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So, I have an orchid, now what?!

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    Question So, I have an orchid, now what?!

    My mother in law bought me a phalaenopsis orchid eight weeks ago and I am still pretty clueless on how to care for this plant. (She herself does not have one, but thought it was pretty so she gave it to me.) It is very beautiful but I have some concerns so I can keep it alive. It sits in our bay window facing the west and I keep direct sunlight from hitting it. I water it once a week. I use Miracle Grow orchid fertilizer every two weeks. So far this plant looks very healthy. It has nice green leaves, eight beautiful blooms on it, the roots are firm and green and I have not let it get dry. It is in a plastic pot with drainage holes at the bottom. What are some BASIC tips for the plant if anyone does not mind me asking. I have read so many different things regarding watering and temperature and when to prune it. I live in rural central Nebraska if that helps at all.

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    Hello and welcome to the forum! For some getting started advice:
    Orchids - River Valley Orchidworks - Care and Cultivation Guide
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    AOS | Members Only Area
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    and if you really want to get into it, read this series of articles by Dr. Yin-Tung Wang:
    https://sharepoint.agriculture.purdu...20Part%201.pdf
    https://sharepoint.agriculture.purdu...20Part%202.pdf
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    http://www.staugorchidsociety.org/up...sis_Part_4.pdf

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    Joe is great at finding all the info you could ever want, so I won't add to the care info, but I did want to say,

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmer's_wife View Post
    My mother in law bought me a phalaenopsis orchid eight weeks ago and I am still pretty clueless on how to care for this plant. (She herself does not have one, but thought it was pretty so she gave it to me.) It is very beautiful but I have some concerns so I can keep it alive. It sits in our bay window facing the west and I keep direct sunlight from hitting it. I water it once a week. I use Miracle Grow orchid fertilizer every two weeks. So far this plant looks very healthy. It has nice green leaves, eight beautiful blooms on it, the roots are firm and green and I have not let it get dry. It is in a plastic pot with drainage holes at the bottom. What are some BASIC tips for the plant if anyone does not mind me asking. I have read so many different things regarding watering and temperature and when to prune it. I live in rural central Nebraska if that helps at all.
    We have some great orchid articles here on growing phalaenopsis orchids in our article library. Check out these two links:

    Growing the Phalaenopsis Orchid

    What is a Phalaenopsis Orchid supposed to Look Like


    Welcome!

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