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Orchids: pha orchids, flower spikes, orchid potting mix
flower spikes, orchid potting mix, flowering plants: Connie, they can be repotted in the same container as long as you are prepared to accept some potential differences and consequences. The flower spikes on some phalaenopsis hybrids die back after flowering while others remain green and may rebloom from the...

Orchids: Re-potting my orchids, flower spikes, potting mix
flower spikes, potting mix, excess moisture: I would wait to repot it until after flowering. In the meantime, go light on the watering. I would withhold watering until the potting mix is nearly dry. With the potting mix as degraded as it is, it will tend to remain too wet after watering. Roots tend...

Orchids: Root rot, orchid food, crown rot
orchid food, crown rot, little bugs: Thank you for the description and picture Bethany. It is apparent both from your description and the picture that your orchid s ptting mix has broken down likely leading to root rot (and maybe also crown rot). Crown rot occurs when some moisture from watering...

Orchids: How to go about repotting my phal, orchid roots, dead roots
orchid roots, dead roots, aerial roots: Thanks for your photos and questions Sophia. Your plant looks very healthy and I see no reason for concern. Dead orchid roots are only found in a badly decayed potting mix. Aerial roots such as can be seen in your photos possess a sheath called a velamin....

Orchids: Saving a mature phalaenopsis, last flower, phalaenopsis
last flower, phalaenopsis, octogon: Jan, good to hear from you. It sounds like you have a healthy plant (ie healthy leaves and roots). It also sounds as if you haven t repotted it for several years-- which may be a problem. If you know how to repot, I suggest you to proceed. If you are unsure,...

Orchids: is my Stanhopea Florida doomed?, wire baskets, stanhopea
wire baskets, stanhopea, spaghnum moss: Randy, Stanhopeas typically lose their leaves and go dormant. In a few months you should see new growth coming from the base of the old pseudobulb. It s not clear that your Stanhopea is mature enough to flower and may need to put on a couple of years of...

Orchids: Strange spot on orchid leaf, new roots, leaf damage
new roots, leaf damage, photosynthetic activity: Katalin, the potting mix on the surface looks new so it must have been repotted just before purchase. I don t think, therefore, it needs repotting at this time. Orchid roots also are sensitive to their environment. If, in the future, you want to switch...

Orchids: salaya sancy, light intensity, dendrobiums
light intensity, dendrobiums, dry environment: Troy, you likely have a dendrobium orchid which is one of the most common type with canes. This type is a bit more challenging than the more common phalaenopsis orchid. First, they have a rest period after flowering during which greatly reduced watering...

Orchids: saving a broken stem, sphagnum moss, humid environment
sphagnum moss, humid environment, node: Thanks for your question Susan. Dendrobiums send up growths called canes. The canes then carry the leaves and flowers originate from the canes. It is possible to place a broken cane in a very humid environment (eg on a bed of damp sphagnum moss) and it...

Orchids: Using neem oil on phalaenopsis orchids, systemic insecticide, phalaenopsis orchids
systemic insecticide, phalaenopsis orchids, orchid potting mix: It is likely that the plant is at the end of its flowering period and no longer producing the hormones necessary for flowering. However, if you haven t repotted it, you might try doing so. In the process, if you see any collapsed orchid roots, that might...

Orchids: Water and Orchid food, magnesium compounds, reverse osmosis water
magnesium compounds, reverse osmosis water, orchid food: Leonard, glad you appreciate the site. It s hard to argue wih success. I too live in an area of hard water. Plants need some calcium and magnesiums which is absent in distilled water. I m not familiar with the Guller Pro-Blend brand. If it contains calcium...

Orchids: Wilsonara, orchid potting mix, fir bark
orchid potting mix, fir bark, particle size: Vickie, since Wilsonara have fine (ie small diameter) roots, your potting mix may consist of particles that are too coarse. Hopefully, it is a standard orchid potting mix and not just medium fir bark. A standard orchid potting mix has perlite, perhaps charcoal...

Orchids: yellow leaves on phalaenopsis, orchid potting mix, yellow leaves
orchid potting mix, yellow leaves, new flower: Part of the answer depends upon where these leaves are located on the plant. It is normal for the lowest (and hence the oldest) leaves to turn yellow and fall off. I wouldn t be concerned if this is the case-- especially if you have three or more leaves...

Orchids: Beautiful orchid with super chubby stems...what is it?!, temperatures range, white flowers
temperatures range, white flowers, sunny window: Thank you for the picture Shoshana. The plant is a nobile type of dendrobium. They prefer bright and cool conditions. You can grow it outside in a sem-shaded location during periods when the temperatures range between 45 -70 degrees. Bring it in to a sunny...

Orchids: bloom spike fails to bloom, rest period, plant food
rest period, plant food, mixed messages: Pat, there are several posible explanations. It sounds as if the plant received mixed messages. To bloom and send out new growth at the same time suggests that by continuing to water and feed the plant, it began new growth before it had finished it bloom...

Orchids: branching, flower spike, flower spikes
flower spike, flower spikes, drainage holes: Thanks for the picture Jeff. The picture is of a phalaenopsis orchid (commonly called the moth orchid). Hybrids of this type vary in their flowering habit. Some readily branch (called the multifloral type) and others rarely branch. It is possible that your...

Orchids: Catlleya, coconut husk, fir bark
coconut husk, fir bark, clay pots: The most likely reason for not setting buds is that the temperature was not low enough at the time of sheath formation. Some cattleyas require a temperature of 10-15 degress C when forming sheaths to set buds. Most likely your cattleyas are intergeneric which...

Orchids: Cymbidium Orchid, flower spikes, plant tissue
flower spikes, plant tissue, stickiness: Pargol, the leakage of sap from flowers is a common event with orchids and is not usually the result of a pathogen. Sometimes it can also leak from flower spikes and, even, leaves. The stickiness is because the plant sap contains dissolved sugars which are...

Orchids: confusing blooming patterns, flower spike, last flower
flower spike, last flower, full bloom: Anngelina, you could be enjoying flowers for some time. It is not unusual for a flower spike to elongate after the first flowers have fallen and to produce buds and flowers on the elongated flower spike. It also is possible the the flower spike could branch,...

Orchids: dying phalaenopsis flower stalks, orchid potting mix, fir bark
orchid potting mix, fir bark, flower stalks: Michele, there are several explanations possible but my first choice of suspects is the potting mix. One reason to suspect the potting mix is that the problems seems to have started not long after you repotted and has continued as long as your plant is in...

Orchids: Orchid Flower Size/Shape/Buds, orchids, different places
Orchids: Orchid Flower Size/Shape/Buds, orchids, different places, plants

Orchids: Can I get my orchid to re root itself?, last leaf, phal
Orchids: Can I get my orchid to re root itself?, last leaf, phal, bump

Orchids: Two flowers of mini phal dying, orchid potting mix, tiny insects
orchid potting mix, tiny insects, two flowers: Sanny, repot this plant in orchid potting mix when it has lost all of its flowers. You can find orchid potting mix at most local garden centers. Some nationally francised companies such as Lowes and Home Depot have garden centers that carry packaged orchid...

Orchids: fumigating phalaenopsis, taiwan sugar company, australian quarantine and inspection
taiwan sugar company, australian quarantine and inspection, australian quarantine and inspection service: Paul, I certainly could recommend fumigation and/or treatment products but that, in my opinion, would be ill advised unless the authorities in both Vietnam and Australia have no recommendations or requirements. As far as Australian import of orchids, you are...

Orchids: help for white spots and root rot, small plastic container, unopened buds
small plastic container, unopened buds, mealy worms: You have done well Chelsey. From your photo, the plant appears to have some crown rot. This can occur when, during watering, some water gets into the leaf folds so try to avoid that. The crown rot appears not to have spread and you still have enough healthy...

Orchids: Jade dendrobium, flower spikes, drainage holes
flower spikes, drainage holes, growing orchids: Charulatha, congratulations on the great flowering. When it has finished flowering, your dendrobium will likely enter a rest period. After cutting off the old flower spikes, cut back on the watering to no more than once every two weeks and do not fertilize....

Orchids: Measuring foot candles, light intensities, canon rebel xti
light intensities, canon rebel xti, foot candles: Good to hear from you Angelo. Using your camera, set the ASA film speed at 200, set the shutter speed at 1/125 of a second Focus on a white paper near the plant so only the paper is in focus. Adjust the f-stop until you have the correct exposure as shown...

Orchids: Multiple Spikes on Phalenopsis?, bright indirect light, bloom period
bright indirect light, bloom period, flower spike: As far as bloom spikes are concerned, on some hybrids the bloom spike dies after it has finished its bloom period. The other type of hybrid retains its green bloom spike and can rebloom on that same spike. Which type of bloom spike a plant produces is genetically...

Orchids: New Phalaenopsis with many bloomed offshoots; how to care?, fir bark, indirect sunlight
fir bark, indirect sunlight, aerial roots: Thanks for clarifying the temperature readings. If a plant loses its spike, it can send out another spike in the next bloom period. This is why it s so important to give the plant a head start with a fresh potting mix after flowering Yes, a plant may...

Orchids: Orchid Blooms fell off, flower spike, orchid blooms
flower spike, orchid blooms, orchid potting mix: Karen, I assume the plant was in bloom when you received it. If so, there is no knowing how long it was in flower before you received it. That it was in flower for two weeks after you received it sounds fine. Phalaenopsis normally rebloom annually about the...

Orchids: Orchid Flower Size/Shape/Buds, drainage holes, mature flower
drainage holes, mature flower, gravel bed: Athena, first, know that the flowers brought to market are undoubtedly greenhouse raised where the lighting is brighter, air movement is stronger and temperature are highly controlled. It is difficult for a hobbyist to simulate these conditions-- especially...

Orchids: Orchid Identification, types of orchids, oncidiums
types of orchids, oncidiums, cutting tool: Victoria, without seeing the plant I would have to guess that it is a cymbidium orchid. These have long grass-like leaves that can grow to 2-3 feet in length. If you could send a picture, I might be able to be more certain in my identification. Cymbidiums...

Orchids: Orchid Location, pool area, cattleyas
pool area, cattleyas, orchid show: Angelo, with regard to the cattleyas, you have some fine plants. Blc Chia Lin is a named cross between Blc Oconee x Blc Maitland. You have an AOS awarded clone of this plant which is named New City . It is set off in single quotes to show that it is a specific...

Orchids: Orchid re-blooming, phalaenopsis orchids, natural sunlight
phalaenopsis orchids, natural sunlight, insufficient light: Allan, I will assume that you have a phalaenopsis orchid. If so, the stick would be the old bloom spike. Often, the old bloom spikes on phalaenopsis orchids turn brown and dry up. One reason that these orchids fail to bloom is insufficient light. If the...

Orchids: ochids all have short spikes, tall spikes, greenhouse conditions
tall spikes, greenhouse conditions, west windows: Brenda, you just don t have greenhouse conditions which have been used to flower the plants you purchase. In th future, as the spikes begin to emerge, try increasing the light level by either supplementing the natural light or moving the plant closer to the...

Orchids: my orchid, flower spike, moth orchids
flower spike, moth orchids, orchid phalaenopsis: Pamela, it kind of depends upon the type of orchid. Phalaenopsis or moth orchids (as they are sometimes called)is the type most commonly found. A phalaenopsis orchid sends up a flower spike that bears the buds and flowers. On some phals this can be cut back...

Orchids: orchid, automatic watering system, flower spikes
automatic watering system, flower spikes, new leaves: It will be green and located at the base of the plant where leaves originate. It has no distinctive anatomical features but is undifferentiated tissue capable of differentiating into specific types of plant tissue much as the node on flower spikes. It can...

Orchids: my orchid is dying!, flower spike, drainage holes
flower spike, drainage holes, orchid potting mix: Katie, while I definitely recommend that orchids be purchased while in flower, this has its drawbacks. The major drawback is that it is difficult to tell how long the plant has been in flower. Often, these plants are purchased toward the end of the flowering...

Orchids: One of my orchid's leaf is limp, orchid potting mix, phalaenopsis
orchid potting mix, phalaenopsis, white flowers: Ellen, the best practice with orchids is to repot them annually in a special orchid potting mix. I suspect that you have a phalaenopsis or moth orchid which are the most common. Watering can cause root rot in a degraded or inappropriate potting mix as it...

Orchids: orchid problem, flower spike, flower branch
flower spike, flower branch, phalaenopsis orchids: Diana, if you purchased it in flower and the flowers are now dying, there is no telling how long it was in flower before you purchsed it. In such a circumstance, it may well be the end of the flowering cycle. If you have had it for several months and it...

Orchids: orchid propogation, flower spike, orchid roots
flower spike, orchid roots, meristematic tissue: Brian, this requires the type of phalaenopsis that produces a flower spike that remains green after flowering (many phals lose their flower spike after flowering). The first step is to cut off the flower spike just above the second or third node (ie joint)...

Orchids: Can I get my orchid to re root itself?, worm tea, fungal spores
worm tea, fungal spores, blast worm: Cheryl, I assume that you are referring to a dendrobium with canes, but some of your commments (such as the one about a crown ) seem to imply that you have a phalaenopsis. I will, for sake of this discussion, assume that you have a phalaenopsis type of dendrobium...

Orchids: orchids, flower spike, phalaenopsis
flower spike, phalaenopsis, deana: Deana, normally, we don t trim orchids. I assume that you are talking about the flower spike on a phalaenopsis orchid after flowering. If the flower spike remains green, you can cut it off above a node (ie joint). It may, however, be the type which dies...

Orchids: My Phal has MANY dead/rotted roots; will it survive?, room temperature water, fir bark
room temperature water, fir bark, aerial roots: Sophia, under the circumstances, I would not do any more cutting than necessary. Try not to cut any live roots and attempt to get as many as possible into the potting mix without damaging them. I would repot it in a smaller, deeper pot so that the plant is...

Orchids: Problem with my den eima impact, flower spikes, rest period
flower spikes, rest period, parentage: Richard, dendrobiums require a rest period during which watering is greatly restricted and feeding is withheld. Watering and feeding can be restored when new growth appears. When feeding, use bloom booster food. The best flowering is achieved under high...

Orchids: phal, orchid potting mix, fir bark
orchid potting mix, fir bark, plastic pots: Lena, in my experience, most fresh orchid potting mix is packaged dry. If used in that form, the fir bark it contains repels water and is difficult to wet. If used in that form, it will draw moisture out of the roots. Wetting it ahead of time, reduces the...

Orchids: My phal's spike looks like it's dying, what will happen to the budded spike???, flower spike, orchid fertilizer
flower spike, orchid fertilizer, fir bark: Sophia, because repotting reqires the reestablishment of older root connections and the production of new roots, I recommend that you give your phal good light during the months following repotting. Most phals rebloom in the spring so, by repotting it now,...

Orchids: phalaenopis, night time temperature, orchid potting mix
night time temperature, orchid potting mix, beautiful blooms: Mary Ann, there are several possible explanations. Since you didn t mention repotting it after the last flowering, I assume that you didn t do that. Phalaenopsis should be repotted each year in fresh orchid potting mix-- after flowering. Old potting mix...

Orchids: phalaenopsis clones, flower spike, flower spikes
flower spike, flower spikes, plant hormones: Barbara, the clones, otherwise called keikis, should not only develop leaves, but also roots. When these individual plantlets have 2-3 inch leaves with roots you may separate them from the flower spike on which they are growing. Removal may be by twisting...

Orchids: question about health of Phalaenopsis, orchid potting mix, dead roots
orchid potting mix, dead roots, new roots: Rachel, as long as the plant is in good overall health, it should grow new roots as soon as you can improve the root environment by repotting it in fresh orchid potting mix. Once you have the required orchid potting mix, soak a portion of it while you unpot...

Orchids: Raisin-looking baby bud, orchid potting mix, buds
orchid potting mix, buds, raisin: Sanny, it requies a great deal of energy to produce buds and flowers. When the plant has reached its capacity, it will abort further buds. It may produce further buds when flowers fall. It is important to repot this plant in fresh orchid potting mix following...

Orchids: Reblooming, bloom period, phal
bloom period, phal, blooms: Yes David. The veining pattern can be different on different blooms. Sometimes it can even vary somewhat from flower to flower in any given bloom period. Congratulations on your reblooming. Don t forget to repot at the conclusion of the current flowering...

Orchids: Rebudding buds turning yellow, drainage holes, orchid potting mix
drainage holes, orchid potting mix, fertilizer solution: Eric, I recommend that you repot the plant. It should be repotted in fresh orchid potting mix after each bloom period. When you have a supply of fresh orchid potting mix, unpot your plant and rinse off the roots. You will probably notice some mushy roots....

Orchids: Root rot?, drainage holes, orchid potting mix
drainage holes, orchid potting mix, fir bark: The good news is that the plant still seems healthy. I would not concentrte on the buds so much at this time and focus on maintaining plant health. If the plastic pot is in a decorative pot that has no drainage holes in it, it is likely that the potting mix...

Orchids: Roots vs Bloom Stock, flower spike, flower spikes
flower spike, flower spikes, aerial roots: Brad, mature roots have a covering called a velamin which is normally a greyish and will turn green when wet. But, all roots, when in active growth, have a green growing tip. A flower spike is all green, While some aerial roots are photropic most grow out...

Orchids: getting to rebloom, phosphorous fertilizer, flower spikes
phosphorous fertilizer, flower spikes, hybrid registry: Tom, then you need to focus on increasing the light level and warmth. I would also switch to a bloom booster plant food. Sometimes introducing a stressor can initiate flowering. Such a stressor could be reducing the watering and feeding. What is good...

Orchids: Not sure if I should repot my orchid ?, caring for orchids, bottom leaf
caring for orchids, bottom leaf, protuberance: After you repot, the poting mix should stay wet for a least a week. After that you can feed with every watering weekly, weakly. Weakly means 1/4 tsp per gallon of room temperature water. You can use either a balanced fertilizer (eg 20-20-20) or a bloom...

Orchids: Sick Cats, coconut husk, leaf sheaths
coconut husk, leaf sheaths, sick cats: Marita, what you do partly depends upon whether there is new growth coming and whether there are healthy growth eyes at the base of the pseudobulbs where new growth originates. Each cattleya species or hybrid has a distinct growth pattern. In some, the...

Orchids: SOS! Orchid underwatered, dying :(, fir bark, plastic pot
fir bark, plastic pot, orchid mix: Christina, your situation suggests that you may have used straight fir bark and/or large fir bark for potting your plant. Commercial grade orchid potting mixes not only contain medium grade fir bark but also some perlite to help maintain moisture. Also,...

Orchids: Strange leaves, pleione, leaf growth
pleione, leaf growth, potting mix: Since I don t specialize in pleiones, why don t you try Paul Cumbleton in the UK. His E-mail is cumbleton@yahoo.co.uk. Paul has a lot of experience with pleiones and with growing them in the UK. Perhaps you could share your picturesswith him. Sorry I can...

Orchids: sad, sad phalaenopsis, phalaenopsis orchids, orchid potting mix
phalaenopsis orchids, orchid potting mix, drainage holes: Katie, most important of all at this time is to repot the plant in a fir-bark based orchid potting mix and a plastic pot that has lots of drainage holes. You should be able to locate a hobby bag of it-- perhaps where you got the orchid or at some other garden...

Orchids: starting an orchid, flower spike, house plants
flower spike, house plants, mother plant: Janet, I m assuming that you are referring to the flower spike of a phalaenopsis orchid-- the most common type. While I can t rule out the possibibility, it is highly unlikely that you can root an orchid spike that has been severed from the plant. Unlike the...

