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Some very basic questions

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    Hi, my friend has just bought me an orchid.

    I have never had one before and I am slightly scared of it!

    I am aware that they don't need much watering, but I gave it a very light watering on the day I got it and it has since started drooping. The water drained out of the bottom it didn't settle and it is potted in a sort of woodchip

    Can anyone help me is it overwatered or underwatered? And also in identifying which type of orchid it is?

    I have done as the instructions said and placed it in a sunny room away from direct sunlight.

    Is there a way to add a photo to this post?
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    Default Some very basic questions

    Is there a way to post a photo to help both with identification and care questions? I am unsure if it is over or underwatered but it is new and it is drooping :-(
    It is potted in a type of bark, I watered it very lightly when I got it and let the water run off, and since then it has looked like this (about 10 days)
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    My orchid. Any help would be so appreciated, thank you :-)

    Steph
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    Posting pics here,images no larger than 700 pixels x 700 pixels. The use the little Picture frame Icon (above the comment window you type in) to attach the image to.

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    The blossoms are dropping because it is stressed. When they start to become dehydrated they will sacrifice the blossoms to save the plant. When I water my phals I soak them for about 10 minutes so the roots and bark can soak up the moisture. Then I let it drain. In my area, which is dry, I have to water (soak) them if they are in bark about once every 5 days depending on the time of year. Less often in the winter.

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    I looked at your YouTube posting, Steph, and that is the classic, store-bought, no-air-gets-to-the-roots, impervious flowerpot. The plant needs to be on potted, and repotted into a potting medium and container that provide constant moisture but – even more importantly – allow lots of airflow to the root system, which is the key to orchid survival.

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    Yes. Image size is no greater than 700 pixels x 700 pixels. Then use the little picture frame icon to attach the file to.

    Is it in a clear plastic pot?

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    I always take my newly acquired orchid out of the pot and plant it in a clear pot with holes up the side and make sure the roots are good. It doesn't seem to hurt them and some actually seem to take off growing after they have new potting media. Some have had all the roots rotten but they can still be saved in that condition. Post a picture, it takes some figuring out and possibly cropping your photo if it's too big.

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    How to repot a phal orchid in bark mix by River Valley Orchidworks:


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