problem. You mention there...

Orchids: Phal crown rot, drainage holes, plastic pot
drainage holes, plastic pot, crown rot: I would leave the old flower spikes on the plant. On occassion I have lost all of the leaves on a phal which never grew new leaves but new plants grew on the old flower spike (called Keikis) which develop roots and can be removed and potted up as vegetative...

Orchids: Phal: In death...life, patrick barnett, death throes
patrick barnett, death throes, dead roots: Hello Patrick, From your description, both are near death or dead. Why do I say this? With no viable live roots, they are not getting any sustenance, thus the soft deflated leaves. I imagine the leaves have depressions in them too, further indicating...

Orchids: Phal. Everspring King X Musachino, phalaenopsis orchids, indirect sunlight
phalaenopsis orchids, indirect sunlight, everspring: Hello Linda, Phalaenopsis orchids are pretty hardy, but they cannot survive for long without water because the only reserve moisture is within the leaves. If only a few of the external roots became dry and the leaves are still firm and stiff, then all...

Orchids: Phal growth, flower spike, water droplets
flower spike, water droplets, phalenopsis: Hello Morgan, If that many leaves have fallen off your phalaenopsis, there is something bad happening. A phal may lose one or at most two leaves during the year, so for yours to lose four in such a short time is not good. How have you been watering...

Orchids: Phal. Luchia Lip 'Sogo' - leaf problem, phalaenopsis orchids, commercial nurseries
phalaenopsis orchids, commercial nurseries, epsom salt: Hi Julia, From your description of what happened, it does sound as though the phal got a bit too much sunlight and sunburned but not severe enough to turn brown. Unfortunately, that white patch will not go away until the leaf dies of its own accord, which...

Orchids: Phal leaves, flower spikes, fungus infection
flower spikes, fungus infection, phals: Hi again Susanne! Yes, the oldest leaf is the bottom one and will naturally die and fall off over time. What is not necessarily natural is the bottom leaf to fall off each time a new leaf emerges from the top or crown. It is not unusual to have six or...

Orchids: Phal leaves falling off, flower spike, mealy bugs
flower spike, mealy bugs, full bloom: Alex, I m not sure what is causing the leaf drop. Usually, this indicates root rot. You say you have checked the roots and they are firm and healthy. I also assume you have checked the plant for sucking insects such as mealy bugs or scale that can sap a...

Orchids: Phal leaves turned watery, baby leaf, spreading the disease
baby leaf, spreading the disease, tiny drop: Hello Eileen, From your description, it sounds like it may be a bacterial infection. Unfortunately, once the infection has spread beyond a small area on a leaf and progressed into other leaves, there is little that can be done to save it. Watering probably...

Orchids: Phal leaves, phaleonopsis, bottom leaf
phaleonopsis, bottom leaf, keiki: Hi Linda, You can try removing the leaf with the black spot by cutting it off. Treat the cut area with powdered cinnamon which has a mild fungicide property. Keep a wary eye for any new spots appearing, clean it off with isopropyl alcohol and treat with...

Orchids: Phal. Orchid, orchid plants, little pot
orchid plants, little pot, keikis: Hello Sabrina, From your description, it seems the phal orchid is happily growing. Keep up the good work! Little plantlets will some times grow on a stem, eventually becoming fairly large. These are known as keikis or baby plantlets. Allow them...

Orchids: Phal Orchid - droopy leaves and wrinkled Leaves, orchid potting mix, dark roots
orchid potting mix, dark roots, orchid mix: It takes quite some time for root rot to set in. It sounds as if it has and you need to remove the rotted portion of your roots. There is no way of knowing how long the plant has been in its current potting mix. Root rot does not have to do with your overwatering....

Orchids: Phal Orchid new growth on basically dying plant, drain holes, two flowers
drain holes, two flowers, time and patience: Hi Denise, If the unhealthy phal leaves have wilted and wrinkled along with there not being any healthy live roots, I m afraid there is not much hope for it. If there are some healthy roots, it may survive but will take time and patience and some TLC....

Orchids: Phal. Orchid Terri Henderson, flower spike, orchid potting mix
flower spike, orchid potting mix, morning sunlight: Sorry that you apparently did not receive my earlier answer to this question. I may not have followed proper precedure. It is not unusual for the lower leaves of a Phal to turn yellow and die. That may be normal for this plant. Also, after flowering, the...

Orchids: Phal. Orchid Wilting Flower & tiny insects., vancouver bc canada, tiny insects
vancouver bc canada, tiny insects, plastic pot: Hi again Alex, Yes, air exchange for the roots is very important just as it is for humans - no air guess what happens. (grin) If there is space between the pot and ceramic pot, that helps as long as there is some air movement around it along with the...

Orchids: Phal orchid troubles, orchid potting mix, firm roots
orchid potting mix, firm roots, gallon aquarium: I do have a suggestion. From your description, there is a good chance that your plant has the start of root rot. I recommend that you purchase a bag of orchid potting mix, then unpot your plant, wash all of the old potting mix from the roots and remove any...

Orchids: Phal orchid yellow leaves, ceramic pot, yellow leaves
ceramic pot, yellow leaves, two different things: Hello Phoenix, From your description of the condition of the phalaenopsis, things do not look promising I m afraid. But I ll give it a try with some suggestions on what to do. I will give you two different things to try, your choice. First, stop watering...

Orchids: Phal orchid, keiki, bloom
keiki, bloom, roots: Congratulations on your growing success. I recommend separating the baby (also called a keiki) when it has at least one pair of leaves and two or three roots. Be careful not to damage the roots when you pot it up. This is best done before the roots get...

Orchids: Phal problems, phalaenopsis orchids, sphagnum moss
phalaenopsis orchids, sphagnum moss, orchid phalaenopsis: Hello Elizabeth, From your description of the phalaenopsis orchids condition, it was not in the best of condition when you bought it. Hopefully, it is not too late to save it. That the leaves were already wilty and shriveled indicates to me one of...

Orchids: Phal. roots, flower spikes, many roots
flower spikes, many roots, flower production: First, congratulations on well grown plants. It sounds as if you are doing all of the right things. There are many ideas that have been put forth over the years to help with flower induction. I have seen phalaenopsis that run the gamut from always flowering...

Orchids: Phal without roots, sphagnum moss, phal
sphagnum moss, phal, storage mechanism: Hi Karem, Wow, that phal of yours does not sound very good. Sorry for starting out this way, but I didn t want to get your hopes up too high about saving it. It might still be able to save it but it will take some work on your part, are you ready to...

Orchids: Phal, natural phenomenon, blooms
natural phenomenon, blooms, 3 years: You re not doing anything wrong as long as the plant is also growing larger with more and larger leaves. You are observing a natural phenomenon. Plants try to conserve energy. One way they do that is to have a blooming season rather than blooming year around....

Orchids: Phalaenopis Orchid, flower spike, flower spikes
flower spike, flower spikes, new leaves: There are nodes on the old flower spike. If you cut the old flower spike above a node so there are still one or more nodes on it, it might reflower at one of those nodes. However, it is not unusual for old flower spikes to turn brown and die back. In either...

Orchids: Phalaenopis, orchid potting mix, principle reason
orchid potting mix, principle reason, morning sunshine: It is not unusual for an old leaf to turn yellow and eventually dehisce (ie fall off). I hope you checked the root system in the process of repotting. The principle reason for plants to go downhill is rotting roots (ie the roots appear mushy). As long as...

Orchids: Phalaenopsi Orchid, last blossom, orchid potting mix
last blossom, orchid potting mix, phalaenopsis orchids: Lissette, Phalaenopsis orchids rebloom annually so don t expect it to rebloom until next year at this time or earlier. What you should do now that it has completed its bloom cycle is to locate some fresh orchid potting mix. After doing so, unpot your plant,...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis, orchid fertilizer, orchid potting mix
orchid fertilizer, orchid potting mix, mass marketers: Thanks for your question Laura. Perhaps the most important part of promoting plant health is a healthy root system. Now that the plant is done flowering, you can unpot it and examine the roots. If any of the roots are mushy remove that part of the root....

Orchids: Phalaenopsis, razor blade, orchid potting mix
razor blade, orchid potting mix, morning sunlight: Laura, you are right in your realization that the plant is not getting enough light. You need to increase the amount of light your plant gets. Phalaenopsis prefer the morning sunlight from an east window-- if you have that. If the plant has not been...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis - 4 plants all acting different, phalaenopsis orchids, clay pot
phalaenopsis orchids, clay pot, shady corner: Hi again Sarah, Ah, now we are going on to the phalaenopsis orchids! (grin) With four different phals having different or slightly different problems, this answer may get complicated, taking some twists and turns along the way. So bear with me. ...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis, bamboo skewer, shish kabob
bamboo skewer, shish kabob, greenhouse environment: Hello Jennifer, Sorry to hear that your phalaenopsis has taken a turn for the worse. When you transplanted into orchid soil, is this really soil or is it mostly bark? If it is soil similar to potting soil, that could be a factor in the decline in health...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis, clay pots, phals
clay pots, phals, potting soil: Hi Amy, Without seeing what your daughter s orchids look like, it is difficult to say what may be the problem but I ll try to give you some hints about what to look for and possible solutions. Fair enough? Since her two phals are in the same mix...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis, flower spike, orchid potting mix
flower spike, orchid potting mix, new leaves: This is normal. You may want to just cut off the old flower spike. I presume the new leaf growth is from the base of the plant and not on the old flower spike which you mentioned looks dead. It is normal and desirable for a plant to send out new leaf growth...

Orchids: My Phalaenopsis, indirect sunlight, sunlight exposure
indirect sunlight, sunlight exposure, phals: Hi Susan, Repotting is not too difficult, it just takes a little time and not too much effort. Before starting, have the supplies you will need such as potting media, new pot of the same size or you can reuse the old one after cleaning it, cutting...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis, flower spike, orchid potting mix
flower spike, orchid potting mix, window temperature: Susan, thanks for your question. A phalaenopsis individual flower will last about a month, so that is not unusual. Also, if you bought the plant in flower, some of those flowers may have lasted more than a month. There may be additional buds at the tip...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis aerial roots, aerial roots, new flower
aerial roots, new flower, phals: Hi Lynn, Two years or longer between repotting is a little long for phals which prefer annual repotting. Don t worry too much about damaging aerial roots while repotting. If any happen to break or crack during handling, cut the root at the break...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis Bud gone yellow - help!, unopened buds, yellow buds
unopened buds, yellow buds, tiny buds: Hello Winnie, If the unopened buds have yellowed, I m afraid they are goners. While I cannot be sure why they died prematurely, I can make some suggestions as to the cause. Fair enough? A northeast window exposure did not cause it unless you live...

