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Orchid confusion.

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    I have been growing orchids for less than a year. Most of my Orchids I have gotten from colleagues or friends for free. Most of those came with no tags. Others I have with tags. All together I have over 100 orchids in my outside shade house. My shade house is equiped with misters, a misting fan, filtered water. Although I love growing them, I am horrible with names and types and small variations of needs they have. I know my Phals of course. They do great. Most of them are mounted and are constantly blooming or growing. I have a couple Vandas which are in baskets with no medium. I have a couple Paphs. I also have Oncidiums, Dendrobiums, Cattleyas, and others. Most of the ones with bulbs I have a hard time telling apart, they mostly look the same to me. Those I always figure need much less water and I let them dry out before watering. They get put in a pure bark mixture. I am sure some of them have much different needs than others. Have any good ways of identifying just the basic type and needs? Also I have quite a few orchids that have abbreviations and names which don't say Cattleya or Phal or Dendrobium, or anything else I recognize. Any help would be appreciated.

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    I hadn't seen that link before - nice job, Bruce!

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    Thanks, Julie.

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    Thanks for the care sheets. Now I need to figure out what belongs to what group. If you could help, here are a couple pictures.
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    Here are a few more
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    And a few more.
    I have many more, but I will wait for those.
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    Also, some of them have names, but I don't know what group they belong to and therefore don't know how to care for them.

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    Most are in the Oncidium alliance, it appears. The second photo looks like a Catt. But since you have names on many of them, post the names. We can give much more specific culture advice if we know exactly what they are. You'll also learn more about their specific likes and dislikes.

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    I agree with Piper. Most are in the oncidium family. You have at least one Cattleya and in post # 7, photo #2 looks like a dendrobium. Post the names in the order of the photos if you can.

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