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Jan 26, 2017 11:02 AM CST
Most of my orchids are phals rescued from the garbage, but about five years ago a friend in Florida gave me some cuttings of reed orchids from his yard. (I live in the northeast, so they now are indoor plants.) In his yard, they were growing in soil so I potted them in a good commercial potting soil in a six- inch pot so I could get all the stems in.
The plants appear to be very healthy..the stems are firm, with lots of little white rootless. The color is a vibrant green, but they have barely grown in five years! I have realized that they don't usually grow in soil, so I am wondering if I should repot them into a bark mix, or just leave them alone since they appear to be healthy, just not getting bigger. They haven't bloomed, obviously, but that doesn't bother me
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Jan 26, 2017 11:07 AM CST
They should have grown more than that. I usually get them and they are barely in soil at all, I would suggest a mulch or bark mix.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Jan 26, 2017 11:20 AM CST
They require planting medium that is fast draining - a friend in Hawaii grows them in straight lava rock but it also rains every day. Mine is in soil mixed for terrestrial orchids: a little soil, a little bark and a little rock.
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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Jan 26, 2017 12:37 PM CST
Mine are in Orchid bark and live outdoors year round. It is possible that yours aren't getting enough sun. Mine are on the north side of my house, so get very little sun during cold weather, but once the sun gets overhead , and weather warms up, they will take lots of sun.

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