Orchids: Getting my Phalaenopsis to bloom, epsom salt, indirect sunlight
epsom salt, indirect sunlight, night temperatures: Hello April, You did nothing wrong by cutting off the spike, that is what I usually suggest people do after all the flowers are gone. Actually, cutting off the spike helps the phalaenopsis recover quicker from the blooming process and begin getting ready...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis bloom, dead roots, three flowers
dead roots, three flowers, new leaves: This may be a normal consequence of first flowering. Plants will try to mature more buds than they can support and bud abortion is the way they shed the excess buds. One or both of the other two buds may open normally. The plant may simply not be strong...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis blooms are drooping, southern ontario canada, plastic pot
southern ontario canada, plastic pot, bright sunlight: Hi Jennifer, Thanks for all the photos, they really helped! Also what helped was the clear plastic pot it is in, allowing me to see the roots inside. It is a little unusual for phalaenopsis flowers to wilt so soon, especially the later opening ones....

Orchids: Phalaenopsis blooms, flower spike, mature plants
flower spike, mature plants, blooms: Yes, you are right that the branch is a flower spike and should develop buds and then flowers. The second flower spike may do the same thing when it matures. Normally, a phalaenopsis has just one flower spike that blooms during the blooming cycle but on...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis - correct lighting?, flower spike, halogen lamps
flower spike, halogen lamps, orchid potting mix: I recommend that phalaenopsis be grown in an east window where they get the morning sun. Halogen lamps can generate enough heat to cause leaf burn. Also, before the flower spike gets too far along, I would unpot the plant and check the root system by removing...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis culture in hot and humid climates like India, hot and humid climates, natural breezes
hot and humid climates, natural breezes, wood charcoal: I suspect that the plants are being grown too bright. If possible, expose them to only early morning sun and shade them more heavily the rest of the day. If you have access to shade cloth, use 40 percent or build a small lathe house. At those temperatures,...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis: Dark green areas on leaves, razor blades, orchid plant
razor blades, orchid plant, indirect light: Hi Theo, Dark green spots that grow larger could be caused by a bacterial infection. Fungus spots are usually black. You ve done the right thing so far, removing the affected leaves. One thing you need to be cautious about is using the same cutter for...

Orchids: Why has my Phalaenopsis developed leaves on the spike, inch pots, orchid potting mix
inch pots, orchid potting mix, phal: Hello Kerry, You may be in luck! If those growths on the spikes are leaves, you may be a mother soon! (grin) Some phaleanopsis orchids will produce keikis (baby in Hawaiian) along the spike. Leave them on the spike until they have roots over 2 inches...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis disease, plant tissue culture research, tissue culture research
plant tissue culture research, tissue culture research, plant tissue culture: Hi Kong Kynet, Thank you for the background information and where you live. I wish you much success in your work endeavors. Yes, growing them in an environment in which they get rained upon frequently can be a major contributor to the problems you...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis equestris, new roots, root tips
new roots, root tips, luck jim: Hello Desiree, You must have been doing a great job of caring for your Phal. equestris since the flowers lasted 3 months. Now that the flowers have all withered and died, what to do with the barren spike? If the tip of the spike is still alive, leave...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis Leaf Problem, paint scrapers, razor blades
paint scrapers, razor blades, paint stores: Hello Marcy, While I can t be certain without seeing it, the symptom you describe sounds like it may be a bacterial infection. My advice would be to remove the entire leaf all the way to the base. Be sure to use a sterile cutter and do not reuse the cutter...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis leaf yellow, flower spike, bottom leaf
flower spike, bottom leaf, faint line: Hello Morgan, If it is just the lowest leaf turning yellow on your phalaenopsis, there may not be a real concern. Phals. produce new leafs from the top so that bottom leaf is the oldest and it is turning yellow because of age. Leave it alone and it will...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis leaves -- remove or not?, ventilation holes, little bit of water
ventilation holes, little bit of water, ceramic pot: Hello Damia, My gosh, that was quite an explanation of what your Phal. has gone through. All of that really helps in my understanding what has happened and make some obervations and recommendations. With all of the trauma your phal has undergone, it...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis/leaves, plastic pot, ceramic pot
plastic pot, ceramic pot, morning sunlight: Sounds good on the light and temperature. There is nothing that can reverse the effect of a damaged leaf. If it is yellowish red due to the damage it will eventually dry up and fall off. Your best bet is to concentrate on new growth. You may want to reduce...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis has lost its blooms, growth spurt, blooms
growth spurt, blooms, orchids: Hello Eimear, Congratulations upon receiving a phalaenopsis as a gift. Yes, that is the normal thing to do after the flowers have all died off, cutting the stem off as low as you safely can without damaging the plant. Or you can do as some books...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis (might be modest girl), orchid fertilizer, light breezes
orchid fertilizer, light breezes, indirect sunlight: Hello J Cooke, Without knowing where and how you are growing the phalaenopsis, it would be difficult to tell you if you re growing it alright. What I can tell you are some general guidelines on what phals. like in their growing environment and you can...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis Orchid, unopened buds, one bud
unopened buds, one bud, ethylene gas: Hi Wendy, Glad to hear that only one bud fell off and the others still look fine. Hope they make it! Unfortunately, this site has no way to send photos. I would have loved to see the flowers, maybe one day they will update their system to allow photos....

Orchids: Phalaenopsis Orchid, drainage holes, orchid media
drainage holes, orchid media, glass container: Hi Allison, You are right in being concerned about the gift phalaenopsis being in a glass container along with moss potting material. The fact that there are no drainage holes for excess water to drain out can be compounded by the moss staying wet for...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis Orchid Brown Spots on Petals, orchid fertilizer, indirect sunlight
orchid fertilizer, indirect sunlight, water droplets: Hello Katie, Brown spots on the flowers is usually caused by botrytis fungus which appear when the flowers have been misted late in the day and water droplets remain over night. It also might just be time for the flowers to die off. Phalaenopsis flowers...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis Orchid with drooping leaves, phalaenopsis orchids, leaf cells
phalaenopsis orchids, leaf cells, phals: Hello Jennifer, There are primarily two causes for phalaenopsis leaves to become droopy, too much or too little water. How often have you been watering it? Is the potting media barely moist when you water or is it still fairly damp? Why do I ask...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis Orchid, phalaenopsis orchids, bloom season
phalaenopsis orchids, bloom season, beautuful: Hi Clyde, Congratulations to your wife for keeping the phalaenopsis orchid in bloom for over 4 months! Phal. flowers normally last for 2 to 3 months, so your wife s phal. has done wonderfully. How is the plant otherwise? Are the leaves nice and...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis Orchids - Buds are dying!, flower spike, phalaenopsis orchids
flower spike, phalaenopsis orchids, orchid potting mix: The buds that die will shrivel and fall off from the old flower spike naturally so they neeed not be cut off. The one reason for bud failure that I am concerned about is insufficient plant strength to support these additional buds. If that is due to root...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis has only 2 leaves!, aerial roots, orchid bark
aerial roots, orchid bark, new leaves: Hi again Anabelle, You live in Malta? Wow! Isn t the internet wonderful, how you can ask questions or correspond with persons all around the world almost instantly. If they are two separate plants, that makes potting them much easier. Just pull...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis orchid, orchid pot, orchid potting mix
orchid pot, orchid potting mix, orchid mix: If you repotted it while in spike, the disturbance might be responsible for the loss of buds. Generally, we try to avoid repotting when plants are spiking. Generally, orchid potting mix is very dry and repels water when purchased in the bag. I find that...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis orchid, flower spike, orchid potting mix
flower spike, orchid potting mix, temperature fluctuations: Abby, on some types of phalaenopsis, the flower spike will turn brown and die. That is normal and has nothing to do with your culture conditions. I would just wait and see if it dies back all the way before cutting it off. I would, however, repot the plant...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis orchid, unopened flower buds, phalaenopsis orchids
unopened flower buds, phalaenopsis orchids, plastic pot: Hi Gaye, Healthy Phalaenopsis roots are white or light grey in color, so your roots are okay as long as they are plump and firm when gently squeezed. At times, roots may show a little green but, in most cases, it is nothing to worry about. As long...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis orchid, orchid pests and diseases, dorsal surfaces
orchid pests and diseases, dorsal surfaces, central locus: Tom, The American Orchid Society s Handbook of Orchid Pests and Diseases contains no reference to Myrothecium so I have to assume that it is not a significant pathogen in orchids. The orchid businesses I know use preventative spraying-- an infestation...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis orchid, flower spikes, dead roots
flower spikes, dead roots, firm roots: This is not normal and sounds like root rot to me. Unpot the plant and see if you have mushy roots. Mushy roots are dead and is likely the cause of leaf drop. If you have some firm roots there my be a slight chance of saving the plant. Remove the dead...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis orchids, phalaenopsis orchids, orchid company
phalaenopsis orchids, orchid company, heat pack: Hello Jessica, First, I d like to apologize for taking so long to respond to your question. Had some problems with my computer and it took me a while to figure out that I needed to empty the Trash Bin in order to resolve the problem. I could not believe...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis plantlets, orchid seedlings, growing orchids
orchid seedlings, growing orchids, mature plants: Hello Agnieszka, Although I do not buy flasks of orchid seedlings, I ve learned a few of the do s and don ts from friends who do. Here is what they have told me along with a link to a website on how to deflask. Before starting, it would be best to...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis problem, orchid potting mix, firm roots
orchid potting mix, firm roots, plastic pot: IF you have healthy roots and healthy tissue at the base of the point where the leaf was attached to the plant, the plant might generate new growth in the region where the leaf was attached to the plant. No, you can t start another plant from the fallen leaf....

Orchids: Phalaenopsis puchased from local grocery store, clay pots, plastic pots
clay pots, plastic pots, plastic pot: Hello Medrene, Did you mean an east facing window? An east window should be fine for the phals as long as they are not exposed to direct sunlight past 10 AM. How deep is the plastic planter box? If it is more than a couple inches deep with no holes...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis - Snapped Stem, flower spike, bud vase
flower spike, bud vase, water the flowers: Hi Aaron, That is definitely an oops! You might have said something else when it happened. (grin) Once in a while, if the spike is not completely broken off, it is possible to support the spike and tape it and it will continue to produce flowers....

