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Confused beginer/introduction

This is a discussion on Confused beginer/introduction within the Phalaenopsis ('moth orchid') Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; Hello everyone! I am new to caring for orchids. I got the phalaenopsis orchid randomly ...

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    Serendipity is offline Junior Member
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    Default Confused beginer/introduction

    Hello everyone! I am new to caring for orchids. I got the phalaenopsis orchid randomly from my mom (who got it as a gift) back in November. It was in bloom when I got it, but the flower fell and I saw no changes and almost forgot about it...until recently when I noticed that (what I think is) a new spike emerging! I didn't see it before because it was hidden by the little clip. I attached a pic of my little plant-ling.

    I do have a few questions regarding their care.

    1. Do I need plant food? If so any recommendations?

    2. When I re-pot, what type of media do I need? right now it's in some mossy type potting material.

    3. I read clay pots are best, if so best place to find a bigger pot?

    4. Any words of wisdom regarding Phalaenopsis orchids?

    If I can get this orchid to flower again, I plan on rewarding myself with another orchid. I was thinking of getting an Amesiella philippinense alba (monticola).


    Sorry this is so long....Thanks everyone!!!
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    Yep! It's going to bloom again for you! Welcome to ORCHIDTALK!

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    I personally like the clear plastic pots so you can see the roots are healthy. My suggestion would be to repot your little plantling after it has flowered into a combination of either CHC (Coconut husk Chips) or fine bark with perlite and a little bit of palm peat.

    A word to the wise, make sure that you do not overwater and cause the roots to rot. I presume it is planted in Sphagnum moss, which, in my experience is easy for the roots to be too wet for too long. It all depends on your personal growing conditions.

    I would also suggest a good organic fertiliser (1/4 strength) fed weakly. weekly for three weeks once a week ( or as your conditions dictate) and then in the fourth week flush the plant with clean water.

    As I am also somewhat of an armature I will leave my 2c at this a allow the big guns to wade in.

    Welcome to this great forum, looking forward to some pics, also several more posts once the orchid bug has bitten.

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    Welcome!! Check out the Phalaenopsis page in our care section.

    How to Repot a Phalaenopsis Orchid | River Valley Orchidworks

    I like plastic pots because they are light weight. We do use clay, but only for the top-heavy plants and sometimes for cattleyas.


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    Thanks everyone! I'm patiently waiting for it to bloom. So far it grew another .5 cm since I last measured it last Wed.

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