Orchids forum: orchid & corkscrew willow combined

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Mar 8, 2017 3:43 PM CST
I recently purchased a phalaenopsis at a local grocery store. The plant is fine, but I am wondering if the live willow planted with it with overtake the orchid. Appreciate any advise or link to someone who could answer this.
Name: Elaine
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Mar 8, 2017 4:20 PM CST
I would guess that the willow branch was put in there as a decorative stake to hold up the flower, Jojo. Those corkscrew willows root very easily so that's why you suddenly have a willow in the pot with your orchid.

It won't "compete" with your Phalaenopsis, really, as the orchid is an epiphyte and takes in a lot of its nutrients through its leaves. But still, it's not a good idea to have it in the pot. As soon as the Phal is finished blooming, I'd advise you re-pot it and transplant the willow to somewhere outside. They grow fast, so unless you're prepared to have a small tree in that pot by the end of summer, I'd roust it outa there.

I planted a corkscrew willow in my daughter's yard in Salt Lake City, years ago. Every time I pruned it up for them, I used the pruned branches for stakes for other plants in the yard. It was truly amazing how many of those "stakes" took root and grew.

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Mar 16, 2017 11:21 AM CST
Thank you for responding, Elaine. I was thinking the re-pot after the bloom as well. I used to work in orchid greenhouses for a retired landscape architect in Atlanta back in the '90's. I really miss it.

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