Orchids: Phalaenopsis; What am I doing wrong?, fungus spores, phals
fungus spores, phals, phal: Hello Ashley, From your description of what has been happening with your phals, it sounds like you may be getting water on the leaves. You didn t say when you water them but if it is in the late afternoon or evening, that is the worst time to do it. ...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis, pink blooms, phals
pink blooms, phals, phal: Good questions Laura. If the roots are firm and no rot, this suggests that there is no problem with the mix at this time and you can repot using the same mix. You can even reuse the same pot if the roots will fit comfortably back into that pot. Sometimes...

Orchids: Phalanopsis buds wrinkle and die -continued, bud vase, watchful eye
bud vase, watchful eye, san rafael: Hi again Eileen, Under most circumstances, people will say do not repot while it is in bloom . Most of the time I d agree with them unless the plant is obviously under stress and dying. When I see that, I cut off the bloom spike and place it in a bud...

Orchids: Phalanopsis buds wrinkle and die, indirect sunlight, orchid mix
indirect sunlight, orchid mix, orchid food: Hi Eileen, While I can t be sure, I believe your phalaenopsis orchid plant is suffering from rotten roots. The reason I say this is because you said you water it every week and a leaf has started to wrinkle and weak. Those are classic symptoms of rotten...

Orchids: Phaleanopsis, orchid fertilizer, warm temperatures
orchid fertilizer, warm temperatures, glasss: Hi Tu, Well, put it back on top of the computer! (grin) Orchids are like people, many of them will sulk for a while when they are moved from a place they enjoy to a new location. It can take from 6 months to a year or longer for it to be back to...

Orchids: Phalenopsis gone crazy, nitrogen fertilizer, flower spike
nitrogen fertilizer, flower spike, orchid fertilizer: Thanks for your question Jane. It is a puzzle isn t it? A couple things stand out in what you said or did not say. First, if I recall, 16 degrees C. translates into about 60 degrees F. Some phalaenopsis like a brief chill down to about 13 degrees C. to...

Orchids: Phalenopsis questions, epsom salts, bud vase
epsom salts, bud vase, fungus gnats: Hi again Susanne, If the moss really concerns you, you have two choices: repot now or lift the moss up and try removing a little from around the edges then loosen the moss and put it back into the pot. Probably the safest thing to do would be removing...

Orchids: Phalenopsis spike, flower buds, glimmer of hope
flower buds, glimmer of hope, tiny leaf: Hi Karen, I m sorry to hear about the accident with your phalaenopsis orchid spike. I m afraid that if it broke off completely, it is a goner and will slowly turn brown. But, with that said, there is a glimmer of hope that the lower part of the spike...

Orchids: Phalenopsis stem question, flower spike, indoors plants
flower spike, indoors plants, dead roots: I assume that what you refer to as the stem is really the old flower spike which bore the flowers. Depending upon the type of phalaenopsis, it is natural for that flower spike to die back after flowering and turn brown. At the time of next flowering, the...

Orchids: Phalenopsis trouble, fungus gnats, dead roots
fungus gnats, dead roots, firm roots: Glad you checked that out Jenn and took the steps you did. As a rule of thumb, an annual repotting is recommended, especially after flowering. This should solve your problem on a continuing basis. I would say that a weekly watering is all that should be...

Orchids: Phalenopsis, phalaenopsis orchid plants, coconut husk chips
phalaenopsis orchid plants, coconut husk chips, growing orchids: Hola Antonio, Sorry, that is about the extent of my Spanish. (grin) Wow, you got 12 phalaenopsis plants as gifts! The materials in the clay pots is probably fine for growing orchids in Panama. The mix is somewhat open while being able to keep some...

Orchids: Phals -where to place in the winter, season porch, southwestern ct
season porch, southwestern ct, supplemental lighting: The best location, if you have it, is an east facing window where the plants can get some morning sunlight. The plants should be far enough back from the window to minimize the colder air next to the winter window. Supplemental lighting from a plant light...

Orchids: Phals won't flower, tried many things, flower spikes, temperatures in december
flower spikes, temperatures in december, phalaenopsis orchids: Several thoughts come to mind. First, use bloom booster starting in December for spring blooming plants and use it for only three months before going back to a balanced formula. Second, some hybrids will benfit from night temperatures of 60 - 65 degrees...

Orchids: Photoperiod and orchids, temperate areas, photoperiod
temperate areas, photoperiod, rest period: Hello Todor, The simple answer is yes. The more complicated answer is that it depends upon the type of orchid. Simple because orchids like humans need a rest period that they get during the night darkness from exposure to light and warm (hot?) temperatures....

Orchids: Placement and care of new Phalaenopsis, crystal geyser, morgan hill ca
crystal geyser, morgan hill ca, water additives: Hello Michelle, Thanks for providing the information about where you want to grow it along with the prevailing conditions, that helps a lot in trying to tell you what to do. The bathroom is one of the better places to grow phalaenopsis but I m afraid...

Orchids: Plagued with Guilt Over Botanicide, physan 20, white fungus
physan 20, white fungus, firm roots: Hi Erika, I d go ahead and dump the stump. Hey!, that rhymes! (grin) A little cinnamon powder could help to minimize infection from a cut. I use it once in a while myself but not regularly because when I am repotting orchids it would slow me down....

Orchids: Plantlets on Denbrobium, aerial roots, mother plant
aerial roots, mother plant, keiki: Hi Beverly, Yes, what you heard is correct. But before you remove the plantlet (called a keiki which is baby in Hawaiian), gather your potting supplies (pot, orchid potting media). Removing the keiki is fairly simple and easy, hold the mother plant...

Orchids: Potting Medium, seasonal weather, weather conditions
seasonal weather, weather conditions, orchids: Hello June, Without knowing what kind you have, I cannot tell you if it is possible to grow them outside. If you can write back with the names of your orchids, I ll try to help with suggestions about whether they can be grown outside or not. I also need...

Orchids: Potting medium too moist, spagnum moss, flower spike
spagnum moss, flower spike, orchid pot: Hi again Veronica, What you are experiencing with the moss mix is one reason I do not care for it, it breaks down fairly quickly and starts to hold water over longer and longer periods. If you continue to water weekly you may soon end up with rotten roots...

Orchids: Problems with my orchid, orchid roots, 4 leaves
orchid roots, 4 leaves, phal: Hello Nina, You did not say what kind of orchid you have but if the leaves are sort of oval in shape and are thick and fleshy, it probably is a phalaenopsis orchid. I will answer you assuming that it is a phal. but if the description is not correct, write...

Orchids: palanopsis Orchid division, new roots, luck jim
new roots, luck jim, keiki: Hello Hemali, I hope the top part you removed and potted continues to grow well. But, I want to warn you that with only two roots it may begin to decline a little until it grows additional new roots. By decline, I mean the leaves may become a little...

Orchids: paphiopedilum (black rook), mottled green leaves, sphagnum moss
mottled green leaves, sphagnum moss, sponge rock: Hello Jan, Mottle leafed paphiopedilums do not require direct sunlight but indirect light or placed where there will be no shadow visible when you place a hand 12 inches above. Also, while they should be allowed to become fairly dry between waterings,...

Orchids: paphiopedilum drooping flower, flower bud, winter area
flower bud, winter area, paph: Hello John, The droopy flower bud may just be due to the weight of the bud, just be patient and keep an eye on it to see whether it will continue to develop into a flower. It appears that your paphiopedilum is one of the sequential bloomers, where it...

Orchids: paphiopedilum orchid drooping leaves, orchid roots, many roots
orchid roots, many roots, pot size: Hello Linda, Please call me Jim, Mr. sounds so formal. As any of my friends will tell you, I am one of the least formal persons they know. (grin) That the paphiopedilum doubled the number of leaves is a good sign, no flowers this year is not so good....

Orchids: parasites, orchid pot, orchid media
orchid pot, orchid media, sure what kind: Hello Diana, If there is a worm in your orchid pot that could be an indication that the potting media has broken down and should be replaced with new orchid media. Not sure what kind of worm it is but there are some that feed on the roots and that may...

Orchids: peace orchid, covered porch, night temperatures
covered porch, night temperatures, miltonia: Hello Krista, Phalaenopsis blooms will usually last for several months and longer, that one of the newer ones wilted and fell off so soon might indicate a problem with where or how it is growing. Placed on the kitchen window might be the cause. You...

Orchids: phaelenopsis, phalaenopsis orchids, deepest condolences
phalaenopsis orchids, deepest condolences, leaves fall: Hello Leanne, I m sorry to hear about your father passing away, please accept my deepest condolences. I know how it feels as I lost my father almost 40 years ago and recently a stepfather. I would wait to repot the phalaenopsis until springtime as...

Orchids: phal growth, phals, new leaves
phals, new leaves, potting mix: Hi Win, You already have an idea why the leaves on your phals are not growing well - low humidity. But the answer as to why it is happening can be due to several reasons or factors. One clue you mentioned the new leaves seem small, by this do you...

Orchids: phal orchid new roots?, flower spike, peat moss
flower spike, peat moss, orchid potting mix: Cutting the flower spike back after it has finished flowering is OK. Normally, Phalaenopsis flower once per year. To have healthy roots is good. However, growing the plant in moss can be tricky as moss tends to compact over time, reducing the air supply...

Orchids: phal orchid repotted, orchid mix, water the garden
orchid mix, water the garden, bottom tray: Hi Cat, Thanks for getting back so quickly. Transfering it back to a smaller pot would be a good idea, just keep it in a warm shady place for the next 3 weeks, water it just enough to keep it barely moist - not wet. Phals normally initiate their...

Orchids: phal orchid, indirect sunlight, how to care for orchids
indirect sunlight, how to care for orchids, luck jim: Hello Bonnie, Glad to hear your orchid is doing well but maybe not as well as it should. Stores do not know how to care for orchids but they sure know how to kill them! Store personnel think orchids are just like houseplants, keep them wet. The opposite...

Orchids: phal spike turned brown without flowering, flower spike, root rot
flower spike, root rot, mary grace: Hello Mary Grace, That is highly unusual for a phalaenopsis to not produce buds and flowers even if the roots were all rotten. The plant will sacrifice itself in an attempt to produce flowers in the hope they will be pollinated and then produce seeds....

Orchids: phalaenopisis "roots", aerial roots, orchid plant
aerial roots, orchid plant, root growth: Hello H. E. Barkley, What you have is not unusual with phalaenopsis and some other orchids, roots that seem to grow wildly on top of the pot. These roots are normally referred to as aerial roots. In my experience, when aerial roots begin to form and...

Orchids: phalaenopsis, orchid mix, orchid bark
orchid mix, orchid bark, bottom leaf: Hello Julia, From your description of what has happened to the phalaenopsis orchid, I hate to tell you that things are not going very well with it. While it is not unusual for it to lose the bottom leaf, it is somewhat unusual for four of them to die...

