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Growing Orchids

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Orchids have a reputation for being very difficult to grow. This is a guide about growing orchids.


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February 15, 20170 found this helpful

When the leaves on your orchid begin to turn brown, you need to determine the cause so that you can correct it. This is a guide about orchid leaves turning brown.

Orchid Leaves Turning Brown - orchid in pot

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January 24, 20150 found this helpful

This is a guide about caring for an orchid. This diverse plant group contains thousands of mostly tropical varieties and that produce beautiful flowers and fragrances.

Woman with Orchids

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February 25, 20120 found this helpful

This is a guide about keeping orchids upright. Sometimes when your orchid blooms it needs help to remain upright.

Keeping orchids upright

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July 14, 20110 found this helpful

This is a guide to repotting orchids. Orchids require a lot of care and attention, but the gorgeous blooms are worth the effort. Repotting orchids is a necessary maintenance task to keep those lovely flowers blooming.

Repotting Orchid

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September 23, 2011

I was given a beautiful orchid plant for my birthday and all the flowers have dropped off of it. Is it dead? Can I do anything to make it bloom again? I feel so sad to have lost this gorgeous plant. It is just the stems in the planter. Thank you.


By Joyce

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September 26, 20110 found this helpful

It looses it's flowers as do all flowering plants. No, it's not dead, yet lol. My sister has several orchids and says some only bloom every other year. It depends on the flower. Be sure that the lighting on it stays constant.

Good luck.

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October 17, 20131 found this helpful

Let me guess... before they turn black they start off a mushy green that when sprayed or misted leaves a clear mesh look? This is usually caused by over burying the roots. Orchids are an air plant so they prefer to have a few exposed roots in order to breath.

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February 22, 20150 found this helpful

Something is destroying my orchids on my deck. They are eating them up. I have placed mothballs today around the pots and in the pots (1 or 2 in each pot). I have a lot of squirrels in the trees in my backyard, but am not sure if they are the culprits. Will the mothballs damage my orchids? Does anyone have any suggestions?

By Flavia

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January 5, 20150 found this helpful

I got a moth orchid as a gift about 2 weeks ago and noticed that the roots did not look very healthy, they are pale green and shriveled. I did some research and found this is common in dehydrated plants. I check the soil daily and give it water accordingly. However it does not seem to be helping as the blooms have now started to fall. Is there anyway to save this plant?

By Vanessa

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September 3, 20120 found this helpful

How do I keep Dendrobium orchids after flowering?

By Milton

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December 29, 2010

I have two small leaves growing from the main stem of my orchid. I have several orchids and have never seen this before and wondered if anyone else has?

By Heather


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August 6, 2008

I have several orchids and most of them are doing great. I have one though that one entire leaf turned almost black and mushy and fell off. Now the same thing is happening to the other leaves along the edge of the leaf - a darkening and softening. Other orchids are fine. What could this be?

Sally from Charleston, WV

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December 29, 20100 found this helpful

I have several orchids in full bloom. When the blooming stops, I would like to know if I am to cut any of the stem away to prepare for the next blooming period? I thought I read someplace that you cut back below the last bloom point on the stem. Can you help me on this one?



Growing Orchids

Here's one link that might help. (11/19/2010)

By Allison5

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November 18, 20100 found this helpful

I have 2 orchids and both have a white powder on them. They do not look healthy. Can someone help me what am I doing wrong?

By djxn from Colfax, CA


Growing Orchids

I've been growing orchids for several years and vaguely remember getting something that may be similar.
I ended up using a mixture of water and a touch of Murphy's oil soap and hand washing each leaf. Then I thoroughly rinsed the plant and its soil out. (It's best to use water that has been left standing for a few days so it is room temperature, and then let the plant dry out almost completely before the next watering.) My plant was not blossoming at this time, but now it blossoms every year and looks beautiful for 6 to 8 months at a time.

I hope this helps your plants.

By dmalia

Growing Orchids

Mine got this when I ended up watering them too much. I have a garden tub with a shower so I got some of the triangle corner shelves that go in the bath and I just set them on it and the heat and steam seem to be great for them. They have bloomed 2 times this year. (06/12/2009)

By battlespire

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