Orchids: I thought the base leaf dying was normal, orchid potting mix, bottom leaf
orchid potting mix, bottom leaf, bacterial growth: Sanny, once a leaf dies, its natural protection against fungal affection is reduced. Added to this, I notice that the plant is in moss which creates higher humidity which promotes fungal and bacterial growth. From what I can see, this still is a natural process...

Orchids: Vanda Terete, scale insects, vandas
scale insects, vandas, steve thanks: Steve, thanks for clarifying the growing situation. As you have described the leaves, it sounds like they re just getting exposed to a high light level. This reddish cast occurs in many terete leaved orchids including Brassavola nodosa. It should be okay...

Orchids: vanda, vandaceous plants, wooden baskets
vandaceous plants, wooden baskets, northern climate: Tom, I have had my best blooming success when I grow my vandaceous plants in wooden baskets. As summer approaches, I hang them under trees where they get some sunlight but not the bright direst sunlight which occurs from noon until about 2 PM.. They thrive...

Orchids: Water meter & planting Cattleyas, florida orchid society, sphag
florida orchid society, sphag, meter devices: Thank you Angelo. The injured knee is the same one that had a torn ACL 25 years ago and my experience with that is similar to yours except that it ended up in shreds so they had to arthroscopically remove the entire ligament bit by bit. The nice thing about...

Orchids: Wrinkled Cat leaves, light green leaves, orchid potting mix
light green leaves, orchid potting mix, brand new baby: Marita, if the wrinkled leaves are old growths, that is normal. The old growths provide nourishment for the new growths and both these older pseudobulbs and their leaves shrink and shrivel as a result. If, however, you are referring to last year s growth,...

Orchids: 4" Phalaenopis orchid, orchid potting mix, drainage holes
orchid potting mix, drainage holes, aerial roots: Jillian, while it is natural for orchids to have aerial roots, it is also possible that, in pot culture, aerial roots are generated due to unfavorable conditions in the potting mix. If you have not recently repotted the plant it should be done (it is generally...

Orchids: Cymbidium Dying, orchid potting mix, fir bark
orchid potting mix, fir bark, cymbidium flowers: Kirsty. not to worry about the flowers. While cymbidium flowers are long lasting, they seldom last more than 2 months-- so this is normal. The browning of the leaves, however, is a different matter and suggests some possible root rot. Your plant should be...

Orchids: dry roots, drainage holes, orchid potting mix
drainage holes, orchid potting mix, fir bark: Savannah, you should obtain a bag of orchid potting mix. This can be obtained at a Lowes, Home Depot or other garden center that sells orchid plants. One of the ingredients is fir bark which, when dry, is water repellant-- the mix needs to be thoroughly soaked...

Orchids: Flowering problem, cattleya hybrids, genetic abnormality
cattleya hybrids, genetic abnormality, orchids: Sylvain, I don t think this is a result of anything you have done. If this is the first flowering, it is likely that the plant just isn t strong enough to properly open the flower. When the plant is larger, it should be able to support two or more flowers...

Orchids: is it an orchid ?, violets, orchids
Orchids: is it an orchid ?, violets, orchids, viola

Orchids: new growth on stem, mother plant, keiki
mother plant, keiki, clone: Doris, it sounds like you have is a keiki. This is a clone of the mother plant and can develop leaves and roots at a node (ie joint) of the flower spike. I recommend that you wait until it has roots and leaves that are at least two inches long. When ready,...

Orchids: is it an orchid ?
Can t absolutely rule it out Alan. Need a closeup of the center of the flower to see the sexual parts of the flower and also a close-up of the leaf. Orchids have a unique organ called the column which contains unique male and female sexual parts. Also,...

Orchids: How to make my orchids spike?, types of orchids, different types of orchids
types of orchids, different types of orchids, leaf leaves: Theo, thanks for your thoughtful followup. While all stages of growth, rest, and flowering are present in dendrobiums, the length of each period as well as the sequence of the stages vary from hybrid to hybrid. The most common sequence is growth, followed...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis Orchid, flower spike, bamboo stake
flower spike, bamboo stake, phalaenopsis orchids: Thank you for the photos Laura. It appears that you are concerned about the original flower spike which is clamped to a bamboo stake and that has been cut off as a result of the damage. My original answer addresses that. If, rather, you are concerned about...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis Orchid Broken off stem, darkened area, mother plant
darkened area, mother plant, soft drink: Laura, yes, Seven up would be fine. Understnd that the broken off part of the spike will not grow roots. However, it is possible that both the broken off portion and the remaining portion of the flower spike (attached to the plant) could develop new plants...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis problem, systemic insecticide, scale insects
systemic insecticide, scale insects, juvenile stage: Good day Mary. From your description, I believe the brown risen spots is an insect referred to as brown scale. The scale insects feeds on the plant sap and the plant sap is loaded with sugars--hence the stickiness. Scale insects have a life cycle which includes...

Orchids: Please help my dying cymbidium!!!!!, fir bark, napa area
fir bark, napa area, new roots: Cassia, you may have a degraded potting mix. When the potting mix decays it forms more of a soil-like mixture that holds water too long and restricts air flow to the roots. As a start, I recommend repotting it in fresh fir-bark based potting mix. As part...

Orchids: Purple leaves, purple pigment, pool enclosure
purple pigment, pool enclosure, morning sunrise: Good to hear from you again Andelo. Sounds like you are doing a great job in caring for your plants. Plants receiving good light will have the purple pigment on the underside of their leaves. When this appears on the side of the leaf exposed directly to the...

Orchids: phalaenopsis, two flowers, facing window
two flowers, facing window, margi: Margi, thanks for your questions. It is unusual to have a phalaenopsis flower last longer than 2 months. It is likely that have one or more plants that are tetraploid (ie double the normal number of chromosomes). These plants have larger flowers with both...

Orchids: the stem & leaves are green and healthy, but all the flowers withered and fell off!!, growing orchids, flower plants
growing orchids, flower plants, indirect sunlight: Thank you for your questions Midori. Undoubtedly you have the type of orchid called a phalaenopsis orchid, commonly called the moth orchid . From your description, your plant seems to be healthy and should be fine. Since a moth orchid flower typically has...

Orchids: withering leaves on moth orchids, moth orchids, drainage holes
moth orchids, drainage holes, orchid potting mix: Jane, it is likely that your orchid has root rot. You will need to repot it in fresh orchid potting mix in a pot that has lots of drainage holes-- and hope that it is not too late. Many, perhaps most, orchid plants that are purchased from mass marketers...

Orchids: Black Champion Orchid, e bay, time john
e bay, time john, clones: John, there is no cymbidium registered with the Royal Horticulure Society under that name. However, there is a named cross called Little Black Sambo . Several clones of this hybrid have been awarded. You might check out the pictures by googling this name....

Orchids: Sick Phal?, orchid bark, buldge
Orchids: Sick Phal?, orchid bark, buldge, warm water

Orchids: Leaving dendrobiums outside during summer, peat moss, reddish tinge
peat moss, reddish tinge, morning sunlight: Theo, with regard to the phalaenopsis, place the plant in its pot into a plastic bag or other sealed container. Place in the bottom of the container, a bit of wet, long fibered aphagnum moss. Seal the bag to retain the humidity. Do not water. It sounds...

Orchids: My Leopard Prince Orchid, fir bark, orchid potting mix
fir bark, orchid potting mix, drainage holes: Thanks for your question Ed. You definitely should repot it. Use commercial grade orchid potting mix containing some fir bark. Skip the moss and fir bark alone is not as beneficial as the commercial potting mix. Be sure to soak the new potting mix prior...

Orchids: Orchid beginner needs help!, kroger grocery store, orchid roots
kroger grocery store, orchid roots, orchid potting mix: Mandy, you do need to repot your plant. Use a commercial grade of orchid potting mix that contains some fir bark. Soak a portion while you are unpotting your plant. Rinse off the roots of your unpotted plant and remove any roots that are mushy or stringy....

Orchids: Orchid looking dead, flower spike, flower spikes
flower spike, flower spikes, orchid potting mix: Kaitlyn, the vines are actually aerial roots. In nature, these orchids often grow with their roots exposed to the air-- hence the name aerial roots. You need to repot your plant in a commercial grade orchid potting mix which you should be able to find...

Orchids: Orchid type, genus laelia, genus cattleya
genus laelia, genus cattleya, genus brassavola: Angelo, I can t tell with certainty, the name of the cattleya because there are so many white cattleyas with various amount of yellow in the lip. My best guess is one called Cattleya Angel Bells. There are three principal data bases in existence. The least...

Orchids: Why is my orchid dying?, room temperature water, fir bark
room temperature water, fir bark, orchid potting mix: Thanks for bringing this to my attention LeeAnn. I assume that your plant was in flower when you purchased the plant. Phal orchid flowers normally last 4-6 weeks so, as far as the flowers fading, it may have just been at the end of their lifespan. Bud drop...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis cubicle care, lighting source, desk lamp
lighting source, desk lamp, care suggestions: Sol, I don t think we have a problem. The phal should do fine with the office ambient lighting. If it would make you feel more comfortable, you could purchase a florescent desk lamp and put the plant under that where it would be closer to the lighting source...

Orchids: phalaenopsis, orchid flower, t rush
orchid flower, t rush, notches: Gay, I doubt that exposing the flowers to 50 degrees would have stressed them. What we don t know is how long these flowers were open at the time of purchase. Normally, a phalaenopsis orchid flower lasts about 3-4 weeks and you may have obtained it toward...

Orchids: phalaenopsis orchid flowers, phalaenopsis orchid flowers, flower spike
phalaenopsis orchid flowers, flower spike, flower spikes: Thank you Judith for your questions. Yes, under the circumstances, you should repot. Be sure to use fir-bark based orchid potting mix and be sure to soak it well prior to use. Repot to a plastic pot with lots of drainage holes. I wonder if you have one...

Orchids: Sick Phal?, flower spike, orchid potting mix
flower spike, orchid potting mix, fir bark: Cheryl, I do not recommend growing orchids in sphagnum. Sphagnum, and other mosses, tend to compact, restricting the flow of air to the roots. Don t be concerned about the black spots on the roots. These just may be a type of harmless mold resulting from...

Orchids: Yellowing leaves & roting root system, inch pot, yellow leaves
inch pot, yellow leaves, black burn: Jennifer, I would cut back on the watering and allow the plant to finish its flowering. It is likely that the plant had been exposed to too much direct sunlight too quickly. Provide more shade as well as less water. The pseudobulbs look healthy and are maturing....

Orchids: 4 spiked Phal. with exposing roots, orchid potting mix, pot culture
orchid potting mix, pot culture, humid atmosphere: Orchds tend to have aerial roots. They grow naturally on trees and so their roots are exposed to air. Things change with pot culture. Potting mix in a pot will break down, restricting air movement. When that happens, the roots seek air by trying to escape...

Orchids: Bugs in soil of Orchid, fungus gnats, orchid potting mix
fungus gnats, orchid potting mix, drainage holes: Most glass pots do not have enough drainage holes to allow free exchange of air in the root zone and rapid dranage of water after watering. Use of a drain dish often means that the plant is soaking up water sitting in the drain dish after watering. hence,...

Orchids: Care, orchid potting mix, fir bark
orchid potting mix, fir bark, orchids: Helen, I would go with just water. You will need to water only when the potting mix is dry. If the potting mix old and broken down you probably should pot in fresh orchid potting mix. In this old potting mix, the mix the potting mix will hold water and...

Orchids: Cymbidium psuedobulbs, copper sulphate, rootone
copper sulphate, rootone, home depot: Renee, you may be able to get the powdered sulphur at a pharmacy. Check with the pharmacist. I haven t had the occassion to try to purchase any because I have had a supply for many years. A small container can last for years. If the pharmacy doesn t have...

Orchids: Den. salaya fancy, afternoon sunlight, salaya
afternoon sunlight, salaya, night temperature: Deb, it sounds as if the new shoots are growing from a node (ie joint) in the cane. If so, the new plants are called keikis ane can be separated from the cane once they have roots. This can usually be done by gently and carefully twisting the ponit of attechment...

Orchids: Oncidium or Odontoglossum or hybrid?, fir bark, color pigments
fir bark, color pigments, orchid potting mix: Theo, since the flowers on the end of the spike are the youngest, they may darken as they mature. It sounds as if light shouldn t be a problem. Sometimes. switching to a high phosphorous plant food for flowering will enhance the flower color. With regard...

Orchids: How to fertilize while flowering plant & new plantlet are in the same pot?, flower spike, dendrobiums
flower spike, dendrobiums, kind response: You live in a climate in which all of your orchids should thrive. In general, keep your open potting mix fairly open so there is good drainage and air movement thorugh the potting mix. Use a high nitrogen food during growth and a balanced fertilizer most...

Orchids: ice orchids, phalaenopsis orchids, types of orchids
phalaenopsis orchids, types of orchids, flower spikes: Keith, it is unfortunate that some marketers adopted the technique of watering a plant with ice cubes. These have come to be known as ice orchids which is not descriptive of the type of orchid. The ones I have seen are phalaenopsis orchids. The stems to...

Orchids: Lost Leaves, orchid potting mix, fir bark
orchid potting mix, fir bark, drainage holes: Bonnie, it sounds as if you have a phalaenopsis orchid, otherwise called a moth orchid. These need to be repotted in a special orchid potting mix after each flowering. I don t know about Cosco, but the garden centers at Lowes or Home Depot usually carry orchid...

Orchids: Mealy Bugs on Orchids, systemic insecticide, orchid potting mix
systemic insecticide, orchid potting mix, mealy bugs: There are two products that I have used with success. The first is called DiSyston and comes in granules which can be sprinkled on top of the potting mix. The second, more recent product, is called Eight prodcued by a company called Bonide. Your local...

Orchids: mushy leaves, slow release fertilizer, american orchid society
slow release fertilizer, american orchid society, drainage holes: This sounds like something new-- called bacterial crown rot. This is usually the result of getting water in the crown of the plant during watering. It is very serious. Un-pot the plant and soak the entire plant in a solution of Physan 20 (1 Tbs/Gal) for...

Orchids: Oncidioum never flower, orchid potting mix, oncidiums
orchid potting mix, oncidiums, warm temperatures: Oncidium Boissiense is a primary hybrid between the species forbesii and varicosum. If you google these species, you should be able to find the conditions under which they grow in Soth America. Generally they have a seasonal and diurnal variation. Preferred...

Orchids: Orchid firstaid, car ride home, orchid potting mix
car ride home, orchid potting mix, clay pot: Joy, I think I sent an answer to this question but sometimes I m mistaken. If you didn t receive my response or have additional questions, let me know. Appreciate your attempt to rescue the plant. I have done that on occasion with both orchids and birds...

Orchids: orchid not blooming, drainage holes, orchid potting mix
drainage holes, orchid potting mix, insufficient light: Percy, yes, you should repot your plant into a larger pot using a standard orchid potting mix and a pot with lots of drainage holes. Often, the reason for failure to flower is insufficient light, so, after repotting, try to move it to a someahet higher light...

Orchids: orchid spiking twice, orchid potting mix, phalaenopsis
orchid potting mix, phalaenopsis, spikes: Lucky you Carolyn. It is not unusual for a phalaenopsis to send up two spikes-- especially on a large, healthy plant. Just let it be but don t forget to repot it in fresh orchid potting mix after flowering to ensure the continuing health and vigor of your...

Orchids: Phal with pink stem, flower spike, flower spikes
flower spike, flower spikes, last flower: Melissa, the genetic differences between phals also applies to old flower spikes. Some plants retain their green spikes. If you have this type, by cutting the old flower spike above a node, the old flower spike could branch and rebloom. However, some types...

Orchids: paphiopedilum care, flower spike, flower spikes
flower spike, flower spikes, new flower: Wendy, it sounds as if you have a sequentially flowering paph in which each flower is followed by a new apical bud as the flower spike elongates. I know these flower spikes can become unwieldly. If you want the flowering to continue, do not cut the flower...

Orchids: phal with thin and fall down leaves, fir bark, orchid potting mix
fir bark, orchid potting mix, phal: Guillermo, the answer is yes. Be sure to use a commercially prepared orchid potting mix consisting largely of fir bark. This potting mix should be soaked to reduce the water repellency of fir bark before use. If you have a lot of root rot you may lose...

Orchids: Can you pot a cut orchid from an arrangement?, orchid flowers, silk flowers
orchid flowers, silk flowers, stem cuttings: Michelle, I have seen arrangements in the big box stores that have bamboo-like plants with orchid flowers in the arrangement. In the arrangements that I have seen, the orchid flowers are very real in appearance but are silk flowers. The bamboo-like growths...

Orchids: Slipper Orchid leaves turning upside down., growing orchids, orchid potting mix
growing orchids, orchid potting mix, new leaves: Thank you for your question Phillip. It is likely that leaf twisting and the cessation of blooming are unrelated. The mottled leaf paphiopedilums often lack substance in their leaves and as the leaf grows, it tends to flop over to one side. I would unpot the...

Orchids: can i save my orchid?, flower spike, drainage holes
flower spike, drainage holes, orchid potting mix: Colby, you need to repot your plant. Locate some orchid potting mix (Home Depot should have it. Purchase the kind that has fir bark in it. Be sure to use a pot with lots of drainage holes in the bottom for repotting. Soak the new potting mix while you are...

Orchids: trimming orchid, flower spike, flower spikes
flower spike, flower spikes, phalaenopsis orchids: Elaine, if the spike dries up all that means is that the plant will not rebloom on that same spike. However, you can still expect it to send up a new bloom spike annually and it will flower from that new bloom spike. Bloom time for most phalaenopsis is in...

Orchids: yellow leaves, orchid potting mix, phalaenopsis orchids
orchid potting mix, phalaenopsis orchids, fir bark: Elaine, it is not unusual for the oldest (lowest leaf) to fall off. Nor is it unusual for flowers to fall from recently purchased plants as they may have been in flower for some time and have naturally reached the end of their flowering period. The thing...

Orchids: Brassidium, orchid potting mix, fir bark
orchid potting mix, fir bark, oncidium alliance: Thank you Dan for your questions. Brassidium Gilded Urchin is a registered primary hybrid (ie cross between two species). Parents of this plant is the species Brassia longissima and the species Oncidium wentworthianum. It is possible to cross these two genera...

Orchids: baby orchid on the stick or shoot, flower spike, flower spikes
flower spike, flower spikes, keikis: Marsha, it is a new baby orchid, called a keiki. These form at nodes or joints on the flower spike. It will grow where it is forming larger and more leaves and, eventually, roots. If left on long enough, some keikis will even form flower spikes and bloom...

Orchids: black spots on blossom of just bought Miltonia pansy orchid, petal blight, orchid nursery
petal blight, orchid nursery, orchid show: Patty, in my opinion, they should have not been selling orchids, especially pansy orchids, in that heat. The vendors in these situations, however, frequently must sign up and pay for table space far in advance of the show date and, often, back out at their...

Orchids: browning flowers, flower spike, unopened buds
flower spike, unopened buds, flower spikes: Jon, while I recommeend buying the plants while they are in flower, there should also be unopened buds. The reason for this is that usually there is no way of knowing how long the plant has been in flower. Your plant likely was near the end of its flowering...

Orchids: How to cut multi-braching stem phalaenopsis, sphagnum moss, flower spike
sphagnum moss, flower spike, fir bark: I have seen them grown outdoors. They prefer moderate conditions so avoid bright sunlight, temperatures over 85 degrees, and rain which could result in crown rot. If you want to attempt it, try it with only one plant at the outset and monitor it closely....

