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This is a discussion on hello within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hello everybody. I am sort of new to orchids, and obviously very new to the ...

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    Hello everybody. I am sort of new to orchids, and obviously very new to the forum. I have only three now (but am hoping to get more soon): an Onc. Sherry Baby from the grocery store, a Lc. Mary's Song from a local show, and a NOID dendrobium that I had to rescue from boxstore. All are doing, IMHO, well, with new growths, good root systems and such.... the Onc. has rebloomed for me once in the few months that I have had it. My problem is that I have had no rebloom activity on either the dend. or the catt. Both seem to be very happy, the dend has sent up two new growths in the last year and the catt has had four in the last year and I noticed a brand new one yesterday while watering, but no flowers. I now have them on my back porch where they get plenty of morning sun. I have recently moved... a lot... to an apartment in Dec '02 then to another apartment in March '03 then to my town home four months ago. At all three places I have had them on the back porch but it has faced a different direction at all three places: east, then west, then east again. I wonder if the changing light conditions could have disrupted them enough to prevent blooming. I fertilze weakly, weekly with a 20-20-20 fertilizer. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Hello everybody. I am sort of new to orchids, and obviously very new to the forum. I have only three now (but am hoping to get more soon): an Onc. Sherry Baby from the grocery store, a Lc. Mary's Song from a local show, and a NOID dendrobium that I had to rescue from boxstore. All are doing, IMHO, well, with new growths, good root systems and such.... the Onc. has rebloomed for me once in the few months that I have had it. My problem is that I have had no rebloom activity on either the dend. or the catt. Both seem to be very happy, the dend has sent up two new growths in the last year and the catt has had four in the last year and I noticed a brand new one yesterday while watering, but no flowers. I now have them on my back porch where they get plenty of morning sun. I have recently moved... a lot... to an apartment in Dec '02 then to another apartment in March '03 then to my town home four months ago. At all three places I have had them on the back porch but it has faced a different direction at all three places: east, then west, then east again. I wonder if the changing light conditions could have disrupted them enough to prevent blooming. I fertilze weakly, weekly with a 20-20-20 fertilizer. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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    well now I didn't mean for that to happen. sorry

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    Hi tkdruiddess--welcome!

    If the Oncidium is spiking but the Catt and the Dendro are not, it's almost certainly a light issue. Those last two need *lots* of strong light to rebloom, and it sounds like they just didn't get enough. Direct sun early morning and early evening won't hurt them a bit; just keep an eye out when you set them in a brighter place for leaves that might be getting warm / hot to the touch. You don't want them to burn....

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    If you are just starting out with orchids but are hoping to get more, why not try a Phalaenopsis? They require less light than the dends and cats, so most people have better luck keeping them in bloom. Best of all, the blossoms can last for months at a time, which is very gratifying when you are new to orchids.

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    I would say that lighting is an issue for not blooming. That seems to be the big factor if the plant is otherwise very happy and growing. Gradually introduce more light, and you will be rewarded. Do you have a place outdoors you may be able to place the den for the summer?

    If you want a good plant, invest in either a phal or a paph. They both have lower lighting requirements and and reliable flowerers.

    Welcome BTW.

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    Thank you everyone. I will see what I can do to get them some more light. They are outside now, but maybe I can move them out front where there seems to be plenty of light all day long with full afternoon sun.

    As for trying lower light requiring phals, I have. My very first orchid was a doritanopsis (sp?), an aniversary gift from DBF. It was in bloom when I received it and remained so until it died. I am fairly certain I overwattered it. I then bought a beautiful, huge phal at the same show at which I purchased the catt and kept it in the bathroom for high humidity. I was much more careful with the watering with this one, and I am convinced that I did not over water it. It stayed in bloom, double spiked, but then the buds began to blast so I cut the spikes, but it slowly went down hill despite my best efforts to save it. So I have decided that either phals hate me, or I just can not do phals. They have always seemed a little boring to me anyway. I think of dends and catts and the like as beeing a little more sturdy (but that may just be because I kill phals) and the flowers are more interesting.

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    Hi tkdruiddess,

    Be careful about direct sun, now, especially in the summer. Your light loving plants like catts, dends, and oncs. all need bright light to re-bloom; however the very hot mid-day sun *WILL* burn the foliage. It is better to put the plants in a place where they will get some good light, but during the part of the day when the sun is most overhead they need to be protected.


    The Sharry Baby will start to get little tiny brown spots on its leaves when it gets enough light to bloom; this is normal and should not alarm you. Just try not to let it burn the plant.


    Good growing!

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    hmmmm maybe I will just leave them alone where there are for a while with morning sun and see how they like their new home. I definately don't want to burn them. I am also a little wary about putting them out front due to stray cats and roudy children....

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    As for trying lower light requiring phals, I have. My very first orchid was a doritanopsis (sp?), an aniversary gift from DBF. It was in bloom when I received it and remained so until it died. I am fairly certain I overwattered it. I then bought a beautiful, huge phal at the same show at which I purchased the catt and kept it in the bathroom for high humidity. I was much more careful with the watering with this one, and I am convinced that I did not over water it. It stayed in bloom, double spiked, but then the buds began to blast so I cut the spikes, but it slowly went down hill despite my best efforts to save it. So I have decided that either phals hate me, or I just can not do phals.
    I can see why you might be leery about Phals, then. My experience with them has been just the opposite, though. I started with them and was so happy with the results that it gave me the nerve to try other types of orchids. You seem to be a very conscientous gardener and I wasn't, in the beginning. Didn't fertilize at all at first and watered very sparingly. Oddly enough, this approach worked for me because they sometimes seem to thrive on benign neglect.

    I realize that Phals might seem boring next to Cats, but I love them anyway for their willingness to bloom and long-lasting flowers. Check out the photo Gilda attached to the "Watering in Warm Weather" thread for a real eyeful.

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