Orchids forum: Help with my Orchids

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Moldova, Chișinău
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)

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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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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...
Name: Paula
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.
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Nov 8, 2018 8:40 AM CST


Paula, such a lovely post and very informative video clip! Thumbs up

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.
Name: Alice
Ponte Vedra, FL (Zone 9a)
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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.
Name: Gina
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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