Orchids: How to plant Orchids in Glass Container..., glass bowl, diameter
Orchids: How to plant Orchids in Glass Container..., glass bowl, diameter, roots

Orchids: Phalaenopsis new flower died in two days, phalaenopsis orchids, size plants
phalaenopsis orchids, size plants, new flower: The most likely answer to your first question is the one you provided. Plants in bud are exceptionally susceptible to environmental changes. The other possibility is that the plant was already at its carrying capacity and didn t have the strength to open...

Orchids: HELP!, orchid potting mix, fir bark
orchid potting mix, fir bark, drainage holes: Ashley, the spot is most likely a bacterial infection. It occurs most commonly when a plant is watered late in the day and a bit of water stands on the leaf overnight. While the leaf will naturally fall off, I would be concerned about it spreading to other...

Orchids: keiki, survival odds, rootone
survival odds, rootone, rooting hormone: Joni, at this stage, it is such a small plant I wouldn t look for any significant effects. You could try a foliar plant food but it should be very dilute and I would be concerned about fungal infection if the leaf remains wet too long. You could try a rooting...

Orchids: Leaves growing from stems, flower spike, mother flower
flower spike, mother flower, stems: Cindy, first let me congratulate you for your growing over the past 5 years. Phalaenopsis orchids may retain their green flower spike after flowering. When this occurs, they may form plantletts (ie clones) at some nodes (ie joints) in the flower spike. These...

Orchids: Lesser fowers, flower spikes, flower spike
flower spikes, flower spike, dendro: Thanks for the additional information. Most likely, the conditions under which you are flowering these plants are different in one or more respects from the conditions under which they were previously brought into bud and flowered. As far as flowering is...

Orchids: Limp leaves on my orchids, orchid potting mix, drainage holes
orchid potting mix, drainage holes, fir bark: Jacqi, my guess is that you have not repotted your plants recently in fresh orchid potting mix. Old potting mix stays wet too long and restricts air flow to the roots. The limp leaves are probably the result of root rot. Most orchids, unlike other house...

Orchids: moth orchid care, flower spike, orchid potting mix
flower spike, orchid potting mix, flower branch: You can leave the aerial roots as is until you repot. There is a good chance that the type of potting mix the plant came in has given rise to the start of root rot. This is because the use of moss and fine particle potting mix are both water retentive and...

Orchids: New Orchid(s), phalaenopsis orchids, lowes home
phalaenopsis orchids, lowes home, care orchids: If it doesn t move, it is probably snow mold which doesn t damage the plant but is an indicator of excessive wetness. Treatment with peroxide might help but do it early in the day. If the white stuff moves about then it is likely mealy bug. Since you didn...

Orchids: Orchid care, orchid care, phalaenopsis
orchid care, phalaenopsis, clamps: Claire, yea, it sounds like you need to use about a 20 inch stake for now. Use twisty ties or stake clamps to fasten the spike to the stake at several locations--especially mid-spike and near the end of the spike. Hopefully, the stake is well-anchored in...

Orchids: Orchid care!!, flower spike, orchid potting mix
flower spike, orchid potting mix, dead roots: Yes, Desi, those appendages are roots. They shrivel because the atmosphere outside of the pot is less humid. When you repot your plant, following flowering, you can try to work some of these roots back into the potting mix. remember, in nature, these...

Orchids: Orchid Flower Drooping and Dying, moth orchids, flower spike
moth orchids, flower spike, growing orchids: The two most likely reasons for this are an immature plant (eg one that may be struggling with its first flowering and/or has three or fewer leaves) or the root problem I mentioned in my first response. In either event, examining the roots as part of repotting...

Orchids: Orchid does not spike, number of chromosomes, light intensity
number of chromosomes, light intensity, orchid plants: Jennifer, first let me congratulate you on a great growing job. You didn t mention whether the leaves were a dark green or a light green. An east window is ideal for growing your plant and it is showing its appreciation with all of the new growth. A light...

Orchids: My orchid is dying!, orchid potting mix, drainage holes
orchid potting mix, drainage holes, fir bark: Briana, it is likely that you have a phalaenopsis orchid (otherwise called a moth orvhid). The usual problem with these plants is root rot which comes from poor potting mix that retains water and inhibits the movement of air to the roots. First, ease up...

Orchids: Paphiopedilum care, light intensities, incandescent bulbs
light intensities, incandescent bulbs, light intensity: Michael, it would be nice if there was a simple answer, but, that is not the case. Species, of course, grow naturally under highly varied conditions. To quote from one descripttion of Paph rothschildianum Another reason for P. rothchildianum having earned...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis Blooms, flower buds, flower growth
flower buds, flower growth, orchid potting mix: George, it is likely that your plant hasn t yet achieved maturity and thus is not strong enough to support many flowers. This is especially true for first flowering. I recommend that you repot the plant in fresh orchid potting mix if you haven t done so...

Orchids: Potting a Phalaenopsis, flower spike, orchid potting mix
flower spike, orchid potting mix, fir bark: Cindy, you didn t mention drainage (ie the number of holes in the pot bottom) nor the type of potting mix the plant is in. I prefer a type of pot (preferably plastic) that lets the water from each watering drain away. I also prefer an orchid potting mix...

Orchids: How to plant Orchids in Glass Container..., orchids in glass, orchid roots
orchids in glass, orchid roots, feeding roots: Thanks for sharing John. Yes, there is no end to the things to try with orchids. There are tens of thousand of different species-- each with their own requirements. I have an older friend who has been growing orchids for over 50 years and is still experimenting...

Orchids: Severe heat stress???, phalaenopsis orchids, fir bark
phalaenopsis orchids, fir bark, orchid potting mix: Jennifer, thanks for the additional information. Since you repotted in the past 9 months, I would wait until the flowering has finished and repot at that time. From your description, it is likely that the roots are okay, but you can check that out after flowering....

Orchids: Tons of roots/leaves... no flowers, orchid potting mix, stringy roots
orchid potting mix, stringy roots, drainage holes: Travis, there are several orchid potting mixes carried by Home Depot and Lowes Garden Centers. They cost about $5 for enough to pot a couple of plants. Since there are several types, I recommend the type that has fir bark pieces in it. Be sure to soak it...

Orchids: white orchid, fir bark, drainage holes
fir bark, drainage holes, orchid potting mix: Belinda, you should repot the plant once it has stopped flowering. It needs to be in a special orchid potting mix. There are several types of potting mixes suitable for orchids. The best has pieces of fir bark among its ingredients. Also, you should use...

Orchids: 2 problem leaves on a thriving plant, orchid potting mix, bloom season
orchid potting mix, bloom season, leaf growth: Molly, mostly, the action you take, if any, would be for aesthetic purposes. No harm can come from removal of dead tissue as long as the cuts are sealed. Of greater concern should be the recommended practice of repotting a plant after it finishes a bloom...

Orchids: Drying orchid flowers, lady slippers, flower sprays
lady slippers, flower sprays, orchid flowers: Rebecca, success in drying them will depend upon the substance of the flowers. Flowers of heavy substance such as cattleyas, cymbidiums, or lady slippers do not dry out well, which is essential for preservation. Flowers from phalaenopsis, oncidiums, and other...

Orchids: Need Help with Orchid, flower spike, orchid potting mix
flower spike, orchid potting mix, new flower: Joyce, the bloom spike naturally dies back on many phalaenopsis hybrids. You can cut it off. It does not mean anything is wrong with the plant. These plants, when well grown, will rebloom next year on a new flower spike. I think your growing is fine at this...

Orchids: Oncidium, nitrogen fertilizer, stringy roots
nitrogen fertilizer, stringy roots, orchid potting mix: Good day, Sharon, and thanks for your question. First, to the oncidium. Does it have a name tag? As with many orchids, some oncidium species, while they may be equatorial, grow at high altitudes and prefer cool temperatures. However, most hybrids and many...

Orchids: Oncidium producing new plant instead of flower spike, abundant rain, rain fall
abundant rain, rain fall, king thanks: Think of how this plant might grow in nature. While the amount of light at the latitude where this plant grows naturally will not vary a great deal, there are wet seasons and dry seasons, The dry season marks the start of the rest period. During this period,...

Orchids: Orchid breeding issue, foggy mornings, new leaves
foggy mornings, new leaves, miltonia: Dan, for new crosses, the first flowerings are usually weak and, frequently do not mature properly. Future flowering on well grown plants should be better. Plants that are purchsed in flower may appear to have a premature end to their flowering when, as...

Orchids: Orchid Stems & Leaves, fei fei, flower spike
fei fei, flower spike, phalaenopsis orchids: Fei, all is well. Many phalaenopsis bloom just once from their flower spike and the spike then dies back. You can cut the spike off entirely as the next flowering will come from a new flower spike originating from the base of the plant. Removing the flower...

Orchids: Orchids, phalaenopsis orchids, orchid fertilizer
phalaenopsis orchids, orchid fertilizer, acid ph: Asley, it is not harmful to people or pets but I doubt that it will achieve the intended effect on your plant because sulphur is fairly insoluble in water. Not all orchids do best with an acid ph and the usual range can be ph 6 - 8 which is the range of most...

Orchids: Orchids, phalaenopsis orchid plants, orchid potting mix
phalaenopsis orchid plants, orchid potting mix, flower spike: Glori, if only the old flower spikes are dried up and some the leaves are fine, there is a good chance for recovery. If the old flower spike and all of the leaves have also dried up, the chances are nil for recovery. The first thing to do when receiving...

Orchids: orchid spikes, flower spike, flower spikes
flower spike, flower spikes, orchid potting mix: Tracy, basically, there is no wrong way to treat an old flower spike. Some flower spikes just die back naturally, whereas, some remain green. For the latter group you may cut off the flower spike just above the second or third node (ie joint) counting from...

Orchids: P. salu Peoker ~ Dead?, long hot bath, fir bark
long hot bath, fir bark, drainage holes: Tracy, the main emphasis now should be to locate a suitable potting mix and repot your plant. The orchid potting mix should have fir bark pieces in it. Because fir bark, when dry, repels water, you should soak it prior to use. Be sure to use a plastic pot...

Orchids: Phal, orchid potting mix, drainage holes
orchid potting mix, drainage holes, fir bark: It sounds like you over watered it for the type of potting mix it is in. If there still is at least one leaf in good condition, I recommend that you obtain a hobby bag of fir-bark based orchid potting mix. You should repot it to a plastic pot with lots of...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis orchid's new leave is very small, new roots, new leaves
new roots, new leaves, king thanks: If your sphagnum moss stays wet for that long, either you have very high humidity, your sphagnum moss has compacted (a common problem in moss), insufficient drainage (ie not enough drain holes in the pot) or a combination of these. You may want to consider...

Orchids: phalenopsis leaves, orchid potting mix, black rot
orchid potting mix, black rot, new leaves: Amy, I m not optimistic about survival chanes. This is black rot and it probably affected not only the leaves but the tissues at their base which are necessary to produce new leaves. It sounds like the potting mix was degraded and, therefore, kept too moist,...

Orchids: Text, rebecca tyson northen, prentiss hall
rebecca tyson northen, prentiss hall, care of orchids: Dan, the late Rebecca Tyson Northen has a book entitled Home Orchid Growing . Her first edition was published in 1950 and was updated every 10 years until her death. This is considered to be a classic in the field. Publisher is Prentiss Hall. You may also...

Orchids: White spots on my Orchid Leaves, immature insects, systemic insecticide
immature insects, systemic insecticide, mealy bugs: Krystal, I cannot detect the spots on your picture as I can t enlarge it. However, from your description, I suspect that the tacky white stuff is likely a mealy bug infestation. Mealy bugs are sucking insects often found on orchids. They make the leaves around...

Orchids: Dendrobium, best of both worlds, parentage
best of both worlds, parentage, canes: First Lilly, let me congratulate you on your bargain. The flowering habit of a dendrobium very much depends upon parentage. Some hybrids flower only on the old canes, while others flower only on the new canes. You have the best of both worlds due to hybridizing...

Orchids: Dendrobium orchid, mother plant, main stem
mother plant, main stem, keiki: It sounds like they are roots. I would let them grow until you can train them into a separate pot. Only after they get established should you consider cutting the main stem just below the roots to achieve a separate plant. By leaving them on the mother plant...

Orchids: moss orchids, flower spike, phalaenopsis orchids
flower spike, phalaenopsis orchids, winter blooms: John, I presume you call them moss orchids because you grow them in moss (or maybe you meant moth orchids). I will presume that you are actually growing phalaenopsis (otherwise called moth orchids). With phalaenopsis orchids, the flower spike actually...

Orchids: night temp., night temp, night temperature
night temp, night temperature, vent: There are several methods. If you have air conditioning, place the plant near a vent (remember that conditioed air is dry so keep your plant moist or on a pebble tray). Another option is to put it in a cooler area of the house (such as a basement). If none...

Orchids: ORCHID EMERGENCY!!!!!!!, fungus removal, orchid potting mix
fungus removal, orchid potting mix, fir bark: I just have two concerns about what you did: 1) If you place crocking in the bottom of the pot it should be inorganic. By putting potting mix in the bottom of the pot, it will deteriorate (ie rot) quite quickly. If you put material in the pot bottom, use...

Orchids: Orchid bloom color change., flower spike, opening flowers
flower spike, opening flowers, pink blooms: It may be possible but I have never heard of an instance of this being attempted. Since both pink and white are the most common colors for phalaenopsis, as you pointed out, it is not difficult to find pink phalaenopsis without going through the task of staining...

Orchids: orchid, room temperature water, flower spike
room temperature water, flower spike, fir bark: Mari, the orchid needs good roots to thrive. Any roots that are firm should be left on the plant as these are healthy. Roots that have rotted are mushy and those are the ones that should be removed. You mentioned that you potted the plant in bark. It should...

Orchids: orchid problems after lack of watering and new sprout, phalaenopsis orchids, new roots
phalaenopsis orchids, new roots, plant sitter: Karen, I m going to assume that the orchids you have are phalaenopsis (ie moth) orchids. If this assumption is in error, we ll have to revisit the question. In order for phalaenopsis orchids to bloom, they must send up a bloom spike. This is probably what...

Orchids: orchids, physan 20, fungus infection
physan 20, fungus infection, damp weather: Brian, the spots are called petal blight caused by a Botrytis fungus. This usually occurs when the flowers become damp from misting or watering and is especially common during cool, damp weather. Old and fading flowers are especially susceptible to this fungus...

Orchids: orchids and eggs, principle stages, systemic insecticide
principle stages, systemic insecticide, adult scale: Ian, good description of a sucking insect called scale . There are three principle stages in this insect s life cycle: egg, crawler, and adult. You have described the adult stage. The adult stage is where the name scale comes from as it is an apt description...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis Orchid, orchid potting mix, humidity tray
orchid potting mix, humidity tray, root health: Seth, with regard to question # 1, position the plant such that on a sunny afternoon you can see a slight shadow on a leaf when you position a finger between the plant and the window. The late afternoon sun is usually brighter in a west window than the recommended...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis tip, flower spike, phalaenopsis orchids
flower spike, phalaenopsis orchids, terrestrial orchids: Thanks for your question Mona. The flower spike on some phalaenopsis orchids remains green after flowering. The node (ie joint) on these old spikes can be induced to produce new plants called keikis. These develop roots and leaves from the node and can...

Orchids: phalaenopsis, orchid potting mix, orchid roots
orchid potting mix, orchid roots, drainage holes: John, almost always the reason for this condition is found in the roots. Usually, the concern about under or overwatering must be placed in the context of the potting mix. If the potting mix is too soil-like or the plant is in moss, it is very easy to overwater....

Orchids: pot size, pot size, potting mix
pot size, potting mix, bulbs: Ralph, Plant these about one inch apart and about one inch deep. You can judge the size of the pot based upon this and the number of bulbs you have. If you have just one bulb you will need a pot no more than 2 inches in diameter. Keep in mind that potting...

Orchids: how do i revive my orchid?, orchid potting mix, orchid roots
orchid potting mix, orchid roots, drainage holes: Jaqi, I would try repotting the plant in fresh orchid potting mix. When you unpot your plant, rinse off the roots and remove any that are mushy (healthy orchid roots are firm). Soak the orchid potting mix prior to use. You may lose the droopy leaves depending...

Orchids: Spots, isopropyl alcohol, systemic insecticide
isopropyl alcohol, systemic insecticide, orchid potting mix: Barbara, it is likely that your plant is infected with brown scale. This is an insect commonly found on orchids, so named because the adults form a half scaly shell. When there are adults, there are also crawlers which are more difficult to see because...

Orchids: sick orchid, flower spike, drainage holes
flower spike, drainage holes, fir bark: Your plant is doing just what it is programmed to do. Flowers generally open from bottom of the stem to the top and normally fall in the same order. It is likely a phalaenopsis orchid also called a moth orchid. Individual flowers last 4 -6 weeks, but, of...

Orchids: Vanda flower spikes never get bigger, flower spikes, new roots
flower spikes, new roots, king thanks: Thanks for the picture. My observations from the picture you sent (recognizing that photos often don t accurately reflect their subjects): the leaves appear to be too deep a green color to reflect substantial exposure to bright light (eg. in the photo I...

Orchids: White stuff in the roots, moth orchids, phalaenopsis orchids
moth orchids, phalaenopsis orchids, mealy bugs: Carla, it sounds like it might be a mealy bug attack, but I can t be sure from your description. Mealy bugs appear as a white, sort of fluffy meterial, when there are lots of them. It would be helpful if you could attach a picture. They do travel easily...

Orchids: Wilted orchid, room temperature water, fir bark
room temperature water, fir bark, drainage holes: Tomasiena, the ice cube method is not a genrally accepted way to grow phalaenopsis orchids. When ice cubes melt, they initially produce ice water. These orchids prefer room temperature water. Secondly, when ice cubes melt, the resulting water will make...

Orchids: Cymbidium Orchard Care When Blooms Die, flower spike, balanced fertilizer
flower spike, balanced fertilizer, blossoms: Thank you Sue for your question and description. I recommend that you remove the old flower spike by cutting it off near the base of the plant. Be sure to use a cutting instrument that you have not used on other plants. I would resist watering it until...

Orchids: dancing lady, fungus infection, dancing lady
fungus infection, dancing lady, funny spots: It is more l.ikely to be a fungus infection so spray the leaf with a copper based fungicide at least once per week for a month. My next best guess is a virus. If the latter, there is no treatment other than, if only one leaf is involved, remove the leaf...

Orchids: double stem on orchid, flower spikes, phalaenopsis orchids
flower spikes, phalaenopsis orchids, double stem: Ashley, with proper care, as a plant increases in vigor, it is capable of producing more flower spikes and, consequently, more flowers. Usually, good flowering requires adequate light and a healthy root system. It sounds as if you have both. Phalaenopsis...

Orchids: Found Orchid, eary in the morning, new roots
eary in the morning, new roots, hanging baskets: Grace, lucky you. South Florida is a great place to grow vandas. It would be great if the tag contained the name of the plant, but, you can t have everything. With regard to the tall growth with the dormant roots beneath, you can cut it off and anchor it...

Orchids: flower buds not opening, phalaenopsis orchid plants, orchid potting mix
phalaenopsis orchid plants, orchid potting mix, flower buds: Grace, I m going to assume that you bought this plant in flower a year ago and it is now trying to rebloom again. I m also going to assume that you have not repotted this plant since you brought it home. It is recommended that phalaenopsis orchid plants be...

Orchids: Ithink i am killing my orchids, idk if its to much heat, to much cold!!!!! PLEASE HELP ME SAVE THEM!!!!!!!!!!!, baby blooms, types of orchids
baby blooms, types of orchids, new flower: Mary, always good to hear from a newbe. For some successful orchid growers like your dad it is always easy. Over the years I have heard from hundreds of new growers, many of whom have an emotional stake in what happens to their plant(s). Let s consider this...

