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My new orchid...

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    Default My new orchid...

    I have heard it from several people that you can never have too many orchids, and I am beginning to understand. Everytime I go to the store, I pass by the floral department and find a new plant that I don't have

    My most recent purchase is a Dtps. Taida Salu 'Alisan'. This time I made sure it was well packaged before leaving the store as it was, again, in the mid-teens F. My previous orchid lost it's first bloom to getting chilled breinging it home. Pics of my new plant are at http://www.spudmonkey.org/gallery/album08?page=1

    Also, I noticed that this plant has what looks like "keiki's" growing from between the leaves. At least I think that's what they are. They appear to be air roots of a fashion.

    BTW, what does the 'Dtps' stand for? I've seen people talk about them before but I don't know what it is an abbreviation for.

    Thanks all,

    --->Rob

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    Hi Rob,

    Very pretty purchase! Thanks for sharing your pics.

    Dtps. stands for Doritaenopsis. It's an intergeneric hybrid between Phalenopsis and Doritis pulcherrima. The flowers tend to be a bit smaller, more boldly colored and on upright, branching spikes moreso than the Phalenopsis parent.

    Your photos show happy healthy roots, not keikis. Phal roots (and Dtps roots) are a bit haphazard, and some don't mind wagging about in the air. In fact, most of my phals and dtps's have aerieal roots. It's what they do.

    Good luck with your plants!

    Julie

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    Well, Julie beat me to it. I;ll just add that you might want to mist those aerial roots frequently as they will dry out more quickly than the ones down in the pot....

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    Haha! I won, Diane!!

    Julie

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