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sorta kinda not really my first bloom

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    Default sorta kinda not really my first bloom

    i was given this phal-baldans k by a coworker who said she didnt know what she was doing with it. she was afraid she would kill it and i didnt tell her otherwise when i noticed the beginnings of a spike. the only prob it had was some sunburn and a need for repotting. anyway, months later, it has bloomed. i cant really say that it is an earned bloom considering that whatever she did initiated it. however meager it may be, i am pumped!
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    fantastic colors!

    i am also in love with the back drop behind the orchid
    are they old letters and newspaper clippings or are they found items?

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    She gave it a good dose of sunlight, probably neglected it (underwatering can bring on a spike as the plant tries to replicate itself before it dies) and yes you got the reward. However, you can credit yourself for not killing it after she'd gotten it spiking. Spiking plants require a little tlc to keep from stressing the plant and causing smaller blooms or even death. It can also be easy to ruin dried roots by overwatering, and you avoided that. So, actually you can take credit for doing a good job too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terenh View Post
    fantastic colors!

    i am also in love with the back drop behind the orchid
    are they old letters and newspaper clippings or are they found items?
    the are actually antique prescriptions...my partner is a pharmy tech. some of the things that are on there are insane!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cjcorner View Post
    She gave it a good dose of sunlight, probably neglected it (underwatering can bring on a spike as the plant tries to replicate itself before it dies) and yes you got the reward. However, you can credit yourself for not killing it after she'd gotten it spiking. Spiking plants require a little tlc to keep from stressing the plant and causing smaller blooms or even death. It can also be easy to ruin dried roots by overwatering, and you avoided that. So, actually you can take credit for doing a good job too.
    well i was surprised when i got her...i repotted immediately and the root system wasnt too shabby. BUT, if there is anything that i have done wrong in the past, it is underwatering out of fear that i would overwater. so my solution has been to repot in clay with bark only and water the chids like i do everything else. works for me apparently. i'll be posting pics of other things in a bit...as i get them resized.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cakedaddy View Post
    the are actually antique prescriptions...my partner is a pharmy tech. some of the things that are on there are insane!
    dang, how did your partner get their hands on those (a side from being a pharmacist)?

    unlike you i am quite forgetful and i tend to underwater than over-water

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    Quote Originally Posted by terenh View Post
    dang, how did your partner get their hands on those (a side from being a pharmacist)?

    unlike you i am quite forgetful and i tend to underwater than over-water
    actually, he was unwillingly put in charge of cleaning out the attic of a failing compounding pharmacy that his pharmacy moved into...they were all "trash". he found some things of historical value, if i am not mistaken. (tuskeegee experiments maybe? not sure) most of the things that are framed are from the 1920-30's.

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    wow 20's-30's...
    if i remember correctly the tuskegee experiments had to do with syphilis?

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    Quote Originally Posted by terenh View Post
    wow 20's-30's...
    if i remember correctly the tuskegee experiments had to do with syphilis?
    yes...that is correct. and only a twenty minute drive from where we live.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cakedaddy View Post
    yes...that is correct. and only a twenty minute drive from where we live.
    wow! now THAT is history.

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