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learning from cheap Orchids

This is a discussion on learning from cheap Orchids within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I went to my favorite nursery in Oklahoma city hoping to find more of the ...

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    I went to my favorite nursery in Oklahoma city hoping to find more of the orchid bargains they had a couple of weeks ago.
    They had this big orchid sale. $5 each!! and of course the orchids are( and I say are because they still have tons!) in very poor conditions. I bought 2, and a couple of days after the big sale I went back and bought 1 more. today I bought one more! the reason is because I decided to buy cheap orchids to get familiar with them and learn how to transplant, divide, etc.
    And if I'm going to kill orchids in the process, at least they were not $50 each! so far I think I'm doing really good. I actually made them sale it to me this time hehehe.
    They said "we don't suppose to do this, but we're gonna make an exception"
    they didn't know how I found the plants that were on sale 2 weeks ago, but when I look for plants I spend a LOT of time there! =P
    I bought an Ocidium that had no roots whatsoever and a week ago it started growin a baby. not sure if is a baby or a spike!
    Anyway, today I got this Phal' Watadian x Sib I have no idea how the flowers would look like. seems like the original plant died and then started growin a baby after it lost its leaves and the baby now has a keiki.
    I'd like to know your opinion. should I cut the bottom of the old plant and repot only the baby phal' or repot as it is??
    I got this pics for you guys. Thanks!!
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    Wow neat! Post up some pictures of your new collection. It looks like your doing a good job, new roots is always a good sign.

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    Oh, cut the spike and the dead base of the plant off and pot this one up. Looks like it is in need of some TLC.

    Cheers,
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    Thanks guys!
    @ B.D. The spike has a Keiki! are you sure I have to cut it and forget about the keiki?
    I think the keiki is from the new plant.
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    I know this is probably not what you want me to say, but if you really want to save this plant, then yes, cut the spike off and let the mother plant grow new roots.

    If you would rather grow the keiki, then let it alone and the mother plant will put its effort into growing the keiki and she will die away. Of course you might get lucky and save both, but it is not likely with so few roots on the mother plant and the keiki not developed much more than a branching spike at this point. JMHO

    Since you said the plant only cost you 5 dollars, it wouldn't be a huge loss to try and grow both.

    One more thing: I recommend you to get a healthy plant from an orchid grower/ nursery. Growing sick plants is a way to try out different orchids, but growing a healthy plant will allow you to enjoy the pleasure of seeing spikes, buds, and blooms develop. Sick plants like yours in the photos in this thread will take many, many months before they are strong enough to grow new roots and leaves. Then, after the do get back their health, they will eventually start to spike and bloom (also rewarding), but it sure takes a lot of patience. Having both types in your collection can give you some rewards while waiting on the less healthy ones to catch-up and begin to flower.

    Cheers,
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    Ok... I will cut the spike, thanks Bruce, I really appreciate your help

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    I agree with Bruce...the spike needs to go...Betty :-(

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