Fire in the house : (
There was a fire in my kitchen on wed night. The kitchen is basically destroyed and the rest of the house is covered in thick black soot. Everyone except for the dog is okay, but she seems like she will recover.
I don't think any of the orchids or other plants that were in the kitchen are alive even though the flames didn't reach them. However, some of the other plants in the dining room seem to be damaged, but still alive. I had a handful of orchids, ferns, and a chiflera (sp) plant that is at least 15 years old. Some of the waxy orchids seem almost unharmed, but most of the plants have significant wilting including the large chiflera. I thought that once the fire was out out, the plants wouldn't continue to decline so quickly, but I was wrong. I watered them as soon as I could. I am planning to take all of the plants outside and hose them down. I will also trim back the damaged parts. Unfortunately I cannot leave the plants outside due to nighttime frost, but I have a heated coldframe for now.
Please let me know if anyone has any suggestions on how to care for the plants and nurse them back to health. I have a million other things to deal with, but I love my plants and their survival seems time sensitive.