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Phalaenopsis First Time Grower

This is a discussion on Phalaenopsis First Time Grower within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Good morning, I am a first time Phalaenopsis collector and have a few questions to ...

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    I am a first time Phalaenopsis collector and have a few questions to ask about feeding and watering. I live in IL where it is winter here my house temperature ranges from the upper 60's to the mid to upper 70's and the humidity is at 40%. They sit on a table in front of big window where they get sunlight. My problem is that several times I have lost a few orchids. I water every 5-10 days and feed on the 4th or 10th day. Am I doing this correctly if not please tell me how often or how many days I should feed and water my orchids

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    If you could give us some more info as to what kind of media they are growing in, what kind of pot and how much light(sun, Filtered)they receive, it would help. Also what kind of fertilizer are you using. Since the days have gotten shorter I would definitely cut back on the fertilizer for another couple of months. You need to up your humidity some also, maybe putting your pots on a saucer with some gravel and water might help...but be sure not to let the bottom of the pot sit in the water.

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    Welcome to the forum. You'll find lots of useful information and lots of helpful, friendly people here! Good luck!

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    The media that I use is Better-Gro Phalaenopsis mix, they get 8 hours of sunlight, and they are in potted in an orchid pot which has the tray on the botton on holes going around the pot on all four sides. As for fertilzer I use Orchid Plus 20-14-13 plus Essential Minor Elements with No Urea. So what should the humidity level be in my house I also give them a light misting in the morning too. So with the days shorter when should I feed, and how often or how many days should I water.

    I am a first time Phalaenopsis collector and have a few questions to ask about feeding and watering. I live in IL where it is winter here my house temperature ranges from the upper 60's to the mid to upper 70's and the humidity is at 40%. They sit on a table in front of big window where they get sunlight. My problem is that several times I have lost a few orchids. I water every 5-10 days and feed on the 4th or 10th day. Am I doing this correctly if not please tell me how often or how many days I should feed and water my orchids.

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    The media that I use is Better-Gro Phalaenopsis mix, they get 8 hours of sunlight, and they are in potted in an orchid pot which has the tray on the botton on holes going around the pot on all four sides. As for fertilzer I use Orchid Plus 20-14-13 plus Essential Minor Elements with No Urea. So what should the humidity level be in my house I also give them a light misting in the morning too. So with the days shorter when should I feed, and how often or how many days should I water.

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    can you please state the looks of the dead plants? pictures can give good idea on it.

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    The roots are brown there are no white or green roots. The leaves that fall off are either yellow or green. So I would like to know how often should i water and feed like I mentioned above I water every 5 days and feed on the 4th or 10th day I would also like to know what the humidity in my house should be cause it is at 40% right now.

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    It's not a good idea to water on a regular schedule. You should water when the medium is almost completely dry. If you're not sure if it's dry it's better to wait a couple of days. Some people use a bamboo skewer (the ones used to make shishkabob). stick it down in the medium and leave it for about 5 minutes. If it looks moist when you pull it out wait longer before you water. Your plants will use more water and fertilizer during the long summer days than they do now with the short darker days. You should probably give them about half the fertilizer during the winter.

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    The medium I use is Better Gro Phalenopsis potting mix and thata consists of bark and perlite. So it is dry on the day after I water.

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