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I went to a talk given by a commercial orchid grower & he said that they watered their plants with tap water which had been allowed to stand for a day or so. He also said to avoid over-watering, you should not water the plants if the visible roots - through the clear pot - are bright green. You shouldn't automatically water weekly but only if the roots are greyish green.
do you dead head the flowers to encourage them to grow more or leave them to fall of by themselves???
Hi orchid growers,
sara, if your orchid came in a transparent plastic pot, leave it in there - it's perfect for moth orchids as they benefit from having their roots in the light.
Richard, my moth orchid flowers gradually fade one by one. I just gently pull them off when I think they don't look pretty anymore. If your stem is healthy and green, don't cut it off.
kater1, I water my orchids in the bath with shower water. I use slightly warm water to make them feel as though they are in a tropical forest. They do fine with this treatment which I do once a week.
I was told by an orchid grower at hampton court flower show NOT to use the pink baby bio orchid feed. Use the orchid feed think called 'Blooms' or a powderd 1. Theres two types 1 for flowering & 1 for growth. preferably use rain water to water with & just let them soak for 5 mins then allow to drain out. If you get mealy bug use methalated spirits on a sm paint brush to wipe it off, but if it keeps coming back you may need to take it out of its pot & wash off all compost & then re pot using fresh orchid compost & a clean pot. Do the same for any other orchids you have or any other plants infested by it. You can wipe the leaves with a soapy water solution.
Does anyone know how to get my orchids to bloom? I bought orchid bulbs in Madeira about 6 years ago and although the plants seem healthy, they have never flowered - I do not even remember which type of orchid they are but they have long slender leave which need staking as they grow very long. I have concentrated orchid feed which I use twice a month. Can anyone advise as to what I need to do or what I am doing wrong. Thanks
Hi su6 just trim the stem down to an outward facing node (they look like tiny leaves) & it will grow more stems & more flowers. cut it down preferably before the last flower has finished while the sap is still rising.
Sybil2 try going on the web site www.orchids.uk.com & send them a pic & ask for advice, theyre very helpful.
These are some great forums that will answer all your orchid questions -