Orchids forum: Identify these rescued orchids?

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Name: Kate
Holmes Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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karmatree
Nov 27, 2014 2:57 PM CST
Believe it or not, people (or their hired landscapers) throw away some crazy stuff every week when the yard debris garbage is picked up....I've picked up diffenbachias, bromeliads, etc etc...but I also found these two orchids attached to some tree debris in two different households' trash...(people must think I'm a crazy bum digging through their trash!)

They were pretty sad looking, still kinda are but actually look better...think there's any remote chance anyone could take a stab at identifying them??
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Nov 27, 2014 5:16 PM CST
Top one, or ones? are Brassavola type foliage I think. Long, thin and kind of pointy. Those ones look pretty darn good to me. I wouldn't have thrown 'em away! They're some of my favorites, have really pretty fragrant flowers and bloom two or three times a year when they're happy.

The bottom one I'm guessing is a little Cattleya of some sort. There are so many different kinds, impossible to ID further than that until it blooms. Keep us posted! Sometimes they bloom in the winter and some of my small ones like that bloom twice a year. They can be really fragrant too.
Elaine

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Name: tarev
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tarev
Nov 27, 2014 5:39 PM CST
Oh nice rescues! But it would be hard to id..hope they get to bloom so we can all admire it! Smiling
Name: Kate
Holmes Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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karmatree
Nov 28, 2014 8:25 AM CST
Ohhh boy! I hope its a Brassavola! And I apologize, it is surely hard to figure out what they are until a flower pops out! But thanks, I'm much closer! I think sometimes people don't notice a little epiphyte growing on a branch when it breaks...lots of people here are snowbirds or vacationers and things get planted, then forgotten...

The Cat looking one has a little purple wrinkling on the leaf...do you think I should be worried?
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Nov 28, 2014 8:44 AM CST

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I wouldn't worry. Just take care of them and see what grows. The Brassavola type looks really great, but the Cattleya type isn't bad either.
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Nov 28, 2014 8:46 AM CST
Nope, nothing serious. But there is a tip that helps, especially Catts through the cooler weather. Add a little Epsom salts to your regular fertilizer routine. I put about a tablespoon in my 2gal. sprayer every few weeks.

If you see any reddish tinge on the leaves it is a magnesium deficiency. I must admit I thought that might be what your purple marks on that leaf were. Hard to tell, but a little extra magnesium can't hurt.
Elaine

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