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new to dendrobiums

This is a discussion on new to dendrobiums within the Dendrobium Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; I am a novice grower. Have 6 phaleanopsis which i have grown for a couple ...

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    I am a novice grower. Have 6 phaleanopsis which i have grown for a couple of years and can no longer resist the urge to start collecting. I ordered 11 dendrobiums from an online source and they arrived a couple of days ago. Some are yellowed in parts but also have nice green areas too. They arrived bare root and I potted them all in a bark mix. I am confused as to whether to water them of not. I have misted them and I did spray the bark a little too. I know they are to rest in the winter but since they arrived bare root and needed potting I am not sure if that still applies. Any help would be appreciated.

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    As they are going into there winter rest,I would still be giving the some water at the roots,maybe once per week or when the mix dries out.

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    Oh, yes, water them. The bare root shipping will dry them out and the dry bark mix will not help. Give 'm some H20! They will thank you for it later down the road.

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    Unhappy help!My new dendrobiums aren't well.

    Some of my new dendrobiums are looking very poorly. They are turning more yellow/brown and dropping leaves. Not all of them. Some are looking fairly good. They were all soaked for about 6 mins when I unpacked them.(I got 11).Then I let them dry off for about 15 mins before I potted them. I watered them well and misted them.I have a bay window extended in front of my kitchen sink which faces south and has a large plant area. It also has overhead light if I want it.The bark is drying out fast and I do not know whether to water them a bit more at this stage as they are not established in the pots or stick to a similar watering schedule as my other orchids in the same window. (They are all phaleanopsis and doritaenopsis) I am new at this and my other orchids where all purchased in pots, although I have successfully repotted them. Any advice to help me save my dendrobiums will be appreciated. I did follow the directions from the seller when they arrived.

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    As they were sent bare root ,they will have damaged roots and this takes time to repair.In this repair time the plant normally goes backwards for sometime.I would water as soon as the mix is dry and it might pay to increase the misting.

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    From my little experience Dends are very easy creating roots. I've held my cutting (1 inch long) in wet moss, and after month ot so, plant started to make roots very, very fast! Then, I transplanted plant in pure bark so that the constant water in moss don't damage new roots!

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