Orchids: phalaenopsis, shady conditions, potting mix
shady conditions, potting mix, beautiful flowers: Hello Doug, There are quite a few reasons (causes) for phalaenopsis leaves to start turning yellow, some are bad and the rest are really bad. Did I scare you? Good. (grin) Now that I ve got your attention, here are some of the more common causes for...

Orchids: phalaenopsis, fir bark, orchid potting mix
fir bark, orchid potting mix, pot size: Good morning Sondra; Congratulations on doing so well with your phalaenopsis over a period of 5 years. You did not mention any repotting that you have done over that period of time. I recommend an annual repotting with fresh orchid potting mix. When the...

Orchids: phalaenopsis, flower spike, orchid potting mix
flower spike, orchid potting mix, plastic pot: HI, it is normal for the flowers to die. Do you know the name of your Phal? Where are you keeping it,like east,south window?? Lighting conditions,how much sun exposure? Also need to know where you live so that will tell me what type of weather you have. Then...

Orchids: phalaenopsis, phalaenopsis orchids, water droplets
phalaenopsis orchids, water droplets, florist shop: Hello Christine, I m not sure if what you have been doing in caring for the orchids in the florist shop is causing the problem but here are some things to think about. You did not say what kind of orchids they are but, for now, that does not matter. ...

Orchids: phalaenopsis beginner, flower in full bloom, potting mix
flower in full bloom, potting mix, phal: Hi Bonnie, Most phalaenopsis flowers will last upwards of 2 months, sometimes longer. So it may just be time for yours to begin dying off due to old age. One thing you might want to change is how often you water it. Phalaenopsis orchids prefer becoming...

Orchids: what to do after a phalaenopsis has bloomed., phalaenopsis, buds
phalaenopsis, buds, spikes: Hi Jamin, To begin, unless a phalaenopsis orchid has more than three healthy mature leaves, I would not attempt to get them to produce a second blooming. But, if they do have three or more good healthy leaves, here is what to do. First, check the...

Orchids: phalaenopsis disease, community pots, phalaenopsis orchids
community pots, phalaenopsis orchids, community pot: Hello Kong Kynet, Are these phalaenopsis orchids very young plantlets, such as recently taken out of a flask by you or by the person you purchased them from? Are they in community pots (10 or more plantlets in a pot) or in individual pots? If they are,...

Orchids: phalaenopsis droopy leathery leaves, paph, yellow leaf
paph, yellow leaf, root rot: Hello Scott, From your description of the problem with the phals, it sounds like there is a root rot problem. While phals love to have moisture around their roots, they do not like to be constantly wet. You say you water them twice a week, that may be...

Orchids: phalaenopsis - flower spike died, stickiness problem, flower spike
stickiness problem, flower spike, mealybugs: Hello Tina, While I cannot be positive, it sounds like your phalaenopsis orchid may have a mealybug problem. The reason I say this is because you mentioned it has a stickiness problem. Mealybugs secretions tend to be sort of sticky. Take a close look...

Orchids: phalaenopsis health, flower spikes, fungus infection
flower spikes, fungus infection, new leaves: Hello Taran, Keep an eye on the phalaenopsis to see what happens. If the fungus infection progresses down to the lower leaves, it may be too late to save it as it has spread into the main growth of the phal. To lessen the stress on the phal, I d...

Orchids: phalaenopsis hybrid orchid, orchid mix, plant leaf
orchid mix, plant leaf, mother plant: This called a keiki. It will develop into a copy of its mother plant. If left, it will develop leaves, roots, and could even flower when old enough. Don t remove it until it has well developed roots. Then, just cut the umbilical cord (you know how that goes)...

Orchids: phalaenopsis - leaves feel veiny and soggy, repotting orchids, orchid potting mix
repotting orchids, orchid potting mix, parallel veins: I would guess that many of the roots down in the potting mix are rotting from a potting mix that needs to be replaced. Obtain a hobby bag of orchid potting mix and then pull the plant out of its pot and clean the old mix from the roots. My guess is that...

Orchids: phalaenopsis no leaves, moist moss, plastic pot
moist moss, plastic pot, ceramic pot: Mushy roots are roots in which the outer covering has collapsed. They are sponge-like in appearance and feel. You would know them if you see them. Dark spots are OK. If the roots are firm, then you are OK on that score and you can just repot as outlined...

Orchids: phalaenopsis orchid, flower buds, orchid roots
flower buds, orchid roots, two flowers: Hi again Eileen! As I mentioned in the other response dealing primarily with the oncidium orchid, fruits may be the culprit for the flower buds dying. Also, as I said earlier, it is best to water when the potting media becomes barely moist then water...

Orchids: phalaenopsis orchid, orchid plant, san jose ca
orchid plant, san jose ca, kawasaki: Hello Stefan, From your description of the phalaenopsis orchid plant, there is no hope of bringing it back to life. Once the leaves fall off and the central stem turns brown, it is dead. Sorry I couldn t give you any encouragement to save it. ...

Orchids: phalaenopsis orchid, flower spike, orchid potting mix
flower spike, orchid potting mix, long spikes: Watering is never a problem unless the potting mix is degraded. You need to repot each plant separately into its own plastic pot. Be sure the pots have plenty of drain holes as orchids need air movement through the roots. Before you start this process...

Orchids: phalaenopsis orchid, orchid roots, wet roots
orchid roots, wet roots, orchid potting mix: Rebecca, sorry for the delay in getting back to you. In my experience, most newly acquired phalaenopsis orchids are in need of repotting in fresh orchid potting mix. Many of the symptoms you have noticed can be attributed to rotting orchid roots. I advise...

Orchids: phalaenopsis orchid, flower spike, flower spikes
flower spike, flower spikes, phalaenopsis orchids: Hello Rae. As I recall you have phalaenopsis orchids. The stem you refer to is likely the flower spike (ie the stem from which buds and flowers emerge). Your plants are hybrids (ie involving crosses between two or more species). In some species, the old...

Orchids: phalaenopsis - regrowth cycle after pot and trim, paphiopedilum orchids, dendrobium orchids
paphiopedilum orchids, dendrobium orchids, species of orchids: Hi Lori, From the description of what you had done with the phalaenopsis, you did things about right. As for the third phal., you may just have to be patient with it. It may eventually produce a offshoot spike off the old spike but don t be worried if...

Orchids: My phalaenopsis seems to be dying..., fir bark, orchid potting mix
fir bark, orchid potting mix, soil mix: Phalaenopsis Modest Girl is a registered phalaenopsis hybrid, registered in 1994 by the firm Floriculture. You did not describe the condition of the roots at the time you repotted it. They should all be firm with no mushy roots. The presence of the latter,...

Orchids: phalaenopsis sos, orchid fertilizer, indirect sunlight
orchid fertilizer, indirect sunlight, orchid food: Hi again Sue, Oops! Guess I forgot to mention to leave about an inch or two of the brown stem at the bottom when you cut them off. As for the still green one, you have a choice of leaving the short brown part on or cutting it off. If you choose to cut...

Orchids: phalaenopsis stem turning brown, death wish, would like more information
death wish, would like more information, 4 months: Hi Annie, It is not unusual for a stem to continue to turn brown and die back, some just have a death wish. (grin) On the stem that is still green, can you see evidence of a secondary or branch stem starting to grow out of one of the nodes (bump along...

Orchids: phalaenopsis stems have two new plants growing, styrofoam peanuts, flower spike
styrofoam peanuts, flower spike, orchid potting mix: You may remove the baby plants without damaging the mother plant. Find the point where the baby plant joins with the flower spike and simply cut it off-- being careful not to cut the roots or leaves. Use a plastic pot just large enough to plant the baby without...

Orchids: phalaenopsis turning yellow, orchid potting mix, root health
orchid potting mix, root health, root level: It is natural for the spike holding the flowers to dry up after flowering-- you may remove the brown spike if you haven t already done so. Normally, phalaenopsis are in flower for a month or more so you probably received this plant at a point in time when...

Orchids: phalaenopsis, indirect sunlight, phals
indirect sunlight, phals, new roots: Hi Vanessa, Sorry to hear that your phalaenopsis orchid has not rebloomed for you. Although my knowledge of them is limited, I ll try to help with what I know about them. Their basic needs are light, temperature, humidity, food, air and water; I ll go...

Orchids: phalanenopsis orchid, white, orchid fertilizer, wilted flowers
orchid fertilizer, wilted flowers, indirect sunlight: Hello Barbara, Congratulations on getting a phalaenopsis orchid for Mother s day, you must be a special mother to have gotten one. (grin) I am a little surprised that the flowers have begun to wilt and die off so soon, phalaenopsis flowers normally...

Orchids: phalaneopsis, phalaenopsis orchids, belated happy birthday
phalaenopsis orchids, belated happy birthday, greenthumb: Hello Kimberly, A belated Happy Birthday! The flower stem turning brown after the flowers have all fallen off is not unusual but normal for most phalaenopsis orchids. How much is not too much water? Phalaenopsis orchids like the potting mix...

Orchids: phaleanopsis care, flower spike, orchid roots
flower spike, orchid roots, orchid potting mix: Definitely repot it in an orchid potting mix. Make sure you cllean the orchid roots and check for any that are mushy . Remove any mushy roots before repotting. Cutting the old flower spike is optional. It will not damage the plant to remove it. It will...

Orchids: phalenopsis, flower spike, mother plant
flower spike, mother plant, new roots: Jill, you will need to wait until you have new root growth at the base of this leaf. What you have is referred to as a keiki . Given enough time, an entire plant will grow at this point. When you have new roots growing at this point on the old flower spike,...

Orchids: phalenopsis continues to bloom, water reserves, buds
water reserves, buds, blooms: Hello Barbara, I d let it finish this second surge of blooms but as soon as they are gone, cut the spike off down low. Until then, keep doing what you have been doing to keep it growing and storing nutrient and water reserves. Jim Kawasaki ...

Orchids: phalenopsis orchid, flower spike, phosphorous fertilizer
flower spike, phosphorous fertilizer, flowering time: The normal flowering time for most phalaenopsis is between now and next May so there is a very good chance of getting a flower spike on it. Be sure the potting mix is in good condition and start to use a high phosphorous fertilizer (such as 10/30/20 or any...

Orchids: phalenopsis replant question, orchid potting mix, plastic pot
orchid potting mix, plastic pot, three flowers: The wilting of your flowers is likely normal as a phalaenopsis individual flower will last for 2-4 weeks. I recommend repotting your orchid after each blooming season. You will need to locate a bag of orchid potting mix. Most garden centers carry this....

