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8/24/16 10:42 A

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I have good success with just the moth orchids, in Wisconsin. We think they thrive on neglect.
Mine are just in orchid bark, they rebloom a couple times a year. We have them inside the house, for the most part. I used to fix a kitchen sinkful of orchid food water and immerse the whole potted plant in there and they let it drain. That was in our former house and it was more dry but the light was maybe not as bright in the east windows. Back at that house the orchids would just die on me.
Now we use no plant food and just water them once a week. Better humidity, better light (still east windows).
We were cleaning up the nice looking bench my hubby built for them, about a month ago. We did have aobut 3 plants that had looked horrible and wrinkly for some time. We were thinking to just throw those plants out but I said wait, lets give them a chance outside first. We put them out in a protected area on the deck, on the east side of the house. Within 2 days they had plumped up and looked pretty happy. One of them now is springing a blossom scape. Still no plant food.
I never heard of charcoal in the pots. I am going to look into that. We also have an large Orchid grower not too far from us. We take plants over there for them to repot for us. They charge $5.00 to repot them. Then we also get a chance to ask questions. I don't think they put plant food in the pot but we should ask. It is generally just one or two plants a year that we take over there.

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8/16/16 5:22 A

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I'm in Suriname. No garden center here, but I could probably find someone at a place that sells nice plants who might know. I do have an app on my smartphone that supposedly identifies plants when you take a photo of them, but it only shows random similar pictures with not enough details to help you figure it out...
But! I can take good photos of the blossoms and bring them with me when I go up to the U.S. in a few months!
Good advice, thanks.

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8/15/16 10:31 P

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Go to a garden center with a picture of your orchids and ask them how to take care of them.

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8/10/16 5:52 A

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They're living on charcoal mixed with some tanbark. I think in nature, they would be growing on the outside of a tree--I've seen them like that, anyway.


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8/10/16 5:51 A

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I've done that...But as with many things on the internet, there is so much advice. There are so many different kinds of orchids, and one piece of advice isn't good for a different kind of orchid. I'm good looking up medical or some other kinds of advice! since I'm a nurse. But my orchids are different types and I don't even know what they are!

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8/10/16 5:47 A

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Check the Internet for sound advice for orchids

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8/9/16 9:23 P

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I don't know a lot about orchids, but many of them have a symbiotic/parasitic relationship with the plant they live on., they draw their moisture and nutrition from the8ir host plant.

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8/9/16 3:02 P

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I apologize for the messy post, don't know why the photos came out in the middle of the text. I'm not techno either lol!

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8/9/16 3:01 P

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Greetings all!
I'm not a person who GIVES advice about orchids; I'm a person who WANTS advice about orchids! I live in Suriname, which is tropical, and that is advantageous for me since I love plants and flowers but do not have a green thumb. I have received orchids for birthdays and anniversaries, and they promptly try to die after a couple of weeks. However, I then take them outside and hang them in my trees and they thrive all by themselves. I've had a couple for at least 5 or 6 years, the others are more recent, that is, within the last 2-3 years. The "advice" portion comes now! Sometimes I feel like I want to prune them, but have no idea how to do that right, since often the very dead looking stem-things surprise me by growing blossoms on them and coming alive again after a long time. Also, I can't imagine how they can live and be so beautiful just on charcoal! I feel like they should "eat" something else too! Any input would be appreciated. Two are in blossom right now, really one and the other one is starting; I'll put up photos of those. Thanks a lot! Booknut52

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