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Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Dec 2, 2017 10:13 AM CST
The orchid is about a foot and a half tall my friend Daisy said she got it to bloom once in 2016 thats been recently and it still has a old bloom hanging on. I pulled few others very brown n dead blooms off when I broughtit home Tuesday .
Here is my question. It has 2 stems, the one has bloomed looks great. The other is drying. Ill add pics. Should I cut the stem down to were its still green and looks alive? If not what should I do with the bad stem?
Another question Daisy said she never done anything to the plant but put 3 ice cubes on it every friday.
What about food for the plant. Anyone recommend something this plant would prefer. Do they make food for orchid?
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If you can not see the stem where its still green its about 3 to 4 inchs coming up the stem from soil. I can add more pics if needed. Please just let me know.
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Dec 2, 2017 10:51 AM CST
The dead stem of your Phalaenopsis Orchid should be cut off at its base and discarded. As soon as the last remaining flower wilts, cut that flower stem (called a spike) just above the node where the lowest flower was attached. There is about a 50-50 chance that a secondary spike will emerge with a few new flowers.

I don't recommend using ice cubes to water an Orchid. It is an imprecise way to water and the cold is not very good for it. If yours is in a pot without drain holes, it will be very hard to water properly. You will have to remove the rootball, take it to the sink and allow water to run through it as soon as the top quarter of the moss feels dry. Let it drain and put it back in its pot. As an alternative, move it into a pot the same size but one with drain holes.

Fertilizer won't make much difference. A standard liquid fertilizer is fine if you cannot find Orchid fertilizer. Dilute it to half strength and use it every other month until June when you can use it monthly until September.
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plantladylin
Dec 2, 2017 12:11 PM CST
What a lovely Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis)

I've never heard of watering plants with ice cubes. Confused It doesn't sound like a very thorough way of supplying any plant with sufficient water to me. You'll find some great tips regarding Phal's (from members who grow them) on this page in the orchid forum: The thread "Starting out with Phals/Supermarket Orchids" in Orchids forum
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Dec 2, 2017 12:22 PM CST
Lin - The ice cube thing is surprisingly common, especially with Orchids I think because they cannot be watered like most terrestrial plants. Crazy!
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Dec 2, 2017 12:34 PM CST
Watering Phals with ice cubes is a gimmick, invented by a very large nursery in Oberlin, Ohio.
https://www.justaddiceorchids....
They sure do great business with that!! The good part is that this nursery employs in the neighborhood of 2000 people, and that is a good thing! Smiling
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WillC
Dec 2, 2017 1:09 PM CST
Thanks for the link, Ursula. It looks like they have applied for a patent, although it is not clear if it is for the technique or the name. I doubt that they invented the technique. I still think it is a very imprecise way to water.
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Ursula
Dec 2, 2017 2:39 PM CST
You are totally correct!
Last time I looked nature doesn't water its tropical Orchids with ice cubes, right? Smiling This is the very first advice one always shares, what not to do! Looks like that nursery is quite successful selling Phals, surely because of the ice cube gimmick!
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greene
Dec 2, 2017 2:50 PM CST
Ursula said:...invented by a very large nursery in Oberlin, Ohio.
https://www.justaddiceorchids....


I'm pretty sure they did not invent this method of watering orchids, but they were smart enough to register the name.

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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 2, 2017 3:20 PM CST
When that question comes up in one of my orchid potting seminars (and it always does), I suggest that next time they give their orchids ice cubes, they sit with their own feet in a bucket of ice until the cubes melt in the pot. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Dec 2, 2017 9:24 PM CST
I surly do not want to put my feet in ice cubes!!! Ok
Starting a new routine for the plant may stress the plant or put the plant in shock .
The pot is simply a disposable plastic type it has alot of drainage so ...
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When the moss feels dry within a quarter inch I can add water "How much water" then allow to drain well? This sound about right. Im going to add a few more pics so you all can see how its potted and how the pot its self looks for drainage. I believe it exactly what you would want it to be..
Thanks for all the info. I have alot to read and go over . Again Ill add new pics soon as i read more.
Incase i have more questions ill wait. Group hug
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 2, 2017 9:33 PM CST
Phalaenopsis are strange plants. Drier is better than wetter so if you stick your finger as far as you can into the bark and feel ANY moisture, don't water.

On the other hand, if you decide to try water culture, Phalaenopsis are the perfect plant.
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sallyg
Dec 3, 2017 9:16 AM CST
Most of those have the perforated plastic pot inside a ceramic pot. Another method with these is to fill the pot with water, let sit a couple minutes, then drain completely out of the ceramic pot. Let get dry (a week, two? would vary depending on whether they potted with bark or moss) and repeat. I have done well with this on a couple Phaelenopsis after seeing it on youtube.
I also try to elevate the plastic pot just a little (stones, wine corks) so it doesn't sit tight in the ceramic and block air flow through the perforated pot.
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