Orchids: Lady Slipper Orchid, lady slipper orchids, drainage holes
lady slipper orchids, drainage holes, rapid drainage: Unlike phalaenopsis, paphiopedilums are not in constant growth. However, it seems as though you should have seen some new growth by now. Be sure you let the potting mix dry out between waterings and they should be in a pot with 6 or more drainage holes in...

Orchids: Maxillaria tenuifoli Help(1), orchid potting mix, moisture retention
orchid potting mix, moisture retention, tree fern: Alfredo, it is not unusual to have the backbulbs shrivel. However, I believe your potting mix is both too coarse and, probably, stays too dry which could also account for the shriveling. Charcoal is just one ingredient used in an orchid potting mix and helps...

Orchids: milky subtance, plant tissue, pores
plant tissue, pores, sap: Ro, you are observing plant sap leaking from the tissue. Plant sap serves the same purpose as blood does in animals-- it carries nutrients to the plant. It is sticky because it contains a lot of sugar. The flowers are supported by green tissue which controls...

Orchids: A new orchid shoot growing out the flower spike, bamboo stake, keiki
bamboo stake, keiki, environmental factors: Having a keiki is somewhat dependent upon genetics. Some species that are used in creating hybrids are more likely to influence keiki formation than others. Of course, environmental factors also play a role. For example, low light conditions may cause keiki...

Orchids: Orchid Help(1), reddish patches, leaf tissue
reddish patches, leaf tissue, fungal infection: Alfredo, thanks for the picture attached to this question. Based upon this picture, it looks like sunburn. It appears that the tip burned first and that the reddidh appearance of leaf tissue below that results from very high light conditions. I would cut...

Orchids: Orchid Help(1), dendrobiums, high humidity
dendrobiums, high humidity, potting mix: Thanks for the pictures. If this is a dendrobium (most dendrobiums grow canes-- although there are some exceptions) you should pot it up only when it has new growth. Secondly, never remove any roots unless they are rotted. When the plant is resting, root...

Orchids: Orchid Help(2), leaf tip, potting mix
leaf tip, potting mix, root tip: This may be chemical burning caused by the concentration of salts statrting in the root tip. Cut off the damaged portion of the leaf (tip), flush your potting mix with pure water and reduce and feed with a more dilute plant food (eg 1/4 tsp per gallon)....

Orchids: Orchid hybridization, orchid hybridization, rebecca tyson
orchid hybridization, rebecca tyson, prentiss hall: I don t know of any on-line sites, but I can recommend the book by the late Rebecca Tyson Northen titled Home Orchid Growing . It was published by Prentiss Hall Press. In the third edition, she has a chapter titled Growing and Sowing your own seed...

Orchids: oncidium alliance, high pressure sodium lights, high pressure sodium
high pressure sodium lights, high pressure sodium, night temperatures: You should expect pseudobulb shriveling as the plant goes through it s rest period. The new growth is a good sign. I think dunking it is fine. If you dunk it, however, be aware that fir bark might float up from the potting mix and out over the top of the...

Orchids: orchid, room temperature water, flower spike
room temperature water, flower spike, green leaves: Marie, your description sounds like you have a dendrobium orchid. Dendrobiums rest during part of the year abd like to be kept relatively dry during that period. Try misting it a couple of times a week until it shows new growth at which time you can resume...

Orchids: orchid problemC, orchid potting mix, terminal buds
orchid potting mix, terminal buds, flower spike: Thanks for your question Delia. Watering and feeding is likely not a problem. I will assume that this orchid is newly purchased and hasn t flowered for you previously. One possibility is that the terminal buds were exposed to cold while transferring the...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis lost all leaves, dead roots, favorable environment
dead roots, favorable environment, potting mix: The first step in answering the question is for you to check on the roots. Dead roots are mushy and will not support future growth. If you still have healthy roots then recovery of the plant will depend upon the health of the growing point ( tissues at the...

Orchids: Phalenopsis Orchid, flower spike, flower spikes
flower spike, flower spikes, phalaenopsis: Mary, you are right that this is unusual. Usually, flowers will fade in the same sequence in which they open (so, first to open should be first to close). Loss of all flowers at once is usually the result of trauma to the plant such as exposure to the cold...

Orchids: phal in real trouble!, flower spike, fir bark
flower spike, fir bark, aerial roots: Usually, the old leaves will fall off naturally-- but not always. Dead leaves, of course, contribute nothing to the plant and removing them will not injure the plant. Leaving them on the plant in a humid environment may inviting decomposition of the leaf...

Orchids: How to save my Cambria Orchid, flower spikes, fir bark
flower spikes, fir bark, orchid potting mix: Sylvia, orchid flowers usually last 4-6 weeks so it appears that there is nothing wrong with your plant. If the other parts of the plant are healthy, you can groww this plant on for another blooming next year. This particular plant will not rebloom on old...

Orchids: spots on leaves, oak hill gardens, e mail address
oak hill gardens, e mail address, fungal spores: Thanks Bill. That is a much better picture. You will lose the bottom two leaves. There are early sign of chlorosis on another leaf so it appears that the wet conditions which foster fungal growth are causing fungal spores to spread. I would remove the...

Orchids: Unknown Orchid, apple blossom, cattleya alliance
apple blossom, cattleya alliance, light plants: Alfredo, it looks like a member of the cattleya alliance. If it is, it should have pseudobulbs from which the leaves emerge. The leaves are fairly thick and there may be one or two leaves per pseudobulb. There are many genera in the cattleya alliance (...

Orchids: yellow leaves!, inner pot, yellow leaves
inner pot, yellow leaves, green leaves: Barb, roots above the potting mix that are firm are fine. Usually, when they get wet, you will see some green in them. Orchid roots photosynthesize, hence the green color is the chlorophyll. To this end, a clear pot permits light to get to the roots and...

Orchids: Jewel orchid not doing well, coco peat, peat moss
coco peat, peat moss, anthocyanin pigment: It should form roots and rhizomes in your potting mix if you don t let it dry out too much. If the plant has no roots with which to anchor it in the potting mix, you may tie a twisty tie around the base of the plant and bury the loose end in the potting mix...

Orchids: Orchids wilting very quickly, drainage holes, orchid potting mix
drainage holes, orchid potting mix, fir bark: Min, it is difficult to know the condition of the potting mix when you purchased the plant. Since your plant has finished flowering this would be a good time to repot your plant in fresh orchid potting mix. To know whether root rot might be the reason for...

Orchids: Organic fertilizer, fish emulsion, orchid fertilizer
fish emulsion, orchid fertilizer, cow manure: The use of fresh animal dung is toxic to plants. Growers use commercial grade organics that have been sterilized. The commercial organics are largely of two types: that based on seaweed and that based on fish emulsion. These should be available in most...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis, insect vector, fungal spores
insect vector, fungal spores, insect damage: Thanks for your clear picture. Is there any change on the underside of the leaf opposite these upper surface changes? I see nothing that suggests an insect vector or a slug or snail. Because the leaf is otherwise very healthy, I would not treat it. The catch...

Orchids: Saving a cym after loosing leaves, bright sun light, phals
bright sun light, phals, cymbidium: Jennifer, I think your plant will do fine. As long as your pseudobulbs are plump and healthy, they likely have eyes at their base from which next spring s growth will come. For new, the plant is at rest (except for the root growth) and you should cut way...

Orchids: scale insect, systemic insecticide, scale insect
systemic insecticide, scale insect, plant tissues: Nwe, actually, cattleya and other thick leaved orchids are the favorite hosts for scale. However, when you described the scale as white, I wonder if it is scale or mealy. Scale tends to be brown, gray, or semi-transparent. They are difficult to get rid...

Orchids: cymbidium, royal horticulture society, dear sirs
royal horticulture society, dear sirs, google: Unless an orchid is registered with the Royal Horticulture Society which publishes the name. breeder, parentage, etc, it is practically impossible to know who grows this plant. Many growers forego this registration (perhaps due to cost) and simply assign...

Orchids: Dendrobium orchid, growing orchids, rest period
growing orchids, rest period, name tag: Thanks for your question Esther. There are two groups of dendrobiums. The first type prefer cooler temperatures and flowers along the upright cane. The second type are warm growers and flower from spike usually originating near the top of the cane. Because...

Orchids: Dendrobium starts to flower, then dries up, halogen bulbs, halogen lighting
halogen bulbs, halogen lighting, flower spikes: Well, so much for that idea. I assume from your remarks, that you have flowered this plant before. I also assume that no name tag accompanied the plant when you received it. I notice more and more orchid plants are coming without names. Commercial mass marketers...

Orchids: Dendrobium orchid, plant blooms, new flower
Orchids: Dendrobium orchid, plant blooms, new flower, leaves

Orchids: little white bugs, fungus gnats, orchid potting mix
fungus gnats, orchid potting mix, fir bark: Kris, thank you for your questions. Those small flies, most likely fungus gnats , are harmless and an indicator that your potting mix has degraded. They lay their eggs in potting mix that is damp and soil-like. You need to obtain a hobby bag of fir bark...

Orchids: Parasites on Bourbon Vanilla?, bourbon vanilla, adult insect
bourbon vanilla, adult insect, leaf miner: Anna, I can t say for sure what it is but the damage appears similar to that caused by a leaf miner. The adult insect deposits its eggs into or on a leaf and when the eggs hatch, the larvae burrow into the leaf between the upper and lower surface of the leaf....

Orchids: pot. little fortune #15, small clay pots, little fortune
small clay pots, little fortune, mistings: Theo, this is Brassavola nodosa x Brassavola Little Stars. My experience with B. nodosa is to grow it in a well-drained inorganic potting mix with light on the brighter ride and temperatures on the warm side (70-80 degrees). When it s in a well draining...

Orchids: Anosmum care during overwintering, dendrobiums, window shelf
dendrobiums, window shelf, coastal virginia: Corinne, it sounds like you have deciduous dendrobiums. Like deciduous trees which lose their leaves during their rest period, so too do these dendrobiums. Watering should be kept to a minimum during rest(the purpose of any spraying or watering during this...

Orchids: B.Nodosa, flower spike, flower spikes
flower spike, flower spikes, new roots: I see a dark growth (ie shoot) emerging from an eye at the base of one old growth (right most growth). It remains to be seen whether this growth will mature. Sometimes eyes will develop into new growth but the development is arrested. You have a healthy...

Orchids: Cattleya leaves problem, leaf surface, new leaf
leaf surface, new leaf, unkown: Nwe, thanks for the enlarged picture. The pattern of spots suggests that this damage was done before the leaf expanded. The fact that the spotting is at the tip of the leaf also suggests an early damage. Can t really pin down what caused the damage but the...

Orchids: a mini catt-drobie hybrid is ill, sarasota florida area, brassavola nodosa
sarasota florida area, brassavola nodosa, orchid potting mix: BoDean, you didn t mention whether, and when, you last repotted. You also didn t mention what type of orchid it is or if it has a name. If a minicattleya (it sounds like a brassavola== cattleya hybrid). Brassavolas are night fragrant and this is imparted...

Orchids: Orchid dormancy, signs of stress, dormant period
signs of stress, dormant period, phalaenopsis: Thank you for your question Bridget. Phalaenopsis do not require a rest period. It is not unusual for a phal to bloom repeatedly. It clearly likes the growing conditions so that is a good thing. For now, enjoy. Watch for signs of stress, such as loss of...

Orchids: Orchid Fungus-Fusarium, orchid pests and diseases, use of hydrogen peroxide
orchid pests and diseases, use of hydrogen peroxide, xylem and phloem: The diagnostic marker for fusarium wilt is the presence of pink fibrovascular bundles (xylem and phloem). The American Orchid Society s publication on Orchid Pests and Diseases recommends the following: Discard that part of the rhizome and pseudobulbs showing...

Orchids: Phal budding four spikes, african violets, orchid food
african violets, orchid food, south exposure: Cathryn, I would stay away from the moss as it compacts over time and tends to remain too wet or too dry. I think the Better Gro will work well for you, but, yes, you will need to soak a fresh batch. If you repot while it is bud or flower, you could lose...

Orchids: Planting very small orchid plants, fir bark, orchid plants
fir bark, orchid plants, air plants: Purnima, with 3-4 inch roots I would remove them from the bottle. In the process of doing this be careful not to damage the roots. Orchids , for the most part are air plants in that, in the wild, they grow with their roots exposed to the air. This means...

Orchids: repot of phal, drainage holes, orchid potting mix
drainage holes, orchid potting mix, fir bark: Hi Lydia. Yes, this would be a good time to repot. You should be able to locate a small bag of fir-bark based orchid potting mix at Amy garden canter that sells orchid plants. Even building supply stores that have garden centers such as Lowes or Home Depot...

Orchids: Broken Stem, flower spike, types of houseplants
flower spike, types of houseplants, bamboo stake: Sandra, it can t hurt to bandage it. As long as enough conducting vessels are still intact and plant sap is able to flow to the buds, it may still flower. You probably should stabilize the broken branch before wrapping it in place. One way to stabilize...

Orchids: Color variation within the same orchid plant, flower spike, flower spikes
flower spike, flower spikes, color variation: Very good question Stephanie. I have never seen a good explanation for pigment distribution in a plant. Most pigments in orchids are water soluble (or soluble in plant sap) and therefore they are transported via the veins and deposited in specific locations....

Orchids: cambria orchid, drainage holes, orchid potting mix
drainage holes, orchid potting mix, fir bark: Tony, often times. leaf-tip die off is related to salts which concentrate at the tip of the leaves. When the plant enters a new growth phase (ie when you first see new root growth), repot it in a fir bark based orchid potting mix, being sure to not damage...

Orchids: crinkled leaves, sponge rock, salt accumulation
sponge rock, salt accumulation, fir bark: Tony, it is not uncommon for the thin-leaved orchids to present this problem. Usually, this is because the plant sap s flow to these leaves has been insufficient to allow them to unfold prperly. There can be several reasons for this condition. First. the...

Orchids: Dendrobium Orchid, flowers in bloom, fungal spores
flowers in bloom, fungal spores, excessive sunlight: It is difficult to anticipate the length of the rest period as it may vary from one type of dendrobiuum to another. In general it may last anywhere from 2 to 5 months. When you see new root growth, you can feed with every watering. Dendrobiums are highly variable...

Orchids: Dendrobrium Care(1), insect bites, plant tissue
insect bites, plant tissue, blotches: Alfredo, from what I can tell using the picture, it looks like the plant has been exposed to bright light. When light is too bright, the first symptom is the deposition of anthocyanins (red pgmentation) in the plant tissue. If the bright light continues...

Orchids: Dry Orchid Roots Below, orchid roots, orchid potting mix
orchid roots, orchid potting mix, fir bark: Thank you for your questions Alice. It sounds as if growing the orchid in the unvented container kept the roots too wet, resulting in root rot. In addition to growing in a plastic container, it is good practice to repot the plant after each flowering in...

Orchids: Fertilizer Enquiry, magic bullet theory, vitamins and hormones
magic bullet theory, vitamins and hormones, orchid potting mix: I share you skepticism. If it s too good to be true, it probably isn t true. As you are probably aware, each of these numbers in the fertilizer formulation serves a special purpose. The first number is nitrogen which primarily plays a role in boosing new...

Orchids: What are those white spots on my potting mix?, lawns, pots
Orchids: What are those white spots on my potting mix?, lawns, pots

Orchids: half my new buds have turned yellow, orchid potting mix, drainage holes
orchid potting mix, drainage holes, fir bark: Nia, if you keep it on the dry side you may be able to wait to repot until it is done blooming You can repot anytime, but if the plant is in flower spike, disturbance of the roots by repotting might cause the flower spike to abort. This is a judgement call...

Orchids: leaves growing on bloom stem, mother plant, keiki
mother plant, keiki, clone: Nancy, it sounds if if you have a keiki. This is a plantlet growing at a node (ie joint) in the old green flower spike. Given enough time, these can grow into fairly lerge plants with multiple leaves and roots-- some even develop flower spike and flower while...

Orchids: Orchid with drooping leaves, flower spike, flower spikes
flower spike, flower spikes, wet roots: You are right about the difficulty in knowing when and how to water in sphagnum moss. First, I would not use plant food as the salts will tend to build up in the moss and it is very difficult to flush them out. Other than that, I think the same procedure...

Orchids: Orchid Help(1), fuzzy insects, mealy bugs
fuzzy insects, mealy bugs, mold growth: Good to hear from you Alfredo. Thanks for the picture. I think, if you haven t unpotted the plant, you should. Check the roots. At least one major problem here is likely root rot from keeping the potting mix too wet. This you can confirm, however, by...

Orchids: Orchid Help(2), peat moss, fir bark
peat moss, fir bark, coconut fiber: I recommend that you not use sphagnum moss as that seems to be keeping your potting mix too wet. Most symptoms shown in your photo suggests that the potting mix is staying too wet. Crumbling roots are rotted roots and are the result of potting mix problems....

Orchids: Orchid potting mix, landscape mulch, growing orchids
landscape mulch, growing orchids, old addage: Patricia, this may be a mulch similar to the ground-up rubber tire particles available several years ago. I have a small quantity but have not yet used it. I know many commercial and amateur orchid growers and not a single one uses it. I don t know if it...

Orchids: Orchid rebloom and prunning, light green leaves, orchid potting mix
light green leaves, orchid potting mix, flower spikes: Gabriela, pruning the flowers on the dendrobium is not the reason for reduced flowering. Most dendrobiums require a rest period after flowering and watering should be suspended during the rest period. If you continued to water it during rest, the plant will...

Orchids: Orchid Shoot, orchid roots, aerial roots
orchid roots, aerial roots, pot culture: Muriel, I m assuming you are referring to a phalaenopsis orchid. Roots become less brittle if they are soaked well before repotting. If the roots are horizontal and would have to be bent considerably before repotting,try to use a deeper and/or wider pot...

Orchids: My orchid is dying!, spider mites, northern climate
spider mites, northern climate, spider web: Derick, it sounds as if you do have spider mites. You could use Safer s Insecicidal Soap to spray on the plant. The mites are most common when the plant is air that is fairly dry as is it in thje winter in the northern climate. It also is possible that...

Orchids: orchid flower stem shrivelling, orchid potting mix, fir bark
orchid potting mix, fir bark, new roots: Hopefully you have been using an orchid potting mix and not straight fir bark. Fir bark alone may result in a potting mix that stays too dry and is difficult to wet. On the other hand, phalaenopsis orchids need an annual repotting after each flowering to...

Orchids: orchids, sorrounding areas, american orchid society
sorrounding areas, american orchid society, types of orchids: Cory, I too am from Wisconsin and one of the founders of the Orchid Grower s Guild that meets at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison. We had our large orchid show at the Alliant Energy Center three weeks ago. The next show is next weekend and is sponsored...

Orchids: Phal growing slowly, new roots, new leaves
new roots, new leaves, phals: Congratulattions for nice looking plants. It is not unusual for newly repotted plants to take several months to re-establish themselves. The leaves in the photo look like they are getting the right amount of light. Don t change anything for now and see how...

Orchids: Phal orchid petals, orchid petals, orchid flowers
orchid petals, orchid flowers, orchids: Brenda, there are one of two most likely answers. The first is that the flowers had been open for some time before he obtained them and were near the end of their life. Individual orchid flowers have a lifr span of 3-4 weeks. Another possibility is that...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis repotting, orchid potting mix, plastic pot
orchid potting mix, plastic pot, valentine s day: Chris, I think your plant will be fine for that length of time. The rule of thumb is better dry than wet, so let the current potting mix dry out pending repotting. I ll assume you don t need any advice on the repotting process, but if you need it when the...

