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  1. #1
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    Default My very first orchid bloomed - today !!

    http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/...2/IMG_0990.jpg

    This is what I saw this morning, Thanksgiving Day! It must have started last night some time!!!! Before bedtime, it was all closed up.

    The tag on the orchid said it was: orange.

    This is a cattleya, and it is called Epic Volcano Trick Paradise. It is a yellowy color with dark hot pink dots.

    I have several other orchids, but this is the FIRST cattleya to bloom ever for me. I am so excited!

    I have 3 mini-oncidiums, and they bloom this time of year. These have bloomed 2 years in a row. All three are in spike, which means they have sent up flower spikes, and will be popping out in bloom here in a month.

    I have 2 zanda orchids and one is going to bloom for the first time also. It is alleged to be purple. The other is alleged to be pink.

    I bought these bare root from Lowe's, and finally after 3 years, this one has bloomed. They looked sad and mistreated, and unhappy, I have brought them back to life, and finally they are going to bloom. I have a few others which are hinting they are going to bloom.

    These are the easiest plants to grow btw.


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    I see the Phals all the time in Lowe's. But I am worried they wouldn't grow.

    Why is it we choose to save poor sad looking plants?

    You HAVE to get a mini-oncidum. They have little leaves, and teenie tiny mini looking orchid blooms. They bloom this time of year. Mine are a dark pink, oh so cute. I have them in small pots. I do find they link to be stressed. Pot bound, and a bit abused. But I do care for mine, don't get me wrong on the abuse. They are easy to grow.

    I have had african violets which bloomed non-stop for decades. One location I had them in was by the wood stove and it pretty much burned off the fuzz, but they still bloomed. Lovely.

    I keep all orchids outside when the temps are above 45-50, under a tree, and hose them down every now and then. A wash rack in a barn would be ideal if it was bright.

    My vandas I have in cedar boxes, iow no bark or moss. Looks like 4 board railing box. Roots everywhere, some really long. My purple one is in spike. CAN'T wait. They are intense colors when they bloom.

    Never seen a hoya.



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    Very nice! My labiata type Lc. should be open by the time I get home.

    I think hoyas are very cool looking.



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    What temp do you guys keep your houses at? I would like to pick up an orchid, though not a pricey one as I won't be able to take it with us when we move. What I'm concerned about is that I tend to open windows in the middle of winter because I'm ALWAYS HOT. I don't know if they'd handle the draft/cold. If I had it my way, the temp in the house would never get about 65!
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    Congratulations to those of you who can re-bloom orchids. Mine grow beautiful strong leaves but that's it. I have a friend who grows orchids and he has two greenhouses with different temperatures and puts some cymbidiums outside. So I think the answer to the T* question is it depends.
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    rodawn, wow! I need to get one of those hoyas!

    Charis I will have to look up what kind that is.

    Place you orchid so it doesn't get drafts, or rather no drastic temp swings. I keep the house about 65, SE window. My house I am sure is drafty, but they seem ok. They stay outside all the time during spring to fall. For a really bright wash stall these would be great to keep. My vandas hang in a tree, the others are on a rack next to the tree trunk. I thought the phals were the easiest, which is why you see so many of them for sale. Which is why I have the cats, vandas, and the mini-onicidiums, I heard they are harder. I like a challnge, but these seem easy. I like different and so there ya go.

    I love looking at the sale rack for sad plants. I think it is a disease. sigh. Love it though.



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    My step daughter gave me an orchid about 20 years ago and it started a whole new obsession. I have about 40 orchids of differing varieties now. My husband had to build special frames in the basement for them to over winter. In the summer I have them on my porch.

    I am also guilty of finding the sad orchid withering away at Home Depot or Lowes and talking them into discounting it. Then, I take it home and hopefully nurse it back to health. I will put some pics up later when I'm near my computer.
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    Props to you guys, I'm not even going to attempt orchids. But I'm happy for you. I have exactly one house plant, the fuschia I brought in from the patio, trying to keep it alive through winter. If the cats and dogs don't knock it over....



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    I love them but can never get them to bloom again once they have gone by. Do I need to cut of the spike that flowered or what? I have a bunch of them and they are all healthy, just can't get the darn things to flower again.



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    I am very skilled at keeping orchids leafy and happy, but never had the ability to being one back in bloom :-(
    I know there's a whole ritual of details to bring blooms, I'm just not dedicated enough I guess.
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    I'm horrible. Someone gave me a lovely one when I lived in Florida and told me I only needed to put it on the back porch occasionally and the humidity would be all it needed, other than a spritz with a water bottle every so often if it was VERY dry outside.

    Other than the lovely blooms in place when it was given that it kept for quite a while, I killed it in very short order.

    I stink at house plants. Gardening I can do. House plants and I just don't see eye to eye, and it makes me very very sad.
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    Here are some of my orchids. There are a few non-orchids scattered in the album but most of the pictures are orchids. I found that many of the orchids need a drop in temps at night to trigger blooming. (just into the 50s for a few nights) Also, keeping them fertilized regularly with an orchid specific fertilizer helps with blooming.
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