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This is a discussion on Help! Got my first Cattleya orchids...what to do? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Originally Posted by orchidbaby yes grow babies grow........wow I admire your vigor to grow a ...
But it was one of those situations where it had been rotting at the store, and when I got it home and repotted it I discovered it had no viable roots beneath the media! It had flowers, though, so I thought it was healthy (it was in a bag with tissue paper wrapped around it and I couldn't see much of what was going on inside. I didn't realize it was in trouble until I got it home. It also had bugs, so I had to treat it for that too. It's on the mend, but I'm not expecting to see much in the way of flowers for a LOOOONG time. It will be incredibly gratifying when it does bloom again, though.
You'll have to tell us how your Miltoniopsis does. That one seems to be a tricky one for a lot of members on here. I see a lot of people complaining that theirs die or just don't do anything, especially if they are successfully growing warmer types like Catts. Mine's a disaster. I got it at a grocery store and it was wrongly tagged as a Miltonia, so I accidentally gave it too much sun and too little water, and the leaves grew in all crinkly. By the time I realized what was going on, it looked pretty sad.
I've tried everything I can think of to coax that plant to grow more foliage and bloom again, but it just sits around, all sulky-like, growing maybe one new green leaf a month (fortunately they're not crinkly any more...less sun and increased watering was the key there). But I have no idea when I'll see the thing bloom...it's just not doing much. I figure it's "resting," but since the blooms fell off within a week of getting it home and I haven't seen any other blooms since, it's a tad discouraging to keep waiting and waiting and waiting....especially when it doesn't seem to be doing much growing.
I've consulted a bunch of people on this...tried various places in my house...various lighting and watering schedules, and nothing seems to make any difference. The last guy I asked said...."Um...maybe try putting it outside?"
The Miltoniopsis seems to be an albatross for many on this forum. If you're successful with it, you'll have to share your tips and tricks!
Your boyfriend sounds SOOOOO nice! What a great thing to do for you! My husband just gets annoyed by all my plants...he just sees them as more "stuff" in the house, so I don't think I'll be getting any orchids from him any time soon. Of course, I just did a head count, and I'm up to 39 orchids now. If they ever do a gardening edition of "Hoarders," I would be a perfect candidate...
My mini quinee is not doing well. I think it's the media. From the picture it looks like you have the seedling in large fir bar. Is that correct or do you have suggestions? I am current;y growing under artificial lights but plan on moving some time later to a greenhouse.