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Bronx Orchids [Jul. 6th, 2013|11:53 am]

Bronx Botanical Garden 054

I spotted these beauties in the Bronx Botanical Garden.
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Hello! [May. 1st, 2012|10:26 pm]

First post, second month of orchiditis, third orchid bought today, 4ish questions :) So hi! (This became really TLDR, so I added lots of cuts so you can just get to the good bits and skip my new-owner-excited-waffling lol)

bit about meCollapse )

So my first orchid, Lilla, is doing quite well. +2 PhotosCollapse )

My second orchid is Minie +2 photosCollapse )

And today I got Ollie, who is also Question 1 lol +3 PhotosCollapse )

So. There are my newer kids :) Now the questions:

1.What is Ollie?Collapse )

2. fertilizer and so onCollapse )

3. Watering, misting, moisture..Collapse )

4. Quarantine is always the word of the day, but should it be if a plant looks healthy?Collapse )

Bonus round: Am I doing a good job? Am I doing it all wrong? Am I waaayyyy toooo OCD and just need to chill out and stop freaking out?

I like to be thorough ;) Sorry in advance LOL
(eta: but I can't spell lol)
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Rescued Orchid Update [Feb. 10th, 2012|08:06 am]

Back again and bad news on one of the rescues. It was just too far gone. The entire leaf and crown died back, it just didn't have enough roots to keep it going. The other one is doing well, though. One of the leaves had to be removed since it was browning and I didn't want it to have to focus on that, but it still has two relatively healthy ones.

No new roots yet, which is strange, but *shrugs* Hopefully it'll come around. I'm going to be picking up tiny pots soon, that I will be filling with finely minced orchid bark. I'll then be putting the baby orchid from Odette in one of them, and the remaining rescue in the other, hoping it'll do better in some medium. Perhaps a bit of fertilized water will help give it the energy it needs to put out some new roots.

As for the Christmas orchid, it is still doing *very* well. I'm not sure that I named it, but 'Ophelia' and 'Ondine' both come to mind. Which means I named the healthy rescued orchid and forgot which name I gave it *lol*

I did unpot the Christmas orchid yesterday, in preparation for repotting it in proper orchid mix and giving it a proper soaking. I can not tell you how much I wanted to smack the nursery when I got a good look at it out of the pot.

After fighting to loosen it (Finally had to use a chopstick to wedge in and work around the side) because it was so heavily packed, I finally got it out. An entire layer of Sphagnum moss peeled off, revealing the perfect imprint of a smaller pot underneath. The nursery had just taken it out of the smaller one and crammed it into the larger one with more moss. After working *that* loose, I found yet *another* tiny pot form inside. It has been in the same potting medium for at least two years, and was so densely packed it's amazing it was able to dry out properly between watering. I'm amazed there weren't very many roots that needed to be trimmed. I was fully expecting a massive amount of rot after that. I can't wait to get it repotted!

I'm going to be repotting all of my plants at the end of the month, when I get my tax return and I can invest in good potting medium for everything. I also want to invest in mulch for the soil-seated plants, they sit in the window and end up drying out very quickly during the day. That's why I usually wait until nightfall to water them, so they have all night to soak up the moisture.
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Christmas Orchid! [Jan. 17th, 2012|06:38 pm]

Hey everyone! Still no news on two of the rescued orchids, they're not *dead*. But they haven't put out new roots yet. Hopefully I can keep them going for a while longer.

In other news, though. I have the BEST coworker ever! She was my Secret Santa at work and got me the most *gorgeous* purple orchid in full bloom! I am so thrilled!

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There she is! Isn't she gorgeous? I have to say, I adore my coworker for this. She knows me soooo well! so now I have my original orchid from my birthday. The baby it's sprouting. The healthy rescued orchid and this orchid. Not to mention the two that I'm still not sure will survive.

And then I have other plants on top of that! Goodness, I'm certainly becoming quite the crazy plant lady. *lol*
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Salutations and Questions! [Dec. 1st, 2011|04:00 am]


Hello everyone, new member here! Thought I would introduce myself and pose a question or two to you all, regarding a few new acquisitions.

