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Old 05-16-2018, 06:59 PM
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New from Lafayette LA. AND I'M TIRED OF KILLING ORCHIDS!!! please help. And can someone tell me why this one is in soil and not a medium? And what it is called? Came from Albertsons like this.
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Welcome! We can help! That's a Dendrobium nobile. Albertson's, amazing. As to the medium, I just got a plant from a grower in the same sludge. It probably works for them.
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Welcome to the Orchid Board!

It is possible to buy, wholesale, small plants of those Dendrobium nobile hybrids in bud, in little tiny root plugs. I'm guessing a supplier to Albertson's bought a lot of them, then moved them into much larger pots. They used brand-new house plant potting soil, which looks like it hasn't even been watered.

You can read a lot about how to take care of this kind of Dendrobium on the Yamamoto Orchids Web site.

I would repot that Dendrobium now. It is unlikely to survive in that for very long, especially in your warm, wet and humid climate. It will need to be watered soon, and that much potting soil will suffocate the roots.

Are you a person who waters too much, or not enough?

If you water too much, take it out, shake off whatever you can, but don't go picking at the roots and damaging them. Just shake off as much old stuff as you can. Pot the plant into a pot just an inch bigger all the way around than the root ball. Use large-grade bark or clay LECA balls from a hydroponics shop.

If you don't water enough, get some long-fiber sphagnum moss. This is not peat moss and is not florist's green moss. It is pale tan and will say "long-fiber sphagnum moss" on the container. Take the plant out of the old pot and shake it as I wrote above. Get some of the sphagnum moss wet, and wring it out as tightly as you can with your hand. Wrap a thin layer all the way around the root ball. Wedge it into the smallest pot into which you can fit the root ball. A little cramming is OK.

As to watering: These shouldn't dry out during growing season, but the roots need air. If you overwater, the large chunks of medium will still provide plenty of air to the roots. You can water every day or two.

If you underwater, and used moss, don't let it get crunchy dry. Don't completely soak the moss when you water. Run some water over the top. The water will distribute through the moss evenly. The roots will be moist, yet still have air. You might need to water every 5-7 days, just before the moss gets crisp.

The plant will be top-heavy in either circumstance, so you can stand the pot inside a larger, heavier pot. Don't let it every stand in water at the bottom of the outer pot.

Good luck!
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I'm a waterer! I have miracle grow Coarse blend medium. will that work for two to three day watering? And by water do you mean spraying or ice? I will read up on the care thanks so much. My daughter also has an orchid we will post pictures of the sickly girl. Maybe you can help!
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NO Ice!!!! Ice doesn't fall out if the sky in the tropics. It's a marketing ploy.
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Put some of your potting mix on a piece of paper and take a photo for us. A lot of the stuff sold in stores has too many small particles added.

The just add ice doesn't work. This particular orchid doesn't see frost, ever. Use room temperature water. I think LA tap water is OK, but just to be safe, can you find your water company annual water quality report online? Look for total dissolved solids (TDS) and pH, and report back to us.
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Here are the pics of the soil. I'm trying to get the link to the water report to work.
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I cant load the url for the report, but I didnt see anything about ph or TDS

my zip is 70503
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