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How do you avoid wanting to "fix" other people's orchids?

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    I was assigned to shadow a doctor this week full time as part of my medical school education. He will evaluate me at the end of the week. I noticed that he stopped to water an ivy plant in an exam room. I started thinking that perhaps he was a plant lover. I was invited back to his office and noticed two orchids in his office. One seems okay and I use that term loosely. The other had brown roots and two wrinkling leaves and one solitary green root growing down. When he stepped out I quickly felt one and so the moss was dry on top. I want so much to look at the roots and figure out if it's and under watering or over watering problem, but it I feel it isn't my place. The conversation has not turned to orchids so I cannot slip it in. I want to rescue those orchids. Arghhh

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    I don't think we do.

    I have 2 phals from co-workers I am nursing back to health for them.

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    Ask in proper time, when schedule is less hectic, maybe it can spark something up.

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    I'd just tell him that you noticed his two orchids and that you like orchids a lot and see where it leads. Perhaps he'll ask for help, who knows? I'm no good at not helping...

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    "Hey Doc. You SUCK at orchid growing" may not be appropriate (even if potentially correct), but it is tempting...

    I find that when I pay attention to someone's orchid is such a situation, and mention my interest in orchids and that I have an orchid business, the usual response is an acknowledgement of their shortcomings growing it and easy acceptance of advice.

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    Don't ask me.... I am a veeeerrrrryyyy honest person. I would simply state that they are starting to look like crap and if he minded I take them home. Alot of people are just simply don't know. They hear the words low required care and mistake that as meaning no care necessary so bringing it to his attention may in fact spark a conversation as Carol mentioned. In the end there is always the risk of one of three things: he may not care (which will grind at you), he may get upset (if he seems like one of those know it all types that don't like to be told they are doing something wrong), or he may be grateful and impressed that u were there to learn from him and wound up teaching him something. As for not wanting to interfere you will always have that instinct, sorry. But whether you act or not and how you proceed is entirely up to you (even if it means grinding ur teeth and walking away).

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    I did ask at my dentist what they did with the Phals blooming in their office when they were done blooming (I'm shameless!). They said they give them to the employees (if I remember right). I have to say the plants look great on display, so I'm assuming someone knows what to do with them. You never know, they might have been tossing them...

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    Thank you everyone for your responses. I couldn't help but to laugh at Raybark and other responses. All were things going through my head.
    I was going to mention the orchids to the doctor today. As fate would have it today the doctor suddenly said," I need to water my orchids!" And proceeded to open a cabinet for his orchid food and watering cup. He also produced a third orchid that I didn't know about. We went to a sink and watered and talked about them. I explained that I love orchids. He said he is finally getting these in some sort of shape and that he is from Central America and the orchids are beautiful there. He wants them to bloom like the purple orchids in his country. I gave him a few pointers and he appreciated them and I told him if he had any trouble to call me and I would be happy to repot or provide further help.
    The even more fortuitous thing was that while this initially happened a pharmaceutical rep was outside and she asked me a few questions about orchids and said she came at the right time. She didn't know that orchids can re bloom ( I explained that they can live at least 100 years) so she had been throwing her spent orchids away and buying another one I gave her some pointers too.
    I do hope he calls if he has any problems.

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    Their ignorance may be your bliss

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