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new orchid, selecting and adjusting period

This is a discussion on new orchid, selecting and adjusting period within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; i know messing with an orchid's environment can cause it some stress. does anyone do ...

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    i know messing with an orchid's environment can cause it some stress. does anyone do anything to ease the adjustment? for example, bringing a plant home that has been used to the store fluorescent lights to a room that will mostly have indirect light coming from a window with some days sunny and some cloudy...

    also what should i be looking for in a plant before purchasing it? i know you can't always see the difference between a healthy and sick plant but i'm sure there are some thing to check out...

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    Nicki, Acclimation is a process, but I do not think it is a science. You will probably be improving the light conditions. Look out for sunburn.
    I would suggest you buy a plant in bud and bloom so you can be sure you like what you are getting. The buds should not be brown or dry (blasted) and the blossoms should be fresh, not spotted. Look at the leaves and check for infestation (usually scale or mealybug, sometimes fungal spots). Make sure the plant has not been over-watered. The roots should be firm, not mushy or dried to death. Having the name tag is a real plus and it is not the same as a care tag. Joe

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    to Joe's comments. I would add - stick your finger into the orchid medium if possible -- especially if you cannot see the roots. You can get a feel for how good the roots are and how 'wet' the plant has been kept. Also make sure that the flower spike is actually attached to the plant in the pot. I got a phal one time from a big box store that had a dead plant in the pot with a living plant. The spike with blooms fading and dead plant (no leaves) was tied with wire to the living plant below the surface of the medium. All potted in sphag. I couldn't believe it had it not happened to me. I always try to repot new orchids as soon as I get them home to avoid problems like that.

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    thank you both for the tips. i'm ready to get a new orchid to see if i can beat my previous record of 4 months

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    When you get your new beauty home--let us know what you purchased. We can probably give you some more specific tips if we at least know the kind (genera) of orchid you purchased. Happy shopping!

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