Re: New rescuer of orchids

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Posted by Maike on May 08, 2003 at 18:21:38:

In Reply to: New rescuer of orchids posted by elaine on May 04, 2003 at 07:09:35:

Hello Elaine,

You'd made a good choice! :) Orchids are magnificent!

Some things about orchids...
-Most of them are epiphytes, that means, they're living on trees, so they want a special substrate. Very important!
-Because they're epiphytes, they do not need a much fertilizer as other plants. Also a very important point.
-Never cut anything(!) thats living! Even when something looks dead, it mostly isn't.
-Cut everything that's slobbery, it often is a fungus.
-Let an orchid never stand in water, especially the botttom of the pot.
-Fertilizer is fine but you've got to use a special orchid fertilizer otherwise the roots could burn. (because of the salt)
-Watering once a week in spring an autumn, in winter those which have to rest, all 2-4 weeks(It's down to the genus)In summer twice a week. This can be changed by humidity. Best: Water if the pot is lightweight and so the substrate nearly dry.

If you've got any questions left, I wonder if I could help you :) Just send an e-mail.

Maike

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