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Old 10-22-2010, 10:08 AM
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Hi guys,

My neighbor asked me to take care of her orchid, she had it for 4 years and it never re-bloomed. I told her I will try my best but I have no clue what kind it is. Can anyone help me ID this orchid?

I know I have to change the pot because right now there’s no hole in it. Also, on one of the leaf there is some raised black stuff; do you think I should cut the leaf off?

Any advices would be appreciated.

Jing
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Old 10-22-2010, 10:34 AM
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I can't tell what it is from that picture. It has psuedobulbs so we can deduce that it needs to dry completely between waterings. If it hasn't bloomed it may not be getting enough light. That's the most common reason that orchids don't bloom. I can't tell if that spot is a bacterial or fungal problem. Repot it in an orchid pot with an open, free draining medium. Try to increase the amount of light it gets. Just keep an eye on the black spot. If it get's a lot worse you could cut off the leaf. If you have physan 20, treat the plant with that. If not, don't worry about it. The goal is to get the plant healthy enough that it can fight off disease by itself. Good luck!
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Old 10-22-2010, 10:36 AM
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Looking at the picture again, my suspicion is that it's some kind of Dendrobium but I certainly could be wrong.
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Old 10-22-2010, 07:18 PM
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Phal type den would be my guess too.
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Old 10-22-2010, 07:49 PM
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Thanks a lot!!

I will go to the orchid show in Lancaster tomorrow, hopefully can get some good information about how to grow my babies better!

Jing
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Old 10-22-2010, 07:57 PM
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The notches on the leaf tips on the right and short growths that appear to be pseudobulbs rather than canes leads me to believe that this is not a phal type dendrobium. It could be another type of dendrobium (species or hybrid) but it doesn't match the phal types. I'm no expert but my other guess would be a miniature hybrid from the Cattleya alliance.

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Old 10-22-2010, 08:10 PM
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My guess was some cattleya type. It looks like lots of good growth and likely not getting enough sun. The leaves are quite dark green. I bet re-potting into a more open pot and some more sunlight may get it to bloom. Remember to use a pot that is just big enough to contain the roots. Orchids prefer to be under-potted rather than over-potted.
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Old 10-22-2010, 11:01 PM
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have fun tomorrow, if you bring the orchid, some people will be willing to help you, look for someone in a black SOS t-shirt

also be sure to say hi to ray
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Old 10-23-2010, 01:04 PM
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It looks just like a noid phal Dendrobium that I purchased at Home Depot a long time ago
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it does look dendrobium-ish
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