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My first orchid

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    I just bought my first orchid for 3 bucks (because it was not in bloom any more ). Its a Dendrobium , on the tag it says zeschia lynn but can not find any info about it. Its a hybrid of something ? Maybe with the species bigibbum ?

    I am not sure what to do with it since its fall where I live. Its inside with my hibiscus under t5 lights. Do all Dendrobiums need a winter rest ?

    I plan to put dendrobiums in my terrarium but most are not this type of dendrobium. I found out the one I got is a Phal or bigibbum

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    I also would like to know can I use the fertilizer I already have for my hibiscus on this orchid ? I have Flora nova grow which is 7-4-10. This orchid just finished blooming. I also have Bio bizz ( this one is organic and has seaweed extract) But the numbers are low 1.8-0.1-6.6. It also cam in a 2 inch pot should I repot it ? I would like to mount it.

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    I have looked but cannot find dendrobium Zeschia Lynn (Or Dendrobium Jessica Lynn) for that matter in case that was a typo. Nobile type dendrobiums require a cool rest period in winter to initiate budding but bloom all along the length of the cane. Since your dendrobium orchid is a phal type, no winter rest. It does need a tight, free draining orchid mix and very bright light. It should dry out between waterings. Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer at 1/4 the recommended strength. (Not the same as you would use on your Hibiscus plants - that would burn up your dendrobium). Be sure to flush the pot with water the next time you would normally water after you have fertilized.

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    Dont see a reason why you cannot mount it now. Dendro canes can grow and mature into lengthy canes, so allow space for them to dangle and hang downwards at varying angles. New shoots tend to grow upwards until gravity plays a roll and the canes become heavier. Never cut canes, many stay bare but can reflower when it so chooses.

    As orchids tend to sulk when undergone changes, mounting maybe good now. (two birds and one stone). Once revitalised and settled it will commence growth aiding its gradual process of using roots to secure with mount.

    Orchid ferts ideally (so many products, so much variation) should be weak. Weekly, weakly!!! Mounting will require closer care with moisture, humidity and watering but ensuring dryness betw watering to allow roots to breathe and not suffocate and rot in wet constant conditions.

    I use seaweed extract and highly recommend it for promoting good growth roots and all. many seaweed products ( again varied) are considered as a tonic and not fert but this is highly variable.

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    I just read the fertilizer directions and it says for orchids and gives the dosage So I should only fertilize weekly ?

    Thank you so much for the information. So far the plant looks happy. I am soaking it now the media its in seems to dry within 2 days.

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    Fertilizers are all different...the best bet is to use an even lower strength than is indicated on the packaging. "Fertilize weakly, weekly" is a blanket statement...Basically what you want to do is give low concentrations of fertilizer solution for three consecutive waterings, then flush with straight water on the fourth. And be sure that the roots are premoistened before fertilizing. This does two things- firstly, it reduces the chances of fertilizer burn and secondly, helps to ensure that the roots are receptive to the nutrients.
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