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    Far too old to grow up now. Kate's Avatar
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    Thanks that's the one I was looking for.
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    Hi Maehem

    I'm glad you want to try some orchids. But be forwarned...they can be as addictive as CPs. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] I have about 35...and growing.

    Orchids are not as hard to grow as some people think. There are many varieties that are pretty easy...dendrobiums, phalenopsis and even the beautiful (and my favorite) paphiopedilums aren't difficult.

    Dens do well in an east window...phals and paphs also do not need a high amount of light. They like a well-draining substrate (i use combinations of orchid bark, lava rock and/or a bit of charcoal) as too much wetness around the roots can cause them to rot. I am trying now to save several phals a coworker gave me that were potted tightly with pure sphagnum moss in a plastic pot (little breathing room). The leaves are dehydrated because the roots rotted. Orchid bark allows air to the roots and quicker drying. I water mine thoroughly once to twice a week. I use a weak fertilizer every other watering during growing seasons...and sometimes a dash of Superthrive.

    I have 4 paphs in bloom and will soon be posting a pic of them here. A fifth is in spike. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    When they bloom, most orchids flowers last for months. And the variety is mind boggling. You can get reasonably priced orchids at Lowes but be aware they can be diseased. I am getting ready to write Lowes about them selling orchids with black spot...it spreads and can kill your orchids at home if brought in.

    Let us know what you get!

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    Thanks P.A.K. for the advise and warning, I'll remember that, all things in moderation lol!

    I will definately let everyone know what I get since once I get it I wll probably have lots more questions [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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    A thought on buying from Home Depot and the like: most of the orchids that you see there are very stressed. They're going to require a lot of TLC. An orchid beginner, even with the best of intentions, can easily finish the job of killing them. There's no guarantee even experienced orchid people can save some of these plants. So it might be better for you to get some experience with a healthly plant from a reputable nursery that can tolerate minor mistakes before you try one that's barely alive.
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    I think someone should make a HUGE orchid care thingy that stays at the top of the page like the dormancy ones in general discussions... anyone willing to tackle this? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]
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    Okay, I finally did it, last friday, had to get 2 cause I couldn't pick one (I'm in trouble already aren't I?) Both Dendrobium.

    Thanks to George and his caresheet things are going wonderfully I will post pics soon.
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