For anyone not aware, beans take up to 7 months to ripen.
Processing them takes almost as long and isn't easy to do in a household setting with just a few pods.
In case anyone is curious, I got mine from Josh's Frogs on Amazon, very fast shipping (I ordered it two days ago and it arrived this morning). It seems pretty healthy, but the root system isn't super developed, it seems like it was started from a cutting fairly recently. But I'm super enamored with it, and I'm glad I made the purchase.
I made the little moss pole myself with some sphagnum, fishing line, and a skewer.
Here they are. They are very small though, just good for babies. They had a set of 6 for cheaper on amazon but they say unavailable now.
Plawanature Set of 4 Garden Decorative Mini Bamboo Hanging Planter Basket with 4 Free Coconut Fiber Pots Diameter 3 Inch. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M30VG57/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_NV3dFbKG4JRN6
Do you use fertilizer? I've been using this one https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B076HS3SRW/ and seeing a lot of new leaves and roots. (It may be too much for you. I use one teaspoon in water for about 10-15 orchids, 3 weeks out of 4.) I'd try a fertilizer and see. (I'm also not patient enough to wait six months between changes.) Other than that, it sounds like you're doing everything perfectly. Maybe it's just a picky orchid?
The ones on the right are these https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07ZJ9YYCL/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&th=1
The one on the left is this https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KXBY2YH/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I think Andy's sent you the wrong thing by accident then. Ascocentrum+pumilim would look something like this. I think its some type of miniature Epidendrum similar to this.
I'm in Denver, Colorado. Mine is sitting in an East facing window so it gets very bright light up until about 12:00 or 1:00PM. My house thermostat is set to 62-67 in winter and 72-78 in summer.
Mine seems to love wet roots, wants to be moist all the time. If I let it dry out between watering the pseudo-bulbs start to look wrinkled. It's in a self-watering pot so I can forget about it for weeks at a time.
I use some liquid fertilizer I got on Amazon, mixed at 1/2 strength whenever I refill the water reservoir.
Bought it in Feb (used it in a tent style greenhouse at first) is working perfectly.
All my orchids are grown under LEDs and CFLs (2700k + 3500k) for 14 hrs. a day.
I used a fairly inexpensive and common orchid fertilizer. This plant gets watered with plain water (rain or RO) twice a month with nutrients added every other watering. I use the recommended dose when the plant isn't flowering and 1/4-1/2 when it's flowering depending on how much it seems to be growing.
This orchid is grown in sphagnum moss that hasn't been changed out in over 3 years. Once these blossoms drop, I'll repot in fresh moss. In my limited experience (1.5 years) with orchids I've found that they thrive in moss if you're careful about watering and don't overly compact the media.
My grow room is kept around 65-75% humidity, night temps of ~19c and a day time of ~25c. A 10" fan keeps the air moving to prevent any mold/fungus/mildew issues.
I'll spray down the roots of my plants once a day to keep them happy and to make sure the plant has some water if I haven't accurately gauged how dry the media in the pot is or don't have enough time to water it properly.
I use this fertilizer, always 2 or 4x less concentration then it says on package every three or four months - https://www.amazon.com/Premium-fertilizer-microelements-concentrat-Substral/dp/B07C7LSY8T
Second on superthrive. Amazon has good prices on the larger bottles and it goes a long way. I use 1 mL per gallon in all of my watering and feed solutions with good success.
Likesuns LED Plant Grow Light for Indoor Plants.
Likesuns LED Plant Grow Light for Indoor Plants, 150 LED 3-Head... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B089YFWJB9/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_api_i_hEZLFbSKT5VKZ?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I have used the "quantum" LED grow light through one winter. Full spectrum and energy efficient. A 2x2 cost around $80 now. You can put the Onc, and Phal outside the 2x2 footprint. My Cattleya type grows inside the 2x2 and about 24 inches from the light. They all seemed to do fine. A wifi switch controller and a small fan is almost a must. You may run out of space faster than you expected. I upgraded to a 3x3 within 6 weeks, fyi.
That is way cool! Much nicer than the K-style pot I designed for 3D printing when I first got my Neos.
What modeling software did you use to create it? And might I ask why you left the hole at the "bottom" filled in to be cut out instead of just making it a hole in the model itself?
Flat roots are dead roots. Feel them with your fingers, and if they're flat and squishy, they're dead. Cut them off with clean sharp scissors.
