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Forum: Potting & Repotting 04-11-2021, 07:14 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 710
Posted By Orchid Whisperer
I agree with the comments about LECA and problems...

I agree with the comments about LECA and problems related to water quality. I think those problems could happen with any porous media (perlite, pumice, bark, charcoal, scoria, etc.).

Two...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 03-26-2021, 09:12 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,471
Posted By Orchid Whisperer
To the original question: Fertilizer going...

To the original question:

Fertilizer going "bad"? Probably not.

However, fertilizer is a mix of chemicals. I think it is reasonable to assume some changes in the chemistry over time, especially...
Forum: Cattleya Alliance 03-26-2021, 08:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 487
Posted By Orchid Whisperer
First time seeing this thread. That's kind...

First time seeing this thread.

That's kind of amazing, like a Yorkie x great Dane cross!
Forum: Scientific Matters 03-20-2021, 02:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 868
Posted By Orchid Whisperer
Plant exudates also supply nutrients to other...

Plant exudates also supply nutrients to other plants lower in the canopy.

Most plants produce some version of extra-floral nectar as a way to excrete wastes. Orchid growers see this in our plants...
Forum: Off Topic - Totally 03-20-2021, 02:24 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,537
Posted By Orchid Whisperer
Roberta, we have a small Asian grocery in our...

Roberta, we have a small Asian grocery in our town, owned and run by a lady who I think is in her 60s (she usually has a junior employee with her). The owner is my local COVID-19 hero. Heaven help...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 03-18-2021, 02:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 337
Posted By Orchid Whisperer
Hi kimmyB I agree with e s., that you should...

Hi kimmyB

I agree with e s., that you should check your local water utility report for minerals. I suspect it will confirm what to your orchids (and e.s.) have told you, your water is fine for...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 03-17-2021, 06:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 344
Posted By Orchid Whisperer
I agree with dry storage. Open the bag spread it...

I agree with dry storage. Open the bag spread it out if possible and let it dry a couple days or longer. If spreading it to dry is not an option, just store with the bag wide open in a place where it...
Forum: Advanced Discussion 03-05-2021, 08:13 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,223
Posted By Orchid Whisperer
Growing Dendrobium Orchids in Hawaii - CTAHR...

Growing Dendrobium Orchids in Hawaii - CTAHR...
Forum: Advanced Discussion 03-04-2021, 05:24 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,223
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, 12:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 490
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, 08:15 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,537
Posted By Orchid Whisperer
Enjoy your conspiracy theories. [Blocked]

Enjoy your conspiracy theories.

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Forum: Off Topic - Totally 02-27-2021, 08:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 408
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, 07:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 408
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, 06:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 907
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, 10:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 907
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, 08:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 175
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, 05:12 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,335
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, 09:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 551
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, 07:58 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,335
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, 01:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 206
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, 10:29 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 244
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, 03:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 290
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, 08:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 561
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, 09:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 417
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, 08:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 723
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).
...
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