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    Linda - a teaspoon is just a teaspoon [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]. I use a 1/4 teaspoon measure from a cheap set of measuring spoons per gallon jug of water.

    Orchids need 'good' water. Some folks use RO or rainwater or even distilled, but I live in a area with good tapwater and use that. What you need for them would depend on the quality of your tapwater. If you do use tapwater, a thorough rinsing with 'good' water every 3 or 4 waterings is a good idea - it'll also help to leach out any accumulated salts.

    I don't think anybody's mentioned it recently, but when you water, you use enough water to run freely through the pot. You might want to hold the pot over a sink or bucket. Don't skimp on the water, the medium will hold very little.

    Remember that orchids are very hardy - don't let an overemphasis on following the letter of the "rules" detract from enjoying them! I remember reading that the first tropical orchids to make it to Europe arrived as packing materials! Somebody decided to try to revive the dessicated plants and somehow they bloomed! After that, orchids were kept in dark, humid, hot, stagnant glasshouses because that's what the Europeans thought that the "jungle" was like -and still they bloomed!

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    Congrats on the first orchid! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] Everyone has pretty much summed up the care, so I'm just saying congrats and GOOD LUCK!!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/alien.gif[/img]
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    Well Id definatly recoommend you get rid of that peters food. Its worthless for orchids as far as im concerned.
    Heres a link to some very goood fertilizer designed specifically for use with RO, Rain or Distilled water, with orchids.
    http://www.orchidweb.com/cat_dtl....1&tpn=1
    There is no need to flush with this fertilizer.
    (I worked for this company for several years,
    they still produce some of the finest orchids in the country.)

    1/4 strength would be a 1/4 teaspoon if the manufacturer was recommending 1 teaspoon per gallon.
    The new locale sounds perfect.

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    Thanks Khai, Merlin and Lithopsman,

    Had a long weekend, so this is my first day back on line. I guess I was having one of those zone out moments as my hubby calls them, of course a teaspoon is a teaspoon, duh---LOL

    Thanks for the great site Khai, I will check into the fertilizer you suggest. Of course, the site now raises another question--looks like there are two types of dendrobiums, the Nobile Type and Phalaenopsis. The main difference in culture appears to be one needs a dormacy and one does not. Is there a way to tell the difference between the two without flowers? Based on the photos in the web site you gave the cane looks like the Nobile Type, but I really can't see the cane on the Phalaenopsis. I'm going to take a wild guess that a KMart special would be the Nobile Type just cause it seems to be the most common based on all the web material.

    Oh, one more question, how cold can these guys go? My front porch right now gets high 70's (F) during the day, but is in low to mid 50's over night. (Can you believe its the first of June and we still have temps in the 40's?[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img] It better be summer till December at the rate we are going LOL)

    Well, as usual, I tend to talk alot. Thanks again all.
    Linda in PA

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    Linda - there's over 1000 Dendrobium species (some say over 1400) plus numerous hybrids, so the choice really isn't just between Nobile and Phalanopsis types. But if you want to rule one of those two out, this might help: I assume that the Den you bought was in flower when it first arrived at KMart, so there should be a remnant of the flower spikes still on the plant. If the plant is a Nobile type, you should see several small, twiggy spikes (or the stubs left behind) at the nodes on the upper half of the canes - or, at least, on the newest cane. On the other hand, a Phalanopsis-type would have one or two thicker spikes (or their stubs) growing from the top of the cane.

    If you were on Long Island, I'd guess that you have a Phalanopsis type - simply because that's the only kind that I've ever seen in the local Kmarts and Home Depots.
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    Thanks for the tips Merlin, unfortunately KMart must have wanted to clean the plants up before they fully killed them 'cause all there is is the canes, and a few leaves on a couple of them. I'll check the ones left in the store next time I go back and see if there are any that may have signs of previous flowering. Just like many of my cp's, looks like I have another no name and it will just have to live with whatever treatment I can give it LOL.

    Thanks again
    Linda in PA

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    Well, it was worth a shot. Can't say I'm all that surprised, tho. There's plenty of Dends that wouldn't leave traces of the bloom on the cane - not all Nobile types will, either. Time will tell, I guess [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    The last count I read on dendrobium was 1100, second largest orchid genus next to Bublbophyllum.

    Nobile type Dens also have a disticnt growth pattern as well as being an over all lighter green.
    The base of nobile pseudobulbs are extremely thin and gradually become thicker towards the top with each node extremely exaggerated. Phal types however are usually taller more robust plants in general, thier pseudobulbs are usually fairly consistent through out thier length their leaves are slightly more turgid than nobiles as wells as slightly darker green in general.

    I too find nobiles to be fairly uncommon in most department stores, I know Smith N Hawken occasionally sells them.
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