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Please Help a Newbie!!!

This is a discussion on Please Help a Newbie!!! within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hello everyone. First off, I'll let you know I had been considering purchasing an orchid ...

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    Red face Please Help a Newbie!!!

    Hello everyone. First off, I'll let you know I had been considering purchasing an orchid plant for months (my apartment is otherwise plantless), so I was almost embarrasingly overjoyed when my new employer gave me one yesterday as a gift. I am as nervous as if I'd just given birth. I have spent hours today online looking for resources to help me care for my new "baby," and I am again joyful to discover that not only is there a wealth of them, but that you orchid growers seem to have a real love affair with your plants as well as with indoctrinating other growers. I hope I've come to the right place.

    So far, I have identified my plant as a Phalenopsis and determined that my sheer curtained South-facing windows will be a great spot for her. My window is opened almost to the level of the foliage base so she gets good ventilation. She's potted in sphygmum moss, which helps to properly aerate the roots. I've learned that a once weekly thorough watering is best, and that a diluted, urea free orchid fertilizer should be incorporated on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Pheewww! Now here's my problem: the plant is potted in a lovely 6-inch glazed ceramic pot with no drainage holes. Can someone please help me with answers to the following questions?

    1. Will the moss itself allow the roots to dry sufficiently between waterings, or do I need to re-pot in a pot that has drainage holes? Can I keep her in the original pot if I remove her and add stones to the bottom?

    2. Does a watering tray provide proper humidity for the foliage and flowers, or does the lack of drainage make it moot? Should I be misting?
    If so, please enlighten me on the proper way to mist.

    3. One of the branches/canes leans about 15 degrees off of vertical. It's about 16 in. above the foliage, not including the flowery stem. Will this adversely affect the plant? Should I train the branch to stand up straight?

    4. Any other pointers?

    Thanks in advance for your help!

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    I wont do the advice thing as I actually got told off for offering basic advice to a newbie... since I am completely a newbie too! LOL! <I wasn't told off here btw... everyone has been so kind here!>

    Anyway, I digress, wine and my usual mental capacity do that to me... but WELCOME!!

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    Hi citygirl22
    Im not the expert on phalis,but here goes.
    A balance fertilizer is best something like 10:10:10. This can be given at 1/4 of the reconmended strenght on a weekly bases. The south facing window should be oK but do not have the plant close to it.I would say about 3 feet back would be about right.
    It would be best if the plant was repotted into a pot with drainage holes.Apart from letting the water out it allows air in and thus helps to maintain the root system.A medium sized bark would be suitable,others on here will be able to help as to where to get it.You would be able to keep the repoted plant inside the ceramic pot solong as there isstones in the bottom.
    A watering tray will help to keep the humidity high which these plants need .
    As you are on your first plant the best way to mist would be to get a plastic bottle that has a pump on it ,like some of the cleaners.Fill the bottle with water and spray the foliage in the morning and in the mid to late afternoon making sure that water does not stay in the top of the plant,and that the leaves are dry by night.
    I would have to see the plant to tell you about the cane/branches ae that sounds like you have a dendrobium,totally different family,but saying that it should be able to be staked.

    Good luck and the bug has bitten

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    If it looks like this, its a phal,



    If it looks like this, its a Dendrobium



    i wounldnt feel comfortable with no drainage holes.
    Welcome to the addiction!!!!

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    is that a pregnant phal I see??? jajaj dont pick on me I know that's not the correct name for it, but I got the same thing and would like some info on how to collect the seeds, and what kind of agar you use on phals

    Veronica

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    I don't know yet. I've never done it before.
    As for Agar, I'm just gonna use whatever I have available in my lab. I'll let you all know how it goes with me. I'm starting to think that the seed will never mature. The seed pod has been the same size since I took the picture back in January was it??

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    Hi Citygirl, and welcome to the forum!

    Definitely repot the Phal. Overwatering, or insufficient drainage is the most common cause of orchid death, particularly among new owners. Use a pot with good drainage holes, and add a layer of styrofoam peanuts in the bottom to aid drainage. Then it's your choice as to sphag or bark chips, but your watering schedule shouldn't be fixed, it should be as needed. With sphag it's easier to tell. I let mine dry out completely between waterings.

    Proper drainage and watering is more important than misting or a humidity tray, but they don't hurt either. Where do you live? If you're in a more northern climate, your plant may take more sun than if your in a hotter locale. I'm in Mass, and I've got my phals on a south windowsill, and they don't mind.

    When you mentioned a 'cane' did you mean a flower spike? If so, you can stake it so it doesn't break under the weight of the flowers, or for asthetic reasons.

    Good luck with your baby!

    Tindo, that does look like a seedpod forming. I'll try and find the table I have on maturation times by genus. I can tell you cattleyas are 6 months, so be patient!

    Julie

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    try this link to find maturation times for seed pods

    http://members.iinet.net.au/~barryg/SPECIES.htm

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    Thanks, so I got 7 months to wait, that leaves me, uhmm,....2 months??? Hopefully?

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