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Orchid

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by otterhound, Apr 8, 2021.

  1. otterhound

    otterhound Poster Extraordinaire

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    I was gifted this orchid . I am guessing that it is happy where it sits .
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    Looks happy to me! :D
     
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    They were great live.
     
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    Let's add some happy little flowers.
     
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    Never move an orchid if it likes where it is. Never! They are very particular about their surroundings.
     
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    Nobody ever gave me an Orchid :(
     
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    We have one near our living room window. Over that past four weeks, it's opened up six blooms. Breathtakingly beautiful. I sometimes just find myself staring at it, contemplating the universe and the beauty of nature.

    I know the blooms will drop soon and the cycle will slowly repeat. I've thought of getting additional orchids but there's something so majestic and mysterious about having the anticipation and satisfaction of just one.
     
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    I used to have an orchid above a planted fish tank. The air roots went down and found the water below and it loved that.
     
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    I have pondered a similar setup . This is my first attempt at an orchid . I have the roots you speak of . If doing something like this , is it necessary to ever water the growing medium that the plant itself is planted in or will the roots provide enough supply ?
     
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    I'm not very good with them. We were gifted one a few years ago and I was assigned it's caretaker. It bloomed the first and second year in January, I transplanted it into a larger pot using orchid medium and it never bloomed again. Same location, a little more water because of the larger container. After two years of weird leaf activity and no blooms I ditched it.
     
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    I used to water the growing medium too. I inherited a few orchids from my mother. I am by no means an expert. The way it worked for me was that I had a convenient spot over the tank, and over time the roots happened to find the water by itself. With my luck, had I forced it to happen, it would have probably died. I can't say for sure whether the aquarium water helped or not, but in general, aquarium water contains nitrogen from the ammonia in the fish waste, so it is good for plants. Orchids are their own thing though. I no longer have those plants (through no fault of my own), but it was pretty cool to see.
     
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    One of ours in a tree that was uprooted I’m Maria
    When the Flamboyant is gone we’re going to add a couple of trees to add more orchids on
    We’ve got some in pots but mostly they get attached to trees
     
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    Sadly , no orchid would survive a Pa winter .
     
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    You’ll know if it’s happy in a month or two...
     
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    Much to my surprise, when I lived in Churchill, MB, I was shown several that grow wild. (If you are not familiar, trust me that it is slightly harsher than PA in the winter.)

    http://manitobaorchidsociety.ca/mnoc/churchill.pdf
     
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    I just noticed, if you expand the images and look towards the upper right, you can see some leaves and roots from the original when we bought the house.

    I’ll have walk out and see if it’s blooming now.

    BTW those shots were from 12/2020
     
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    Orchids sure are different, and weird! If one ever decides to flower it sends out a flower stalk that looks a lot like an air root - except the tip of a flower stalk looks like a teeny-tiny mitten.

    I looked up whether I could grow the vanilla orchid at home. Apparently they like warm days but very cool night temperatures, in the 50's degrees Fahrenheit. That would require some strong A/C in my climate. hmmm. Maybe feasible with a window A/C in a small room... nah ... hate high electricity bills :(
     
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    There are 54 species known in Indiana - none are epiphytes (live on tree branches) like stxrus's plant.


    Epiphytic orchids are very common in the tropics; most of the 28000 or so species ID'd so far occur in that habitat.

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    Orchid and Hummingbird Near a Waterfall by Martin Johnson Heade

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    The original Old Man plant. It’s been through a lot
    The flowers (remaining) against the sky
    A closeup of the flowers down lower on the tree

    It’s too windy to get any shots of the terrestrials
     
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