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HELP! I think i'm killing my awesome new friend!

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    Default HELP! I think i'm killing my awesome new friend!

    Just got this beautiful Christian Starr in memory of my mom. --- Have had it a week or two. Over the past 4 days or so it's blooms have progressively wilted. I had been watering lightly with small snow clumps as my house water is salt-softened. BUT my friend did water with 2 of my ice cubes (salt softened) upon first day home. Also, I did notice a very small amount of water on the plate under the pot. I know that's bad I dried that and elevated the pot 1/4' for air and no possibility of soak.

    Has resided on dining room table in fairly bright west-facing room with sliders. Fairly full sun only in the late day. I've moved it to eliminate any full sun, while getting best indirect brightness .

    1) HELP!
    2) I've seen watering with rain water recommended, can you confirm this? And if / when not available, what should be used?
    3) I bought food with the orchid ("Michigan State fertilizer' {similar to WI} )
    How often and or under what circumstances should this be used.
    What is meant by "RO" / rainwater?
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    Flowers are wilted it could be due to its time for them to go. Or sometimes when you change environment it could happen.
    Rain water is good if you can collect it a lot. Ice cubes no-no as well as snow clumbs. Think as you you get icy/snow showers. If your tap water is so bad you can by distilled water. RO water stands for reverse osmosis.
    As about fertilizer use as directed. But most people recommend quarter of what directions say. Weakly weekly .

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    Hi!

    If you use salt based softened water, you will kill you orchids. Use non-softened water.

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    That particular formula of fertilizer is good for weekly feeding at the recommended 1/2 tsp/gallon.

    One of the keys to successful growing of orchids is the grasp that the plants do much of their gas exchange processes through their roots, while terrestrial plants tend to essentially all of it through their leaves. Because of that, it's important that the potting medium be open and airy to allow air movement.

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    As this is your first post I say Welcome from Florida! It is too bad that you have to start off with a slight problem.

    I would agree with what has been said so far. The wilting could be as mentioned it is hard to say just how long those blooms have been open, but the look of the orchid itself looks to be in good shape.

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    Hello and welcome from India. Concur with folks commented above.

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