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Posted by Forrest on August 18, 2003 at 09:40:49:

Hello all. I just recently got into orchids. In the last 4 months my collection went from one to 13. I perhaps got a little over zealous, due to the fact that I do not have a lot of room. I live in San Francisco, and I have them all in a South facing room with large windows. The room itself is very bright but none of the orchids ever get direct sun. Temperatures range from about 70-80 during the day, and 60-70 during the night. I have no idea what the humidity is like. The orchids I have are, an Papheopedilum, oncidium, miltonia x odontoglossum, odontoglossum, epidendrum, dendrobium, vanilla grandiflora, brassia, masedavalia, phalanopsis.

One of the questions I have are about placement in the room. The whole room is pretty bright, but there are a couple spots that are a bit brighter. Which orchids at what time would benifit most from the additional brightness? is it better to have a blooming orchid in the increased brightness or budding or ?

Also after about 2-2.5 months my miltonia x odontoglossum flowers are wilting and turning brown, is this the normal way that the bloom cycle ends? and should I cut the brown blooms off? also when all the blooms are gone should I cut the spike all the back?

I bought my dendrobium in bud (yesterday), is there a way without looking at the blooms to tell which type it is?

Wow,sorry for the novel there. I never would have thought I could get into plants in this fashion. I have always liked gardening but this has taken on a bit more depth than that.

Thanks for your help!!

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