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HELP!!! Newbie with Orchid Plant.

Posted by amandadee none (My Page) on
Fri, Feb 14, 14 at 20:49

Hi. I just received a phalenopsis orchid plant as a gift. I received it from Westerlsy Orchids. Ive been researching on how to care for my plant but I am very confused. I have a few questions and hopefully someone can help me. I don't want my beautiful plant to die on me.

1. First my plant came in a clear plastic liner, with a drainage hole on the bottom. Should I leave the plant in the plastic liner or remove it and place it in a regular pot?

2. The company that sent me my flower also sent me a package with what I think might be dirt/fertilizer. I really dont know. So i will post a picture of it and if someone can tell me what it is and what it is use for.

3. I am looking at the top of the soil and some of the roots are coming out. They look a little dry. I dont know if I should water them or wet them. But the rest of the moss underneath feels moist already. So i dont want to overwater them.

I would really appreciate the help. Thanks

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RE: HELP!!! Newbie with Orchid Plant.

Upon receiving any active plant thru any form of transit, water thoroughly.
Phaelenopsis orchids like high indirect light, but will tolerate early to mid morning sun. Water once a week or so. Water thoroughly when the Sphagnum moss looks dry. Allow pot to drain completely before returning to its place.

About that clear pot, many orchid growers believe that Phael roots may photosynthesize a bit. A few roots may grow above ground, and that is just fine. Let them be aerial, and mist them once or twice a week.

I don't know about that mix pictured in your post, but it doesn't look like a good mix. Phaelenopsis orchids don't grow in soil. They like a 50/50 fine bark and Sphagnum moss mix c biweekly liquid fertilizer

And finally, as the days grow shorter and cooler, your Phael will start to spike, depending on its age.

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