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Is there anything special for lighting?

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I don't think so, I guess it depends on the plant. But maybe try and talk to them. My mothers plants seem to react on it. She just manages to make everything grow like mad.

And once in a while use special orchid feeder


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Lighting depends on the variety. Many require filtered light, like they were in a rainforest clearing. A sheer curtain would most likely work. The watering cycle depends on the variety. Most like once per week with a light mist of a weak fertilizer solution at the same time. Some (like catalayas) need water every 10 days with a little more light. All seem to like it warm but not hot.


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QUOTE (Annabelle @ Dec 8 2003, 06:36 PM)
You mean it won't work yelling at them? What kind of environment do they like...if Barddas will come back here I'd like to ask him for some help on what I'm doing wrong...I only water once a week and I keep them warm and indirect sunlight. So what am I doing wrong?

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Hi Annabelle!
Sorry it has taken me a while to get back here.

My orchids I had built a stand for. Because I had so many. But that is not important. But built on to the stand I had full spectrum grow lights. They were on timers, so they would have the same amount of light each day. Orchids are very picky! They got light for 14 hours a day. Also, I had a Clip fan attached to the stand, so there was a gentle flow of air at times, and I had a humidifier in the room with them. This helps boost the oxygen level in the room along with the fans, and evaporation of the water.

The mixture that orchids need to be in is different than normal house hold plants. They need a rough mixture. Since most orchids grow onto something...ie a tree, a rocky cave opening and so on. The best mixture( I have found) is a mixture of chunk style mulch, charcoal ( not the cooking grill type) perlite, and sometimes the foam peanuts.

Watering- Orchids need to be watered. But not like normal plants. I bought a pump mister. And mist the plants. That way it is beads of water, instead of saturation . Which can and will lead to root rot. You can find the misters at any garden supply shop. And only mist them once or twice a week. anymore is too much...

I also played classical music, and ambiant celtic music. More of the 'new age' type celtic music like Enya....

I hope that helps dear wink.gif

They are very hard plants to grow. But they are even harder to kill!


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Badass, er, Barddas knows this type of weed better than I do. I am still learning. The one thing I know for certain: in my wife's mind more orchids is better.
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Thanks Barddas. I needed the instructions.

One thing I'm doing wrong is over water. The other is I need more light. I keep that room warm so the temp should be alright. But Light is a definite too low point.

I haven't transferred them so soil is what they came in. Do I fertilize them?

I'll let you know what happens. I hope I can nurse them back.

Thanks again for the Help!

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No problem what so ever!

To fertilize them I would by a powdered Orchid fertilizer, and add it to the water in the mister. That way they are *always* getting some extra nutients. And right now they probably could use it.

And make sure when you get the full spectrum grow lights, that they are on a timer. That way you won't have to think about "what time do i need to turn them off"... wink.gif
And something I forgot to mention.... When daylight starts getting longer this spring and summer, extend the plants light too. Maybe 15 minutes extra a week. Until you hit about 16 hours of "day light".

They should be ok. They are tough plants. thumbs_up.gif
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Barddas: Ths is Maisky's owner, Karen. Would you please tell us Orchid lovers of a few book recomendations about Orchids?
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QUOTE (maisky @ Dec 11 2003, 09:33 PM)
Barddas: Ths is Maisky's owner, Karen. Would you please tell us Orchid lovers of a few book recomendations about Orchids?

Hi Karen!
Ya know I do have 2 books on Orchids. But, I have never picked up one of them! tongue.gif laugh.gif
I had a friend who was HUGE into orchids. And I just watched him. But, I will get you the names of the books since he recommended them. It might be a llittle later this weekend. unsure.gif Since i am at work right now and work holiday party tonight. I will try and have it for you by Sunday smile.gif

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QUOTE (barddas @ Dec 12 2003, 08:43 AM)
Hi Karen!
Ya know I do have 2 books on Orchids. But, I have never picked up one of them! tongue.gif laugh.gif
I had a friend who was HUGE into orchids. And I just watched him. But, I will get you the names of the books since he recommended them. It might be a llittle later this weekend. unsure.gif Since i am at work right now and work holiday party tonight. I will try and have it for you by Sunday smile.gif

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Thank you, Jason. I am trying to get my owner to join here on her own. I am not sure the rest of the members are ready to have both my owner and my sister both here.... huh.gif unsure.gif
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I'm up to the challange!
Ok, I'm out of the loop. Who's your sis????

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QUOTE (barddas @ Dec 12 2003, 09:15 AM)
I'm up to the challange!
Ok, I'm out of the loop. Who's your sis????

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Being the begining of the year, and spring not to far away. Has anyone given thought to what you will be planting this season???
And, where do you get your seeds from? Store, or catalog?
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QUOTE (barddas @ Jan 7 2004, 02:34 PM)
Being the begining of the year, and spring not to far away. Has anyone given thought to what you will be planting this season???
And, where do you get your seeds from? Store, or catalog?

We're probably gonna do what we normally do: red, salmon and white geraniums in between our hostas and peonies. Our neighbors just put in a new fence, so we might put a couple of planter boxes on it (with their permission, of course).


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mmh since I got a new garden I got alot of planting to do. Mostly perennials though and a few that will re-seed themselves. Still to cold to decide but a wee patch is going to be reserved for kitchen herbs!
I will also shove out my christmas tree (a tiny fir in a pot) once it's warm enough.

One plant I selected already is a Rosemary and another fragrant bush which I talked off the chief-gardener at Culross *grins*
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