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Is This An Orchid? (If So, Now What?)

This is a discussion on Is This An Orchid? (If So, Now What?) within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I was at a nearby moving/yard sale and inquired about a potted plant (because I ...

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    I was at a nearby moving/yard sale and inquired about a potted plant (because I liked the planter), the person said it was very expensive, I think she said it was an orchid.

    She ended up dropping off everything she didn't sell (I had mentioned I was planning my own charitable yard sale), and the plant was among the items.

    I live in Vancouver, Canada, on the west coast. I think my growing area is a porch balcony that faces west, not much direct sunlight, but not too dark.

    If I can ID it, I can probably check into how to care for it, but of course all advice is welcome. (I don't have the greenest thumb).

    Here's a pic. Thanks in advance!


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    You have two phalaenopsis orchids.

    Cheers,
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    Yes, as Bruce said above; you have a Phalaenopsis orchid. Now you find a spot with medium sunlight exposure, if it's going close to a window you might want to place it where the sheer will keep direct midday sun off it. You will only need to water your phal every 5-8 days. It's in an unusual container, you will want to pay attention to letting the spagnum moss almost dry out before you water again. These are sort of like cactus, they don't need alot of water. They do like air movement and an occasional bit of morning sunlight. Welcome to the group. Most of us started with a phal. If you look around the articles on phals you will find alot more information.

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    healthy phals you've got there!
    i agree with connie, maybe even better to repot it, it can easily rot in there, unless there are holes underneath.

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    Thanks so much!

    There are no holes in the container, but there also seems to be a lot of space in there.

    The moss was dry and the leaves were looking a bit more... off... then when I got it yesterday, so I just wet the moss with a cup (or less) of warmish water.

    Repotting is scary! I'll really have to look up that info.

    Its a cold, wet week here in Vancouver, it's only 61 degrees this afternoon. I have it inside, but I don't know that its getting enough light, even indirectly.

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    That container is a cache pot and most likely your orchids are in small containers inside the cache pot with a decorative moss layer over the top of them. (Just guessing, but I have seen this done before.)

    If you want to repot your phalaenopsis, we have a repoting video and instructions here: How to Repot Your Phalaenopsis Orchid

    And there is also an article in the orchid article library here: Re-Potting My Phalaenopsis

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    I was told by an orchid nursery owner who specialises in Phals, in answer to my question about light requirements for Phals, that if your hand throws a shadow, your plant is getting too much light.
    This info related to the subtropics and may vary in other regions.
    I have to tell you, his Phals are magnificant.

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    That is a cool cache pot. I agree with BD that they are probably sitting in their - but check out that video he is talking about, it is great.

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    And right you are. There are two regular pots inside the decorative container.

    One of the leaves is now half yellow though -- half as in the length of the leaf, not the width. I only watered the moss and I didn't put a lot of water in it, but it still feels damp to me.

    I tried putting it out on the balcony, it doesn't get direct sun there and its been raining, anyway, but it could have been too cold. The temps here are still only in the mid-fifties to low sixties.

    I'll try and keep it in the front hall of my house and bring it in to the bathroom when we have showers.

    How hard are they to bring back from abuse? I may have to adopt it out to a better environment for its own good.

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    I believe Hamburg's weather conditions are quite similar to those in Vancouver.

    Phals are generally no problem for me as they really don't need much light and do fine with what I can offer. At these latitudes and with the number of rainy/overcast days a year, I really wouldn't worry about it getting too much light, except for maybe in a south window on the brightest days of summer.

    Mine are either in east windows with lots of morning sun or in a bright southern room. Because light is such an issue come winter I generally try to give things as much as they can take otherwise!

    If your weather is cloudy for long periods of time though, it is critical that you don't water much! Excess moisture not evaporating for lack of sunlight is my biggest enemy. If anything in that pot still seems wet, don't water yet.

    You should definitely re-pot before it is too late though and check out the root situation. Putting them in clear plastic pots will make the watering question a lot easier too.

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