Orchids: phalinopsis, inch pot, phal
inch pot, phal, little trouble: Hello Tina, You ve done a great job in caring for the phalaenopsis orchid you got from your children, keep up the good work. You can transfer it to a basket with little trouble but I would suggest waiting until spring to do it as it will be warmer...

Orchids: phals, orchid pot, trisodium phosphate
orchid pot, trisodium phosphate, orchid plants: Hello Sharon, You did not mention where you live but phals are not outdoor orchids unless you live in a tropical environment. If the leaves are squishy with water, I m afraid your phal is a goner and destined for the trash can. Phal leaves should...

Orchids: phals, flower spikes, watt bulbs
flower spikes, watt bulbs, bed of sand: Sounds like an interesting project. The 4- 40 watt bulbs should be fine. You didn t mention whether you had the phals in pots in the tank. I would recommend that so that when the flower spikes get too tall for the tank, you can remove the pot and enjoy...

Orchids: photo of orchid "buds", buds, blooms
buds, blooms, san jose ca: Hi Carla, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!! I hope they are buds and that they all open for you. Unfortunately I don t have a photo of phalaenopsis buds but will try to describe them to you. To begin, a stem will emerge from near the base of a leaf then...

Orchids: phragmepedium caudateum, indirect sunlight, shady place
indirect sunlight, shady place, dry period: Hello Judy, You didn t mnention where you live but if it is almost winter there, now is not the best time to repot it. It is best to repot when temperatures are warmer and there is evidence of new root growth. But, since you have already repotted...

Orchids: pink root tips, phalaenopsis roots, kinds of orchids
phalaenopsis roots, kinds of orchids, pink root: Hello Casey, I m not sure it is due to over fertilizing, but it might. It also might be the dye from the fertilizer you are using, if it is colored red. While I have never seen this on phalaenopsis roots, I have seen it on some other kinds of orchids....

Orchids: How to plant cymbidiums in the ground?, sandy loam, plastic pot
sandy loam, plastic pot, bark chips: Hi Fran, Well, I don t want to go against those experts you ve talked with but it is possible to grow cymbidiums in the ground. In fact, a long long time ago, back in the 1930 s and 40 s that is how some large commercial growers grew them and they got...

Orchids: planting baby sprouting from stem, flower spike, growth habit
flower spike, growth habit, orchid medium: Cathy, I would make sure that you have some newly emerging roots from the new plant (called a Keiki). Keikis will develop new leaves, roots, and, sometimes, even flower on the mother plant. The larger the Keiki, the better the chances of survival. You may...

Orchids: planting of palaenopsis orchid, coconut husk, coconut chips
coconut husk, coconut chips, plastic pots: I recommend that you use plastic pots for your phalaenopsis. Charcoal and coconut husk shoud be fine providing that you ensure that the salts are thoroughly flushed from the coconut husk before use. A triple soak in rain water over three days should help...

Orchids: poorly orchid, green leaves, purple flowers
green leaves, purple flowers, leaf color: Hi Carole, Don t want to seem like I m evading your question, but if you could tell me a little more about what your orchid looks like, I might be able to tell you what it might be and how to care for it. Are the leaves narrow or wide? What is the...

Orchids: potting medium growth difference, phalaenopsis orchids, peat moss
phalaenopsis orchids, peat moss, styrofoam peanuts: Hi Ramona, Cold shock can set back phalaenopsis orchids which do not like temperatures below 50F even for a short time. As long as it wasn t for more than a few minutes, they should recover. Why the two in the bark mix recovery is so slow with only...

Orchids: pregnant onion, orchid family, hands on science
orchid family, hands on science, onion: Hello Anne, To my knowledge, the pregnant onion is not a part of the orchid family. But, I may be wrong. At any rate, I looked it up on the internet and found this web page: http://www.wemoss.org/education/hands_on_science/pregnant_onion_experiments.pdf...

Orchids: presentation, e mail address, charitable groups
e mail address, charitable groups, vision group: Hi Vicki, Thanks for the speaking invitation but, if I am correct, you are in Henderson, Nevada close to Las Vegas. That is quite a drive from San Jose, Ca. - I know from experience that it is about an 8 to 9 hour drive. If I ever drive to L.V. in the...

Orchids: ps, morning sunlight, human mothers
morning sunlight, human mothers, phal: Hi again Lydia! Oops! Didn t get this until after I d already responded to your first note and sent it off. An east window in Los Angeles would be a great location to grow orchids, especially phals. It is okay to expose it to a couple hours of direct...

Orchids: Questions about my 2 orchids, bright indirect light, flower spike
bright indirect light, flower spike, star shaped flower: Hi Rita, Living in Ventura, Ca., you live in an area where you can grow quite a few different orchids both indoors and outdoors depending upon what type of orchids you want to grow. I m not quite sure what kind of orchid the star shaped flower is...

Orchids: a question about dendrobiums, flower spike, dendrobiums
flower spike, dendrobiums, white flowers: Hello Molly, This is not true in all cases but usually if the flower spike grew out near the top of the growths (canes), it probably is an evergreen dendrobium. If the flowers are along the side of the canes and on short stems, it probably is a deciduous...

Orchids: quite a few sick phalanopsis, greenhouse environment, phalaenopsis orchids
greenhouse environment, phalaenopsis orchids, mini greenhouse: Hi Coral, From the description of what is happening to your phalaenopsis orchids, there may be more than one thing causing the leaf problems. One is the constant 15C as phals enjoy slight temperature variation between day/night. Is it possible to...

Orchids: RE: dendroium prarvit, orchid potting mix, fungus infection
orchid potting mix, fungus infection, copper base: There is no registered hybrid or species by the name of pravit. On many labels, a name is often mispelled, or difficult to read or both. There is a registered Dendrobium Praneet, but can t be sure this is the correct name. One of the main problems encountered...

Orchids: RE: dendroium prarvit, green leaves, bottom leaf
green leaves, bottom leaf, dendrobium: Hi Alex, Yes, it would be much easier with a photo of the problem but there is no way to attach or include one on this site. What you have is one of the evergreen type of dendrobiums so do not allow it to become completely dry between waterings. ...

Orchids: Re-blooming and Leaf Care, phalaenopsis orchids, phosphorous fertilizer
phalaenopsis orchids, phosphorous fertilizer, oncidiums: Annual repotting of your orchids in an orchid bark mix is the best way to ensure that they stay healthy. Always keep a bag or two handy and soak it well before use. Check the roots after unpotting and remove any that are mushy . Only repot when new leaves...

Orchids: Re-planting orchids, orchid fertilizer, indirect sunlight
orchid fertilizer, indirect sunlight, dry soil: Hello Patty, Congratulations upon receiving an orchid plant as a gift from coworkers, they must think you re special to give it to you. Do you know what type of orchid it is? There might be a plastic tag stuck in the pot with the name. Without knowing...

Orchids: Rebloom, five nodes, green leaves
five nodes, green leaves, blooms: Yes to all of your followup questions. A little insecurity when facing a new challenge is perfectly understandable. There is nothing you can do to make the blooms last longer. In fact, even if there was, you would want your plant to follow the natural cycle...

Orchids: Regarding dendrobiums, sponge rock, orchid mix
sponge rock, orchid mix, orchid bark: Hello Heather, Golly, you mean people read what I ve written? (grin) If your dendrobium retains its leaves for well over a year and the bloom stem produced is long, it probably is one of the evergreen variety. As for what to pot it in, you can...

Orchids: Repoting orchid.. saving orchid...., peat moss, orchid potting mix
peat moss, orchid potting mix, dead roots: Hello Meena, It sounds like you were doing very well with your phalaenopsis orchid until you repotted it. As you have discovered, orchids in potting mixes that contain peat moss do not do very well. It does not take very long for roots to rot in such...

Orchids: Repotting orchids, repotting orchids, open blooms
repotting orchids, open blooms, turtle shells: Hi Alexandra, To begin, the best time to repot most orchids is soon after the blooms have all died and fallen off. You can repot now while it is bloom but you might damage some of the blooms while doing it. Many orchids will send out roots above...

Orchids: Repotting orchids, repotting orchids, open blooms
repotting orchids, open blooms, orchid potting mix: I believe that you should repot now. When you wash all of the old mix off from the roots, I think you will find some roots that are mushy, and therefore dead. Most often, the condition you described is the result of root rot. I suspect this because you...

Orchids: Repotting phalaenopsis, basket weave, lukewarm water
basket weave, lukewarm water, nubs: Hi Stacey, That s great to hear a success story like yours! Congratulations!!! It may be possible to move it into a slightly larger basket and filling it with moss as you ve done before. Put the entire old basket along with the roots into the new...

Orchids: Repotting phals out of season, root tips, optimum time
root tips, optimum time, root growth: Hello Skylar, While this may not be the optimum time to repot phals, you can go ahead and repot them into media you re more comfortable with. Before starting, check them for any new spikes emerging and be extra cautious in handling them if they do. While...

Orchids: Repotting my phals, phalaenopsis orchids, growing orchids
phalaenopsis orchids, growing orchids, wooden baskets: Hi Sheryl, Growing orchids within baskets is a whole different ball game. Since all of your phalaenopsis orchids are grown in wooden baskets, there is no need to repot them because there is no potting mix or very little of it left that needs replacement....

Orchids: Repotting, aerial roots, many roots
aerial roots, many roots, potting mix: My rule of thumb is that if the plant is doing well in all regards, then don t fix it if it isn t broken . However, if you feel it is unsightly with the many aerial roots, you may repot it any time into a bigger pot. Phalaenopsis are usually in growth....

Orchids: Rescuing a dying orchid, fungus gnats, ziploc baggie
fungus gnats, ziploc baggie, moist paper towel: Hello Fran, I m not sure it is possible to save your sister s phal, it sounds like it is pretty far gone but here are some suggestions you can try. Those little black flies are probably fungus gnats which are attracted to broken down potting media that...

Orchids: Reviving my Orchids, care of orchids, orchid food
care of orchids, orchid food, ethylene gas: Hi Brittany, I apologize for taking so long to respond to your questions, I took a long weekend vacatain to Santa Barbara, Ca. for an Orchid Fair. To begin, it is difficult but not impossible in most cases to offer advice on the care of orchids without...

Orchids: Rex Orchid - Crimped New Leaves, orchid potting mix, new leaves
orchid potting mix, new leaves, orchids: The orchid you have is undoubtedly Brassia Rex and is a thin leaved orchid. The crimping is not due to a virus but likely reflects your growing conditions. It may be due to keeping the growing mix too dry or your growing mix has deteriorated causing the...