Orchids: Re: Dendrobrium Care(2), dying leaves, pinkish color
dying leaves, pinkish color, canes: Alfredo, if you flowered it, I wouldn t be concerned about the light level. Yes, dendrobiums do like a lot of light but if they have been growing in low light, light levels need to be gradually increased. For dendrobiums, I like to see the canes with a slight...

Orchids: Tolumnia, small clay pots, wood slabs
small clay pots, wood slabs, epiphytes: Nwe, I do not find tolumnias easy to grow. As you may know they are called twig epiphytes and, in the Carribean, they grow at the end of twigs where they get bathed in mist each night and are exposed to full sun in the day. They like it very warm and very...

Orchids: Toomuch sun for cymbidium orchard, orchid potting mix, shady location
orchid potting mix, shady location, degree centigrade: Marie, while your plant s leaves are unsightly due to the sunburn, as long as the pseudobulbs are healthy and firm they will grow nice new green leaves. The plant should shortly enter a new growth phase. Pseudobulbs have tiny eyes at the base of the pseudobulb...

Orchids: What are those white spots on my potting mix?, snow mold, mold growth
snow mold, mold growth, potting mix: It lookls a litle like snow mold which occurs when the potting mix is being kept too moist or humid. You may be using a soil-like potting mix and/or one with moss and that mix is retaining too much water. It is not clear from the picture, but it looks like...

Orchids: yellow buds broken areial root#2, flower spike, yellow buds
flower spike, yellow buds, little buds: Nia, since the buds that have dried out are at the end of the flower spike there are several possible explanations for bud loss. The most sanguine reason is that the plant is not strong enough to open all the buds it initiates. It s ambitions exceed it capabilities...

Orchids: double blossom on phaelenopsis, self pollination, types of orchids
self pollination, types of orchids, seed pod: Pat, while it is not commonplace for some, or all, of the flower structures on a flower to double but it happens on many types of orchids. While we tend to think of the orchid as a single entity (as usually it does), each flower is capable of behaving independently...

Orchids: Keiki or flower spike, flower spike, potting mix
flower spike, potting mix, phal: I am fine. Thank you for asking. Also, thank you for the picture. You are right that at an early stage (such as that shown in your picture) the newly emerging tissue does not lend itself to identification. I could be wrong, but, because this is in the root...

Orchids: Mutation & variegated, group of orchids, terrestrial orchids
group of orchids, terrestrial orchids, cultivar name: A mutation is a modification of one or more genes responsible for one or more characteristics of the plant. When it occurs, it initially affects the germinal tissue such as the pollen or ovaries and only rarely results in viable embryos. Another way of putting...

Orchids: nitrogen sources, nitrate nitrogen, nitrogen sources
nitrate nitrogen, nitrogen sources, organic solids: Scott, good question. Nitrate nitrogen is the inorganic form which is the form most easily utilized by plant tissue to produce proteins of various kinds for plant growth. Other forms of nitrogen, such as that found in urea, require digestion into simpler...

Orchids: Orchid Bulbs, strybing arboretum, commercial orchid growers
strybing arboretum, commercial orchid growers, orchid potting mix: I have a couple of suggestions: attend a meeting of the San Francisco Orchid Society and speak with one of the officers or members about the help you need. They meet at the San Francisco County Fair Building (Hall of Flowers)adjacent to the San Francisco...

Orchids: Orchid care, indirect sunlight, orchid care
indirect sunlight, orchid care, phalaenopsis: Brieana, I presume that there was no name tag in the pot. There is a type of coloration on a particular hybrid in which the petals and sepals are outlined in white. This is called a picotee coloration pattern. The most common one is a hybrid with the name...

Orchids: Orchid Enquiry, alfredo alfredo, bright indirect light
alfredo alfredo, bright indirect light, orchid species: Alfredo, first let me introduce you to an online site for species. It is called the Orchid Species Encyclopedia . It contains descriptions of most known orchid species including photos. I am hoping to meet the sites creator, Jay Pfahl, in May. There is...

Orchids: Orchid Identification, determin, orchids
determin, orchids, alfredo: Alfredo, continue to grow it in the soil in which you found it. Many orchids considered to be epiphytes often will fall out of trees and continue to grow on the ground even though they are not strictly called terrestrial. This may be the case with the plant...

Orchids: Orchid needs help, drainage holes, orchid potting mix
drainage holes, orchid potting mix, morning sunlight: Janet, your phalaenopsis needs to be repotted in fresh orchid potting mix. Be sure the pot you use has lots of drainage holes. When unpotting, check the roots for any that are mushy or stringy. These should be removed before repotting. Good roots are firm...

Orchids: orchid, fungus gnat, orchid potting mix
fungus gnat, orchid potting mix, shirley shirley: Shirley, it might be a fungus gnat which is harmless to the orchid and thrives in old and damp potting mix. When you repot with fresh orchid potting mix, this should eliminate them-- just be sure to keep the potting mix on the drier side. I m inclined to...

Orchids: orchid leaves fell off, flower spike, drainage holes
flower spike, drainage holes, orchid potting mix: Tara, your picture shows only the flower and flower spike, but, limp leaves is the first stage in leaf loss and also reflects root rot. While it is unlikely that the limp leaves will recover, you may be able to yet save this plant by repotting it in fresh...

Orchids: orchids reproduction, rebecca tyson northen, types of orchids
rebecca tyson northen, types of orchids, flower spikes: Tony, it depends upon which orchids you have. A few types of orchids can produce new plants from canes or old flower spikes. Notable among these are phalaenopsis and some dendrobiums. These plants produce plantlets at nodes (ie joints) which contain meristemmatic...

Orchids: Phal Orchid with Droopy leaves and withering roots, reddish hue, brown roots
reddish hue, brown roots, dead leaf: Michelle, it is clear that both plants are in need of repotting, however, for now. I would concentrate on the nonflowering plant. In the interim, cut back on the watering of plant A and allow it to go to term on its flowering. As a general rule with orchids,...

Orchids: Root or Stem, flower spikes, aerial roots
flower spikes, aerial roots, new flower: Candace, in general, roots have a grey covering called a velamin and, when in active growth, have a green tip. New flowering spikes, on the pther hand, tend to be all green. Yes, roots can grow upward. You should be hopeful, but, this sounds to me like...

Orchids: am i watering too much?, vandaceous orchids, orchid potting mix
vandaceous orchids, orchid potting mix, vandaceous plants: Allison, the time it takes for an orchid to mature to blooming size depends upon: how old the plant is when you receive it, the type of plant,the condition it is in, and the care it receives. Phalaenopsis orchids are generally the easiest to care for and should...

Orchids: alcra lillan oka, orchid potting mix, oncidium alliance
orchid potting mix, oncidium alliance, full bloom: If the new growths are as large or larger than the old ones, you shouldn t need to repot. Only if the new growths are smaller should repotting into a larger container with fresh orchid potting mix be considered. Aliceara (alcra) is an intergeneric hybrid...

Orchids: Io, lifespan, thanks in advance
lifespan, thanks in advance, offspring: Yes, they grow under similar conditions and are called twig epiphytes. They are not easy to grow and do best mounted in humid, bright conditions. Even when grown well and flowered well, the plants have a short lifespan. If you are able to grow Tolumnias well,...

Orchids: Orchid, scale insects, pin spots
scale insects, pin spots, rubbing alcohol: Thanks for your question Ben. The pin spots are likely natural and begin to occur as new growth matures. You could rub those spots with a q-tip soaked in 70% isopropyl (ie rubbing alcohol)to see if it removes any. If so, they may be scale insects. If not,...

Orchids: Phals, flower spike, flower spikes
flower spike, flower spikes, topmost node: Good questions Dixie. With regard to pot size, a rule of thumb is to repot to a pot size 1/2 - 1 larger in diameter. However, there is an exception. If there is root rot which requires removal of several roots, it may be possible to repot back to the same...

Orchids: Pruning dead Dendrobium Orchid canes, pressure test, rest period
pressure test, rest period, canes: Sue, dendrobium canes can be very deceptive. It is not unusual for old canes to have lost their leaves and have colors ranging from brown to reddish-- depending upon the amount of light to which they are exposed. The only test for dead canes is to squeeze...

Orchids: Why roots tip turn black?, orchid roots, potting mix
orchid roots, potting mix, root tips: I am fine, thank you. Blackened root tips usually indicate conditions that are too wet promoting fungal infection. If this condition is not spresding, it may indicate the previous presence of wet conditions which the plant is keeping in check. Root rrot may...

Orchids: cymbidium spike branching, phosphorous fertilizer, oncidium
phosphorous fertilizer, oncidium, plastic container: Jessica, my first reaction is similar to yours: this sounds more like an oncidium. Do you have a tag in the plant that has a name on it? I don t know if the name could be trusted anyway as name tags can fall out and a good samaritan may pick up another tag...

Orchids: Dendrobrium Care(1), pest infestations, rest periods
pest infestations, rest periods, soft rot: The normal growth/resting cycle for a dendrobium starts with the rest period when watering is suspended. The plant will announce the end of its rest period with the start of new growth. At that time watering and feeding may be started and light levels increased....

Orchids: dried leaves.., drainage holes, orchid potting mix
drainage holes, orchid potting mix, new roots: DOLL, it is helpful (and sometimes essential) to repot a phalaenopsis in fresh orchid potting mix after each flowering. This fresh potting mix provides a fresh environment for new roots to grow and thrive. After obtaining the fresh orchid potting mix, unpot...

Orchids: Grammathophyllum leaves, leaf sheaths, mealys
leaf sheaths, mealys, copper salt: There are a couple of most-likely explanations. One is that the plant may be virused. There are means of testing for this but there are many types of virus and most tests will not detect all possible virus infections. Apart from the spotting and streaking...

Orchids: Leggy Phal, flower spikes, drainage holes
flower spikes, drainage holes, orchid potting mix: Rosemary, Thank you for the picture. I would not cut any of the roots. The best solution is to repot the plant so most, if not all, of the roots are in the pot. You will need to locate a plastic pot, with lots of drainage holes, into which the root mass will...

Orchids: Orchid Care, fir bark, orchid potting mix
fir bark, orchid potting mix, drainage holes: Kalliope, I expect that you have root problems due to a degraded potting mix. The solution is to obtain a plastic pot with lots of drainage holes and a bag of commercially prepared orchid potting mix (available prepackaged at such garden centers as Lowes...

Orchids: orchid care, temperature extremes, brassia
temperature extremes, brassia, odontoglossum: Michael, once the blooms have appeared they are likely to go to full term regardless of where you keep it (short of temperature extremes, such as below 45 degrees or above 90 degrees). An individual flower can last for 3-4 weeks.. The plant will stay in bloom...

Orchids: Phal w/ offshoots, flower spike, flower spikes
flower spike, flower spikes, mini plants: Rosemary, Thanks for the picture. The question to you: would you rather have a visually interesting plant or a thriving mother plant?. The healthy keikis (ie miniplants) are connected to the mother plant s vascular system and, probably, extract some nutrients...

Orchids: phal orchid, droopy leaves, sphagnum moss, orchid potting mix
sphagnum moss, orchid potting mix, plastic pot: Jan, orchids need to be grown in a well drained pot. For phals, I prefer a plastic pot. Your plants needs to be repotted in the preferable pot and fresh orchid potting mix. When you unpot your plant you will note a number of roots that are mushy or stringy....

Orchids: How to rescue severely dehydrated phal, fir bark, lava rock
fir bark, lava rock, potting mix: Nwe, usually dehydration is either the result of root loss or a potting mix that remains too dry. In the case of the former, you can unpot the plant and perform a careful evaluation of the roots. This should be undertaken before evaluating the potting mix....

Orchids: separation of keikis, flower spike, orchid potting mix
flower spike, orchid potting mix, keikis: Marianne, thank you for your question. I am well. Thank you. Keikis are best separated from the old flower spike when they have leaves at least two inches long and roots with green growing tips. They can be removed by a slight twist ot two near the place...

Orchids: Color/spot on different places of orchid, flower spike, flower development
flower spike, flower development, color variations: As usual, thanks for your interesting questions. I believe the term sport could be applied to these color variations in the same plant, or even the same color. The color variations are found mostly in phalaenopsis although flowers on some Cattleyas are...

Orchids: Cymbidium orchid leaf spots/tip necrosis, foliage plant, copper hydroxide
foliage plant, copper hydroxide, copper salt: Steve, I have used Kocide (copper hydroxide) without phytochemical consequences. Be sure to follow the label. We need a fairly broad spectrum control because it could be one of the rust group of fungi or the leaf spot group of fungi. If you can obtain a specific...

Orchids: D.Nicole Pelitier Orchid, flower spikes, rest periods
flower spikes, rest periods, rest period: Evelyn, this is a dendrobium orchid. Dendrobiums require a rest from watering and feeding after they finish blooming. If this is not done, they will continue to grow and use energy intended for the next growth cycle after the rest. Suspend all watering....

Orchids: Dendrobium Id, flower spike, new guinea
flower spike, new guinea, hybrids: Alfredo, all I can tell you is that it is a mini-dendrobium phalaenopsis type. There are dozen of hybrids that are similar in appearance. Chances are good that it is a cross between a dendrobium phalaenopsis type and one of the New Guinea hyrids. The flower...

Orchids: Flasking room tempature, rebecca tyson northen, tropical growers
rebecca tyson northen, tropical growers, foot candles: Ron, thank you for your question. I have done my flasking at room temperatures (ie 72-75 degrees F.). I have double-checked my experience with that advice provided by the late Rebecca Tyson Northen in her book titled Home Orchid Growing . In her chapter...

Orchids: orchid, phalaenopsis orchids, flower spikes
phalaenopsis orchids, flower spikes, drainage holes: Good to hear from you Zaida. Since you didn t state which type of orchid plant you have I ll assume it is the most common type called a phalaenopsis (otherwise called a moth orchid). Those closest structure on the phalaenopsis that is stemlike is the flower...

Orchids: Orchid Care, flower plants, light plants
flower plants, light plants, light intensity: Alfredo, since there are so many variables affecting your orchid growing, it is difficult to be very specific. Among these are light leveland the amount of time plants are exposed to a given light level. Orchids such as vandaceous and cattleya types prefer...

Orchids: Orchid leaves growing from spike, flower spike, flower spikes
flower spike, flower spikes, phalaenopsis orchids: Robert, the phenomenon you are referring to is normal. Phalaenopsis orchids in particular have a tendency to produce keikis which are clones of the mother plant. The joints on the flower spike are called nodes and new plants can arise from these nodes. ...

Orchids: orchid regrowth, phalaenopsis orchids, flower spikes
phalaenopsis orchids, flower spikes, flower spike: Thanks for your questions Jennifer. What you referred to as stems on your phalaenopsis are old flower spikes. Genetically, some phalaenopsis lose their old flower spikes, which die back. These can be cut off as they are inert. It will do no good to plant...

Orchids: Repotting, drainage holes, orchid potting mix
drainage holes, orchid potting mix, fir bark: Maria; I ll assume that you have phalaenopsis orchids. The steps I use is to first obtain some new plastic pots with lots of drainage holes in the bottom. Then obtain a good grade of orchid potting mix. This should have fir bark and a few other ingredients...

Orchids: white phaelenopsis orchid, drainage holes, orchd
drainage holes, orchd, potting mix: Aleza, usually, it means that the potting mix is staying too wet. I m assuming that you have a phalaenopsis orchid. If you haven t repotted it in the past year, it is time to do so. Be sure you use a standard orchd potting mix and use a pot with lots of...

Orchids: Alba version of orchids, horticultural varieties, propogated
horticultural varieties, propogated, true thanks: It s difficult to making sweeping generalizations, but, in my experience, I am inclined to believe that all species do have alba forms. Usually, they are rare natural mutatios but, because some find them quite attractive, they tend to be artifically propogated...

Orchids: Beginner's orchid looks sickly, orchid potting mix, african violet
orchid potting mix, african violet, oncidium alliance: Sarah, from your picture, it appears that a couple of leaves are sunburned so I would back it away from the window. You don t mention where you get your water for watering the plant or the type of fertilizer you are using. Sometimes leaf tip die back is...

Orchids: cymbidium psuedobulbs changing, storage organs, water change
storage organs, water change, thought id: Breann, thanks for raising this concern, I m going to start addressing this by assuming that you know little about cymbidium growing, so, if I m wrong, please forgive me. Cymbidium pseudobulbs that are healthy are firm. It is normal for the old pseudobulbs...

Orchids: Fertilizers, bloom period, dendrobiums
bloom period, dendrobiums, flower color: Corinne, Eight is marketed by Bonide, a marketer of Home and Garden products. It is available in the midwest at many local garden centers. On line, you can find it at Bestnest.com and a number of other retailers by googling Bonide Eight Insect Control...

Orchids: Lady Slipper Orchid(1), lady slipper orchids, bloom period
lady slipper orchids, bloom period, plant food: Your plants look healthy to me. Usually they only have one bloom period per year so there is still time to produce a flower spike this year. You didn t mention what you are feeding them or how often and what concentration. Plants in active growth usually...

Orchids: mini cattleya, cattleya alliance, lava rocks
cattleya alliance, lava rocks, lava rock: Joanne, without knowing the name of the minicatt it is difficult to say. Several members of the cattleya alliance are rupiculous (ie rock loving). If your minicatt is one of those species or a hybrid of one or more such species, growing it in lava rock...

Orchids: What next? Flowers drooping, moth orchids, orchid potting mix
moth orchids, orchid potting mix, fir bark: Thanks for your questions Crystal. The plants may be at the end of their bloom season, especially if they have been flowering for more than a month. Premature termination of flowering is usually traceable to a root problem. Since phalaenopsis would be repotted...

Orchids: orchids, white orchids, fungus infection
white orchids, fungus infection, plant tissues: Candis, brown spots on flowers are usually a symptom of senescence-- reaching the end of their lifetime. The other cause is a fungus infection as the result of getting the flowers wet from misting. The stickiness is the result of plant sap leaking from the...

Orchids: pot. little fortune 15 care guidelines, little fortune, fir bark
little fortune, fir bark, cattleya species: I would wait to repot until you see new roots emerging from the base of the plant. That way the new roots get a chance to root into fresh potting mix. The sphagnum moss should be long fibered and it should be used only if you are potting into a clay pot...

Orchids: Just Add Ice, potting mix, phal
potting mix, phal, melting ice: Alissa, I have spoken with a number of commercial and amateur growers about thee use of melting ice to water the plants. To a person, they feel this is not a helpful way to water the plants. As you suspect, the cold ice might damage the roots. It also is...

Orchids: cattleya orchid black new growth, orchid potting mix, plant drier
orchid potting mix, plant drier, little leaves: Karen, as a first step, I recommend growing the a the drier side. When you do water, do so just in the morning to give the plant time to dry off before nightfall. Also, you didn t mention any repotting that has occurred. If you haven t recently repotted...

Orchids: continue symptom of orchid leaves, dilution rate, orchid potting mix
dilution rate, orchid potting mix, chemical gloves: Evelyn, I think there is a good chance that the white stuff is an infestation of mealy bug. These are small sucking insects that, when mature, are cottony in appearance. If you have a magnifying glass, look at a colony of these and see if you can detect...

Orchids: Just Add Ice, vibrant plants, wood chips
Orchids: Just Add Ice, vibrant plants, wood chips, orchids

Orchids: moth orchids, moth orchids, flower spike
moth orchids, flower spike, new leaves: Eloisa, it is unlikely that the plant can be revived. When all leaves have been lost, it is likely that the tissue at the base of these leaves, which gives rise to new leaves, has also been damaged or destroyed. If there is an old flower spike that remains...

