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May 11, 2020 6:52 PM CST
Cleveland, Ohio
I bought this orchid 2 years ago from Home Depot. It had beautiful flowers for about 3 months and then nothing since.

I tried to put it in the best window, but we don't get a lot of light here in Northeast Ohio.

I bought a light bulb for orchids a month ago and still nothing. I give it a few ice cubes every week and sometimes put a humidifier on it to put some moisture in the air.
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May 11, 2020 7:36 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
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Ice cubes are NOT appropriate! You don't water a tropical plant like a Phalaenopsis orchid with ice! That information or claim is made solely to get you to buy the plant.

Please look through our Orchid Forum section and there you will find dozens of threads on Growing
Phalaenopsis! Read them from beginning to end. Read the questions, read the answers. There is just so much information there and it is not nonsensical gibberish about ice cubes.
Phalaenopsis need to be repotted every year, 2 at the most! The roots can not get enough oxygen to survive if the media breaks down,
Cut off the old bloom spikes completely. If you let it flower again before it gets healthy, you'll kill it!!
Once repotted it needs to be grown just bright, NO SUN AT ALL.
Make sure that the pot has adequate drainage holes. That pot that your orchid is in, while pretty, is increasing the chances that you kill your plant.
Once repotted into a regular clay or plastic pot, you water it once every three or four days. Use as small of a pot as possible. One in which the roots fit snugly into.
If you follow these instructions exactly, the plant will send out new roots in 4-6 weeks, 8 maximum. Good luck and keep us updated.
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May 11, 2020 7:58 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
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I forgot to ask if it will bloom again?
The answer is not in its current state. It will be dead before it blooms again in all likelihood.
When an orchid has been neglected for over a year like this one, you need to get it healthy first, then worry about blooming.
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May 11, 2020 8:01 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
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Hi Klynn56,

I agree, your Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis) should not be watered with ice cubes, which happens to be a fad that's been popular to sell orchids for a few years now. Phalaenopsis need bright light but no direct sun. I would remove that yellow leaf as well as the piece of bark sitting in the crown of the plant. I think I see buds at the tip of that spike in the third photo but as Bill stated, allowing the plant to bloom when it's not in the healthiest state may be detrimental to the plant.

You will find good information regarding your particular orchid on this page of our orchid forum: The thread "🗣 Starting out with Phals/Supermarket Orchids 🛎 ✍️" in Orchids forum

This page at the American Orchid Society has information for novice watering: http://www.aos.org/orchids/cul...

And here are two American Orchid Society Phalaenopsis Culture Sheets:
Novice Grower Culture Sheet: http://www.aos.org/orchids/cul...
Regular Culture Sheet: http://www.aos.org/orchids/cul...
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May 12, 2020 3:30 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
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Any orchid should bloom from the reserve strength that it has built up from good growing!!
I remember hearing a speaker years ago claim that some orchids bloom just before they die! It is some type of inner sense that they have. They bloom trying to set seed before they die.
Your plant is in trouble from all of the neglect over the last 18 months in my opinion. To allow it to bloom takes inner energy reserves which your plant does not have. If it were to bloom now, it would literally put a tremendous burden on its recovery.
What good is a few flowers if it kills the plant?
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May 12, 2020 7:02 AM CST
Name: Glenn Graham
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Sometimes I feel the Phalaenopsis Orchid is the "Tamagotchi" of the 21st Century.

So Many have Died from neglect !
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May 12, 2020 7:06 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
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Well Glenn, I am inclined to agree. It is the same issue over and over again.
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May 12, 2020 7:28 AM CST
Name: Alice
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Perhaps we should be aiming more at the growers who encourage such harmful practices. You can't blame a newbie for following the directions that came with the plant. I applaud Klynn for finding this site, among the hundreds out there, and asking the right questions.
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May 12, 2020 7:53 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
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It is not a grower per se, I believe it is the brain child of a vendor.

Oh my, those Tamagotchi, all the rage for like 6 months!
But I think that the issues with orchid growing have really sky rocketed in recent months. It has pretty much coincided with orchids replacing the pointsettia as the number one type of plant purchased.
You see them for sale everywhere!
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May 12, 2020 8:34 AM CST
Cleveland, Ohio
Thank you all for the advice. I bought a clear slotted orchid pot and some orchid bark mix from the repotme website. I'm also going to stop watering it with ice cubes. We'll see what happens. Thank you!
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May 12, 2020 8:58 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Hey Klynn, good job!
Don't worry, it will bloom again!
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May 12, 2020 1:47 PM CST
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Here is our link regarding Ice cubes, it was a sticky thread at one time.

The thread "🥶 Please STOP using ice cubes on your Orchids, read on!🥶" in Orchids forum
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