Fat roots are live roots. It doesn't matter what color they are--tan, white, green, brown, black--if they're fat, they're alive.
Your potting mix looks okay to me.
That is a lot of roots for the tiny plastic disposable florist sleeve. My personal rule of thumb for when to repot is, if you take the orchid out of a pot and roots explode in all directions, and you'd never be able to get them all back into the pot without forcing them and breaking them. When that happens, it's time for a next-size-up container.
You can use a 1 quart plastic container, about 5" across the top. A 32 oz yogurt or cottage cheese container works nicely, with holes cut in the bottom with an exacto knife, or a similar sized flowerpot. I use a lot of these for orchids. They're in the Paint supplies aisle, by the plastic dropcloths and serious painter's masking tape.
That plastic is brittle, so use a fresh blade and take your time.
When you water an orchid in a cachepot, make sure to remove the inner pot, water it, let it drain, and then put it back in the cachepot. Never let it sit in excess water in the cachepot.
Use long curved tweezers. Like the ones for aquariums and feeding reptiles. Worked for me. Here’s the ones I bought: HTS 171C6 6.25" Curved Stainless Steel College Tweezers https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01AKLJON2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_P00292JJ6XZ8AGJWXVME?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
This is what I use to control my humidifier. The fan is on the bottom shelf, pointing upwards. It's a PC type USB fan.
I got one of those multi-tiered plant stands from Amazon and love it. A lot more sturdy then I anticipated and it is only about 10" wide. They make ones with more levels and what not. Link for the one I got below.
It’s a single bulb I purchased on Amazon
GE Grow Light Bulb, PAR38 Grow Light Bulb for Indoor Plants, Full Spectrum, 32-Watt, Balanced Lighting for Seeds and Greens https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NNT3G7J/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_PSCJS2RDWQW10J6BEQNF?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
And then I just bought a pendant lamp fixture with cord and hung the light on the fixture from a hook. I can raise it or lower it as needed. This is perfect for my dresser top growing in my bedroom but if you have a larger surface area you will need more bulbs.
Have you check the root system recently? That will tell you if your watering is ok. I grow mine under lights that I bought on Amazon, but you may want a different kind depending on where you want to install them.
If you are in the US and looking for even cheaper than repotme, Amazon has a lot of options in the 5-for-$10 range if you search "orchid pots". I've bought these previously & they're fine but can be a little jagged around the edges of the holes. I bought a pack of repotme pots more recently and they're much more cleanly cut.
These ~~two~~ three Phals are way overdue. (I added the third image after I posted, so you may have to click the link to see it).
The first one is a keiki that I separated about 3 years ago. It's in a 4" diameter clear plastic pot in sphagnum (yes, the medium is that old, I know).
The second one was repotted about 4 years ago, and it's in a 6" by 6" square ceramic pot in bark mix. It's this one and it's looking very sad, I know. The lighting situation has hopefully been remedied.
The third one has been in there for about 3 years. I think it's a mini orchid? Not sure how to tell. Also it's a 4" diameter in original sphagnum.
What size pots am I looking at here? Should they both be in bark? I was thinking this mix from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Waldor-Orchids-Phalaenopsis-Cattleya-Dendrobium/dp/B01MY7BYHM/ref=sr_1_2?s=lawn-garden&rps=1&ie=UTF8&qid=1500068321&sr=1-2&keywords=orchid+potting+mix&refinements=p_85%3A2470955011
Are Growth Technology's Orchid Myst/Orchid Focus reliable potting media? I have a lone phal that needs repotting but I don't see the point in buying a 5L bag of media. UK Amazon had this single use repotting kit which is slightly pricier than a big bag but that's okay by me. It has decent reviews but I thought I'd check with the pros.
Orchid Myst Repotting Kit https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00CJVVY62/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_3TI.zbX5JC9FM
I got everything on Amazon.
hangers were cheap and the pots were off the store Hirts Gardens. Great shop with some really nice ceramic orchid pots in a bunch of designs, shapes sizes and colors.
Actually just ordered a few more to hopefully fill with not phal orchids.
