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Forum: Advanced Discussion Today, 06:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 226
Posted By Orchid Whisperer
Hi Shawna In terms of your pH and TDS, have...

Hi Shawna

In terms of your pH and TDS, have you considered mixing a little of your local tap water in with your distilled water?

It would be good to know the quality of your tap water first,...
Forum: Pests & Diseases 03-01-2021, 01:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 227
Posted By Orchid Whisperer
I only grow a couple vandas, but indoors I've had...

I only grow a couple vandas, but indoors I've had the best luck keeping the roots happy by growing with the roots inside an old terracotta drainage tile. Happy that way outdoors too!
Forum: Off Topic - Totally 02-28-2021, 09:15 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 980
Posted By Orchid Whisperer
Enjoy your conspiracy theories. [Blocked]

Enjoy your conspiracy theories.

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Forum: Off Topic - Totally 02-27-2021, 09:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 225
Posted By Orchid Whisperer
With all these plants in a bottle, it's fine to...

With all these plants in a bottle, it's fine to enjoy as a curiosity for awhile, but if you intend to be keep the VFT or orchid long term, they can't build plant tissues unless there are nutrients...
Forum: Off Topic - Totally 02-27-2021, 08:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 225
Posted By Orchid Whisperer
Most likely you'll need to open it up eventually....

Most likely you'll need to open it up eventually. That is related to the need for gases (like carbon dioxide) and nutrients needed to keep the cluster of small plants growing. The plants submerged...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 02-23-2021, 07:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 334
Posted By Orchid Whisperer
wisdom seeker, I worked on that site in North...

wisdom seeker, I worked on that site in North Carolina!
Forum: Beginner Discussion 02-21-2021, 11:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 334
Posted By Orchid Whisperer
Essentially all plants need nitrogen (N) and...

Essentially all plants need nitrogen (N) and potassium (K) in roughly equal amounts, including orchids. Phosphorus (P) much less than N or K.

Follow the advice Estacion Seca gave. Nothing will be...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 02-20-2021, 09:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 146
Posted By Orchid Whisperer
Oxidus gracilis eats decaying organic matter....

Oxidus gracilis eats decaying organic matter. When offered nothing but live roots and leaves, it doesn't eat. They are non-venomous, like all millipedes.

So, they are pretty much a non-pest.
Forum: Potting & Repotting 02-16-2021, 06:12 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,078
Posted By Orchid Whisperer
In addition to the ones I (ahem...) collect...

In addition to the ones I (ahem...) collect myself, I have friends that save theirs for me. A friend just dropped off a bag of corks today!

I recently found out that plastic corks work as well as...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 02-13-2021, 10:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 412
Posted By Orchid Whisperer
No. However, if you are playing music you...

No.

However, if you are playing music you like, chances are you will be in a better mood and more inclined to provide better care for your plants. Or pet fish for that matter.
Forum: Potting & Repotting 02-11-2021, 08:58 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,078
Posted By Orchid Whisperer
It all comes down to whether bark is good for...

It all comes down to whether bark is good for YOU, or isn't. That depends a lot on your growing conditions, and also your growing practices.

Bark isn't working for you ? Great, find a medium that...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 02-07-2021, 02:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 165
Posted By Orchid Whisperer
The plant seems healthy enough. IF you...

The plant seems healthy enough.

IF you repot, decide in advance why and how you are going to do that. Repot ONLY ONCE, the leave it alone. A lot of orchids are lost to multiple repotting attempts,...
Forum: Orchid Lounge 02-05-2021, 11:29 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 119
Posted By Orchid Whisperer
I'm curious, do you know if the plants are...

I'm curious, do you know if the plants are nursery-grown?
Forum: Species 02-03-2021, 04:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 185
Posted By Orchid Whisperer
If the spot is not growing I would think sunburn...

If the spot is not growing I would think sunburn could be the cause. High light could explain the yellowing.
Forum: Beginner Discussion 01-30-2021, 09:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 408
Posted By Orchid Whisperer
I would soak those twig-like roots for a half...

I would soak those twig-like roots for a half hour at a time, drying in between. The leathery leaves will look of but will continue to function as long as they are green.
Forum: Beginner Discussion 01-24-2021, 10:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 297
Posted By Orchid Whisperer
I think spider mites would be too small of a meal...

I think spider mites would be too small of a meal for even the tiniest of frogs or toads. Simply not worth the energy to go after it. Aphids might be of more interest to really small tree frogs....
Forum: Propagation 01-23-2021, 09:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 376
Posted By Orchid Whisperer
For me, for long-term care, a potting mix (such...

For me, for long-term care, a potting mix (such as for African violets) works best. Usually over a more well-drained base (bark, or bark with inert material, such as gravel or styrofoam chips).
...
Forum: Propagation 01-22-2021, 06:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 376
Posted By Orchid Whisperer
Let the cutting dry just a bit (a day or so). ...

Let the cutting dry just a bit (a day or so).

In a pot containing potting soil with an organic matter base, make a shallow trench, deeper than the thickness of the cutting. Cover the cutting...
Forum: Cattleya Alliance 01-19-2021, 05:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,002
Posted By Orchid Whisperer
One of my oldest orchids (Cattlianthe Golden Wax)...

One of my oldest orchids (Cattlianthe Golden Wax) is a cross with C. Chocolate Drop 'Kodama' as one of the parents. I've had it since 1985. It blooms every year, usually twice a year. Oddly, it is...
Forum: Greenhouse Gardening 01-18-2021, 10:05 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 828
Posted By Orchid Whisperer
With or without water in the pebble trays, your...

With or without water in the pebble trays, your humidity will increase substantially because the plants will transpire water, and the tent will retain it to some degree. The fan(s) will move air...
Forum: Off Topic - Totally 01-18-2021, 09:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 259
Posted By Orchid Whisperer
Both an "Amen" and a "high five"...

Both an "Amen" and a "high five" Ray.
Forum: Off Topic - Totally 01-18-2021, 08:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 259
Posted By Orchid Whisperer
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Some folks observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a day of service, often volunteering in some way.

That is hard to do this year because of COVID. You can still take the opportunity to do some...
Forum: Potting & Repotting 01-18-2021, 07:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 701
Posted By Orchid Whisperer
With any pot, try potting with the pot only half...

With any pot, try potting with the pot only half full of medium, so the plant sits lower in the pot. The plant and roots will tend to stay in the pot, will be slower to ramble out of the pot.
...
Forum: Potting & Repotting 01-18-2021, 07:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 196
Posted By Orchid Whisperer
If you have a hydroponics store near you, they...

If you have a hydroponics store near you, they will have net pots of various sizes, ranging from a few cents for the smallest ones to a few bucks for really large ones.

These are easy to cut...
Forum: Growing on Mounts 01-18-2021, 07:14 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,462
Posted By Orchid Whisperer
My favorite wood for mounts is actually highly...

My favorite wood for mounts is actually highly resinous.

I use the hard heart-of-pine that is in the core of old pine trees that remains after the soft wood has rotted away naturally. This type...
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