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What have I done?

This is a discussion on What have I done? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Thanks so much, I'll try to get photos up soon, but today I tried drying ...

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    Thanks so much, I'll try to get photos up soon, but today I tried drying out my orchids' roots, since the sphag wouldn't dry, and within an hour, they looked all dehyrated and yet another leaf turned yellow. Is there a completely idiot-proof way to keep orchids alive? I need some help. ;-;

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    "Is there a completely idiot-proof way to keep orchids alive?"

    Well, it is rather extreme, but you could send them to Ron-NY, Bruce, Sadie, Connie, Cindi........

    LOL Of course, I am just kidding. You will find your orchid is in good hands now.

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    Lol. I'm almost tempted to ship them all off to some sort of Orchid Hospital where people who actually know how to grow orchids can revive them, but I have yet to find such a place. I did see someone talking about using a shower to water their phals, but I dunno if my shower's too, hrm...how to say this...water-pressurized? too much water pressure? But...yeah...I've given up all hopes of keeping the one bud alive and I'm focusing on growing some decent roots and learning how to not kill my poor little phals. ;D

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    Okay, it's gotten worse. I've already trimmed off all of the flowers to save my poor little phals' energy, but to my surprise--and horror--the one that has never bloomed now has a bud! I don't know if I should cut it off, since the plant itself has pretty much no roots, but it's never flowered before and I'm not sure if cutting off its first bud will 'throw off its natural cycle' or something. Help?!

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    I think we should be carefull of throwing a plant from one extreme to another... in nature a depression in the ground can be filled with water, witch will graudaly recede as the warm months come on...

    I think there is a diffirence between roots grown in very moist conditions... they look rougher to me, and seem to have longer tips... and the texture also seems diffirent... I don't know if this is just supperficial, but it would make sense to me, that these guys are not neccesarily ready to go teetotaller at a moments notice...

    Some of the realy rotten root plants I took out, was rolled up in newspaper to slow down the drying out... they seem to be doing better than the ones I just put into bark.

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    Well, I replanted the one orchid that used to be aquatic...it's leaves are going limp-y and yellowish. I feel so bad for my poor little phals, why couldn't a smarter person have saved them? ;-;

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