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By: AboutOrchids | Date: Jan 27, 2010 | AboutOrchids
Take a deep breath and relax -- orchids are tougher plants than you think. Start by trying to identify your orchids so you can learn their specific care conditions. If you can't identify them, then check out this basic orchid care info.

By: clarita | Date: Jan 27, 2010 |
my boyfriend gave a orchids as a present I think i kill the poor plant i put to much water its looks like its getting dry I felt really bad i love the plant its so beutiful and he got me another one its beutiful too i wish i could know how to take care of them i love them but i dont know how to take care of any plants and now with this two that i know they need really good care i dont know how please help thank u

By: AboutOrchids | Date: Jan 26, 2010 | AboutOrchids
Beware of simplified orchid growing instructions, because there are orchids that can fit just about any growing condition. Directions for 'no direct light' apply to some varieties like Phals and Paphs. However, there are many other varieties like Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, Epidendrums, Oncidiums, & Vandas that need some direct sun. You may need to do some research to find a variety that can handle the conditions in your mom's apartment, or ask at a local plant store or garden center.

By: Patti Ashland | Date: Jan 25, 2010 |
I'd like to give my mom an orchid. However, directions say 'no direct light'. She's in a small one bedroom apartment & her 3 windows face directly west , so she gets the afternoon sun. Therefore, I interpreted that to be direct light so haven't bought her the orchid. Is there an alternative or would the orchid be okay?

By: AboutOrchids | Date: Jan 25, 2010 | AboutOrchids
The keikis are telling you that its growing conditions are not quite right. Assuming it's winter where you live, your Dendrobium needs a dormant period with less water. Dendrobiums can handle more direct sun in winter; check this post on Seasonal Light issues.

By: Annie | Date: Jan 24, 2010 |
Help! I have dendrobiums that keep growing keikis and no flowers..I water them once a week with a diluted orchid fertilizer. They are located where they receive late afternoon sun. Can they tolerate full sun?

By: AboutOrchids | Date: Jan 8, 2010 | AboutOrchids
You can cut the old flower spikes back as far as possible without damaging nearby leaves and roots. Use a sharp scissors cleaned with hot water & soap, rubbing alcohol, or bleach solution.

By: Joseph S Ralph | Date: Jan 7, 2010 |
I have a Newberry Parfait It is doing I believe extremly well in a southwest bay window. Since I received it about 8 months ago it has bloomed twice and has a new stem growing from the roots, which has also bloomed. My question is, how, or do I prune the plant where the blooms have fallen off?

By: AboutOrchids | Date: Jan 5, 2010 | AboutOrchids
You don't say what kind of orchids you have, which can make a big difference. Some kinds of Cymbidium, Dendrobium, and others can handle a light freeze; many others, including Phals and Cattleyas, cannot. Soft leaves are a bad sign. If you wait a few days and they soften more, they're dead. If they firm up, you may be able to save them.

By: charissa | Date: Jan 4, 2010 |
I had my orchids in our inclosed porch, and we his a cold snap when we were out of town for the weekend, and i forgot all about my orchids, they are still green, just the leaves are cold and feel soft. can i save them or are they just going to die? i brought them into the house, watered them with warmer water and they are in areas of the house that is warm and sunny. anything i can do or is it hopeless


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