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Gift From Hubby.

This is a discussion on Gift From Hubby. within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hello everyone. Sorry I've been gone for so long. After everyones feedback I had decided ...

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    Default Gift From Hubby.

    Hello everyone. Sorry I've been gone for so long. After everyones feedback I had decided to get an easy new orchid. I even looked up a few nurseries in the area. However my husband was secretly listening to everything I was saying to my friends and forum members and the next day (10/14 -ish) this $109 (without shipping) monstrosity shows up at my doorstep...

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    ok so since i've had this i have only watered it once. the reason i only watered it once was because i didn't know what to do with it! the last time i had a plant that had moss it was over watered and died! i knew deep down that it needed to be split up and replanted. i am not a plant expert but it seems like these plants do not belong together. well since i watered it a ton of leaves have turned yellow and fallen off. i was careful not to get water on the leaves but they still fell off. and the flowers are wilting and falling off too...

    i immediately looked up the other plants and they are called - Yellow Guzmania Bromeliad and Red Vriesea Bromeliad. These need to be watered with 2 tablespoons in each of their cups whereas the orchids are supposed to be watered by putting 3 tablespoons around each orchid. ----vendor information removed - see faqs on posting ---- needless to say these instructions are wrong for the orchid. i don't understand how they can put two completely different plants together in one pot...

    i still have all of the supplies from the last orchid i was attempting to save so i can replant everything separately... any other suggestions?

    thanks.
    phalorchid78

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    Great present from your husband. A really unique mix of bromeliad and a phalaenopsis! However, I would separate them as the bromeliads tend to multiply very quickly and overwhelm the orchid.

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    Kudos to your hubby for paying attention!

    The broms and phal could be kept together, but I think you will have much better success if you separate them. The phal may be suffering root issues from what you have said. I have had phals do just fine in 100% moss. HOWEVER, most folks have incredible difficulty doing so. When I have done so, I removed all the moss, fluffed it up, and only put some of it back in. Florists and such tend to pack the moss tight and that is problem.

    So I'd say remove the phal and all the moss from it. Check the roots and remove any dead/squishy ones. Repot in orchid bark (available at any of the big box stores).

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    Default Repotted - now dying :(

    Pavel. thanks for the feedback. by the time the post came up I had already repotted. So what I did was i kept the 2 broms together and seperated the 2 phals each in a different pot. leaving me with 3 pots in the end. ok so i DID NOT soak the bark overnight. but i did put the plant under running water and let it drain in the sink. i did not cut any of the roots to the phals. i just pulled them out of the monstrosity, dusted the dirt off of them, put them in the bark, ran water through the bark and set it on the counter. the flowers all fell off. i knew they wood, but the stem is turning yellow. what's going on and what do i do now?

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    Cut the stem close to where it originates and dust it with either cinnamon or sulpher
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    It was probably time for your flowers to go and as it is changing colors I agree with the above about cutting it. You will enjoy the bromeliads, they multiplay nicely and then next year when they bloom it's amazing because they'll all start spiking around the same time. Very nice plants...and one very generous husband!

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    Nice gift--- two orchids and two bromeliads. Glad you moved the orchids to their own pots. The flower spike is done and should be removed since it is turning yellow. It was probably their time and had little to do with the repotting since you didn't disturb them much. Good luck.

    cheers,
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    What a great hubby! Good luck with the plants.

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    Teach him to repot next.......Its obvious now that he listens to you!

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    What a kind and thoughtful hubby you have...must of been a super awesome suprise for you

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