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Name: Kim Smythe
Auburn, WA
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Feb 25, 2016 3:34 PM CST
Am about to receive a Phalaenopsis (Pink Cloud). I don't know what to do when it arrives or how to care for it. Can you help?

Thanks,
Kim
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Feb 25, 2016 4:42 PM CST
Hi Kim, and welcome to ATP Welcome!

Here's a link to the culture sheets from the American Orchid Society for Phals.
http://www.aos.org/Default.aspx?id=204

But we also have a whole forum on ATP specifically for orchids, so when your plant comes, please do join us over there for lots of chat, and all sorts of advice on your new plant.
Elaine

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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Feb 25, 2016 5:27 PM CST
Btw, there is already a thread about this here

The thread "Orchids" in Ask a Question forum

( Kim, I took the liberty of deleting the third thread about this at the Orchid forum, Smiling )
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Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Feb 25, 2016 7:42 PM CST
Kim, I hope we didn't confuse you too much. I gave you a plan for your new plant. Elaine sent you to a website - I hope the info I gave you is the same, (or least close) as the website. Still trying not to confuse you... Smiling

I invited you to the Orchid Forum because there are a lot of people there that are orchid crazy. A fun bunch to get to know. But a warning... They will have you wanting more and more with their lovely plants.

Send a photo of your new plant when you get it. We would love to see it. Add it to one of the existing Orchid Forums (I suggest Our Orchid Blooms in ______ 2016. Then everyone will see it and everyone will add their (kindly) two cents.

You haven't said if you bought this plant bare root or budded in a pot. If it comes potless, get back to us as soon as possible so we can guide you through the potting process.

Daisy


Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Feb 25, 2016 8:12 PM CST
That's the risk of asking your question on three different threads, I guess. You might get three different answers.

If I had seen Daisy's nice recommendations, I wouldn't have worried about sending you to the AOS page.
Elaine

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Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Feb 25, 2016 8:26 PM CST
Same for me, info on Phals. I think we have gotten you covered. Smiling
Name: Kim Smythe
Auburn, WA
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Mar 1, 2016 3:22 PM CST
I received the Phalaenopsis yesterday. It has five leafs; two large and three a little smaller. The "skin" at the bottom of the two leafs are brown. Is the plant dying? (Can't take pictures)

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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
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dyzzypyxxy
Mar 1, 2016 3:32 PM CST
We really would need to see a picture, to figure out what you mean by the "skin". The whole beauty of this site is the ability to show other gardeners pictures of your plants (and especially their anomalies). Now I'm consumed with curiosity! Green Grin!

If the leaves themselves are a nice green, shiny and leathery, sort of stiff in appearance, I don't think you have much to worry about though.
Elaine

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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Mar 1, 2016 6:37 PM CST
You received an Orchid! Is it perhaps possible to simply enjoy the plant without panicking? Forget the word Orchid and simply look at this one as a pretty houseplant. My friendly advice would be to relax a bit!
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Name: Kim Smythe
Auburn, WA
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Mar 1, 2016 7:10 PM CST
Thanks everyone. I'll settle down.
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