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Orchids

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Question: 1225-415
My phalaenopsis orchid has big green leaves now. It bloomed nicely for Christmas. It is in bark. Can I change that to soil? Gay, Norwich, CT

Mort's Answer:
Phalaenopsis is an epiphyte that prefers bark. If you want to switch to moss, you will not need as much water. Once a week should suffice with the bark. Once new tendrils appear you can stake them for eventual blooms. Orchids require patience. Low light is best for your orchid. The roots need air as well as water. Some folks use ice cubes for a slow steady moisture. They do not need much water in winter. I would recommend using a clay pot instead of plastic.

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Question: 699-712
I did not have too much success with orchids in the past. I would like to try again. I heard putting ice cubes in the soil helps? What do you think? Norma, Norwich, CT

Mort's Answer:
Orchids like cooler temps in the winter to continue blooming. If you have a cold room or hallway, that would be an excellent place to start. They also prefer bark instead of potting soil most of the time. I have a colleague that uses vitamins for his orchids. I would start with dendrobiums first because they are the easiest to grow. When your plants are finished blooming, they will need a rest. I would put them outdoors this summer in the shade.

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Question: 840-4312
I buy orchids from the stores and get very little success. Should I stop trying? Ed, Austin,TX

Mort's Answer:
Patience is the key to all gardening but especially with orchids. Some are easier than others. Phalaenopsis and cattleya are the easier genera to grow. They love humidity and like to be repotted. They bloom once a year. Bright light and 60 to 85 degree temps are best, especially indoors. They will set buds at lower temp for the annual flowers. A colleague of mine uses vitamins to give them vitality. Soils are usually mostly bark to allow for aeration of the roots.

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Question: 874-5212
My orchids drop their flowers rather quickly. I keep buying them without much luck. Any suggestions? Marcy, Mackinaw, MI

Mort's Answer:
Dendrobrium are the easiest to grow. They prefer clay pots with a lot of bark to circulate air around the roots. Like caucus and succulents, they need cool temps to set the buds and keep them blooming. I know someone that has had a great deal of success using multi vitamins. They like filtered light. Do not expect them to bloom again right away and you will be less disappointed.

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