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Time for a new Orchid!

This is a discussion on Time for a new Orchid! within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Also, consider using a layer of clear bubble wrap against the window. You can seal ...

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    Also, consider using a layer of clear bubble wrap against the window. You can seal up the cracks in the window frame and if you are creative with how you do it, it can look pretty cool.

    The rotating fan is probably good because the air movement is good for phals as long as they don't get a blast of cold temperature. And a bowl or pan of water on the radiator will add humidity that is good for your own skin and sinusses as well as for the orchids.

    I have found a "loose" sort of indicator for humidity by putting a pine-cone near the flower pots. When the air is too dry, the pine-cone is wide open, and when the humidity rises, I notice that the scales fold down a little. I haven't yet "calibrated" it to the actual percentage, .

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    Ooooooooh.... bubble wrap Last night I was noticing the wood and rice paper covers, over the windows in our Dharma room (where we practice, very simple, very Asian). There is a Art supply store down the road... with lots of beautiful hand made paper sheets. They range from very thick to almost transparent. There is an amazing range of colors... including white that would add a pleasant, yet mellow light to the room. Great for hiding BUBBLE WRAP! I haven't been so creative in years... thank you! AND... Pine Cones to check for the humidity??? This is GREAT, I LOVE PINE CONES!!!

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    I have a Paphiopedilum Maudiae “Napa Valley” that has bloomed a couple of times for me, and it is in an East facing window. I know your climate is much different than mine is here is South Louisiana, but maybe you could give it a shot. I know it is a single bloom, but it is large in comparison to the plant and it last a long time. You may have to adjust the amount of light it gets by using blinds, but the bloom is worth it. I am not sure how much room you have on your sill, but this is a very small plant in comparison to others. Good Luck.

    http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...ollection.html

    This is another post that I had. The 3rd picture is the plant I am referring to.

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    Default I have a new Orchid!

    I just wanted to thank you for your reply... I have been off line for a bit. (my computer decided to take a break) I just now got back online... and had to get on Orchid Talk!!! Today was a great day, I was given a new Orchid. She is white, and a bit more "delicate" than my moth Orchid (which is doing fine also) I will take pictures tomorrow, and look into all the great info you have sent me...

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    It is very nice to read that someone took note of your orchid enjoyment.

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    Default {{{3}}} new Orchids!

    Yes, everyone has been very sweet... and helpful. Unfortunately I have not been online for a while. But since then, I have adopted 3 more Orchids! I was going to try and get a new type, other than a Phal... and a "healthy" specimen too. (as BD suggested, as to cheer me up!) However... it must be my "Karma" to take on the sick and the neglected. Do not know how I am going to afford this growing family... and its amazing how other people try and talk me out of them... "they are too difficult to grow" or "why even bother wasting money, they are just going to die"... etc. Ugh! I think we... the people who love these plants, are as strange and exotic as the plants are. Of course I will be putting up pictures of the "new children" soon, if I didn't what kind of parent would I be?

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    Hi Everybody... I have a cold and have been laying here reading... Some people say the Phals need alot of light, some say put them in the shade... then there is the potting medium. I know the sphag is {{{bad}}}... but then there are all kinds of other potting mixes going on here! I am so confused please... is there a post, page, link or thread that i can read that gives me some simple, basic info? Perhaps its the sickness... but I am sweating here trying to understand all this.... even though the thought of hanging my Orchids upside down or siddy ways, is making me giggle!

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    Hi Sharon,

    Try this article on Phalaenopsis orchids: Growing the Phalaenopsis Orchid (Moth Orchid)

    Cheers,
    BD

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    Hi Sharon,

    Try this article on Phalaenopsis orchids: Growing the Phalaenopsis Orchid (Moth Orchid)

    Cheers,
    BD
    Thank you, much happier now....

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