Amazon has clear plastic orchid pots for pretty cheap, like 10 bucks for a handful of them. They also have net pots with solid outer pots, like this one: https://www.amazon.com/Controlling-Technology-Excellent-Drainage-Movement/dp/B018FI9VYY/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?keywords=orchid+pot&qid=1555377863&s=gateway&sr=8-2-spons&psc=1
Trust me, when you take that guy outta there, that pot is gonna start collapsing on itself and be all weird to try to get the orchid back into. Do yourself a favor, toss it, ha ha.
Stuff for planting orchids in is usually called medium, or media, because there is never any soil in it. They need an airy, breathable substrate. Most garden centers have Better Gro bark mix and sphagnum moss. Either is fine (or mix them together!), just adjust your watering accordingly (sphagnum moss stays damp longer). Don't get Miracle Gro orchid mix -- lots of people have reported fungal and infestation problems with it.
I saw you asked about pots. I just use the cheap plastic ones from amazon. The clear ones. You can use anything with a few holes in the bottom though. There are some nice ceramic ones with holes all over the sides but those aren’t necessary unless you like them. Something like these although these actually have some side slits too which mine don’t have. Clear is nice cause you can see the roots! 😁
Clear Plastic Pot for Orchids Assortment 3inch, 4inch, 5inch with ID your Orchids booklet https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MNI98DC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_lg23Cb4DFAR17
Go slowly and gently. Some people like to soak the pot before removing the moss, as it can help make the roots more flexible. Trim any dried out or mushy roots.
My favorite orchid potting medium is made by rePotME: click here for the amazon link. However, consider that your orchid is relatively used to the moss it was originally potted in, so may need some time to adapt. For all of my phalaenopsis rescues, I typically make sure to include a little extra new sphagnum moss in each new medium mixture to help with the adjustment.
I have mine on bamboo shelves (from amazon, they are slatted). The shelves are light and easy to move around!
These keep my nice bookshelves from getting ruined and they’re easy to move outside when it’s warm. Plus it’s not terribly expensive!
It honestly may not be enough long term. Depending on your budget, there are affordable LED growlight bulbs that can fit in most desk lamp fixtures like this --- https://www.amazon.com/GE-Lighting-93101230-Balanced-Spectrum/dp/B07NN6SVG6/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=philips+grow+light+bulb&qid=1600626140&sprefix=philips+grow&sr=8-3
It's a fun hobby, he really likes it, and the shadows that the plants cast onto the wall is quite appealing. He also used glue to help affix the wire to keep it steady.
He sprays the air plants with a water/fertilizer mix once a week (he used to dunk them in water, but he lost a lot of them to rot that way, and rot is the number one killer of air plants so be careful). He uses a powdered plant food by Grow More, https://www.amazon.com/Grow-More-5118-Tillandsia-1-25-Pound/dp/B004G1CU3O which he mixes per the instructions with distilled water. The display is in the bathroom, so that helps, with keeping them healthy and humid but not too wet. Have fun! Sometimes they put on blooms!
Edit: FYI my husband chimed in on the air plant display: he drilled holes and inserted the wire, and used gorilla glue to keep them steady, then used a clear wire to hang them (we're in a rental and didn't want to poke holes in the wallpaper, so he used some kind of thick clear plastic string he found at Lowes to hang them from the very top of the wall where the wall meets the ceiling).
I ended up getting something super close to this and I love it.
Yup. Definitely fusarium. If you live in a place where you can purchase antifungals, buy a systemic and soak your plant in that. I have had success with this one, which is also available at Lowe's in the US. Fusarium is a pain, but not the end of the world. If you treat it, your plant can usually make a comeback.
Discarding the plant is fine, too, of course! Use bleach or peroxide to kill any fungal spores on your equipment.
I have barrina installed on some shelves and they work fine. I have really liked this brand too. Really strong and I like being able to move the lights around and focus the light on specific plants rather than the stationary barrinas. Nice natural looking white light. They have larger bulbs too that cover more surface area. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09NVGNYNH?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details
An orchid this size your best bet is probably going to a local orchid supply store.
A basket is on Amazon for pretty cheap. You’d have to water less often and you can let the aerial roots do their thing.
You would never have to repot, just change out the media every few years (or until it falls out).
Thank you for taking the time to reply. I think it’s the same pot as this one from Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Better-way-Container-Windowsill-Contemporary-Decoration/dp/B078GDJ3RG/ref=asc_df_B078GDJ3RG/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=242120314056&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=2161209947699427383&hvpone=&hvptw... is this not an acceptable orchid pot?
