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What type of Orchids do I have ?

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    My name is Alaina & looking for some information on what type of orchids I have & how to care for them. I've posted pictures of them & their pots, is it time to repot them? The white/purple one only has 2 flowers left on it.

    Thanks in advance & look forward to learning for all of you

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    Alaina.. Florida

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    Hi Alaina.

    Check out this link: Types of Orchids

    As for your questions:

    1st photo is of a Dendrobium orchid. The second photo is of an oncidium type orchid. Both orchids appear very healthy and seem to have good roots. I do not recommend growing in sphagnum, but your orchids seem to be fine. If these are brand new, you might consider repotting into a bark mix that will not retain so much water.

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    Thank you so much BD for your reply. They are fairly new, about 2 months since I bought them & I'm starting to notice that on the oncidium orchid, its getting yellow on the tips of a few of the leaves & dark looking spots :o/ not sure what thats all about. The white/purple one seems like its doing ok besides the flowers falling off but isnt that whats suppose to happen? I have 2 healthy flowers left & 1 yellowish looking one that is ready to fall off but its also growing a baby or another plant (whatever you call it lol) off the bottom.

    Now, how big of a pot should I move these two into? Would the BetterGro special orchid mix be better than the mircle grow mix since its more chucky than the mircle grow one thats seems more like soil. yes, I'm a newbie lol. Is a clay or plastic pot better? do they like to be somewhat snug in a pot? I know, ALOT of questions lol

    I've never owned an orchid before these & this is why, I'm afraid of killing it :o/ Any info you can give me, I'd VERY much appreciate it Thanks again BD

    Let me add one more question; Is there a certain area on this site where I should start looking/ reading? sorry for my mis-wording :o/ There is a wealth of info on here. ;o)

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    I would just use standard processed bark chips. This is bark with the curly cambium part removed. Pot into a pot about an inch larger than their current pots, and i prefer to use clay pots as they let the air circulate better and the clay/terracotta "breathes". The roots prefer it too. But plastic is fine. The yellowing tips and black spots is standard (for me anyway) and just tells me the leaves are close to the end of their cycle and are due to drop. Just leave them a while and see. Repot when the flowers all drop off.

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    Yep, the first one is a " Hard Cane " Dendrobium & the second is a Miltassia = Miltonia x Brassia.

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    Thank you Kiwiorchids, I repotted them a few days ago (pics attached) in a clay orchid pot with a fir bark orchid mix with chopped coir & large perlite per the advise of a plant nursery near by & after watching a few videos on this site. It doesnt seem to stay moist though, how often should I water them. Before I repotted them, I only watered them every couple of weeks. Also on the Miltassia (Thanks Roy) it split apart into two plants so cross your fingers :o/ eekkss lol I also read to leave them in one area & not move them around?!? I have them near a sliding door where they do get indirect sun but thru the day I will put them outside for the humidity not in direct sunlight though. Should I just leave them in the house or does the outside humidity benefit them?
    Thank you Roy for the correct names & I look forward to learning from all of you
    Thanks again BD, Kiwiorchids & Roy
    Alaina.. FL
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    What i do, is i leave it for a few weeks, then i start watering when the top parts of the bark look dry. The dry period allows any new roots to settle i find.

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    when re-potting an orchid, it its good to soak up the media for about 24 hours. Bark is a bit resistant at retaining moisture when new but as it breaks down it will hold more and more. i think every couple weeks is not enough water. water it as the mix approaches dryness, so if it is almost dry within 2 days then water again.

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    Hi Alaina,
    Welcome to the forum. Your Miltassia is more likely to be Miltassia Shelob 'Tolkien' AM/AOS or one of the other clones of the same hybrid.

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    Thank you for your replies. It does seem very dry & is why I was concerned about not watering it more often :o/ Next time around I will soak the bark but in the meantime, I guess I'll water them more often until it seems like the bark isnt so dry. Thanks for all the replies I feel so much more comfortable owning these delicate beauties knowing I have ya'll around to assist me along the way
    Have a great weekend & Happy 4th
    Alaina

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