Orchids: Root Rot & Fuzzy black spots, orchid phalaenopsis, turtle shells
orchid phalaenopsis, turtle shells, bud vase: Hello Priscilla, Glad to hear your phal is doing well and that those fuzzy spots have not returned - yet! Keep up the good work and also keep a wary eye open for those fuzzies to return - hopefully they don t. Be careful of watering the new addition...

Orchids: Root Rot, plant hope, full bloom
plant hope, full bloom, warm temperatures: Hi Sree, Since it is in full bloom now, I d suggest waiting to do any thing to it other than allow the potting mix to dry out for a while. If the pot is still very heavy, it may be there is still quite a bit of water in it. Try tilting the pot to see...

Orchids: re: new grower, systemic insecticide, scale insects
systemic insecticide, scale insects, brown material: Hello Beth, While I can t be sure without seeing it, I believe what you may be seeing are scale insects. Scales have a protective coating over them sort of like turtles. You can try using isopropyl alcohol on them but that only works on the ones that...

Orchids: re rooting in water?, luck jim, lady slipper
luck jim, lady slipper, rootless plant: Hello Brown, Chances are iffy with your lady slipper orchid with no roots growing any roots while sitting in water. This is not to say it won t happen, just that it may or may not happen. Why do I say this? Because it does not need roots to search...

Orchids: reblooming phaelenopsis, night time temperature, phalaenopsis orchids
night time temperature, phalaenopsis orchids, sunlight exposure: Hi Neeraj, Unless you suspect there is a problem with any of them, I d wait until late March to repot them. One thing about phalaenopsis orchids, they love being repotted annually. The primary consideration in choosing a potting media is that it be somewhat...

Orchids: reblooming, flower spike, orchid potting mix
flower spike, orchid potting mix, green leaves: At this point, you should encourage the plant to grow leaves. If it is a strong, healthy plant next spring, it should reward you with another flower spike. To help it along, I recommend that you get a samll bag of orchid potting mix, unpot your plant, rinse...

Orchids: regrowth, orchid blooms, many roots
orchid blooms, many roots, ethylene gas: Hello Tamara, You did not mention what type of orchid you have so I cannot tell you if the blooms died too soon or not. Depending upon what type of orchid, blooms may last from a few days to months. Also, if you placed the orchid near some fruits, that...

Orchids: replanting a Miltassia, C. M. Fitch 'Izumi', orchid potting mix, orchid pot
orchid potting mix, orchid pot, new roots: Congratulations on growing your plant so well. I would cut the plant in the middle so you have two plants, each with a growing point from which the new roots are emerging. Allow enough room in each pot for another year s growth. Be careful to minimize damage...

Orchids: replanting orchids, heartfelt condolences, replanting orchids
heartfelt condolences, replanting orchids, flower spray: Hello Leigh, My heartfelt condolences on the loss of your fiance. I wish I could say that you could plant those cut sprays and get them to grow but I can t. Orchids rarely, if ever, will grow another plant from a flower spray and never on a spray...

Orchids: repotting, phals, dendrobiums
phals, dendrobiums, front porch: Hey back to ya Michael, Yes, Tanusha s phals were pretty stressed out with all of the keikis plus flowering spikes. Glad to hear that your orchids are doing better. Keep up the good work! One thing orchids will teach any one growing them is patience....

Orchids: repotting dendrobiums, new roots, root damage
new roots, root damage, growth period: Dendrobiums like to be pot bound (ie as tight in the pot as possible). If you wish to pot you should do so when new roots are just beginning to emerge (ie less than 1 inch) to avoid root damage during repotting. Root damage while repotting might set the...

Orchids: repotting miniature cymbidiums, hot mineral spa, miniature cymbidiums
hot mineral spa, miniature cymbidiums, hardy orchids: Hi Carol, Sorry for taking time to respond to your request, took a long weekend trip up to Calistoga, Ca. since I had no grandkids to watch on Monday. (grin) Had a relaxing time enjoying the hot mineral spa and a massage. I feel great! Cymbidiums...

Orchids: repotting, coconut husk, sponge rock
coconut husk, sponge rock, types of orchids: Hello Jaco, Too bad you don t know what types of orchids you have, different orchids may grow better in differing potting materials. But here are some general instructions on how to repot an orchid plant. To begin, most orchids grown in pots require...

Orchids: reusing bark, gallon pots, cymbidiums
gallon pots, cymbidiums, orchid bark: Hello Rowena, It is possible to sterilize used orchid bark by baking in an oven at 450 for 2 hours. With that said, it would be better to spread the used bark in your garden as a mulch and buy fresh new bark for your cymbidiums. The reason I say...

Orchids: how do i revive my orchid?, slow release fertilizer, fertilizer pellets
slow release fertilizer, fertilizer pellets, types of orchids: I assume that you got the plant in flower. It is difficult to know how long the plant had been in flower before you got it. Cymbidium flowers will last for 2-4 weeks, so if it had been in flower for a week or two before you got it, loss of the flowers after...

Orchids: can I revive my phal, orchid mix, phal
orchid mix, phal, shady location: Hello Jennifer, Oh my! While leaving the gift phalaenopsis in the decorative pot may have looked really nice, as you have found out, it is not good for the phal. The problem is with the fact there is no where for the water to go so the phal roots are...

Orchids: root rot, root rot, favorite one
root rot, favorite one, sheaths: Good for you. Before repotting, you should remove all roots that are mushy. Those that have a threadlike strand only have already lost their outer sheaths and are functionless, but harmless. The firm green roots are the good roots and will be responsible...

Orchids: root rot, flower spikes, flower spike
flower spikes, flower spike, orchid mix: Yes, remove all of the roots that are empty and gray inside . This is root rot and it is good that you discovered it. You should repot the plant in fresh orchid mix. You may need a smaller pot due to the reduction in root mass. The grey insects are scavengers...

Orchids: roots in glass pot, greenhouse web, drainage holes
greenhouse web, drainage holes, orchid potting mix: Actually Lee, the roots on an orchid are photosynthetic and many pots for orchids are specifically designed to let light into the mix and roots. The main problem I envision with putting your plant into a decorative glass pot is the ability of water to drain...

Orchids: roots on mini cattleya are rotten, commercial orchid growers, orchid potting mix
commercial orchid growers, orchid potting mix, nancy nancy: Nancy, it is unlikely that all of this root rot ocurred in three weeks. The potting mix was probably not fresh and some root rot must have already been present when you bought it. I would return it with the receipt. Most reputable outlets will replace a...

Orchids: Save my dying cymbidium before it gets worse!, orchid fertilizer, pot size
orchid fertilizer, pot size, luck jim: Hi Anh, I believe the problem with your cymbidium is that you are watering it too often. Growing it indoors does not expose it to very much air movement which then does not cause the potting media to dry enough between waterings. Also, indoors it probably...

Orchids: Severely damaged Phalanopsis, orchid potting mix, new leaves
orchid potting mix, new leaves, mother plant: Thank you for the clarification. I would smear sulphur powder (or other antifungal agent) on the open wound just as a preventative against fungus infection. As long as the top portion has some roots, you can pot it up separately (and be sure to support it...

Orchids: Shriveling Orchid Leaves, phalaenopsis orchids, keikis
phalaenopsis orchids, keikis, full bloom: Hi Tanusha, That is wonderful that your phal has made so many new babies but in doing this, it is causing the mother plant to be under quite a bit of stress. On top of that, it does not have enough roots to support the mother and all her babies, that...

Orchids: Sick Dendrobium, super saturated solution, first cutter
super saturated solution, first cutter, blow torch: Hello Kristi, From your description of the problem, it sounds like it may have a bacterial infection. Using a sterile cutter, cut off the entire leaf then look at the cut. If there are some dark spots evident, that could mean the infection has progressed...

Orchids: Sick Orchid, indirect sunlight, luck jim
indirect sunlight, luck jim, potting mix: Hello Trina, Your phalaenopsis orchid plant may be suffering from a case of rotten or almost rotten roots. From your description of what you have been doing, it may be that it has not been allowed to become almost dry between waterings and then you ran...

Orchids: Sick orchids!, new roots, full bloom
new roots, full bloom, white flower: The white phalaenopsis may have a soot mold which is harmless-- if unsightly. It suggests you may have stagnant air and humid conditions. Try a small fan and let the plant dry out more between waterings. You can get a fungicide for treating sooty mold....

Orchids: Sick Phalaenopsis, flower spike, flower spikes
flower spike, flower spikes, phalaenopsis: The stems you refer to are flower spikes which have finished flowering. On some types of phalaenopsis, it is normal for that spike to turn brown and die back. You may cut it off at the base of the plant either now, or wait until it has dried entirely....

Orchids: Sick Phalaenopsis Orchid, phalaenopsis orchids, orchid potting mix
phalaenopsis orchids, orchid potting mix, plastic pots: Marisa, it is likely that the White fluff is a colony of sucking insects called mealy bugs. I recommend a three step approach to treatment. First, use a cotton swab soaked in rubbing alcohol to remove those that are visible. Then you will need to pull...

Orchids: Sick Phalaenopsis Orchid, topmost node, indirect sunlight
topmost node, indirect sunlight, steady decline: Hi Tara, In your NYC apartment, is there a way you can slightly increase the air movement around the phal? Not much, just a little. Say from a slightly open window close by? Water in a plate will help increase the humidity a little, misting every...

Orchids: Sick Phalaenopsis, unopened flower buds, natural aging process
unopened flower buds, natural aging process, water droplets: Hello Jeff, I m not certain what happened to your phalaenopsis stem. On the stem that started to turn brown, are there unopened flower buds on it or is it a stem that had bloomed last year? If it is last year s stem, it may be that the phal. plant has...

Orchids: Size of Pot for Orchids, plastic pot, many roots
plastic pot, many roots, phal: Hello Nita, Congratulations on repotting the phal. It wasn t too difficult was it? From your description of the size, the new pot looks to be okay. The one thing you have to be very mindful of is watering, do NOT water it until the bark becomes...

Orchids: SLC Cattleyas, cattleya orchids, growing orchids
cattleya orchids, growing orchids, hi neighbor: Hi Alex, Actually, both the SC and SLC are considered hybrids between the species. Species normally have only one name or letter preceding the specie name. As for which can withstand cold better, the answer is: it depends! (grin) It depends upon...

Orchids: Small black spots on leaves, indirect sunlight, morning sunlight
indirect sunlight, morning sunlight, oncidiums: Hello Laurel, What a nice husband! Oncidiums are prone to having small pin sized black spots on their leaves, usually on the upper half of the leaf with sporadic spots on the lower half. As long as they are tiny spots, there probably is nothing wrong...