If you are on a budget, greenbarnorchid.com has really inexpensive slotted and holy pots, and they will ship. I am not sure if the shipping cost would make them more expensive than the pots on amazon in the link below. The link is 10 pots for $11.99, which is more than you need, but I wanted to link it just as an example of a nice orchid pot with holes in the sides. Some orchid pots just have multiple holes in the bottom, and that works too. I have been known to take a drill bit and just drill holes in the sides and bottom of leftover plastic pots sitting around. Some people melt holes in pots with a glue gun, but my glue gun doesn’t get that hot. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09CPWFN22/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Not stupid, it can't be opened in pubmed but go here and tap on pdf sciielo.
It's this shelf from Amazon. Not the greatest quality but solid enough. I bought it specifically for that bar to hang my mounted orchids on, it's perfect for it.
Is it in a glass container? If so there is not enough ventilation for the roots. Plastic pots with slits or holes on the side are better.
For now it’s my iphone 13 pro 😅. I think I could get something like this one for the additional flash https://www.amazon.com/Anker-Certified-Generation-Flashlight-Photography/dp/B0827BNG9P
Looked for velvet today but no luck, but I think I have a good chance to get something because Haloween is coming 😀.
I definitely think I should compare SLR’s pictures to iphone 13 pro, but one of my friends actually said the pictyres iphone pro 13 makes are actually quite good. That was my friend who has a fancy camera with additional flash, a fancy set of lenses he changes when needed, and a hard drive attached to his camera. I have no idea what kind he has though. 😅. I will be in LA visiting him soon and going to an orchid show, and I can ask him to take a pic with his fancy set up and compare with my iphone pro. That’ll be real cool, I think.
He has that camera and pro set up because he’s a marketing guy who has his own little PR company and they promote different businesses, create websites etc and he occasionally does a pro photoshoot when he has no other options and needs photos for the website.
The roots of Oncidium are finer (thinner) than Cattleya and a lot thinner than Phalaenopsis. An all purpose Orchid Mix is better than nothing but if you can get something like the Repotme Oncidium Orchid Mix, that would be even better IMO.
I don't think its crazy expensive. Back in the day I would have used 3 parts fine Fir Bark to 1 part Perlite (Sponge Rock). I'm old/lazy now. I also like the slotted pots from the same company.
Dendrobiums do spot, but I just dealt with a fungal infection that started with black spots like these and quickly started spreading outward with yellowing leaves.
Watch them carefully. And separate this immediately one from any other orchids while you watch it, or for the duration of any treatment.
I found this article that really helped
I had to use a hefty fungicide treatment. The article recommends either Manzoceb or Captan fungicide. I used this Manzoceb.
But now mine is doing well, with lots of new growth.
Hope this helps, and Good luck!
Yes, it gives the same exact appearance which is very bizarre to me.
This is what I use if you are shopping online, it is the most for the cheapest I could find & works well: https://www.amazon.com/Sphagnum-Compressed-Moisture-Holding-Terrarium-Reptiles/dp/B08RMXQXG3?pd_rd_w=eluJU&content-id=amzn1.sym.1db61dc1-18bd-4e84-ade3-9872a4852ad6&pf_rd_p=1db61dc1-18bd-4e84-ade3-9872a4852ad6&pf_rd_r=J6106S023HFD8J1AN...
If in store, purchase all your stuff from the pet aisle/store. It is cheaper than for plants & typically will have less dust or pests because it is animal quality.
I have the Photone app which seems to be fairly accurate. But it's an app on a phone using the ohone camera, so who knows. Here is a series of 10 articles on light and the conversion from foot candles (or lumens) to PPFD in um/m²/sec can be found there. It is actually quite simple. Divide the foot candle figure by 10 and you have the average PPFD. The articles are quite informative, and I know the source.
Cattleanthe is a cross of cattleya and guarianthe. I'll do some further research and come up with something. In the meantime I'm considering this light for my space to up the intensity.
You'll want to use Bonide Tree and Shrub. Follow the instructions for the ornamental plants for how much of this stuff to use per gallon and then water the orchid with it. Wipe off what scale you can in the meantime.
