Orchids forum: Off to Heaven, Those no Longer with Us

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Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
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boojum
Feb 8, 2010 1:29 PM CST
Here is a place to let go/say goodbye to orchids that didn't make it!

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Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
Feb 8, 2010 8:06 PM CST
Baptistonia echinata, I still remember you.....

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Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
Feb 8, 2010 8:09 PM CST
Barkeria negrilensis, I miss you.

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Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
Feb 10, 2010 10:29 AM CST
Love this interesting, novel thread. Kathy, could you share, for educational purposes, what caused the demise of your deceased beloved listed here? Thanks!
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
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boojum
Feb 10, 2010 11:11 AM CST
I had a plague of rot after a very rainy summer that I'm still fighting. I used physan (cleans greenhouse algae) directly sprayed on plants (I mix physan and fertilizer together when I water heavy every other week) and some peroxide root soaks before repotting which has helped keep the rot at bay.

I started this on DG when I realized that orchids will come and go and got past blaming myself for deaths(or feeling too cocky about my successes!). I have lots of pics of orchids no longer with me. It's nice to remember that they were once alive and happy here. And maybe I'll try another time with them. After all I understand them a bit more every year.
Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
Feb 10, 2010 11:17 AM CST
Thanks!
I have not grown orchids long enough to contribute here, but I am working on it! LOL.
I know I could fill a large volume with all my dearly departed perennials, roses, clematis, Iris, etc. ;-)
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Feb 10, 2010 11:22 AM CST
Ha about working on it! It's sorta like a life celebration vs. funeral thing!
Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
Feb 10, 2010 6:06 PM CST
Well put!
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Feb 10, 2010 6:12 PM CST
When I first grew orchids I thought that they didn't die so I took it personally if they did. That's another reason I made the thread. Now that some folks have decided I'm an expert (ha ha) and should listen to me (bigger ha), I thought they'd avoid feeling like failures if they saw this thread.
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Mar 14, 2010 11:13 PM CST
Laelias are gone. It's official that I've lost L.cinnabarina, fournieri, and sanguiloba. Sigh. Overwatering, I think.
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Mar 15, 2010 7:02 AM CST

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I hear you, that is a big sigh.
My recommendation would be to try again with additional grow light bulbs right above them ( without burning of course). I would bet you watered them just fine.
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
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boojum
Mar 15, 2010 8:21 AM CST
I'm thinking the combo of a fan on them, too wet, and cool temps (50-55F). They are in full north light in winter with snow glare. It is medium light except on very dreary days.
Name: Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Cana
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Mar 15, 2010 5:52 PM CST
Cymbidium Miss Taipei Unveiled...passed away 2 years ago :(

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Name: Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Cana
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Todd_Boland
Mar 15, 2010 5:53 PM CST
and Cymbidium Lancelot passed away nearly 8 years ago! Lost but not forgotten. Crying

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Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
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boojum
Mar 15, 2010 8:59 PM CST
Phaius tankervilleae, rest in peace!

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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Mar 16, 2010 6:56 AM CST

Moderator

I am so reluctant to start posting here out of fear I would swamp the thread. But there is one I still cry about:
My Slc Matthew's Gem 'Akane' which I got from Hoosier Orchids ( out of business, sigh) and lost last Summer due to exceptional wet weather. I noticed the soft pbulbs too late. I could just kick myself.

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Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Mar 16, 2010 3:51 PM CST
I would be crying about that one too! It's georgous!
Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums Tip Photographer
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sandnsea2
Mar 16, 2010 3:55 PM CST
Thanks Ursula, for the enlightenment on the cause of death of your lovely SLC. So helpful to hear of these things.
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
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boojum
Apr 8, 2010 5:59 PM CST
Dendrobium aberrans past away yesterday. Despite heavy waterings it just dried up and died. Rest in peace beauty!

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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Charter ATP Member Spiders! Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Pennsylvania Greenhouse Cactus and Succulents
Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Ponds Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: New Jersey
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Ursula
Apr 8, 2010 6:17 PM CST

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It was a cute Orchid! RIP!

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