Some pictures of my orchid (Better pictures!)

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  1. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

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    Here's that orchid I wrote about in a post a few weeks ago. It's still doing ok, but one leaf seems very floppy. I replanted it in a special orchid mix with fertilizer, but I have to go pick up some special liquid fertilizer for it too. I just hope I don't kill it! I just watered it today because the soil was almost completely dry. I read they like to dry out between waterings.

    The leaf on the right is the floppy one. All the other leaves are nice and stiff.
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    I have some more pictures from today that I'm trying to upload.
     
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  2. peeps7

    peeps7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very beautiful!! I think you are taking the best care of it as you can. [​IMG]
     
  3. warren

    warren Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have one very similar. It was beautiful when I bought it but I thought I would kill it within a few weeks. It has survived to flower 3 times so far so I am very pleased. I don't let mine dry out and it looks well. It is in flower now.
     
  4. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

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    Here are some much nicer pictures of my orchids!

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  5. hensdeliverthegoods

    hensdeliverthegoods Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Absolutely gorgeous! [​IMG]
     
  6. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Very pretty, Chicker. You have to remember with orchids- in the wild, the phalaenopsis grows in trees, so they do not like heavy dirt or a lot of water. They do best when potted in a mixture of moss, charcoal, bark, etc. It may have needed to be repotted since they don't like to be cramped.
    Water it once a week and make sure it is able to drain completely. They are heavy feeders, so feed it once a month, and put it in a sunny, but not hot, spot.
     
  7. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

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    Thanks, Carrie!

    I planted it in a special mix for orchids that has pieces of bark in it, and I put little rocks at the bottom for drainage. Does this sound right? How often should I water it? How much water should I give it?

    Thanks!
     
  8. airmom1c05

    airmom1c05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is STUNNING! sigh...... [​IMG]
     
  9. Pinenot

    Pinenot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have over 20 different orchids...some are rare. I have a few in full bloom now and a couple working on putting up spikes.

    As far as fertilizer...they only get bird fertilizer in the wild. You can over fertilize. I only fertilize two times a yr. (#1 killer)

    When I water, I put them in the sink of room temp water and let it sit there for 10 minutes, then let the water completly drain off. I let mine dry completly and water it again. I probably water once a week.

    Keep in a very bright area, out of direct sun.

    Enjoy!!!
     

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