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carynll

Bought a house that had a huge garden..suddenly had to learn very quickly...seedaholic too..all a work in progress everyday..

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  • Season Icon Early SummerEarly Summer 2016
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carynll

Got some orchids on sale...i have never tried keeping orchids...hoping for the best😃 #orchids

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cazz47

Orchids are relatively easy to look after @carynll my mother in law who kills all house plants eventually, can get hers to flower n flower n flower some more.I've now followed her lead and although I don't 'over' water them I do soak them once a week, (even in winter) making sure the water drains properly so they're not sat in water. Here in uk we have vile chlorine in our water so I use filtered water as I wouldn't even drink from my tap! 😆 good luck 👍

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carynll

@cazz47 Filtered water sounds like an excellent idea for us here too...we dont know whats in our water, too afraid to even rinse my mouth with it. SA has really gone backwards, very sad. ...but anywho...lookin forward to my orchids reaction to me😉

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brightcolours

@blommeboer may have some orchid tips. He has a fab collection you should check out.

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carynll

@brightcolours @blommeboer See now he makes it look effortless😁

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blommeboer

Hi. Cazz47 is correct. Most orchids are easy. Most do not prever wet feet. They must drain easilly. There are exceptions. Growing orchids comes with a virus, if it gets hold of you there is no stopping it. I love the colour on those phillies. Mine get water directly out of the tap. Give me a shout if you need help. Welcome to the awesome world of orchid growing. @Cazz47 @brightcolours

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blommeboer

Oh, forgot te tell you. After they flowered, do not cut off the spikes if they are green. They will push new flowers on those stems! If you cut them off, you may end up waiting and ..........waiting and ............ @brightcolours

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carynll

@blommeboer ..Ok...so if u water from tap..how much and how ofter then? I was doing the 2 ice blocks once a week..

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carynll

@blommeboer ok

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brightcolours

Good to know Johann! @blommeboer

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cazz47

Good morning from the UK @carynll 😆 I just pour the water all around the pot, (making sure I don't get any in the centre of the plant ) and it just runs straight out! I do this once a week 😊

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blommeboer

Hi. You should keep an eye on the mix it is planted in. Once or twice a week should be sufficient. Phals do not store water like other orchids. You can water twice a week and skip when it is cold. What cazz47 said is very important, do not allow water to collect in the crown, especially at night. If an orchid is mounted, you can water daily, if it is potted it ussually depends on the mix and growing conditions like humidity and heat, airflow etc.

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