Posted by LL on June 16, 2003 at 06:05:33:
In Reply to: Dendrobium with posted by LL on June 12, 2003 at 06:46:25:
From my search online, and the pictures I found on google-I'm guessing I have a Dendrobium Phalaenopsis. I read up on a few of the posts in this message board, and that helped a lot! This is what I've done so far. I think I overwatered it at the beginning, so I quit watering it for about three weeks. It still kept losing leaves, but only on one of the stalks. I wasn't sure of this next move, but I was acting out of desperation... I cut off the "cane" that kept losing leaves (one leaf at a time), I completelty removed it. I felt a bit guilty there, but I was afraid that it had some disease and the rest of the plant might suffer....that is when the two shoots at the bottom came up (about two days later). So far the one cane that is left still looks good and hasn't dropped any leaves this week. So, I'm thinking I should be watering it maybe every other week? I live in South Texas, and it's VERY humid down here, maybe it's drawing a lot of moisture out of the air. I do mist it with bottled water every week or so, I'm suspicious of our water supply, it seems to cause my tropical fish some stress too! I also read on some orchid pages I found that less is better with orchids. Sometimes it's better to stop doing everything to it for a bit and wait to see what happens than to do too much and send it over the edge. This hobby is new to me, but plants are so theraputic! I appreciate any further information you can give based on what I've said here. By the way, for the average person, some of the lingo that goes with orchid care is like "greek", especially when you're searching online for info. I found a really cool orchid "dictionary" that helped me to tell what some of the websites were trying to say!