Orchids: mtssa. C. M. Fitch, light intensity, insufficient light
light intensity, insufficient light, adequate light: Lisa, perhaps the most common reason for failure to flower is insufficient light. While you may have adequate light to grow the plant well, light intensity needs to be increased for flowering. The best indicator of light intensity is leaf color. For flowering,the...

Orchids: New Leaf-can I repot or prune?, flower spike, phalaenopsis orchids
flower spike, phalaenopsis orchids, orchid potting mix: Alissa, it is not too late to repot. Be sure to soak the new orchid potting mix for a couple of hours before using if it is a dry mix. Your plant is strong enough to retain both the old green flower spike and the new leaf growth. Don t be surprised if...

Orchids: Orchid with brown spike, flower spike, flower spikes
flower spike, flower spikes, orchid potting mix: No need for concern Kim. It is normal for old flower spikes to die back. Some phalaenopsis types do retain their old green flower spikes and may rebloom on them. Whether the old flower spike dies back or stays green is genetically determined. You may cut...

Orchids: orchid leaves and blooming, fir bark, orchid potting mix
fir bark, orchid potting mix, sun shifts: Evelyn, I recommend that you provide more light for your orchids. Insufficient light is the principal reason why orchids fail to flower. Best place to grow them in the house is an east facing window where they can get some morning sunshine. Leaves that are...

Orchids: Pregnant Phal, rebecca tyson northen, mother flask
rebecca tyson northen, mother flask, home orchid growing: Annelaure, I agree that the plant and pod are doing well. Repotting should not be attempted while the plant carries the pod (and other flowers on a second spike). The potting mix may be somewhat degraded and, so, as an alternative to repotting, reduce your...

Orchids: Spider mite, spider mite, insecticidal soap
spider mite, insecticidal soap, spider mites: If you followed the directions for use of the insecticidal soap, it should not cause droopy leaves. It is made from naturally occuring plant oils. I suspect that you may have a root problem causing those droopy leaves. Check the roots first and repot if...

Orchids: Sunburn on freshly repotted Phal, fungus infection, indirect sunlight
fungus infection, indirect sunlight, supplemental lighting: Annelaurie, it is a good idea to take the plant out of the plastic bag. If damaged plant tissue is exposed to a humid environment, a fungus infection could set in and destroy the leaf, if not the entire plant. In general, you do less damage to a plant growing...

Orchids: Tiny, damaged baby Phalaenopsis!, orchid potting mix, leaf veins
orchid potting mix, leaf veins, plastic pot: Thanks for your question Sally. If the damaged leaf is just hanging by its threadlike veins, it is probably not getting as much nourishment as is needed so you probably would do the plant no damage to remove it. See if you can find some seedling orchid potting...

Orchids: I am worried for my orchid!, orchid potting mix, drainage holes
orchid potting mix, drainage holes, fir bark: Rayza, thank you for your questions. First, I know that there is a way to post pictures as many have posted them with their questions. However, I have no idea how they did that. There may be an icon that you can click on to attach a picture to your question....

Orchids: cymbidium orchid, nitrogen fertilizer, cymbidium orchids
nitrogen fertilizer, cymbidium orchids, dry periods: Sharyn, since you have several plants, you can experiment a bit. Try moving one where it will get more sun. Cymbidiums can take a lot of light-- even direct sun and some need it to flower. If the leaves are a rich green, they probably are not getting enough...

Orchids: My Cymbidiums needs 911, orchid potting mix, cymbidiums
orchid potting mix, cymbidiums, light intensity: Thanks Solael. I have indeed been blessed by God in so many ways. Most cymbidiums like a combination of bright light and cool temperatures-- not the best conditions to achieve in Georgia. I remember years ago I was visiting an orchid grower and seller northeast...

Orchids: Scared I killed my first Phal orcid, fir bark, peat moss
fir bark, peat moss, flower spike: Tracy, unlike many orchids, phalaenopsis don t have a growing season. Had you wanted to enjoy the flowers longer, it would have been a good idea to wait to repot it until it had finished flowering. Otherwise, the plant was in desperate need of repotting and...

Orchids: I think I cut my spike back to early, southern ontario orchid society, ontario orchid society
southern ontario orchid society, ontario orchid society, toronto botanical garden: Tracy, cutting the flower spike back will not harm your plant. Repotting your plant in fresh orchid mix after removing the mushy roots is good. Just be sure that the fresh potting mix is not dry as that will pull moisture out of the good roots. The purplish...

Orchids: 2 inflorescences on my orchid, flower spikes, little buds
flower spikes, little buds, orchid potting mix: I would cut the old flower spike off just above the second node (ie joint). Normally this should be done as soon as it finishes flowering. If the side branch originates at the second node, that is fine and can be retained. Any side branches above the second...

Orchids: Air Roots, fir bark, orchid potting mix
fir bark, orchid potting mix, phalaenopsis orchids: Linda, when you unpot a plant with air roots you should soak it for at least an hour prior to repotting. This will cause the aerial roots to be less brittle when you repot the plant. Use a larger pot with good drainage for repotting. As you lower roots into...

Orchids: baseofleavesonorchisdareyellowing, room temperature water, fir bark
room temperature water, fir bark, drainage holes: Denise, the surest way to kill an orchid is to ice it. I realize that this is an idea that is being pushed by at least one commercial grower as a way to simplify orchid watering. Plant roots do not like to be cooled. Cool and wet are the quickest route...

Orchids: flowering, flower spike, yellow appearance
flower spike, yellow appearance, new flower: Michael, light which provides a slightly yellow appearance to the leaves is an indicator of light bright enough to promote flowering. If the old flower spike remains green after flowering, you can cut it off just above a node (preferably the second or third...

Orchids: Help with new orchid, phalaenopsis orchids, buds and blooms
phalaenopsis orchids, buds and blooms, flower spike: Hello Kacey. As to the name of the phalaenopsis, I could only guess and would probabky be wrong. I wish that the mass marketers of these plants would keep the nametags. They don t realize, or don t care, that a name can tell the grower a lot about the plant....

Orchids: liparis grossa care, rapid drainage, fir bark
rapid drainage, fir bark, miniature species: Thanks for your question Alfredo. While I have not grown this miniature species (there are 200 species of Liparis), it probably would be difficult to grow under your conditions. While it is a native terrestrial from Taiwan, it is cool growing (ie night temperatures...

Orchids: Living in a humid dorm room, dormitory room, unwanted debris
dormitory room, unwanted debris, poor ventilation: Jacob, thanks for sharing info about your growing environment. I think a phalaenopsis (moth orchid) would like many of your growing conditions. They prefer temperatures between 65-85 degrees. Also they come in different sizes, so you should be able to find...

Orchids: Novelty Phalaenopsis Help, orchid pot, phalaenopsis orchids
orchid pot, phalaenopsis orchids, humid atmosphere: Alfredo, it could be root rot, but, to be sure, you will need to unpot and check roots to see if any are mushy.From you picture I noticed that you have you have placed you orchid pot inside of a decorative pot. This can be a problem, if any water sits in...

Orchids: my orchid is dying, flower spikes, flower spike
flower spikes, flower spike, flower stalks: Al, we have a couple of unrelated issues here. The first issue deals with the flower spikes. Depending upon the type of phalaenopsis, old flower spikes may turn brown and die back. This perfectly natural and doesn t suggest any problem with the plant s...

Orchids: Orchid-Frostbitten, potting mix, slim hope
potting mix, slim hope, root rot: Jaclyn, I can t say there is no hope, but, I would characterize it as slim hope. Phalaenopsis need temperatures above 55 degree; how well they tolerate cooler temperatures depends upon length of time they are at those cooler temperatures. Another factor is...

Orchids: Orchid hasn't flowers in 3 years, novice growers, dead roots
novice growers, dead roots, growing phalaenopsis: Yes, I would assume that. Once you achieve sufficient light levels, it will still take the plant at least a month or two to produce the necessary hormones and pigments essential for flowering, so don t expect immediate changes. Many authors recommend east...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis potting, flower spike, growing orchids
flower spike, growing orchids, woven baskets: Ted, phalaenopsis are part of the Vandaceous alliance and I see no reason that you can t grow them the same way. The same precautions apply as far as water, light, etc.. This may not work in other regions of the country where they need to be grown indoors...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis potting, growing orchids, dendrobiums
growing orchids, dendrobiums, root structure: Great question Ted. You remind me of so many other orchid growing friends who have been growing for 30 years or more. They are always trying something new. It never gets boring. Obviously, different groups of orchids do respond differently to different...

Orchids: Plastic pots, plastic pots, clay pots
plastic pots, clay pots, plastic pot: Mary Ellen, thanks for your question. Plastic pots have a number of features not possessed by clay pots. The main features are light weight and protection of the potting mix from rapid drying. Plastic is impermeable to moisture. On the other hand, clay pots...

Orchids: Vanda bloom Spike Dried up, vandas, high humidity
vandas, high humidity, stagnant air: Marita, there are many factors involved here. Some vandas, especially Vanda coerulea and its bluish hybrids, prefer cooler temperatures since V. coerulea is native to the mountains. This group of vandas are difficult to flower in tropical areas. Vanda culture...

Orchids: yellow and black spots on oncidium, drainage holes, orchid potting mix
drainage holes, orchid potting mix, oncidiums: Grace, this is a common problem with oncidiums. While it is unsightly, it will not cause the orchid to die. This is likely a fungus resulting from the mist settling on the leaves. There is no treatment to remove the spotting. I have, however, had good success...

Orchids: Dendrobium root tips black, new roots, dendrobiums
new roots, dendrobiums, root tips: Tanya, it sounds like your dendrobium is entering its rest period. Many dendrobiums are deciduous and tend to lose their leaves during the rest period. This is when the plant goes dormant (or tries to). Watering at this time can confuse the plant and may...

Orchids: orchid strange growth, transparent pot, flower spike
transparent pot, flower spike, traditional pots: Barry, it is unusual for this to occur, but, with the increasing use of clear pots this is more likely than with the use of more traditional pots. Flowers tend to orient themselves toward the most light. When the plant is potted too deep in a clear pot, the...

Orchids: palaenopsis orchids, flower drop, dry atmosphere
flower drop, dry atmosphere, potting mix: Thanks for your questions Bella. First, as to watering. Without making it too complex, watering should be thorough so that all parts of he potting mix get wet. As you have described, there are several ways to do this. Also important is water quality. Water...

Orchids: cracked leaves, pro tek, mineral imbalance
pro tek, mineral imbalance, green leaves: Kristina, while this may be seen as unsightly, it will not affect the growth of the plant. It could be due a mineral imbalance. See if you can locate a product called Pro-tek marketed by Dynsgro which can protect the plant against that imbalance and prevent...

Orchids: Is there any hope?, plant root, root rot
Orchids: Is there any hope?, plant root, root rot, cutting tool

Orchids: flies, fruit fly traps, fir bark
fruit fly traps, fir bark, fungus gnats: Richard, there is good reason to believe that the other flies are fungus gnats. These gnats, and the fruit flies, are attracted to potting mix that has an element of decay to it. Neither the gnats nor the fruit flies will damage the orchid plants but are...

Orchids: No Flower, drainage holes, last flower
drainage holes, last flower, orchid food: Lil, first let me congratulate you on a good growing job. It does look at though it needs more growing room so should be repotted to a larger pot so that the lower roots are in the growing mix. Be sure the new pot has plenty of drainage holes. Once repotted,...

Orchids: Fragrant Orchid Dieing, wet paper towel, types of orchids
wet paper towel, types of orchids, storage organs: Well, that string sure fooled me. If there are bud-like structures at the base of the pseudobulbs (they would be covered by a sheath), and the pseudobulbs are firm, there is still a possibility of getting new roots and leaves to form. This may take many...

Orchids: Is there any hope?, drainage holes, orchid potting mix
drainage holes, orchid potting mix, fir bark: Alejandra, apparently, no one had made you aware that your plant should have been repotted as soon as it went out of flower. The pot should have had lots of drainage holes and the plant should have been repotted into a fir bark type of orchid potting mix....

Orchids: laelia purpurata, laelia purpurata, night temp
laelia purpurata, night temp, light plants: These are considered high light plants. Anything short of burning. Ideal tempeature range is 10-18 degrees C at night, In the daytime 19-20 degrees C, or, with sun, 24-30 degrees C. If you can achieve these temperatures, you should be able to flower it...

Orchids: Orchid Plant, phalaenopsis orchids, flower spike
phalaenopsis orchids, flower spike, miniature copies: Adam, thank you for your question. This phenomenon is quite common in phalaenopsis orchids; common enough to have its own name. These miniature copies of the mother plant are called keikis. They arise from a node (ie joint) along the old flower spike. If...

Orchids: phal leaf problem, malathon, irregular shape
malathon, irregular shape, parts of leaves: Bill, thanks for your detailed description. My initial feeling is that your plant(s) that show these symptoms suffer from mesophyll collapse. This is most commonly attributed to temperatures at or below 50 degrees F. and includes watering with tap water or...

Orchids: Cymbidium Khyber Pass 'Strawberry Pink', west dundee illinois, oak hill gardens
west dundee illinois, oak hill gardens, orchids by the ackers: The Gripps may be your best choice since this cross was created and registered by the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate in 1956. You could also google the Orchid Mall under plant sources and look for cymbidium growers. I would think it improbable that you could...

Orchids: commercial orchid grower
Orchids: commercial orchid grower

Orchids: Leafless Phalaenopsis, orchid potting mix, fir bark
orchid potting mix, fir bark, orchid mix: Rosslyn, Crown rot is usually fatal. Since is is caused by a fungus, you could try putting powdered sulfur on the crown or another powdered fungicide. Since fungi need wet or damp conditions to thrive, I recommend that you repot the plant in fresh fir-bark...

Orchids: phal split leaves, phalaenopsis orchids, inadequate amounts
phalaenopsis orchids, inadequate amounts, leach: Emma, it is likely that you have a salt imbalance in the leaves. If you have not repotted in the past year, consider doing so. I have found a dynagrow product called Protek to be helpful if you follow the directions exactly. You didn t mention what kind...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis aphrodite, fir bark, humidity tray
fir bark, humidity tray, orchid mix: Greetingss Derick. Night temps of 62-65 degrees is best. Humidity level of 50-60 degrees is fine as is the use of a huidity tray. I m unfamiliar with the Black Gold orchid mix. Many commercial growers I know are switching to a new potting mix called Orchiata...

Orchids: Black spots on tips of Phalaenopsis leaves, orchid potting mix, bottom leaf
orchid potting mix, bottom leaf, rain water: I would wait to repot until the plant has finished flowering. In the meantime, grow the plant much drier. I suspect the plant has some root rot which will be promoted by growing it on the wet side. Old potting mix breaks down over time and becomes more soil-like....

Orchids: dendrobium orchid, dendrobiums, full bloom
dendrobiums, full bloom, canes: Estelle, unfortunately it is in the nature of many dendrobiums to have long canes. There also is a type of dendrobium called a deciduous type which lose their leaves. There are many types of dendrobiums but, to do a little experimenting, you could remove...

Orchids: Growing New Leaves, flower spike, new leaves
flower spike, new leaves, mother plant: Kelly, if you have a phalaenopsis orchid, and the new leaf is on the old flower spike, this is not unusual. Sometimes these leaves, which develop on a node (ie joint) on the old flower spike, may proceed to develop roots as well. If, and when, this happens,...

Orchids: New leaves yellowing, growing orchids, nw fl
growing orchids, nw fl, potting mix: Barbara, the dormancy period is the period between flowering and the start of new growth. In nature, this corresponds to a dry period when the plant is exposed mainly to mists to maintain turgor in the canes. When new growth starts, this signals the end of...

Orchids: Orchid leaves appear waterlogged, fir bark, orchid potting mix
fir bark, orchid potting mix, dead roots: Poppy, I can t tell much from your picture as one half of the leaf appears to have a reflection-- possibly from a flash on your camera. But, your description bears further investigation. I recommend that you unpot your plant and checks the roots. Rotting...

Orchids: Phal with Issues, aerial roots, plastic pot
aerial roots, plastic pot, orchid bark: Morgan, thank you for doing your homework and entrusting your remaining questions to me. The question of whether you overwatered is difficult to answer because a lot depends upon the type and status of the potting mix. Moss is a particular tricky potting...

Orchids: How to get phalaenopsis to bloom, flower spike, plant vigor
flower spike, plant vigor, minimal variation: Jeanine, Phalaenopsis usually bloom only once per year so let s address the plants that haven t bloomed for several years. I m going to assume that your plants are growing well. The reason I m making this assumption is that orchid potting mixes deteriorate...

Orchids: reading material regarding orchids, rebecca tyson, growing orchids
rebecca tyson, growing orchids, orchid culture: The best beginner s book on orchid culture (my opinion) was written by the late Rebecca Tyson Northen. It is titled Home Orchid Growing . I like it because it is so comprehensive. I believe the Fourth Edition (1990)was her last, but any the the earlier...

Orchids: Wilted Orchid Flowers, orchid roots, drainage holes
orchid roots, drainage holes, orchid potting mix: Karen, bear in mind that there is no one at the grocery store that knows how to care for orchids. They just want to turn a profit as soon as possible. What happens, usually, is that when they are not properly cared for, roots get distressed and that can...

Orchids: Cattleya flower sheath stops growing, cattleya hybrids, fellow hobbyists
cattleya hybrids, fellow hobbyists, reddish hue: Nwe, thanks for the picture. It s too bad you don t have a tag with the plant name on it. Names are very important as they allow the parentage to be traced and often help to know what to expect. For example, in some cattleya species, root growth precedes...

Orchids: cymbidium blooms, flower spikes, bloom time
flower spikes, bloom time, humidity levels: Larry, You probably should move them in an outdoor protected area. You are in a prime cymbidium growing area where they can be grown outdoors. Be careful of slugs and other pests that can damage both plants and flowers. They like a lot of sunlight, air movement,...

Orchids: Cymbidium orchid and phalaenopsis orchid, drainage holes, orchid potting mix
drainage holes, orchid potting mix, mass marketers: Amanda, Let s first discuss the cymbidium. Most cymbidiums are cool growers and, I m assuming that you live in a climate that can be quite hot. The best way to grow cymbidiums in Texas is in a greenhouse where temperature and humidity can be controlled. Cymbidium...

Orchids: Dendrobium, types of orchids, tropical orchids
types of orchids, tropical orchids, flower expert: Hi Hannah, I suspect the dry crusty skin is what is called a sheath and is a normal protective covering for the cane. (We refer to the upright growth on the dendrobium as a cane). Dendrobiums are tricky to grow so it is not surprising that it poses a challenge....

Orchids: Orchid, orchid potting mix, orchid roots
orchid potting mix, orchid roots, drainage holes: By now you probably know that use of ice to water orchids leads to problems. First, ice is cold before it melts and results in water that is too cold for orchid roots. To compound the problem is that this is usually used in combination with moss as the potting...

Orchids: Phals orchid leaf, new roots, leaf growth
new roots, leaf growth, root growth: Waimond, my rule of thumb is that if the plant is doing well, don t change anything. It should grow stronger with age. Any disturbance of growth is likely to set the plant back some. However, I understand that a plant may become too large for its growing...

Orchids: Are these Red spider mite(2) ?, red spider mite, spotted mite
red spider mite, spotted mite, predatory mites: There are predatory mites which have been used to control spider mites but I m not sure where you can obtain a supply. The least toxic miticides to humans are Neem oil and Cinnamite- both derived from plants. Neem Oil is a Dyna Grow product and Cinnamite...