Orchids: SOFT LEAVES AND FALLING OFF MY ORCHIDS, types of orchids, insect infestation
types of orchids, insect infestation, water droplets: Hello Helen, Unfortunately, without a orchid name, it is hard to tell you if what is happening to your orchid is normal or not. But here is some information I hope will be helpful. There are some orchids that are deciduous, losing their leaves in...

Orchids: Sophronitis coccinea seedling, cold temperatures, coccinea
cold temperatures, coccinea, beautiful flowers: Cohen, the answer is yes. Orchids, in general, when seedlings, grow vey slowly which is why they are such a challenge and survival rates are often low unless growing conditions are ideal. I congratulate you on your success thus far and wish you continued...

Orchids: The Spikes on my Orchid have died, flower spikes, growing orchids
flower spikes, growing orchids, orchid potting mix: I assume that you have a phalaenopsis orchid. If not, my answer could be different. These plants bloom annually and it is not uncommon for the bloom to last 2-4 weeks before dying. Sometimes environmental stress (such as a temporary exposure to heat or...

Orchids: Splitting my Cymbidium, full bloom, cymbidium
full bloom, cymbidium, cym: Hello Lynn, Sorry to hear about the accident to your cymbidium. To begin, the best time to repot and split any orchid is soon after the flowers have died off. Since your cym. has been in bloom for about a month, it probably has another month or so...

Orchids: Spot on a leaf, one bud, orchid plant
one bud, orchid plant, phalaenopsis: Hello Julia, If the brown spot is growing larger, it may be a bacterial infection. Bacterial infections can be deadly to your orchid! My recommendation is to remove the affected leaf by cutting it off entirely. Be sure to use a sterile cutter as...

Orchids: STANHOPEA ORCHID, new roots, full bloom
new roots, full bloom, orchid plant: Hello Sue, Separating or dividing a Stanhopea orchid plant isn t too difficult, although after 10 years of growing, yours might be quite a handful to handle. Now is not the best time to do it, wait until you see new root activity, probably late winter...

Orchids: Stanhopea, greenhouse fans, brown areas
greenhouse fans, brown areas, yellowish green: Hello Wendy, Too much sun probably did not cause brown spots on your Stanhopea, it usually causes the leaves to become light green or even yellowish-green. The one thing too much sun exposure can do is cause large brown areas (sunburn) on a leaf or leaves....

Orchids: Starting a new plant, sowing the seeds, community pots
sowing the seeds, community pots, seed pod: Hello Lesia, There are several ways to start a new phalaenopsis, briefly here are the ways. A new plantlet commonly called a keiki (baby in Hawaiian) would grow from the side of the mother phal. Once it has grown large enough and has roots of its...

Orchids: Strange nodes and slimy film on orchid leaves no blooms for 8 mnths., orchid potting mix, scale insect
orchid potting mix, scale insect, rubbing alcohol: From your description, the slimy film is likely from a snail or slug. The bumps may be a scale insect. Using a Q-tip and some rubbing alcohol, see if you can remove one or more. If they come off, that confirms the presence of this insect. If scale, you...

Orchids: Strange Orchid Growth?, leaf edge, leaf color
leaf edge, leaf color, reddish color: Hello Karen, Glad to hear you found my advice helpful, hopefully I ll be of help this time also. 1) Yes, it is okay to water only every 3 weeks or so. The primary concern with watering in winter is watering too often. Let the potting mix tell you...

Orchids: Sunburnt phal?, orchid food, phal
orchid food, phal, phals: Hello Kacy, Oh no! You bought your phal at Costco!!! That s okay, I ve bought a few orchids there myself. Just couldn t resist! (LOL) Whoa! You feed it with a mix of 1/4 food in 3/4 of water? Do you mean 1/4 teaspoon? And do you mean 3/4 cup...

Orchids: how to save orchid from being in a too-wet condition?, phalaenopsis orchids, southern ontario canada
phalaenopsis orchids, southern ontario canada, cotton swab: Hi Jessie Lei, To begin, an occasional overwatering should not cause too much harm to your phalaenopsis orchids but continual overwatering can be fatal. After overwatering them it would be adviseable to allow the potting media to become barely moist (almost...

Orchids: What can I do to save my orchid, plastic tag, potting mix
plastic tag, potting mix, new leaf: Hello Esther, Sorry to hear about your orchid problem. You did not say what type of orchid you have so it would be a guess as to what to tell you. Is there a plastic tag with the name of the orchid in the pot? If there is, send it in another request...

Orchids: save my Phal!!!, orchid potting mix, plastic pot
orchid potting mix, plastic pot, yellow leaves: You can cut the old flower spike off at the base near where it joins the leaves. It will not reflower from this flower spike. The yellow leaves at the base of the plant will be lost but it is good that you still have many green leaves. The usual procedure...

Orchids: How can I save my phals?, phals, phal
phals, phal, bottom leaf: Hello Jennifer, Sorry to hear about your two phals. Hope I can help you with them with some suggestions. First the one with leaves turning yellow. If the yellowing leaf is only the bottom leaf, there may or may not be anything to worry about. Phals....

Orchids: saving my grandmothers orchid., orchid mix, genus and species
orchid mix, genus and species, compact flourescents: Hi John, Sorry to hear it was worse than feared. Just lay it in the bag with the moist soil then close it. Keep it where it will be warm with some bright shade. Hopefully, it will slowly start to grow some new roots on the new pseudobulb growths. Do...

Orchids: scale, dishwasher soap, systemic insecticides
dishwasher soap, systemic insecticides, systemic insecticide: Hello Audrey, Whoa! Scale are terrible little insects! To get rid of them, check with your local garden center or nursery and ask them for a systemic insecticide that is recommended for orchids. Follow the directions for use then spray and soak...

Orchids: semi-healthy phalaenopsis hybrid, moist sphagnum moss, humidity tray
moist sphagnum moss, humidity tray, shady place: Hello Amanda, With all your phal has been through, it is not surprising to hear that the flowers are wilting. I do not believe it is dyiny, only showing the results from all the stress. Were there any live roots left after cutting off the rotten...

Orchids: shriveling phalaenopsis, warm summer weather, flower spike
warm summer weather, flower spike, plastic pots: Hi Bridget, From your description, it sounds as if your plant is fine. Phalaenopsis flowers, on average, last 2-4 weeks on the spike. It sounds like yours lasted at least that long. The stalk , more properly referred to as a flower spike, will begin...

Orchids: A very sick cymbidium, white fungus, commercial nurseries
white fungus, commercial nurseries, snow mold: Hi DM, Golly, gee whiz! You mean people read my comments? (grin) From your description of what you found when you unpotted the sick cym, it sort of sounds like the white fungus you found is what is called snow mold (Ptychogaster species). This...

Orchids: sick cymbidium ?, stargazer lilly, orchid experience
stargazer lilly, orchid experience, best guess: Mindy, it certainly sounds like what is called a standard cymbidium. These large standard cymbidiums were the only kind of cymbidium that was available until a couple of decdaes ago when miniature cymbidiums became popular. It is not unusual to have the leaves...

Orchids: sick orchid??, last flower, luck jim
last flower, luck jim, offshoot: Hello Allyson, It just may be that the spike is not willing to produce a secondary spike off it. Try going further down the spike and look for a growth node, it will look like a bump. Go up about an inch then cut the spike. If all goes well, an...

Orchids: sick orchid, orchid phalaenopsis, night temperatures
orchid phalaenopsis, night temperatures, shady location: Hello John, Sorry to hear about your phalaenopsis orchid s problems. I hope I can help. From your description of its condition, it sounds as though it is in dire straights. To begin, I would suggest moving it to an east facing window if possible. While...

Orchids: sick phal, ziploc baggie, phal
ziploc baggie, phal, paper towel: Hi Lydia, Hi again! (grin) It is not necessary to poke holes in the plastic bag but you can open and close it once a week while the phal is recovering. The paper towel should remain fairly moist for some time in a sealed ziploc baggie but if it does...

Orchids: sick phal, newborn baby girl, flower spike
newborn baby girl, flower spike, deligence: Hi again Michele, Respect for people of authority is great but in my case I am not an authority over anything (my wife can vouch for that - LOL), just a regular person just like you. I hope everything works out for you phal and that it recovers. ...

Orchids: slipper orchids, slipper orchids, orchid mix
slipper orchids, orchid mix, plastic pot: I have had slipper orchids with only one root make a comback with new root growth. I never write off a slipper orchid until it has neither leaves nor roots. One technique that has worked for me is to construct a terrarium out of a 2 liter soda bottle. These...

Orchids: spikes fell off, slug bait, unhatched eggs
slug bait, unhatched eggs, dastardly deed: Hello Claire, Without seeing the orchid plant in question, it is difficult to say what happened and why it did. But from your description of what happened, it sounds like it might have been caused by snails or slugs which love to munch on orchid spikes...

Orchids: spikes vs. roots, atrium area, new roots
atrium area, new roots, new flower: Hello Kim, Congratulations on the new office, even if it doesn t have windows! (grin) That the phalaenopsis has done better in the new growing area is because it is happy and receiving good light exposure. As for being able to determine if the new...

Orchids: spots on orchid bark, phalaenopsis orchids, budapest hungary
phalaenopsis orchids, budapest hungary, ground cinnamon: Thanks for your questions Kurt and for taking the time to review my other responses to questions. I ll try to addresss your concern and raise one or two of my own and then you can send followup questions if needed. It sounds as if your mix has been staying...

Orchids: squirrels are attacking!, yellowish eggs, orchid plants
yellowish eggs, orchid plants, orchid plant: On the chewed upon pseudobulbs, it depends upon how severe the wounds are. The new growing eyes are at the base of the plant. If those are still intact, there is a possibility that when the new growing season starts, these eyes could be the growing points...

Orchids: stem isses? help please..., water droplets, tye dye
water droplets, tye dye, full bloom: Hello Andrea, First, I d like to apologize for taking so long to respond to your questions. Both of your orchids flower stems are dying back now that the flowers have fallen off. You have the choice of leaving them alone or cutting them off. If...

Orchids: The stems are dry and yellow, plus other questions, plastic pot, leaf color
plastic pot, leaf color, mineral deficiency: Hello Francesca, I hope your 4 month trip was great! While phalaenopsis flowers can last for quite some time, they don t last forever. Two months is fairly average with some lasting less and some more. Once the flowers are gone, the stem may begin...

Orchids: strange growth, new roots, strange growth
new roots, strange growth, orchid plant: Hi Fred, Sorry, but the photo did not make it. Unfortunately, this web site does not have the capability to transmit photos. Without the photo, I can only guess what is happening with your orchid. Also, you didn t mention what type of orchid it...

