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Mystery Species

This is a discussion on Mystery Species within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I received this amazing orchid for Easter. It has two bloom spikes. I do not ...

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    I received this amazing orchid for Easter. It has two bloom spikes. I do not know which species it is or how to go about taking care of it to make it bloom again. I would like to know species, watering, pruning, and anything else that might help. I have it in a window that receives full morning sun. Thank you.


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    That is a Phalaenopsis orchid. Do not let it get full, direct sun or it could burn. Make sure the medium drains well and keep it damp, but not wet or the roots will rot. When the blooms fall off, you can cut the spike (the flower stalk) off about one inch above the plant. This orchid will bloom again next season.

    cheers,
    BD

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    Nice Phalaenopsis....the big white flowers are always a pretty display.

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    I agree with the others, it's a nice Phal you've got there.

    I also have mine in an East facing window and let them enjoy a bit of morning sun. As soon as the leaves start to feel warm though, I put some sun screens up so they stay in a light shadow instead. Water it weakly or when the roots has a silvery appearance and the pot feels light when you lift it, use tepid water. Some orchid fertilizer would probably be appreciated by you Phal. I don't know what the recommended dosage is in America since it depends on which fertilizer you end up using, but with the brand of fert I have, I use a 1/4 of the recommended dosage to feed my Phals with every watering, this because I'm very forgetful and they would end up with nothing otherwise. Oh, and remember to flush the medium once a month with tap water to prevent salt buildups that might hurt the roots. And don't get any water in the crown since it might cause crown rot... I'm quite new myself so I'm trying to remember all the good tips I've read at different places,

    I can't think of anything more to write at the moment without my post ending up as long as a novel, except:

    Good Luck with your Phal!

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