Orchids: repotting dancing lady, drainage holes, orchid potting mix
drainage holes, orchid potting mix, coconut fiber: Thanks for your question Elizabeth. Nice of you to share a piece of your oncidium with a friend. Hanging baskets are great for these. However, I would be wary of the liner which usually consists of a sheet of coconut fiber. Coconut used in orchid culture...

Orchids: Save My Orchid!!! Please!!, mild dish detergent, sticky goo
mild dish detergent, sticky goo, orchid potting mix: Jenn, neither of the symptoms to which you refer are symptoms of a dying cymbidium. Depending upon the type of cymbidium, individual flowers will last 3-6 weeks. The sticky goo is plant sap which seeps through the conductive tissue of the plant. It is sticky...

Orchids: books on orchids, amazon books, orchid collection
amazon books, orchid collection, google: Derick, sorry that I have not read that particular book. Since my orchid collection is quite varied, I tend to concentrate on books that cover a variety of topics. If you google the title and author on Amazon books there may be review or comments on that...

Orchids: D. amosum, canes, margo
canes, margo, leaves: Margo, I do not recommend removal of canes. They serve two important functions. First and foremost, an old cane usually forms the basis for new growth which may emerge from its base. Secondly, the old cane stores nutrition for new growth. Neither of these...

Orchids: Dying orchid, orchid potting mix, orchid food
orchid potting mix, orchid food, crown rot: Sheena, it is likely your plant has root rot. Chances of saving it are marginal as the plant has likely lost most or all roots. You could try repotting it in special orchid potting mix. As part of the repotting process, you will need to unpot your plant and...

Orchids: Phal leaf problem, mild soap, phals
mild soap, phals, environmental cause: Some have suggested that improper storage of Neem Oil (such as storing it in a warm location) can degrade it. That would be an example of pre-application. Apparently, leaf damage can occur after application if the leaf tissue is exposed to bright light after...

Orchids: phal lost leaves, orchid potting mix, crown rot
orchid potting mix, crown rot, phals: Monica, sorry to say that what you have been told is likely correct. I would discontinue application of the peroxide. The peroxide is simply a solution of gas in water. Once the gas bubbles off all that is left is water. The reason the crown rot occurred...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis Orchid root regrowth, drainage holes, green house effect
drainage holes, green house effect, dead roots: Thanks for your question Amin. Yes, I think there is a chance to save your plant. Your idea of increasing the humidity level is a good one, but, placing the roots in stagnant water just invites more root rot. I recommend that you repot the plant in fresh...

Orchids: Photosynthesis in orchid, orchid roots, plant tissues
orchid roots, plant tissues, absence of light: In general, photosynthesis in leaves occurs in the presence of light and carbon dioxide. Orchid roots also contain chlorophyll and may photosynthesize in the presence of light. In the absence of light, the compounds formed during photosynthesis are synthesized...

Orchids: Transplanting a new orchid shoot, flower spike, aerial roots
flower spike, aerial roots, mother plant: Thanks for the picture Barbara. Since the new shoot has its own root supply, you may sever its connection to the parent plant and pot it up separately. Be sure its roots are soaked thoroughly until green as they tend to be brittle and can break when bent....

Orchids: Cut the stem of phal after flowers fell and roots rotted., physan 20, dead roots
physan 20, dead roots, new roots: Thanks for your questions Brittany. First, some introductory remarks which have some bearing on your concerns. Phalaenopsis that you find at market are hybrids (ie combinations of species with species, species with hybrids, or hybrids with other hybrids)....

Orchids: hope i'm doing the right thing, newberry south carolina, fir bark
newberry south carolina, fir bark, orchid potting mix: Thanks for your question Jamie. As you may know, Oncidium Mendenhall is a warm growing hybrid that likes a lot of light (It is a Carter and Holmes hybrid from Newberry, South Carolina where there are very hot summers). I know that Washington is known for...

Orchids: Lady slipper orchid, orchid mall, shirley shirley
orchid mall, shirley shirley, lady slipper: Shirley. the type of Lady Slipper orchid you are looking for is called a paphiopedilum (paph for short). They come in many colors including deep mahogany to almost black. I recommend that you google The Orchid Mall and then vendors . There you will find...

Orchids: orchid, white fungus, mealy bug
white fungus, mealy bug, sticky material: Annabelle, based upon your description, I would guess that the white fungus could be an insect called a mealy bug. Some have described it as cottony in appearance. The sticky material is plant sap which the mealy bug feeds upon. Tryremoving the white fungus...

Orchids: orchid in distress, enclosing original email, orchid pots, window shades
orchid pots, window shades, phals: Rena, I see my answer to your original question did not get sent. The problem is definitely in the root zone. The potting mix that came with the plant is degraded and should have been replaced when you got the plant. Placing fir bark in with the old potting...

Orchids: Orchid Leaves, Black Spots, White Spots, orchid roots, white stains
orchid roots, white stains, necessary nutrients: Rick, both the green leaf and the yellow one seem to indicate that sometime during the day the plant is exposed to too much light. The yellow leaf appears to be bleached from excessive light and, once overexposed, will not recover its previous green appearance....

Orchids: orchid re root, sufficient condition, orchids
sufficient condition, orchids, houseplants: Kelly, orchids can not be rooted as cuttings as can other houseplants. Also, just because orchids have healthy roots does not assure that the growing points that produce leaves will do so. One could say that, with orchids, roots are a necessary, but not...

Orchids: Orchid on tree, storage organs, pot culture
storage organs, pot culture, atached: Richard, many people grow their orchids on trees in the south of Florida. The one shown (Doritanopsis)can be attached to a mount in your part of the country. It is true that most growers of this plant prefer pot culture. The main issue with mounting this...

Orchids: Phaelenopsis orchid, flower spike, flower spikes
flower spike, flower spikes, phalaenopsis orchids: Angela, These plantlets forming on the old flower spikes are called Keikis and are quite common on phalaenopsis orchids. They can be removed from the old flower spike and potted up in their own pot. The leaves and roots should be at least 3 inches long. A...

Orchids: Plant growing another plant on the stalk, flower spike, orchid potting mix
flower spike, orchid potting mix, fir bark: Barbara, the plantlet growing on the old flower spike is called a keiki. You may remove it and pot it up in fresh orchid seedling potting mix as soon as the leaves are at least three inches long. Avoid damaging the roots when you remove it. Try to remove...

Orchids: To remove or not to remove?, flower spike, flower spikes
flower spike, flower spikes, fir bark: Jaclyn, I recommend cutting back the tallest spike. It may turn brown and die back on its own but some phalaenopsis retain their old green spikes. Look for the Nodes (ie joints on the old flower spike and make your cut just above the second node from the...

Orchids: roots of the orchid, drainage holes, orchid potting mix
drainage holes, orchid potting mix, fir bark: Darlene, thanks for your question. I m assuming that you have a phalaenopsis orchid (otherwise known as the moth orchid). If I understand your question, you cannot start new orchid plants from cuttings. You should, however, repot your plant. To do so, obtain...

Orchids: soil medium for Phalaenopsis, fir bark, orchid potting mix
fir bark, orchid potting mix, orchid roots: Derick, remember the growing conditions of your plant s ancestors. Generally, they grow on tree limbs with their roots exposed to the air. In this respect they differ radically from the usual houseplants. They need to have a fairly open potting mix and...

Orchids: trouble with orchids, fir bark, orchid potting mix
fir bark, orchid potting mix, orchid pots: Rena, thanks for your questions. First, mixing new bark with old can be a problem. When you repot (which you should do), use a fresh fir bark based orchid potting mix. I have found the fir bark based potting mix hobby bags at both Home Depot and Lowes garden...

Orchids: Vanda leaf growth, new leaves, vandas
new leaves, vandas, leaf growth: Emily, leaves on a vanda originate from nodes along its length (unlike a phalaenopsis). At this point you should be able to hang it outside in a semishaded location. Once it s hanging in its basket you should be able to spray or mist it daily. It will benefit...

Orchids: what is wrong with my orchid?, orchid potting mix, fir bark
orchid potting mix, fir bark, groovy spot: Thank you Natalia for your question and the picture. This looks like mesophyll collapse in this leaf. I would use a sterile cutting tool such as a fresh razor blade and remove the leaf. We need to prevent potential spread to the crown of the plant. Remember,...

Orchids: Cymbidium Orchids, New Growth, types of orchids, orchid potting mix
types of orchids, orchid potting mix, cymbidium orchids: Ashley, loss of old leves is not unusual. The pseudobulbs losing the leaves will help support the new growth. Since you have new growth coming, you may want to repot the plant in fresh fir bark based orchid potting mix. Soak the fresh potting mix prior to...

Orchids: dyeing a cymbid, plant pigment, purple orchids
plant pigment, purple orchids, orchid plants: Laurie, the purple or lavender orchids you have seen are from a plant pigment produced by the plant and not artificial. You could try to ask that question of the person or place from which you plan to purchase the cut flowers. My expertise is on growing...

Orchids: How to encouage roots to grow on a phal.., rooting hormones, time sky
rooting hormones, time sky, keki: Sky, rooting hormone should help get the roots started. If the hormone is in a powder form you will need to mix it into petrolatum or Vaseline and apply it to the point where the keiki joins the mother plant. Some rooting hormones come in gel form which can...

Orchids: encourage the growin of a new growth, natural rhythm, growth cycles
natural rhythm, growth cycles, root problems: Jorge, Most problems with orchids are in the root zone or with timing. As I explained with your dendrobiums, plants should be watered and fed only during active growth-- and not when at rest. Same for repotting. Many orchids have natural growth cycles and...

Orchids: Huge Orchid, aerial roots, root mass
aerial roots, root mass, upper portion: Samara, first, congratulations on a great growing job. Many growers would like to have a plant that size. The more vigorous the growth, generally, the more and larger the flowers. You didn t mention when you did the last repot. If it s been two or more...

Orchids: increase the root system, new roots, orchid growers
new roots, orchid growers, superthrive: It has been reported that vitamin B1 or hormones can improve growth. They would be added to water. There is a product called Superthrive that has been used by many orchid growers to improve growth. This is used at the rate of one drop per gallon of water....

Orchids: Insecticide for orchids, careful check, dendrobiums
careful check, dendrobiums, cattleyas: Corrine, pleased that it worked well for you. It is not generally recommended that insecticides be used preventatively. I suspect that, for those arguing this practice, the concern is that overuse of the insecticide could result in resistance to it (same...

Orchids: Keiki paste alternative?, hormonal response, node
hormonal response, node: You could try putting the plant in the dark for 7-10 days to try to override the plant s hormonal response to light. Many orchid suppliers sell keiki paste. One such grower is Carter and Holmes (www.carterandholmes.com). In checking their most recent catalogue...

Orchids: Little brown bumps, scale insect, celery seed
scale insect, celery seed, insect infestation: Good to hear from you Patti. Based upon your description I think you may have a scale insect infestation. As all insects, they have several stages to their life cycle. During the crawler stage they blend in quite well with the color of the plant tissue and...

Orchids: Mealy bugs.., systemic insecticide, orchid potting mix
systemic insecticide, orchid potting mix, mealy bugs: That is a very good question and many orchid growers often ask. It is not likely your culture They can come in on a plant that you have acquired-- either in the adult, larva, or egg stage. They can be hidden beneath plant sheaths or in the potting mix. Since...

Orchids: Orchids in office, african violets, lighting conditions
african violets, lighting conditions, orchids: Valerie, you might try a phalaenopsis orchid. They can be grown under artificial lights-- depending upon the light level. They can do okay under the same lighting conditions as houseplants such as African violets. It may not flower under low light conditions....

Orchids: overwatered orchids, fir bark, dead roots
fir bark, dead roots, new roots: Jorge, the plant and its roots must not come into contact with solutions. The most common method involving bagging is to place a bit of damp moss in the bag with the plant to create humidity. If the plant gets wet there is a danger of rot setting in. Secondly,...

Orchids: Phaleanopsis Orchid, flower spike, fir bark
flower spike, fir bark, orchid potting mix: Jade, the moss growing in the pot isn t a problem but could suggest that you have a very moist environment in the pot. Usually, this is because the potting mix has broken down and retains too much moisture. Your plant s condition suggests that this is not...

Orchids: rehydrate a stressed orchid with no roots, orchid roots, outer sheath
orchid roots, outer sheath, lack substance: Jorge, on an orchid with rotted roots, the roots are not necessarily black. Orchid roots have an outer sheath called a velamin. When rot sets in, this outer sheath collapses. This makes a rotted root squishy and lack substance. An orchid root that is...

Orchids: how can I save my dendrobium cane, dendrobiums, rest period
dendrobiums, rest period, root rot: Jorge, dendrobiums are a challenge to grow. They have a rest period following growth. During the rest period, there must be little to no watering. If you water during the inactive rest period, the plant will not be able to use the moisture and root rot...

Orchids: stress in orchids, pot culture, rest periods
pot culture, rest periods, orchid species: Each type of orchid requires its own unique environment. Some come from higher and cooler elevations. Some come from hot environments. Some have rest periods, others do not. Most require intermediate environments (ie indirect light, temperatures 70-85 degrees)...

Orchids: White Spike, mealy bug, rubbing alcohol
mealy bug, rubbing alcohol, q tip: Thanks for the pictures Ryan. There appears to be two explanations. The first is flower senescence. When a flower reaches the end of its flowering cycle, existing flowers will turn white, thin, and fold. These will eventually fall off. The second condition...

Orchids: Bifrenaria inodora, potting mix, double layer
potting mix, double layer, orchids: Diana, yes this plant does not like to have its roots disturbed so needs an open potting mix with good drainage. You probably should move it to the top rack as it likes full sun. After it finishes flowering, water only enough to keep the pseudobulbs plump....

Orchids: Cymbidium growth, orchid potting mix, fir bark
orchid potting mix, fir bark, orchid mix: Lily, thanks for your question. Since you have new growth coming, this is the ideal time to repot. Use a standard fir bark based potting mix after you have screened out the fine, dust-like particles. Then soak the mix for at least an hour before use. Before...

Orchids: A few issues with my Phals., flower spikes, orchid potting mix
flower spikes, orchid potting mix, flower drop: Thank you Amy. Glad to hear you repotted these plants as soon as you did. The plants should do well with fresh mix. Repotting while in flower, however, can lead to early flower drop because the established root connections are disturbed by repotting. However,...

Orchids: What insect is this?, predatory mite, spider mite
predatory mite, spider mite, spider mites: Neem oil plugs the respiratory system and therefore is a contact insecticide. It must come into contact with the mite. I m not an entomologist so I can t be sure that what you have is a beneficial mite called a predatory mite which feeds on other mites...

Orchids: local Orchid Societies, Nurseries, & Shows, north carolina piedmont, american orchid society
north carolina piedmont, american orchid society, orchid resource: Thank you Mary Linn. the American Orchid Society (AOS) lists 8 AOS affiliated orchid societies in North Carolina. All I have is E-mail contacts but, by using those, you can find out where they meet. Four such contacts are: North Carolina Piedmont Orchid...

Orchids: Losing leaves and eventually death, repotting orchids, drainage holes
repotting orchids, drainage holes, orchid potting mix: Simon, first to the cymbidium. Cymbidiums generally go through a rest period following flowering. If they continue to be fed and watered during the rest period, they will send up new growth (thinking it s spring#. This new growth comes at a time when days...

Orchids: Newbie Question - Potting Phals & Trimming, drainage holes, flower spike
drainage holes, flower spike, orchid fertilizer: Jess, I sense several questions there, so I ll do my best to address all of them. First, cutting off the old flower spike when it has finished flowering, will not damage the plant. In fact, some phals actually experience flower spike die back naturally....

Orchids: What Orchid is this?, vegetative structures, mid rib
vegetative structures, mid rib, co worker: It sure is an interesting plant. Without a flower I can t even be sure it is an orchid. I would wait and , if it flowers, take a picture of the flower and send it (or maybe your coworker friend has taken one). There are some features such as a raised leaf...

Orchids: orchid care(1), flower spike, afternoon sunlight
flower spike, afternoon sunlight, psychopsis: Alfredo, I think your growing conditions should be fine. While the Cycn is in active growth, it should not dry out excessively and will be a fairly heavy feeder. After growth has ceased, there should be little to no watering or feeding until it enters a new...

Orchids: orchid flower stem growing red, flower spike, reddish coloration
flower spike, reddish coloration, plant pigment: Sarah, thanks for your question. Has this plant previously flowered? The reason I asked is that phals trying to flower the first time will sometimes abort the new flower spike as they don t have the strength to produce and open buds. In this case, the reddish...

Orchids: orchid id, hybrids, alfredo
hybrids, alfredo, singapore: Alfredo, while I can t tell you the name of this species or hybrid, it is likely related to oncidiums. Many hybrids in this group can appear similar to one or another of the species parents. Most of these are warm growers. Grow in a well drained container....

Orchids: Orchid has new growth at top of old blooms, flower spike, orchid potting mix
flower spike, orchid potting mix, drainage holes: Ginger, the parent plant is suffering from root rot if its leaves are limp. Locate a source of commercially produced orchid potting mix (may be available at Home Depot or Lowes garden centers or other garden outlets). If you repot, you need to be sure that...

Orchids: orchid seed capsules, orchid seeds, bacterial spores
orchid seeds, bacterial spores, necessary nutrients: Catherine, thank you for your question. Actually, the germination rate of orchid seeds in the wild is very low. This is the reason that most seed capsules contain thousands of seeds. In the wild, a seed must settle in just the right environment and that...

Orchids: orchids, insect eggs, systemic insecticide
insect eggs, systemic insecticide, orchid potting mix: Natalia, virus is difficult to diagnose without laboratory testing which may cost more than the plant. Off hand, it does not present the appearance of virus. Take a q-tip and soak it in rubbing alcohol and rub several white patches with the q-tip. If these...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis number of blossoms, floral spikes, orchid potting mix
floral spikes, orchid potting mix, phalaenopsis orchids: Lynne, you have a special plant. Not all phalaenopsis orchids are this floriferous. You are to be congratulated for growing and flowering it so well. The term for this type of phalaenopsis is mutifloral and is characterized by branching floral spikes...

Orchids: Roots Are Getting Brown Spots, orchid roots, orchid potting mix
orchid roots, orchid potting mix, root damage: Thank you for the question and the pictures Kristin. Aerial orchid roots (in this case outside of the pot) tend to form an outer layer of tissue to prevent or reduce fluid loss from these roots that are exposed to the air. Orchid root rot, characterized...

Orchids: yellow substance in orchids soil, orchid potting mix, orchid roots
orchid potting mix, orchid roots, spider eggs: Janet, based upon your description alone, I don t know what they are. They could be spider eggs. Do they move? Is there any webbing? Can you send a picture? Try removing your plant from its pot. rinse off the roots thoroughly and try repotting in fresh orchid...

Orchids: Drooping leaves for Phalaenopsis, drainage holes, flower spike
drainage holes, flower spike, orchid potting mix: Corina, yes, I think you can save your plant. Normally, we only repot phalaenopsis after flowering, but yours is an emergency case-- likely prompted by root rot. Hopefully you can locate a source for orchid potting mix. Best kind is a fir bark based potting...

Orchids: loosing leaves in phalaenopsis, fir bark, orchid potting mix
fir bark, orchid potting mix, rapid drainage: It is unfortunate that many retailers are only interested in a short term profits rather than a long term relationship. The big box stores may have some good prices on orchids but they usually don t have anyone who knows how to care for the orchids they sell....