Orchids: ), foot candles, phals
foot candles, phals, light intensity: Thanks for the additional informtion. I have googled Msstec and found a picture of your instrument. The company is located in Hong Kong. I have E-mailed them for information and hope they are responsive. You can either contact me in a few days or send me...

Orchids: Transplanting Cymbidiums, styrofoam peanuts, orchid bark
styrofoam peanuts, orchid bark, monterey county: Hi Dyanne, Pacific Grove is a beautiful city, the wife and I have taken many day trips to the beaches near Asilomar to sit and watch the waves roll in. The drive along the edge of the seashore is really nice, one of the few places I ll slow down! (grin)...

Orchids: Transplanting orchid stems, orchid roots, orchid potting mix
orchid roots, orchid potting mix, mass marketers: The general rule of thumb in dividing an orchid plant is to remove a minimum of three growths with the intact roots to pot up as a new plant. They like to be firmly anchored in their new pot to facilitate growth. Also, be sure to pot the plant in orchid...

Orchids: Trying to Regrow, is it too late??, white flower, species of orchids
white flower, species of orchids, orchid plant: Hi again Michael, Without a name, that is about all I can do is give you some very general guidance on care. Living in London does make it a bit more difficult to grow orchids. In general, orchids need light, temperature, air, water to grow. The...

Orchids: Type of Dendrobium, dendrobium species, lateral sepals
dendrobium species, lateral sepals, name tag: From your description, the dendrobium is, what is referred to, as an antelope type. It is rare to have a species so I would speculate that you have one of many hybrids available ranging in color from maroon to green to yellow. So many of these hybrids...

Orchids: terra cotta pots with mossy aged finish, terra cotta pots, shady location
terra cotta pots, shady location, kawasaki: Hello Marilyn, I don t know how to make moss grow on the outside of terra cotta pots other than how it grows naturally over time when they are kept fairly moist all of the time. If pots are kept moist in a warm shady location, moss will grow slowly on...

Orchids: I think I killed my orchid, bloom size, self hope
bloom size, self hope, orchid plant: Hello Michele, That s great that you got your orchid to produce blooms 3 times on the same stalk but I think it is telling you it wants to rest a while. My suggestion is to cut the stalk off as low as you can without damaging the orchid. Did you...

Orchids: i thnk it's dying, lakewood ca, natural progress
lakewood ca, natural progress, watering system: Hi Laura, Please call me Jim. Thanks. Yes, it can be frightening at first, especially with an orchid received from a loved one. Orchids are pretty hardy plants but they do need a few things in order to grow and bloom well. So you live in Lakewood,...

Orchids: Are thrips the cause?, cymbidiums, thrips
cymbidiums, thrips, culprits: Hello Larry, From your description it does sound like thrips could be the culprits. While you may not have noticed it but they also can cause damage to the leaves, mainly on the underside. To control them, go to your local garden center and ask for an...

Orchids: Unhappy Phal--yellowish leaf, not flowering, many roots, dry spells
many roots, dry spells, pot size: Hi Lori, Sorry to hear about your phalaenopsis orchid problem. From your description of what happened, it sounds like it was not in the best of health when you repotted it last year and it has continued to go down hill since. To begin, it may not...

Orchids: Unknown type of Dendrobium, guinea species, phalaenopsis orchids
guinea species, phalaenopsis orchids, miniature plants: I think I know the type of denrobium you are referring to. They are mass marketed in many places including some grocery stores. I have never seen a name on any of them. Flowers vary in color from white to lavender and many shades in between. Dendrobium...

Orchids: unhappy paphio.., fir bark, bark type
fir bark, bark type, plastic pot: The new growths are small due to a loss of root mass. Pull it out of its pot and remove any mushy roots. You need to repot it in the smallest plastic pot you can find into which it will fit. Use a fine fir bark type of mix. It will not re-flower until...

Orchids: Vanda black roots, vanda orchids, black roots
vanda orchids, black roots, strength hope: Hi Terri, Your first inclination might be right on the cause of black tips, especially since you noted that the root tips are turning black also. Depending upon what kind of fertilizer you are using, it could be more than what the Vanda needs to grow...

Orchids: Vanda Grow Lights, high pressure sodium light, high pressure sodium
high pressure sodium light, high pressure sodium, high intensity lights: Ascocendas don t require as much light as some assume. I find they do much better ouitside when the temperatures don t drop below 50 degrees F. More impoortant than light is humidity and air movement. They like to be watered daily early in the day. The air...

Orchids: Vanda-Healthy roots?, vandas, sw florida
vandas, sw florida, root growth: If you grow them outside they may have gotten too cool during some nights. On the other hand, vandas do have a rest period and, during that part of their cycle, the roots go into dormancy. If there is no root fungus, they should start to regrow as the humidiy...

Orchids: Vanda orchid, night temperatures, warm temperatures
night temperatures, warm temperatures, growing indoors: Hello Anthe, I do not grow vandas because they do not do well where I live, requiring a greenhouse in order to grow well. With that said, here are some things you might think about and check. You didn t mention where you live, but if your weather...

Orchids: Vanda question, flower spike, sudden temperature changes
flower spike, sudden temperature changes, humidity levels: Hi Ana Maria, Yes, living in Miami with your humidity levels it can be a problem. Miami is one of the better locations in the country to grow just about any vanda but it is best to have them outdoors in mildly filtered sunlight. Outdoors they also will...

Orchids: vanda, orchid nurseries, google search
orchid nurseries, google search, sanderiana: Hello Camille, Checked the catalog of the largest Vanda orchid nurseries and they do not list one for sale. Did a Google search and came up with this: http://cgi.ebay.com/RARE-LARGE-DIVISION-Vanda-sanderiana-var-alba-Orchid_W0QQitemZ130052428488QQcmdZViewItem...

Orchids: vanda's, vanda, comming
vanda, comming, bulbs: Humidity is down in the winter so I would shut off the fan as this tends to dry the plants unduly. Increase both the amount of light (4-40 watt florescent bulbs) and increaase the duration to 13 hours. No need to fertilize in the winter as the plants are...

Orchids: vanda yellowing leaf, robert fuchs, mature plants
robert fuchs, mature plants, vandas: You may send me a photo if you wish. I grow only a few vandas. If you haven t seen Martin Mote s book titled Vandas , Appendix A of his book lists several possible causes of leaves turning pale yellow. Martin has been growing vandaceous orchids for over...

Orchids: vanda, robert fuchs, south west florida
robert fuchs, south west florida, fungus disease: There is a possibility that your vanda has a fungus disease. Your growing conditions seem okay, but you might consider increasing the amount of light. Water only in the morning to give the plant time to dry out before nightfall. They like a fair amount of...

Orchids: vandas, pale stripes, color blends
pale stripes, color blends, new leaves: First, let me congratulate you on a job well done. You are not causing the leaves to bend. The leaves may have bent due to the stress of wind in combination with the weight of the leaves being as long and thin as they are. While there is not much you can...

Orchids: vanilla repot, slow release fertilizer, homeland ca
slow release fertilizer, homeland ca, zoomy: Michael; Don t look for your vanilla orchid to bloom anytime soon. Greenhouse grown vanilla grow to nearly fill the greenhouse before blooming. When grown outdoors, they are climbers and love the bright sun and heat. Congratulations on your success thus...

Orchids: vanilla, flower pollination, orchid pollination
flower pollination, orchid pollination, rostellum: The following technique was in use years ago when the vanilla orchid was the only source of vanilla extract. At that time, vanilla orchid pollination was done by hand with great efficiency. The discription of the process is as follows: push the lip down...

Orchids: White bugs in pot of orchid, room temperature water, orchid potting mix
room temperature water, orchid potting mix, marks and spencer: Your orchid plant needs repotting. Find a garden center that carries orchid potting mix. Soak the new mix for a couple of hours before using it. When you are ready to use it, unpot your plant and discard the old potting mix. Remove any mushy roots which...

Orchids: White Dendrobium Anosmum, dendrobium anosmum, carmela orchids
dendrobium anosmum, carmela orchids, orchid nurseries: Hi again Bill, Bet you didn t expect to hear from me again. I did some checking around and located a Hawaiian nursery that lists Dendrobium anosmum in their catalog. It is Carmela Orchids, (808) 963-6125. I m not sure what size plant they have, hopefully...

Orchids: White dots on leaves, systemic insecticides, systemic insecticide
systemic insecticides, systemic insecticide, luck jim: G day Tina from down under, While I cannot be certain, those white spots might be what are known as boisduval scale. The reason your orchid is slowly dying is because those scale are sucking the life out of it. Warning: boisduval scale are one of the...

Orchids: White Moth Orchid, white moth, epsom salt
white moth, epsom salt, flower buds: Hello Mychaelle, That was nice of your bosses to give you the phalaenopsis orchid plant, they must appreciate all that you do for them. The good news is that it is still alive and growing after 6 months. Also, that the flower stem is still green...

Orchids: White Moth Orchid dying, fungus spores, white moth
fungus spores, white moth, peat moss: Hi Christina, Yes, things can go bad fairly quickly when there is a fungus infection. Your bonsai and money tree sound like they might be under stress. The problem is trying to figure out what is causing the stress. Stres can be caused by many...

Orchids: White Phalaenopsis care/instructions, phalaenopsis care, semi desert
phalaenopsis care, semi desert, retirement party: Hi Ben, That phalaenopsis orchid has been through the wars! (sorry, couldn t resist the pun after you went to the Major General s retirement party) I would suggest continuing doing what you have been doing for now and wait to see what happens. If...

Orchids: White Spots on Petals, mealy bugs, rubbing alcohol
mealy bugs, rubbing alcohol, q tip: My guess is that what you have is an infestation of mealy bugs. These are cottony sucking insects that can sap the life out of your plant if that is the cause of the white spots. Most insecticides will work to rid them as will a q-tip soaked in rubbing...

Orchids: Wilted Flowers, flower spike, flower spikes
flower spike, flower spikes, orchid potting mix: It is natural for the flower spikes to die back after blooming. The temperature may have shortened the life of your flowers which normally last 2-4 weeks but that apparently has not affected your plant (I assume your leaves are still OK). When the plant...

Orchids: Wilted phaelanopsis blooms, orchid nurseries, showy blooms
orchid nurseries, showy blooms, orchid show: Hello Lee, It is difficult to say what may be causing the flowers on one phalaenopsis to wilt while another does not. Since they are so close to each other, they both should perform about the same. The key to the solution of why might be within the...