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By Louvane

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This is the first Orchid I have had. I don't know the name and my husband thinks it is not a real plant as it still looks the same as when I bought it a few months ago. How do you look after it? Do you feed it in winter, re pot it?

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Hi Louvane. Looks like a phalaenopsis orchid. Is it flowering on top of a long stalk? If so, it WILL look like this for many months to come, with buds opening as older blossoms fade. When it has finished flowering completely cut off the flowering spike and it will throw up another spike after a few months. If I remember correctly, it doesn't like being moved so, if it likes it's current position, leave it where it is - don't even turn the pot round.

9 Sep, 2008


My orchids have been growing new shoots for weeks now since then every week give a feed instead of just a water in the growing season.

You will get a lot pleasure for weeks with your orchid Nariz.

9 Sep, 2008


When the last flower has fallen off the stalk, cut it back to ABOVE the last little sticky-out green piece on the stem, not right down to the base, because you may well get a new stem from there. Also, before that happens, keep a watch for new stems growing from the main one. This often happens. As Scotkat says, they flower for months! They also appreciate a misting sometimes. If your Orchid doesn't produce a new stem before or after it has finished flowering, take it into a cooler room (5 degrees or so) for about three weeks, then return it to its 'happy ' place. This makes mine produce a new stem! You won't have to repot it for years - when you do, buy special Orchid compost which is like bark and get a slightly larger transparent pot. Don't let it stand in water, if you do over-water it, tip the water away or the roots will rot.

9 Sep, 2008


I only water from base and first let water stand for 10 mins to get to room temp then stand orchid in for 10 mins if it does not take after 10 min discard water .

Good luck an dyes enjoy your orchid.

9 Sep, 2008


I have read that you shouldn't put them in a non transparent pot as they need the light to produce bacteria on the roots to grow.

9 Sep, 2008


Mine are in 'Cache-pots' ie. the inside pots stand in bigger, white decorative ones. I've bee growing these Orchids for years now and they've been absolutely fine. I asked the experts at Burnham Nurseries - they win gold at Chelsea etc - about this, as I read it too. They said it doesn't matter as long as some roots are in daylight, which of course they are!

10 Sep, 2008

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