Re: Questions from a new addict

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Posted by Amy on August 18, 2003 at 14:33:17:

In Reply to: Questions from a new addict posted by Forrest on August 18, 2003 at 09:40:49:

Hi Forrest. I notice you also posted same questions on another website. So I'll let those answer as you will find that to be an expert site with fantastic people willing to share tons of knowledge. Good luck. If no one replies, email me directly. But I'm sure they will and I don't want to give conflicting advice. ;) Amy

: 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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