See, in the past, I was never much for plants. Sure, I loved them well enough, but I was horrible at keeping them alive. One year, I even rescued an orchid from a local Walmart... That.... that didn't go so well...

But a few years later and much wiser, I'm happy to say that I have quite a few plants thriving in my home! Among them, I have a miniature rose with the most gorgeous orange and pink blossoms (I call her Aurora), a sassy little spider plant named 'Jezzebel', a philodendron clipped from a friends years-old plant (Persephone) and an orchid I purchased just two days before my birthday, which rewarded me with a new blossom ON my birthday. I call her 'Odette'.

Yes, I'm the crazy cat lady, but with plants (and cats too, but that's beside the point)Collapse )

In either case, the third orchid is actually in much better shape than I originally thought, and I'm leaving its empty bloom-spike because it is still healthy and there is a bud forming at the tip. I can't wait to see what color it is!

And for being such good sports, here is a picture (or three) of Odette!

The day I bought herCollapse )Two days later (my birthday!)Collapse )
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exactly when should a Keike come off? [Nov. 24th, 2011|12:07 pm]

I've got two on some Cymbidium and one of the pseudobulbs is dying back, should I remove the baby?
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(no subject) [Sep. 26th, 2011|07:49 pm]


I just purchased an Odbrs. Fangtastic Bob Henley. (Not my photo.) It's absolutely gorgeous, but the roots are completely taking over. They're peeking out of the holes on the bottom of the pot and wrapping around the pot. Does anyone have any repotting advice that doesn't damage the roots? I won't be repotting until after the blooms die back anyway.

Thanks for the help!
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Blue Mystique Orchid [Feb. 24th, 2011|07:47 pm]


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Help with Orchid seedlings [Jul. 26th, 2010|10:29 pm]

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I acquired some baby Cattalya orchids recently that I'm trying to help grow till adulthood, but I'm finding it more diffcult that I thought. I have followed the directions I've been given, but some of them look shriveled and are developing black and yellow leaves. I took some pictures:
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Can anyone help me out?
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Choosing Orchids? [May. 11th, 2010|01:42 am]

I browsed the Memories and couldn't find anything along these lines. I apologize if this is a common question.

I really want to start growing orchids, and I've been reading up on them as much as I can, but I'm struggling a bit with deciding what type I should attempt to grow. I was wondering if anyone could give me some recommendations for what would be ideal in the different environments I have. I've read about temperature ranges, but most websites I've found simply describe some types as being good for indoors, while the temperature range is nothing like the inside of my apartment. Anyway, here's the situation.

Outside: I have an apartment in Savannah, Georgia. Obviously growing outside is an option (I think) but my porch faces south and only has shade from a wall on the eastern side so the high summer temps would be an issue. I wouldn't mind growing something outside, but this is really just a last-resort, if the other conditions are maybe a bit more difficult to work around.


1. The room I spend the most time in is on the third story, with one large eastern window, and two large southern windows (excellent light). I also have a bathroom on the side with huge northern windows. The problem with this is that I keep this area 65 degrees, on average--sometimes lower, but never below 58 and never above 72. It's almost always between 65-68, and this seems too low for most of the orchids I've been reading about. I guess windowsills will be a little warmer than the rest of the room, but I'm not sure it'll be enough.

2. I have a downstairs room that isn't controlled by my beloved thermostat, but by the landlord's thermostat (if anything). It has a south-facing window, can be a little stuffy but does have some air circulation (I just can't control it), and in midsummer (daytime) seems to stay in the high 70s, low 80s, and in the dead of winter maybe in the mid to high 60s. The temperature during the night fluctuates mostly based on the outside temperature, so I'd say that would be ideal. Oh, and the downstairs window is the only window I have with actual blinds, none of my upstairs windows have any covering at all.

I know it'll partially depend on what I can find (and what's in my budget), but if you can offer any tips on what would be able to tolerate these conditions, I'd appreciate it. I really want something that can handle the upstairs cold room (where I spend most of my time), but settling for my sparse, neglected porch, or my stuffy studio, will work.

Thanks for any input <3
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