Orchids forum: I inherited orchid and one other plant

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ORspokes
Jul 16, 2017 2:41 PM CST
I inherited 2 plants from a loved friend's collection. I have no idea what kind the orchid is or how to care for it. And I don't even know what kind of plant the bonsai is... that's just what it was called when delivered to me!
The ceramic pot that the orchid is in [which probably is what it was bought in, tho no guarantee that's true] says "3 inch everyday orchid". It has strange worm-like things coming from the base.They almost look like gray plastic/fake.... but there are some withered ones under them, so I think actually part of the plant. Each has a green end.
The "bonsai" is in a clay pot. One of the "roots" coming off the large base then into the soil, looks to me like it might be rotting. And the water tray has some strange caked yellow substance. Not sure what that is.
These plants may not have had adequate care for the last couple of weeks or longer, so I feel it is important for me to get started with remedy care right now.
Can anyone help in identifying either or both.... and giving any tips on how to care for.?? These belonged to a loved friend, and I really would like them to thrive in my home.
The pics didn't turn out great, especially the ones of the orchid flowers. Let me know if I need to post a better one.



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Name: Heath
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plantcollector
Jul 16, 2017 2:52 PM CST
I'm not sure about the bonsai I think maybe a money tree. The orchid is definitely a phalaenopsis.
Name: lindsey
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sugarcane
Jul 16, 2017 3:03 PM CST
Hi ORspokes,
Welcome to our forum!
As Heath noted you have a Phalaenopsis orchid there.
It looks like it's potted in a bark mix in a clear pot.. two good things in my opinion! The decorative pot will cause problems for you if it doesn't have any holes in it and the pot ends up sitting in water , which soon turns swampy. If you look at the top of our forum you'll see a few helpful threads will will mostly likely answer your questions. Check them out and let us know how you are doing!... maybe one of the other members has experience with bonsai.. or there might be a bonsai group here at NGA.
Best of luck!
Lindsey
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