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A bit of ranting...

This is a discussion on A bit of ranting... within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; So, living where I do (central Texas) kind of...sucks. And, I'll tell you why. I'm ...

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    Default A bit of ranting...

    So, living where I do (central Texas) kind of...sucks. And, I'll tell you why. I'm sick of all orchids available being white/lavender. That's the only colors any store ever seems able to offer around here. I realize they're extremely common colors in orchids, but really...they're kind of drab. I would love to walk into a store and see a vibrant hot pink and yellow (etc.) orchid sitting there...any kind really, genus makes no difference. I do wish I could shop online, but sadly enough, no credit card. Just a bit of built up anger.

    ....I'm better now.

    p.s. Just kidding. Whoever said phals. are the easist orchids to grow is SADLY 'EFFIN MISTAKEN! Damned things start rotting just from me being around them.

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    Now, now--take a deep breath. Clint lives somewhere in your vicinity, I think, maybe he will have some suggestions. Do you have a Paypal account? You could shop at OrchidBids or other online auction sites.

    There's gotta be a way to make those phals happy. Maybe you should try a more free draining media so they dry out more easily.

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    I had a bit of trouble with my phals at first. Now anything that I buy gets repotted into bark immediately so I can get a look at the roots right away. Usually there are a few roots that are not so happy anymore. Get rid of the bad roots and put the plant in bark (or something similarly free-flowing).

    Then I keep to a strict 5 day watering schedule until I see something that the plant doesn't like. And of course keep checking the medium with a pencil (or skewer) so you are sure it's dry when you water again. Even if it seems dry before the 5 days I still wait just so I don't kill it by over watering. Sometimes the pencil seems dry but when you stick your finger in the medium you can still feel the moisture. Since you're in Texas the medium might dry up a bit faster so keep an eye on that.

    I'm still trying to get the hang of things. Somehow my first catts did much better than my first phals, most likely because the p-bulb retain water better than the phal roots so I don't have to worry too much about letting dry too much.

    Hope this helps (a bit). I'm sure the more experienced members can help you some more.

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    I have had the same problems in the past - I think you get too worried about the plant drying out because everyone is always saying how orchids like it moist. I really needed to think the opposite, too wet and it will die, so if you want to water it, wait another day. I keep track on the calendar and water once a week, tops (but I am a lot wetter here weather-wise, than in Texas). You can also monitor weight pretty closely if you have a digital scale. Weigh wet and weigh when you are sure it is pretty dry so you can see how much is still wet inside when you get that hand itching to water.

    However, I now swear by s/h culture - all of my plants love it, not single plant has so much as drooped going into it, the media doesn't rot and I hardly ever have to water!

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    My mom grows only phals and lives in Texas. She grows in her home, on a table, in front of a window. She has developed a watering and feeding schedule that works well for her. Every Wednesday morning she waters her phals by taking them to the sink and running water through their bark - being careful to not get water on the leaves of the plant. Every Saturday morning she does the same thing, only on Saturday she also pours a very diluted Miracle Grow plant food through the wet bark mix after running water through the pots. She allows her orchids to drain in the sink and then returns them to the window. She is big on turning her orchids too. So each Saturday she rotates her plant one-half of a turn. Her phals bloom regularly for her.

    I recommend re-potting in a bark mix and sticking to a schedule that works for you. Follow the weight advice given above and eventually you will get the hang of it.

    Oh yeah, remember, we have all killed a few of these orchids while learning. I still kill a few every now and again! It is part of the process. You will do fine.

    And if you get a Pay Pal account the members here always seem to have something interesting posted on Orchid-bids for sale at reasonable prices.

    Good luck!

    Cheers,
    BD

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    Yeah, what they said...
    Connie

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    Whoever said phals. are the easist orchids to grow is SADLY 'EFFIN MISTAKEN! Damned things start rotting just from me being around them.
    I find that these orchids grow better for me if I treat them like plastic plants inside my house.
    I "wash" them once a week in the sink and put them back in their tables and leave them alone. If I baby them too much they seem to resent it and perform badly. I check the bark every few months for signs of breakdown but thats pretty much it.

    Edit:
    I would like to add, some online orchid vendors can take orders via money order or check/direct debit.
    Paypal is also a popular payment method for several major orchid vendors.

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    Kelly,

    If you ever make it to Fort Worth (only about an hour or so from Waco), I'll take you shopping at a few local haunts that are my favorites. One small local vendor lets you choose plants from her own greenhouse and you can haggle about pricing. Waco is not exactly a mecca for anything, let alone orchids.

    You'll kill a few phals before you master the culture...just keep at it and ask questions!




    Quote Originally Posted by Mehera View Post
    Now, now--take a deep breath. Clint lives somewhere in your vicinity, I think, maybe he will have some suggestions. Do you have a Paypal account? You could shop at OrchidBids or other online auction sites.

    There's gotta be a way to make those phals happy. Maybe you should try a more free draining media so they dry out more easily.

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    Well you've been given some good advice, Kelly, for alternative methods of purchase. PayPal hopefully will work out for you.

    Remember, too, that orchids purchased at the big box stores or grocery stores are often poorly cared for by the folks working there as well as often potted in media that doesn't work for your average grower. [Too water retentive seems to be the most common problem]

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    Deep cleansing breath . . .

    I must second all of the phal advice above. They like water, but too much is the best way to kill them. In addition to the sources mentioned above, you can get some good quality phals (and millions of others) off the internet. I have found that orchids at the big box stores are often in pretty rough shape. I am sure the folks mean well, but it is tough to keep an orchid happy in a huge store without the right light, water etc etc etc.

    If you are using paypal, I have found a couple of good growers via on-line auctions (in addition to our own OrchidBids which is also a great source). PM me and I would be happy to send over a list of some of my favorite vendors etc. Don't lose faith -- there are lots of blood red, flaming orange, eye-popping yellow, lime green and maybe even blue orchids in your future.

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