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    I've always stayed away from orchid growing due to their maintenance and price but alas my wife-to-be brought home a phalaenopsis which was given as a gift.

    My question is... can we use RO water and how will it affect the growth/development?

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    Hi Charles,

    If I remember correctly you grow Nepenthes don't you? Orchids (especially phals) are way easier so take it easy! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

    R/O water is best for orchids but it is a good idea to add a bit of orchid fertilizer (1/8 - 1/4 strength) to your water. Water with this light fertilizer water every other time you water since they need a bit more nutrients than Nepenthes. When you don't use the fertilzer water use plain R/O to help wash free the excess salts left in the soil by unabsorbed fertilizer.

    It is best if you use only urea free or nitrate orchid fertilizer. Most fertilizers are Urea Nitrogen and orchids can not use this fertilizer as quickly as Ammoniacal or Nitrate Nitrogen. these forms for fertilizer are about twice the price of stuff like Miracle Grow but when using only 1/8th of a tea spoon for a gallon of water for one plant, it'll last "forever".

    Phals only need watering once a week or so since they are used to growing epiphytically in trees with their roots exposed to the air. If possible make sure they have at least 50% humidity or mist them once a day before dark, so no water sits on them during the night - don't mist the flowers. I assume your plant was potted in miniature wood chips called "orchid bark" this is usually the only potting media and shows you the importance of air circulating at the roots. If your plant was potted in peat type soil then you will want to change the potting mix as soon as the bloom fades.

    Orchids do not generally want/like the kind of light used to grow Nepenthes (bright) so you don't need to do anything special to give them light. Sitting them next to a well lit window will usually do it.

    Hope that helps some!

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    Wow... easier than I thought. Thanks Swords...

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    Hi

    Congrats on your new orchid. :-) Swords pretty much covered everything but I just wanted to say too many people think orchids are plants that must be grown under very specialized hothouses conditions. But there are lots of varieties that are well suited to home growing. Most of the ones you see being sold in garden shops like Lowes are the "easy care" ones...dendrobiums and phalaenopsis. Good bloomers too! So don't be afraid to try some more. You'll find they are as addicting as CPs. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    ... Thanks for the info Suzanne.
    It's easier to find more varieties here in Canada than CPs, but they're still quite costly. But one thing's for sure, they are gorgeous.

    We sat in front of the phalaenopsis the other day and just stared at it. It has 3 flowers with another which just started to bloom.

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    Orchid flowers are captivating. If you can find a local specialist Orchid greenhouse you'll find the numbers of species and colors mind blowing. I've never been a fan of garden plant flowers. I guess always thinking them more for women and carnivorous plants for men (am I sexist?) but upon buying my first inexpensive orchid hybrid a few years ago I can say I do like flowers, Orchid flowers! My current favorites are the slipper orchids (Paphiopedilum & Phragmipedium) but no one can choose a better starter orchid than a Phal for ease of care.
    It's too bad they only bloom once a year but in most orchids the bloom lasts a long time. In some instances that bloom will last a very long time. I had a white Phal hybrid which bloomed 2 and 3 flowers at a time on the same stalk for almost a year! I suppose there won't be any blooms this year as it probably needs a good rest and to put on some growth before it flowers again.

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    So exactly what do I do after the flowers have expired? The Phal that we have has 4 flowers now and about another 4 buds which may bloom.

    BTW, to answer your Q on Neps.. I grow N.Ventricosa and N.Tobaica but I'm looking for N.Hamata and N.Bicalcarata(?) to add to my collection.

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    Whenever one of my Phals quits flowering I cut the flower stalk back to the bract where the first flower appeared on the stem. This usually leaves 3 or more dormant bracts (small triangular dry-leaf like things) lower down on the flower stalk. I water with a phosphorus heavy orchid fertilizer for a month or so and usually it will kick out a few more flowers from a lower bract. Otherwise It could also create a tiny new plant on that flower stalk called a kheki.

    If you cut back the flowerstalk and after a couple months nothing at all happens then the plant is probably exhausted. In this case you should completely remove the stalk (at the base of the plant) and begin fertilizing with a balanced or slightly heavy nitrogen fertilizer to initiate new growth.

    You can skip the pruning the flower stalk and trying to force new blooms part. Just cut the entire stalk off once it quits flowering the first time and start feeding with the nitrogen heavy fertilizer. But I figure it takes so long to get them blooming I might as well have them around as long as possible! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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