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I would love to know the answer to that question as well, because as fellow members of Gardening Forum, I'd be looking for a nice discount. I have two Orchids at home but I've not found a way to duplicate them. I've not tried to root a piece of the Orchid but I suppose it wouldn't hurt to try. I have plans to purchase a couple more Orchids because they grow so slow, at least mine do. I have one, a Phalaenopsis Orchid, that has been blooming for the last 4-5 months, which is a little unusual.. one set of blooms fell off but there were several growing as the others were dying, once they fell off, the others bloomed in a matter of a few days. The other orchid (the white, Moth Orchid in the picture) has bloomed only once since I bought it, a little over a two years ago. It was in full bloom when I bought it, they lasted for a couple months, about a year later it bloomed again (that's about the time this picture was taken) but nothing since then. I need to re-pot both and put them in an Orchid-type pot, with lots of holes, because I think the Orchids like to breathe and can actually grow quite nicely without being in a pot .. as you've probably seen, many actually grow on the side of trees ..

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There are a couple of threads on growing Orchids here. I grow orchids. However, at the moment my orchids seem to be going through a dormant phase. I love orchids. My Phalaenopsis Orchid was in bloom continuously for about seven months.. Never had one doing that before. I think I had two flower stems which produced six or seven sets of flowers each. The others have flowered on and off.. I have no complaints.
 
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I have a couple of orchids that are doing well at the moment, I've had lots of flowers off both. Here is a picture of one of them:

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It lost those flowers recently, but a load more have now bloomed.

I'll try and get some photos of the other one soon! I water them about once a week and give them a good misting too, and that seems to keep them happy. Do you use specialist food?
 
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I currently have seven phalaenopsis blooming in an east-facing window. Most were rescues from the garden centre (finished blooming) but two or three were gifts. The longest one plant has been in continuous bloom was nine months! Love 'em!!
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I've never dared to buy an orchid because I thought they were difficult plants. I know someone who buys them regularly, then when one finishes blooming she throws it away and buys another one. I hate that - I could never throw away a living plant. I even hate killing weeds.

I do have an orchid plant that I was given as a present. I suspect it was recently grown from seed as it's still very small. I've had it for several months now. Initially I kept it outside under shade net, then when our weather got cold I moved it into my greenhouse. It's doing okay, producing lots of aerial roots, but no signs of flowers yet. I don't know if it's too young to bloom or if I'm doing something wrong. I don't even know what kind of orchid it is.
 
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I've never dared to buy an orchid because I thought they were difficult plants. I know someone who buys them regularly, then when one finishes blooming she throws it away and buys another one. I hate that - I could never throw away a living plant. I even hate killing weeds.

I do have an orchid plant that I was given as a present. I suspect it was recently grown from seed as it's still very small. I've had it for several months now. Initially I kept it outside under shade net, then when our weather got cold I moved it into my greenhouse. It's doing okay, producing lots of aerial roots, but no signs of flowers yet. I don't know if it's too young to bloom or if I'm doing something wrong. I don't even know what kind of orchid it is.

I'm also intimidated by orchids and think they look like difficult plants to care for. They're beautiful plants and I agree that it's wrong of your friend to throw them away when they're not in bloom. Good luck with taking care of your new orchid.
 
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I'm also intimidated by orchids and think they look like difficult plants to care for. They're beautiful plants and I agree that it's wrong of your friend to throw them away when they're not in bloom. Good luck with taking care of your new orchid.


Thanks. I wish I knew enough about it to know what it really needs. There are so many different kinds of orchids and I haven't a clue how to identify it. All the orchids I see for sale seem to have much bigger leaves than mine has.
 
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I currently have two. I'm not handy with delicate plants but it would appear that these are relatively hardy. We bought the large one we have at WalMart last year and it was labelled only "Ice cube plant" because it's care instructions call simply for watering it with three ice cubes once a week. It had two stems blossoming at that point....and ended up with 16 blossoms all together which stayed vibrant for at least a couple of months. They were GORGEOUS! When the stems dried out I clipped them back. I was told I should fertilize them but never did...just kept with the 3 ice cubes each week, all winter long. This year only one flowering stem grew but it has nine gorgeous blossoms on it, which have been showing for several weeks now. I love it!!

I also have a mini orchid which was given to me as a gift last summer. It only blossomed briefly but has remained healthy and grown new leaves. Two days ago I transplanted it into a larger pot as it had roots growing out over the edge. It seems to be happy so far. I'm hoping it'll blossom for me in its new home.
 
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My two newest orchids:

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Also my other orchid (picture in a post above) has grown a new stem - it's clearly very happy where it is! :D
 
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Becky they are ever so nice .

What do you feed your orchids with ?
 
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I know my mom does and yes there are so many types or orchids! I find that once it dies, and the season is over, it takes a lot of work for it to regrow the next year. Any advice?
 
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Becky they are ever so nice .

What do you feed your orchids with ?

I just use the Baby Bio orchid plant feed, probably not as often as I should though!

I know my mom does and yes there are so many types or orchids! I find that once it dies, and the season is over, it takes a lot of work for it to regrow the next year. Any advice?

If I lose all the flowers, and if the flower spike starts to die, then I cut it off to just above a healthy looking node. After doing this I've often had a new flower spike develop from the node. My knowledge of orchids is very limited but this has worked in the past for me so I hope it helps you!
 
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Becky I think mine is just a seedling and I'm really out of my depth. It seems to be healthy though I haven't fed it regularly, but I don't know what I should be doing for it. It spent the summer outdoors under shade net, and when the cold weather arrived I moved it into my greenhouse.

I've noticed a bit of a reddish color on the latest growth, but I don't know whether that is the start of flowering or whether that will still turn green. I have no idea what kind of orchid this is or what color the flowers are supposed to be.
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Gina it looks like a dendodrium I would now start feeding it with an Orchid growth feed.
 
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Gina it looks like a dendodrium I would now start feeding it with an Orchid growth feed.


Thanks. That's a big help. I've been looking at all the orchids I've seen in the shops and garden centers, but I haven't seen any with similar leaves, so I was baffled.

Do I just leave the aerial roots to do their own thing, or should I move it to a bigger pot when the weather warms up?
 
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Gina just leave your aerial roots unless they look a bit wood and dried out you can tidy them up.

No dont move to bigger pot but you can give new fresh orchid bark take out of pot and tease out old bark and give fresh.

Hope this has helped you.
 

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