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Help with my orchid

This is a discussion on Help with my orchid within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi, I'm new to the world of orchids... Someone gave me a pair of orchids ...

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    Unhappy Help with my orchid

    Hi, I'm new to the world of orchids... Someone gave me a pair of orchids but didn't told me how to take care of them. They look bad, specially the roots. I've been searching on the Internet and it seems the roots are rotten. I don't know what to do I don't even know what kind of orchid it is. I really hope someone can help me to save my plants. I've been watering the leaves.
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    Sorry to say. Your plant looks very bad to me. As a newbie, pls don't waste time on this and get new one which will save a lot of trouble for newbies.

    Always buy healthy, plump , good looking plants and good root ball to start with. Buy from reputable grower or ask experienced grower to accompany you if possible.

    Good luck

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    This is an orchid of the Cattleya family. A very fine attempt on your part, but the cutting looks in a bad state - dead roots and a couple of dead/infected pseudobulbs. Don't feel too disappointed if this plant doesn't make it.

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    Yes, a cattleya orchid type. If you can get it to grow some roots you might be able to save it, but it will be a long time before the plant will be healthy enough to produce flowers again. It will take much patience. Increasing the humidity around the base of the plant and some rooting hormone applied to the rhizome where there are any dormant 'eyes' could help.

    It would be nice if you get a healthy orchid to grow and bloom while this one either recovers slowly or passes on. Good luck to you.

    cheers,
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    Thanks for the advices! I know it will take some time, but I don't care spend time trying to recover this orchid. I know it could eventually die, but let's see if at least I can grow some roots Yes, I'm thinking to buy a healthy orchid. What type of orchid do you recommend me? Another Cattleya?

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    Recommending an orchid for newbie needs to address a few questions.

    1) Most importantly, your city/town climate? Tropical/sub-tropical/temperate? Some orchids are warm growing, some are temperate lover & some thrive only in cool region.

    2) How much time you can allocate to? Some require less attention, some are drought tolerant & some needs to keep evenly moist

    3) Your budget - generally better clones have to spend more

    4) Space - growing indoor/outdoor? Some orchid will become huge after a few years while some stay compacts over the time.

    5) Light accessibility - some are low light & some like cattleya require a lot of sunlgiht to do well.

    You can check with the guy who gave cattleya to you if cattleya can be successfully grown in your location. If you go for cattleya, you ask the name of cattleya which are easy to grow & bloom in your region coz even in same cattleya genus there are some difficult to bloom ones & temperature sensitive ones.

    Happy growing

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