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    Any Orchid Growers ?

    Any Orchid growers out there ? I just bought 2 for mom to be sent to her in Florida:

    Doritis pulcherrima var. chumpornenis (Species)
    http://www.speciesorchids.com/DORITI...ORNENSE06.html
    http://www.sborchid.com/plantdisplay.php?ocode=CBO2357
    lavender w/ red or yellow splash

    Lc. Gold Digger 'Orglades Mandarin'
    http://www.larsen-twins.dk/orch-new/...n_972-22x.html

    They will come in pots with 'proper growing medium'.

    Does anyone know if they can they be hung in trees ?(I've seen wood slatted baskets with orchids hanging in trees. I'm sure the slats are for air movement). Any idea how to make an inexpensive improvised orchid basket?
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    Where in Florida does your mom live? I saw some people, at the Miami Metro Zoo, who were fastening some to tree trunks with wire. After they became established, the roots would grip the bark, and the wire could be removed. I have most of mine in plastic pots, using various combinations of bark chips, peat, perlite, long fibered sphagnum, lava rock, and coir (coconut fiber) chips, but I have some Vandas is slatted baskets. We put them out in the trees, in the summer, but, here in New York, it's only for a few months. Depending on where in Florida, they might be able to stay in the trees, year-round.
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    Thanks John. Miami is 2 hours by car south of her. She lives in Jupiter near West Palm Beach. Gee, I hadn't considered 'rooting' them to the tree trunk--so given those 2 kinds of orchids,could they be removed from the pots and wired to the trunk or a limb ?(the most likely candidate would be a bottle brush tree--do you think they'd hold on during a hurricane ?).
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    Great googley-moogley...seek and ye shall find:
    http://orchidweb.org/aos/orchids/orchids.aspx?sec=16

    I can't believe it even mentions West Plam Beach and bottle brush trees.
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    Ya know, I used to be able to grow orchids (Phalaenopsis, Dendrobiums) but anymore it seems I'm only good at killing them.

    Two of the Phals have croaked, but the Dens are holding on, they just don't ever bloom anymore because I don't have the right place for them.

    Soon they will all get to go outside and the Phals that are still (somehow) living will get re-potted (bound to help). Will have to come up with a better way of wintering them over, perhaps in the basement.

    Glad you found the American Orchid Society. Your Mom ought to try to visit the Marie Shelby Botanical Gardens, I hear it is heavenly !



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    Air roots

    A co-worker had a gorgeous Dendrobium orchid that she got for Admin. Day. She must be doing all the right things as it is phenomenal. We were talking about it yesterday and being an epiphyte, it is sending out air roots which end up shriveling. Should these air roots just be left alone to shrivel or will that hurt the plant and should something else be done ?
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    The Lc. Gold Digger 'Orglades Mandarin' orchid that I mentioned in a post a few months back(above) was in bloom when I visited my Mom in Florida. It had 2 flowers. It was prettier than the picture shown in the link and had a purple throat. It had a pleasant delicate scent. I was happy to see it in good condition as Mom was in the hospital for 2 months after receiving it and I wasn't so sure it was being watered.
    The other orchid is still little but its growing. The screened porch seems to be great for cactus, orchids, bromeliads, palm etc.
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    Cathy,
    Sure hope your Mom is doing better now. Thanks for the great link. Lots of good info there. I always admired the orchids they sell at Meijer's (like Walmart), but they were a little expensive for me. They do have a gorgeous bloom though and bloom for a long time (?).
    Happy Growing,
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    Vicki,

    Certain types of Orchids do indeed bloom for a long time. Dendrobiums can, Phalanopsis do and several of the Oncidiums bloom for long periods. Phalaenopsis and Paphiopedilums are probably the easiest for window sill or light gardens, although the Paphs are really expensive and seldom available outside of an orchid range.

    One of my few Phalaenopsis was in bloom for most of the summer. A second one is in scape now and will be blooming between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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    Wow Rebecca! That is breathtaking!!!! WOW!!! What a stunning flower. Thanks for additional info and maybe someday. . . . . .
    Happy Growing,
    Vicki in West. Mich.

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