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White moth orchid

This is a discussion on White moth orchid within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; A friend gave me a very pretty moth orchid as a thank you gift. I ...

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    mothgirl is offline Junior Member
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    Smile White moth orchid

    A friend gave me a very pretty moth orchid as a thank you gift. I keep it in the lounge, very sunny but not direct sunlight. It has been flowering for three months at least five blooms plus one or two buds. A new stem has grown. There are also five roots growing. How do I get the new stem to flower? I have trimmed it above a node. It is summer here, New Zealand. I have given it a cup of water once a week since I was given it. No plant food - I didn't know it's supposed to have some. My friend said not to feed it. I have no idea what it is growing in. My friend knows even less than I do. It's such a lovely plant, I'd really like to take care of it. Any hint, please?I've never had an orchid before.

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    Can you take a foto of the plant and the media it's growing in and post the foto here. This will help us determine what to feed it and how often. The amount of water it needs is also determined by the growing media, plus the container and the size of the plant. It seems that you have put it in the right spot as long as it doesn't get direct sunlight. The fact that it's putting on new growth (ie. new roots and flower stalks) is a good sign that the plant is happy where it is. Did you mean you cut the new flower spike above a node? Generally you do not cut the flower spikes until after they finish blooming and the flowers on the spike have died. Hope to see a foto of you moth soon.
    ischel

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    Your orchid does need food.

    Cheers,
    BD

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