Orchids: i'm looking to find out the tyoe of orchid i have and how to care for it after the blooms dropoff which they have this week, genus miltonia, genus oncidium
genus miltonia, genus oncidium, flower spikes: Laurel, new growth means vegetative growth. When the plant finishes flowering, these old flower spikes should be removed. The plant which gave rise to the old flower spikes will rest for several months and then, will send up new growth from the base of the...

Orchids: Orchid repotting, phalaenopsis orchids, orchid repotting
phalaenopsis orchids, orchid repotting, pot size: First Barbara, it sounds like you have phalaenopsis orchids. Since this type of orchid is constanty growing, it may be repotted anytime. As to pot size, that will depend upon root condition. If most or all of the plant roots are in good condition (ie firm...

Orchids: orchids, flower spike, fir bark
flower spike, fir bark, rapid drainage: Plants are not damaged by removing the old flower spike. Since you have already repotted the plant currently in flower,see my suggestions for the proper repotting approach to see if you used that approach when you repotted. If not, you can properly repot...

Orchids: Phal leaf growth, flower spike, flower spikes
flower spike, flower spikes, new leaves: Charlita, it is not unusual to get old green flower spikes to rebloom. At each joint (ie node) there are tissues that can cause a branch in the flower spike. You can cut the flower spike back to just above the second or third node and the node just below your...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis Roots, poor root health, orchid roots
poor root health, orchid roots, orchid potting mix: Thanks for your question Laura. You are right about orchid roots wanting to breathe. However, the spaces between the rocks should allow enough air through to keep the roots healthy. I am more concerned about the moss which tends to compact over time therefor...

Orchids: pollination, self pollination, cross pollination
self pollination, cross pollination, seed pod: Self-pollination is pollination involving both sexual parts of the same plant. It is when the pollinium of a plant is placed on the stigma of that same plant. The advantage is that it is the only way to produce a seed pod when no other genetically compatible...

Orchids: Record number of flowers, royal horticultural society, number of flowers
royal horticultural society, number of flowers, orchid show: David, in general, the record for a multiflora phalaenopsis is hundreds of buds and flowers. However, these plants are judged and recorded by named hybrid. If your hybrid phal has a name, and it is registered by the Royal Horticultural Society, I can can...

Orchids: supporting orchids, vandaceous orchids, phalaenopsis orchids
vandaceous orchids, phalaenopsis orchids, types of orchids: Caryn, assuming that you would not encounter difficulties in growing them in a basket, the weight of the flowers on the spike would cause then to hang down without a supporting stake. While this arrangement would be more like they grow in their natural state,...

Orchids: systemic vs. non-systemic fungicides, plant pathology lab, systemic fungicides
plant pathology lab, systemic fungicides, spicules: Essentially, fungicides are nonsystemic. To quote a scientist from a local plant pathology lab: Fungicides are not a curative and are best used periodically as a preventative. The only positive curative for fungal issues is to discard all infected material...

Orchids: Dendrobium Flower Spikes Not Producing Budsuds, flower spikes, old adage
flower spikes, old adage, outer edge: Claire, it is possible that moving the plant to a different environment caused a problem with budding. A change of environment, especially at sensitive times such as budding, can disrupt budding. Remember, that in changing the location of the plant, not only...

Orchids: Orchid black dots, orchid potting mix, fir bark
orchid potting mix, fir bark, drainage holes: Alexa, it sounds like your potting mix has degraded and your plants are in need of repotting using fresh orchid potting mix. The black dots are likely fungal spores and the small flies are fungus gnats-- both thrive in moist, decayed material. As such,...

Orchids: Orchid Help, fir bark, potting mix
fir bark, potting mix, phalaenopsis: Michael, I think you are on the right track. After you obtain your new potting mix be sure to strain out and discard the finer particles. Then, let it soak before use. Fir bark, when dry, is difficult to wet and, in its dry condition, can take moisture away...

Orchids: vanda leaves turning yellow after i repotted, brown roots, root cells
brown roots, root cells, tip growth: Manisha, it is not uncommon to lose the lower leaves on vandas. This not a problem as long as the newer leaves (ie top-most) are healthy. You also should see root tip growth either now or within a couple of months after repotting. You should have repotted...

Orchids: Is this virused?, psychopsis, cutting tool
psychopsis, cutting tool, safe distance: As you probably suspected, it is impossible to say definitively that this is a virused plant without testing. Unfortunately, there are other conditions that can appear to be viral. The ideal is to have the plant tested for viruses. Short of that, remove...

Orchids: Wilted Phalaenopsis flowers, combustion gasses, combustion gases
combustion gasses, combustion gases, plants flowers: Kandy, the problem seems to lie with your Rayburn unit. There are many types of fuels used in different Rayburn units. Those fueled by wood or anthracite especially may produce combustion gasses which can have the effects you described on buds and flowers....

Orchids: Black and white dots in Cymbidium leaves, copper salt, cymbidium
copper salt, cymbidium, leaf surface: Inna, this is quite common for thin leafed orchids including cymbidiums. This is likely caused by a fungus. When a fungal spore lands on a leaf, if condition exists to allow the spore to germinate (eg moist and humid), these black spots arise. To prevent...

Orchids: Orchid Cold Exposure, signs of life, tlc
Orchids: Orchid Cold Exposure, signs of life, tlc

Orchids: Malformed Buds?, flower spike, insect problem
flower spike, insect problem, phalaenopsis: Elizabeth, it is not uncommon for malformation to occur on some phalaenopsis buds. There can be many reasons. Sometimes, the plant tries to form more buds that it can support so abort buds as a means of energy conservation. Another cause is a change in...

Orchids: my Orchid, orchid potting mix, vegetative growth
orchid potting mix, vegetative growth, keiki: Maegan,if your plant is large and healthy it should bloom again. I you have not repotted it in fresh orchid potting mix, you should do so. Flowering is usually boosted by increasing the light level. Finally, check the type of plant food you are using. ...

Orchids: Orchid Cold Exposure, moth orchids, phalaenopsis orchids
moth orchids, phalaenopsis orchids, orchid potting mix: Paul, these plants are phalaenopsis orchids (otherwise called moth orchids). They require warmth ( ie 60-85 degrees F). In addition, they need to dry out. They could benefit from repotting in a fir bark-based orchid potting mix. Most of the roots you see...

Orchids: orchid leaves, drainage holes, orchid potting mix
drainage holes, orchid potting mix, chemical gloves: From your description, it sounds as if your plant has a mealy bug infestation (the picture did not come through). There are many insecticides that are effective-- just check the label to be sure that it indicates mealy bugs. Your plant may also have root...

Orchids: Orchid propagation, flower spike, flower spikes
flower spike, flower spikes, dendrobium orchids: Audrey, an orchid cannot be grown from a cutting the way many house plants can be grown. Many orchids can be grown from new plants that emerge from old flower spikes in phalaenopsis or from canes in dendrobium orchids. In phalaenopsis, these new plants (called...

Orchids: pod gestation in phals, pod maturation, types of orchids
pod maturation, types of orchids, seed pods: Thanks for your questions Lorna. Seed pod ripening time for phalaenopsis for species and hybrids is generally given as 110-120 days. This is generally an oversimplification, however. Pods on some phalaenopsis never develop, while on others nearly all seeds...

Orchids: unkown things on tree trunk, insecticidal soap, mealy bugs
insecticidal soap, mealy bugs, best guess: It s a little difficult to tell from your picture. My best guess is that these are mealy bugs. I would try Safer s insecticidal soap. Best use is a dunk the entire mount into the soap. If the tree trunk is attached to the tree, you will need to spray it...

Orchids: Wild Orchids, wild orchids, sink hole
wild orchids, sink hole, grotto: Paul, I suggest that you find someone who can identify the species. From that point you should be able to know whether this is an endangered or protected species. As long as it is on your land you should be able to transplant a few to pot culture to see...

Orchids: dendrobium phalenopsis new growth
Christa. You are right that the temperature range is good. Dendrobium phalaenopsis,like most dendrobiums, do have a rest period. Watering during a rest period, can cause root rot-- dendrobiums are very sensitive to this. It is best to stop watering when...

Orchids: Cattleya buds dried up
Marita, some types of cattleya orchids have a flowering habit of forming a flower sheath. This will eventually dry up Buds will subsequently form inside of the dried up sheath and emerge from it. This type of orchid, forms its sheath in the fall with buds...

Orchids: Cattleya stem problem
Nwe Lay, As long ass the tissue is firm, it is unlikely that it is rot. Gently peel back the sheath at the base of each growth and locate the eye from which new growth arises. If it is intact, all is well. The darker coloration at the base of the pseudobulbs...

Orchids: Cattleya buds dried up
Orchids: Cattleya buds dried up

Orchids: Need help caring for LOTS of new blooms!
Danielle, I suspect that you have a phalaenopsis orchid and you seem to be growing it well. It is not uncommon to have a flower spike grow and rebloom. When the flowers fold up, the plant can repeat this process of growth and flowering. If the bloom spike...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis type with center flower spike
Linda, The nubs on this phalaenopsis look like aborted roots. It is not uncommon for root tips to stop growing and for the plant to cover the growing tip with protective tissue to prevent damage and water loss. Flower spikes on these may originate from...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis type with center flower spike
Linda, it may be that any future flowering would arise from new vegetative growth (ie leaves). New leaf growth suggests viable meristemmatic tissue. Yes, if you get no more leaf growth, then this suggests that there is no remaining meristemmatic tissue...

Orchids: care of orchid after the last bloom falls
Delores, your next step can depend upon the type of orchids you have. I will assume that you have phalaenopsis orchids (aka moth orchids). On the one that just ceased flowering, I recommend that you repot it in fresh orchid potting mix. The best orchid potting...

Orchids: Cattleya labiata
One important difference is that most bifoliate cattleyas have canes rather than pseudobulbs. Pseudobulbs serve to provide fluids to retain turgor in other parts of the plant when moisture is not present in the environment. While neither unifoliate nor bifoliate...

Orchids: Drooping and dying orchid leaves, fir bark, indirect sunlight
fir bark, indirect sunlight, surface roots: Here are my recommendations for repotting phalaenopsis orchids. First: purchase a plastic pot with at least 5 drainage holes for each plant; be sure the pot diameter is about 1/2 inch - 1 inch larger that the one the plant is currently in. Second: ...

Orchids: growing/repotting orchids, repotting orchids, orchid potting mix
repotting orchids, orchid potting mix, drainage holes: Thanks for your question Cheryl. You should be growing your orchid in a pot that has a lot of drainage holes in the bottom and the plant should not be in a pot that is sitting in water. These plants only need water/humidity to prevent excessive drying....

Orchids: orchids, phalaenopsis orchid plants, orchid potting mix
phalaenopsis orchid plants, orchid potting mix, phalaenopsis orchids: I m assuming that you have phalaenopsis orchid plants. If so, it is likely that your plants have root rot. Ideally, these should be repotted annually in fresh orchid potting mix, in pots that have lots of drainage holes. Unlike most other house plants, orchids...

Orchids: orchids node, leaf water, new leaf
leaf water, new leaf, orchids: Carole, this looks like a new leaf trying to emerge. It is caught in another old leaf that has been cut off. The fact that it is reddish in color suggests there is too much light. Try removing the tissue that is binding up the new leaf, water it each morning...

Orchids: Please ID this Orchid, odontoglossum, oncidium
odontoglossum, oncidium, orchids: It appears to be a cross between an Oncidium and an Odontoglossum. If so, it is an Odontocidium. However, since so many odontocidiums look alike, my guess would be no better than yours. I m sure I ve seen similar flowers at shows but don t remember the names...

Orchids: soil mix for Cattleya, sphagnum moss, sponge rock
sphagnum moss, sponge rock, fir bark: Thanks for your question Derick. I prefer 5 parts med fir bark, 3 parts sponge rock, and 2 parts #3 charcoal. Try to strain out all of the dust and fine particles prior to use. Also, dry fir bark is difficult to wet so be sure to soak it thoroughly before...

Orchids: Dendrobrium with ??, systemic insecticide, scale insect
systemic insecticide, scale insect, orchid potting mix: Amy, without seeing it, it sounds like a scale insect. There are many types of these. As a start, wet several q-tips in isopropyl alcohol and rub these over the tissue where you suspect the insects are present. If they come off on the q-tip, that is a pretty...

Orchids: growing cyms, desert winter, cymbidiums
desert winter, cymbidiums, daytime temperatures: Kriss, most cymbidiums, especially the standard type that have especially large foliage and flowers, prefer bright and cool conditions. In fact, bud set in the fall usually requires temperatures in the 40-50 degree range. As you mention, the plant seems...

Orchids: Orchid, orchid potting mix, fir bark
orchid potting mix, fir bark, drain holes: Elle, I suggest that you unpot your plant and examine the entire root system. It may well have been kept too moist and needs repotting in a fresh orchid potting mix. Phalaenopsis orchids need to be kept in a pot with lots of drain holes and be potted in...

Orchids: Is My Orchid Dying?, drainage holes, orchid potting mix
drainage holes, orchid potting mix, orchid plants: Sam, ideally phalaenopsis orchids (if that is what you have),should be repotted after each flowering. The new pot should have 4-6 drainage holes in the bottom and/or sides. use an orchid potting mix which you can buy as a hobby bag. I haven t seen those...

Orchids: orchids, drainage holes, fir bark
drainage holes, fir bark, orchid potting mix: I suspect that you have a phalaenopsis orchid plant. These can be repotted anytime as they are in constant growth. Your plant should be repotted in fir bark based orchid potting mix available in most garden centers (Home Depot, Lowes, etc). First step is...

Orchids: is my orchids dying, orchid potting mix, brown leaves
orchid potting mix, brown leaves, mealy bug: Karen, thanks for the picture. Your plant has a mealy bug infestation. First step is to soak a cloth in rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol. Then remove as many of the bugs as possible by rubbing the leaves and other tissues with the soaked cloth. When you can...

Orchids: 4n phals, american orchid society, number of chromosomes
american orchid society, number of chromosomes, size plants: II wouldn t buy a 4n plant just because it is 4n. I would first want to see it in flower (either a picture or the plant itself). Then too I would want to know the cost. I remember occasions when I wanted a particular plant and when I finally found it, the...

Orchids: Cymbidiums, epsom salts, proper proportions
epsom salts, proper proportions, salt buildup: With regard to your first question, Ca/Mg is absent from a lot of plant foods because that is usually present in the water. You need only be concerned about it when you use RO water, or rainwater. If the latter is true, there is a specially formulated fertilizer...

Orchids: millions of tiny fuzzy tan dots on the bark in my orchids, orchid potting mix, fir bark
orchid potting mix, fir bark, drainage holes: Rose, I expect that these are fungi that will attack and break down the potting mix but not attack the plant. However, as the potting mix breaks down, thia could adversely affect the growing condition of the plant, including root rot. I recommend repotting...

Orchids: orchid care, sphagnum moss, drainage holes
sphagnum moss, drainage holes, flower stalks: Victor; you definitely need to repot these plants. Go to a garden center (eg Home Depot, Lowes,etc) and purchase a bag or orchid potting mix (do not use a soil-like mixture, or moss. Sift the small particles out of the new orchid potting mix before use....

Orchids: Replanting and whether to remove leaves, flower spike, drainage holes
flower spike, drainage holes, orchid potting mix: Owen, you may repot your plant as soon as the flowers fall. No need to remove the flower spike unless, or until, it turns brown. When repotting, use a slight larger plastic pot with lots of drainage holes. Be sure to use orchid potting mix, sift out the...

Orchids: white marks, white stains, calcium deposit
white stains, calcium deposit, moist towel: Victor, the white marks are likely a calcium deposit from hard water. Suggest you try a bit of vinegar wiped on the affected leaves. Depending upon the thickness of the deposit, you may need to repeat this application. Vinegar contains a weak acid (acetic)...

Orchids: ants, orchid potting mix, water spray
orchid potting mix, water spray, ants: Doris, I recommend That you repot the plant in fresh orchid potting mix. You should first unpot the plant,and clean the roots of any debris by using a water spray. You could just discard the old potting mix but I prefer to place the pot containing the old...

Orchids: dendrobium anosmum, magnesium salts, indirect sunlight
magnesium salts, indirect sunlight, tap water: By flushing is meant to pour water into the pot and let it drain freely out off the pot. After it drains out you may want to repeat that procedure. This process is especially dependent upon the amount and type of minerals in your tap water. These minerals...

Orchids: my dying Aphrodite orchide, orchid potting mix, fir bark
orchid potting mix, fir bark, flower spike: Maureen, usually this is an indication of root rot. Root rot results from one or more of the following related conditions. It may occur when the orchid potting mix remains too wet. That, in turn, may be the result of poor drainage from the pot when watered,...

Orchids: Phalaenopsis flower spike, flower spike, species species
flower spike, species species, hybrids: Thanks for the question Derick. Most of the phalaenopsis we grow are hybrids that involve two or more species. Species have different growing and flowering habits. Most phalaenopsis flower from the base of the plant. However, there are exceptions based...

Orchids: BLACK SPOTS, orchid potting mix, leaf surfaces
orchid potting mix, leaf surfaces, new leaves: Janet: thanks for your description of the problem. It is likely that the new leaves got some mist or spray on them as they emerged. This, then,leads to some fungal growth on the damp surfaces or areas of the leaf. Always do your misting or watering first...

Orchids: My hanging cymbidium rot, orchid potting mix, fir bark
orchid potting mix, fir bark, balanced fertilizer: Marieta, thank you for your questions. Your cymbidium needs to be repotted. Use a special commercial grade of orchid potting mix. The best kind consists of fir bark, perlite. and other ingredients. Be sure to screen out the dust and fine particles and...

Orchids: odd phalaeonopsis behavior, fir bark, southerly exposure
fir bark, southerly exposure, particle size: Thanks for the picture Zack. It appears that the size of the fir bark is too large. Fir bark is difficult to wet as, when dry, it is hydrophobic. That is why in commercially prepared orchid mixes, wetting agents, such as perlite, are added. The larger...

Orchids: Phal help, flower spike, genetic instructions
flower spike, genetic instructions, rain water: Kristie; with regard to flower spike, there are many types of phalaenopsis. They differ in many ways. one of these ways is what happens to the flower spike after flowering. In one type the flower spike remains green and may flower again on that spike. In...

Orchids: repoting shock, sphagnum moss, potting mix
sphagnum moss, potting mix, repotting: My first thought is that I m wondering how hot it was while you had it outside. Phalaenopsis do not tolerate well temperatures above 85 degrees. That stress may have caused the leaves to droop. In any event, repotting may help. Remove the sphagnum moss...

Orchids: Dendrobium yellowing and browning from tips, yellow tinge, plant fertilizer
yellow tinge, plant fertilizer, orchid bark: Dendrobiums can be tricky to grow. Some are deciduous. This type lose some or all of their leaves after completing a growth cycle. When deciduous dendrobiums are watered out of season (ie during their rest period) they can begin new growth, which is inevitably...

Orchids: Holes in orchid leaves, orchid roots, fir bark
orchid roots, fir bark, potting mix: Anthony, the signs in your picture point to snails or slugs as the culprit. If you are growing this plant indoors, it is possible they are resident in the potting mix. Try dumping out the potting mix on a clean sheet of paper to see if you can spot any. If...

Orchids: orchid flower spikes, flower spikes, flower spike
flower spikes, flower spike, phalaenopsis orchids: Patt; with regard to the keiki, it is not automatic that the plant will die. If the plant is strong, it will not likely be affected by the growth of a keiki. If the keiki develops on a weak plant (eg plant has only two small leaves) then it is possible that...