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Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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BigBill
Apr 20, 2020 4:48 PM CST
Orchids are for everyone. Phalaenopsis are fairly easy for everybody.
We have a great 'sticky' within our Orchid Forum section titled something like Growing Supermarket Orchids-Phalaenopsis. If you read through that entire sticky, reading the questions and answers, that will give you great information.
Within the forums are dozens of threads started by people with questions about how to grow these orchids. Read those too. Then you might have an idea that you may want to try one.
All of us Orchid Growers remember our first orchid, our first time blooming one, the first one that we killed. It is a journey almost everyone one of us would be willing to do again and again!
The key to orchid growing is to match the orchid to your conditions.
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terrafirma
Apr 20, 2020 7:34 PM CST
Ursula, what a beauty!
I noticed, it looks like it's growing in a slat basket...is that the case? And what is the medium it's growing in?
I ask because I have several Catts in terra-cotta pots, that I'm thinking Id like to re-pot into hanging baskets. I'm apprehensive about doing it, and would appreciate any tips? you might impart?
Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Apr 20, 2020 7:42 PM CST

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Emily, this was one of my first Orchids!!
I bought it around 1990 as a small division, it didn't have a name and bloomed every year In October!! I kept it outside over the Summer, watered and fertilized together with my other plants. It came inside in September and started blooming around October 20. I always thought Fall flowering Cattleyas suited my conditions well as a beginner. If you have a garden, and you can grow outside for the Summer, perhaps Fall flowering Cattleyas might be fine for you too. Psssst, I never did well with Phals.....
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Apr 20, 2020 7:48 PM CST

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Tara, I bought the plant last Winter, and in no time flat it was totally over grown and had lots of roots all over the place. I didn't think I could repot that plant without seriously damaging it. So I simply dropped the pot as is into a basket and let those roots go as they wanted. It seems happy!
Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Apr 20, 2020 8:05 PM CST
@Emilyjf

Emilyjf said:Growing orchids is that more for experienced gardeners? They look very pretty.


Experienced gardeners?
Heavens no!
One learns as one grows!
I may be experienced with some house plants, and I may be experienced with growing a few things in the veggie/herb garden, but we are always learning, and growing new and different plants in/with faith, and hope, and prayers that they will live, and hopefully thrive.
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 20, 2020 10:24 PM CST
@Emilyjf Growing any plant is a learning experience, whether or not you're a gardener. Orchids are different in a lot of ways from growing plants in a garden. So, starting with an orchid, you'll want to do some reading about what kind it is and what it needs as far as light, water, temperature and growing medium. Orchids in general don't grow in soil like other plants. So, I say "go for it". We'll be happy to help you learn.

Ursula, your 'Debbie' plants are just lovely and 'Irene Finney' is spectacular. I'm so glad I get to see all your beautiful flowers, since I'm suffering from orchid withdrawal here in the desert. It now looks like I won't be home until the end of May. So looking forward to seeing my plants again. The only one my husband sends pictures of right now is my Den 'Fire Wings' that is just keeping right on blooming.

Elaine

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Name: Alice
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ardesia
Apr 21, 2020 6:03 AM CST
Irene Finney is so outstandingly beautiful it almost looks artificial. Can you just imagine seeing that dripping off a tree in a jungle somewhere. Drooling

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Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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drdawg
Apr 21, 2020 6:18 AM CST
I have C. Irene Finney 'Ingrid' HCC/AOS (or perhaps had, since I don't know whether she was one that I brought to Vero Beach when I moved). This photo was taken in 2017, the year before my move.

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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Apr 21, 2020 6:53 AM CST

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Ken, gorgeous! Hopefully you still have that plant!

Right now I can walk into my little slice of heaven, put on some music and not think about the news for a bit! Smiling
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drdawg
Apr 21, 2020 7:08 AM CST
Ha, ha, Ursula. My slice of heaven is 2 1/2 acres. I do play music all day, everyday, one radio in the garage and the other in the equipment shed. Stereo! Though I love all orchid flowers, pink is perhaps my least favorite color. A guy-thing, maybe. That would be the only reason I can think of for not bringing 'Ingrid' with me.
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Gina1960
Apr 21, 2020 4:56 PM CST
Two dendrobiums today!
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Apr 21, 2020 5:09 PM CST

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Oh, I love the unicum. Where you able to smell it? Apricots and Peaches! Smiling
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Apr 21, 2020 5:14 PM CST
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Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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BigBill
Apr 21, 2020 5:37 PM CST
Oh wait, what a great smoothie that would be!!! I tip my hat to you.
The key to orchid growing is to match the orchid to your conditions.
Name: Joshua
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Zone 10b)
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Australis
Apr 23, 2020 2:25 AM CST

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Well, I have my first Cymbidiums for the year in bloom. 'Feast', likely a mutated Chen's Ruby, opened a week ago. Unfortunately the snails damaged many of the buds on 'Feast' before I realised what was happening, so the photos are only of the top of the best spike:



Cym. Kusuda Shining 'Geyserland' opened at the same time. It's a bit lacking in blooms this year (two spikes of 6 and 3 blooms respectively, whereas I would expect 6-8 on each), but where it normally resides doesn't get as much light as it should.



My Cym. erythraeum var. erythraeum f. album is also open (two months early!) and I will have pictures of that soon.
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Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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drdawg
Apr 23, 2020 4:13 AM CST
Beautiful, Cym., Joshua. I brought a half dozen Cym. with me when I moved, all different varieties, two have perished and and other four, though putting on some new growth, haven't done a thing as far as blooming. I apparently have the wrong climate for them.
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Name: Joshua
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Apr 23, 2020 4:33 AM CST

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Thanks Ken. Sorry to hear that you lost a couple of your Cyms. What ones do you still have? I would think at least some Cyms should survive and bloom where you are, but it will depend on the genetics.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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drdawg
Apr 23, 2020 6:31 AM CST
These are the six that I brought, Joshua. I don't remember which two have perished. Ming 'Emperor', Peter Fire 'Torch', Enzan Shining 'Royal Flame', Summer Elf 'Mana', Valentine's Love 'Leanne', and Valentine's Love 'Sunbar Perfection'. These all grew and bloomed well for me back in Mississippi. They apparently don't do well in a subtropical climate. I know there are Cym. that are said to do well in warmer climate, climates without freezes or even near-freezes, but these must not be them........ Whistling
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Australis
Apr 23, 2020 6:40 AM CST

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Thanks Ken. Summer Elf should be able to flower there; I'd say Valentine's Love might or might not; not sure about Enzan Shining or Peter Fire. Ming will probably struggle. If I was to guess, I'd say Enzan Shining and Ming were the two you lost.
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Apr 23, 2020 6:49 AM CST

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Joshua, your Cymbidiums are gorgeous! Lovey dubby I love the color and the beautiful crisp details in your pictures!

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