(Closed) My New Pet Orchid :)

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Blushing bee

Aw, sounds pretty!  I had a white one, but it died 🙁  Good luck with yours!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010 - Ocean View Villas/Jasmine Seafood Restaurant

orchids actually shouldn’t be in direct sunlight, so be careful.  Don’t over water her.  That’s how I killed mine.  They like humidity and not a lot of water.  Sometimes it’s better to ignore them than to over care for them.  Good luck w/ her. 

Post # 5
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Honey bee

I agree with hotwings, take the orchid out of the window light. It sounds like you have a phalenopsis orchid. They don’t like much light. Make sure the bottom has a hole so water can drain, and don’t over water. Depending on what kind of material it is planted in- if it’s in moss, you probably only need to water once every 2 weeks. If it’s in bark chips, about once a week. If you want to start fertilizing, do so with 1/2 strength fertilizer (twice the water to fertilizer than recommended), and only fertilize every other week.

Check out this place if you have more questions: http://www.orchidboard.com

Good luck!

 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Good luck with her! Sounds like a perfect ‘pet!’

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Yay! I love orchids but am terrible at flower growing so props to you–you should post a pic!

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Orchids are hard, but then again I have no green thumb.  After murderig one we got another one and it is blooming for the second time at the moment.

I think most importantly if it is in bark chips you water it once a week by submerging it in water either in a sink or bowl and let it sit, I leave mine in probably too long, it’s sat there for half a day, but it still seems ok.  If you just pour water it’ll go straight through, and end up rotting the roots.

Also get it orchid food and follow instractions.  Mine didn’t do anything until I started to feed it orchid food, not generic fertilizer.

good luck.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Yeah our instructions didn’t say to submerge it either, but we asked our neighborhood florist and he said it was best.

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