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Please help with my new orchid

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    Hey everyone, I am a new orchid mommy and I was gifted and orchid last October. I don’t know How to take care of it but I want to be a good nurturing orchid mommy. I think my new orchid has issues with the root. Please see what advice you have for me.Any advice is greatly appreciated.Thank you
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    Keep trying. You'll get the hang of it

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    I think the one, biggest piece of knowledge a new grower has to understand is that, unlike terrestrial plants, orchids do much of their respiratory gas exchange processes through their roots, rather than through their leaves, as is the case with terrestrials. That means that the grower must choose a potting medium that is open and airy, providing lots of air flow around the entire root system, while still holding an adequate moisture supply.

    Another "biggie" is that orchids are "niche plants", with each having evolved to survive under quite specific sets of growing conditions. The upshot of that is that each individual grower, with his or her own set of available growing conditions, should choose plants that are best suited for those. Being people, however, we tend to buy what we like the looks of instead, then get frustrated when it won't grow well!

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    A photo of this plant you are asking about is almost a must for us to get you the info that you need. The info you have gotten so far is a start but there is more to know to fully answer your question.

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    A photo of the plant would enable a better identification. Although almost certainly you have a phalaenopsis here.
    Nursing this back to be a happy flowering plant is a big challenge. Personally I would not dream of trying - it takes more work to bring a plant back from the brink than it does to keep a good plant happy, but with far fewer rewards.
    But I expect you will get a lot of contrary advice - and you have to choose.

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