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Peristeria elata (Dove Orchid) - new to orchids, need help getting started

This is a discussion on Peristeria elata (Dove Orchid) - new to orchids, need help getting started within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Hi! I received a wonderful gift from my daughter - a Peristeria elata. Since I ...

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    Default Peristeria elata (Dove Orchid) - new to orchids, need help getting started

    Hi! I received a wonderful gift from my daughter - a Peristeria elata. Since I am not very experienced with growing orchids I would love advice so I do not let my new gift die...

    I am attaching a few photos (including one of the roots). It arrived in the mail 3 days ago via Fedex from Hawaii. I have read a little about the seasons and stages it grows in, but am unsure which stage it is now. How often should I water? How much sun? Should I repot (what would be best to pot it in?)?
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    I appreciate any and all help!

    Thanks,
    Deborah

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    Check out IOSPE (this link) for info:
    IOSPE PHOTOS

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    Ndin, welcome from Malaysia. Good advice from Harvey - I make it a point to check IOSPE for any new or unfamiliar orchid species. Your plant looks very healthy indeed.

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    Hello and welcome Ndin. Orchid looks very healthy. It is a terrestrial orchid and could benefit from repotting.

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    Sriram is absolutely right. As soon as I replanted my three they started to shoot up stalks like crazy. I used Fir bark with a red rock blend and they loved it. Not sure how your environment is (but I heard Cali isnt much diff. from us) or if you keep it indoors or out but since mine are indoors they require slightly less watering. The roots look mostly healthy just keep eye on the black spotting if they are too squishy let the roots dry out a little to prevent severe rot.

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