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Nov 3, 2018 4:22 PM CST
I am trying to take care of my orchids, but they do not seem to relate. I water them once a week (by putting their pot into another bowl so there's no water on the actual flower). Can someone tell me what's ts happening with them or what am i doing wrong?
Also, i keep them away from strong sun light.
Here is a picture of them (they look sad), (i watered them today)
Nov 3, 2018 5:54 PM CST
|Your orchids are Phalaenopsis, and there is lots of good info here in the stickies at the top https://garden.org/forums/view...|
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
Nov 7, 2018 9:55 PM CST
|These are both phalenopsis. Your plants don't look bad from this pictures.
Phals bloom once per year, and if conditions remain constant the booms will last for 2-3 months or more!
BUT- we tend to buy them mid bloom. While the plant is tough, the blooms are not. Flowers don't always adjust to changing conditions. if you bought them in your supermarket- they may have been in a chiller/cold spot which is great for cut flowers and TERRIBLE for orchids, or they came into bloom in a greenhouse with 90% humidity and couldn't make the adjustment to a home with less than 50% humidity.
as for sunlight- give it more. If they are living indoors- they shaded- give them more light! put them in a window. Just like you can get a sunburn in a hour of direct outdoor sun, you've never gotten a sunburn indoors no matter how close to the window you sat. download a free light meter app and watch how quickly the amount o light deteriorates as you move away from your window- put your orchid in the brightest window of your house where it will get the most direct sun. Please- give them sunlight- they need it...
unfortunately, your blooms are history. Cut the inflorescence (stem) to below the first flower jjust above a health node (a little triangle shaped flap tight against the stem). If you take good care of the plant, you might get a new but smaller branch of flowers from that node.
Give it good sunlight, water as needed- which is dependent on YOUR CONDITIONS- is it winter or summer? is your house humid or dry? is your plant potted in bark or moss?
I made a video for you so you an tell if your plant is happy- https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
and you don't have to get it correct right now- you can throw them in the trash, or you can give them a little attention, a little trial and error- for 3 minutes a week and have something beautiful to look forward to next year.
It might be annoying, but once you get the hang of it they are the easiest most tolerant plant I own and they reward me with the most amazing flowers - tons of them- all winter long... there is nothing better than coming inside from a miserable cold winter day and seeing new blooms on your phal that last nearly all winter.
Nov 8, 2018 8:40 AM CST
|Paula, such a lovely post and very informative video clip!
If I may just add something regarding the sunny window? I would caution that one a bit. My south facing windows would cook a Phal, but my others windows in the house are probably fine. In the greenhouse I usually keep them in the lower tiers, with Cattleya and alliance in the upper tiers, if that makes sense.
Nov 8, 2018 9:37 AM CST
|Also, some bloom several times a year. I would not know if it is all Phals but at least two of mine have bloomed more frequently.
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Nov 10, 2018 9:15 AM CST
|Don't cut off the old bloom spikes completely, when the flowers fade and fall just clip off right below where the blooms started, sometimes they will send out another spike from a spent one and you will get a two-fer
Happy to consider trading plants, but ONLY with other people who also live in FLORIDA
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