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Seemingly healthy Phal. but no new growth!

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    I agree, now that you have potted that lovely healthy plant, do your best to treat it like all the others that are growing. Remember that by repotting it, you have set it back and slowed it down. My best orchids are the ones I pretty much neglect. I get a good level of neglect at about 40 of them (along with another 20+ house plants!). More than that and they don't get watered enough. I have mostly Phals, a few Onc alliance, a few Paphs and am having fun adding Cattleyas along with some other oddball orchids. Of course I'm a few days behind on watering the Phals, but they will survive that just fine!

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    Hi Carol! I will definitely take that advice and leave him alone for now. I'm building my collection and usually have one that I can care for to feed my addiction! I have 24 orchids right now (with 3 more arriving today, which will bring me to 27), plus a variety of odd houseplants including eucalyptus & patchouli. I started my orchid obsession with Phals, which is probably typical. Then as my comfort with them increased, I added Catts, Dendrobiums & Oncidiums. More new additions include the Miltonia Raspberry, the Vanda, and a baby Jumella... at least it looks like a baby! I have read that those bloom when they're very small so I have NO IDEA what stage it's at. It arrived as a bonus gift with one of my purchases. I should probably post about that little guy.

    Perhaps you can help set my mind at ease. I'm going out of town for a week and I'm near panic worrying about the orchids. It's mostly just separation anxiety on my part. My husband will be home to take care of them but he doesn't know the regime I have in place for their maintenance. Do you ever leave them for a full week without watering? I was going to just pick a day and tell hubby to water all of them. I don't want him to be overwhelmed or do something potentially damaging to them. I'm a bit stressed out about it. I love these plants so much, they are a huge part of my life. Second only to my son & family really....as crazy as that sounds. I work full time from home so I'm constantly interacting with them in some way. I hope that doesn't sound psycho.....lol!

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    If you have decent sized Phals, I would just let them go for a week. Most of mine rarely get watered that often. Of course that depends on how they are potted and how dry or hot your place is. It is quite dry here though - I pot with some sphagnum moss added to the bark to retain some dampness - but I still water about 7 - 10 days depending on how much time I have. My little ones sit near the kitchen sink and get watered more often. I have a few (mostly Cattleyas) in semi-hydro and I ask my hubby to dump water in them if I'm gone, as they should be watered every few days at least. Last time I was gone for two weeks, I used tape of different colors and asked him to please water the red tape once while I was gone and the yellow tape twice a week. I grouped them by watering needs and wrote it all down and he did great and so did my orchids. Fortunately he likes them too, though its definitely my hobby, he just likes looking at them.

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    Thanks Carol
    That's a pretty good system you have there. I will just leave the hubby some notes. I'm not too concerned about the Phals. I guess I will just have him water the other guys around Wednesday or so. I'm caring for all of them tonight before I head out so I imagine they will be okay. I'm going to miss them! lol!

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    We need systems, we have his 90 yr old mother (who fortunately doesn't need a lot of care, just some help), the plants (about 40 orchids and 20 more house plants), 2 dogs, 4 cats, a fish tanks and a dozen ducks! Not to mention the large yard (which he does most of - whew!). We haven't gone away together on a vacation for years, but we love our pets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carolla View Post
    We need systems, we have his 90 yr old mother (who fortunately doesn't need a lot of care, just some help), the plants (about 40 orchids and 20 more house plants), 2 dogs, 4 cats, a fish tanks and a dozen ducks! Not to mention the large yard (which he does most of - whew!). We haven't gone away together on a vacation for years, but we love our pets.
    Hiya Carol! I can definitely sympathize with having so many things to care for. In addition to the plants (now 38 orchids plus misc houseplants, plus garden outside), I have a 19 month son, work full time (from home), 2 dogs and my parents who live the next town over. The parents do not require any care, there is just ALWAYS something going on that seems to suck up what little free time I have!

    Going away is always a big hassle. This time hubby stayed home so that helped. Most of the time it's more trouble than it's worth, unless we're going somewhere really great, which isn't usually the case...lol!

    Any progress on the Bifrenia Harrisonae? Mine is looking good but nothing special to report. I'm thinking of placing it outside for the summer... haven't decided yet. I have to look up the temperature needs again because I keep forgetting

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    I've had it for three? years now, its grown great, but no sign of flowering. I keep forgetting to water it, which might be a problem, its in a hanging basket in a southern window and it gets hot there. Where we live its very hot (in the low 90's today) and dry, I keep most of my orchids inside all the time. The one (a cymbidium) I put out a couple of years ago got a horrible case of mealy bugs - I think I have that under control, but its not worth it to put it out again! However, everyone's conditions vary so much that what might be a problem for me would work great for you. Good luck!

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    I now have upwards of 50 orchids, it's amazing how easy it is to make room for them! We put a few shelves up near windows and they seem to love it. I'm definitely going to need more shelves though, I just cannot stop buying orchids! Guess I'm going to be 'the weird plant lady'...lol!

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    I have about the same, between 40 and 50. I think that's about how many I really want to care for, so am pretty slow to add more. Not saying it won't happen, but I do want to be able to properly care for them.

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    As I have orchids to add to the compost pile, I am not replacing them. I would like to whittle down my number but only thru attrition.

    Of course, that means not buying any! And for me, that is hard to do but I am mostly staying strong.

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