I have this full spectrum light. I have some of the blurple also, but definitely prefer full spectrum
I got this one about a year ago and they have been growing like crazy
i had mine in a SPOON HOLDER like this with bark and she seemed to like it much more than the current basket so i might find a way to move her back…
I grow phals in a north window, and they prefer it to a south window for sure - I get burned leaves in my south window. But if you want an inexpensive grow light that doesn’t use much energy, I bought this one in June and it is very nice. It clamps onto my table so it doesn’t use up a lot of table space I could use for plants, has a timer for 3, 9 or 12 hours, and the neck is flexible so you can move the light however you want. They have these with 2, 3, and 4 lights too, for more cost, of course, but if you only have a few plants this is a nice light.
I got these little ones from amazon.
I potted them in a mix of mostly sphagnum, with a bit of bark mixed in, but loose sphagnum works perfectly fine too. They've been growing in that about 3 months now.
I just this week repotted 2 similar ones (couple phals) into mostly bark mix in a 3" slotted orchid pots, and 2 others are still doing very well in the same 2" pots & just sphagnum.
But like others are saying, if you prefer, it would be fine to stay mounted if you like, if your setup or watering options allow.
Hope this helps!
Hi there, I was wondering what is the best way to water my orchid. I know I have to water when almost are roots are silver and the leaves are wrinkly. I usually soak the orchid for 15 mins in water and then completely drain the water. For context, I have a Phalaenopsis orchid planted in a bark mixture. The orchid also sits in a clear container and has space between the decorative pot. I am also wondering if I should also be using this plant food (I attached a photo). Any advice would be great! Thanks! Plant food mist
I normally use something like this: Power Supply and often I will use something like this: Speed controller so that I can adjust the speed. I just cut off the ends and solder new connectors on.
I will hand mist occasionally if I see a spot that could use a bit more but most of the watering is handled by the mistking. For nutrients I use Miracle Grow Orchid spray.
This is what I use to control my heater https://www.amazon.com/Lux-Automatic-Programmable-Thermostat-Compatible/dp/B000E7NYY8?th=1 you can easily program it for a day and night scheduled temperature. Just keep in mind that the temperature probe is at the point of the outlet, so it needs to be inside your grow tent.
This is the way to go if you want to eliminate rather than just manage the infestation. I've had good luck with Bonide Tree and Shrub but just be sure to follow the provided instructions for ornamental plants.
Plant support rings. I have gotten some off amazon when I cant find them at local shops. If you order them, always check the size you are buying! See HERE.
I grow orchids in the basement in cold weather, but I have grow lights right above the plants also. I used to use fluorescent grow lights, but have switched to LED’s over time as the fluorescents have died. It is more economical, and I like the light better, and so do my orchids. I’d you want a light for just a few orchids, I bought this on amaxon and like it for smaller spaces. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07S3MT5GX/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1. I have Barrina 4 foot LED’s for my big lights, and love the price and the light, though I know many people who swear by the ones Dustyolman linked to. I used these to hang the lights, they make it easy to raise and lower your lights, whatever the brand https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07XKLLVL7/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I'm successfully growing my orchids with the Barrina grow lights. Long story short, you don't need to worry about getting a particular spectrum. These will cover it.
Your title made me wonder if some sort of an automated misting system exists... and apparently it does.
In southern Ontario, and I get my moss from Amazon Canada:
Bark from petsmart:
And save plastic cups from drinks and drill my own holes for pots... But also hit up Roehampton orchids online if you want their square ones, very unique and very well made! Several sellers on FB also ship within Canada for supplies!
Hope this helps you!
I think rubbing alcohol works as a contact killer. I wiped all the leaves with it and used soaked cotton swabs to remove all evidence of them (especially the little crevices). Considering how bad yours is, I'd do it twice a day for a few days, then drop to daily as the population declines, and eventually to just watering days.
I ordered this systemic insecticide but didn't need to use it by the time it arrived.
If you have fungus gnats and you don't want to repot an orchid, try making a tea from mosquito bits and watering the plant with those. Totally harmless to the plants but it really helps control the gnats.
Just wait for next scheduled repot.
start looking for pots liner with narrow slots in sides of pot... I hope you do cut the liner when you repot so you will need new liners. I hav had good luck with these...
Honestly I have the same issue with a lot of my phals! - 3-ish good leaves and the rest fall off. I've tried to learn more about that issue and my lay-person conclusion is that a.) i could fertilize a bit more, and/or b.) this is normal for phals.
This is the stuff I use: https://smile.amazon.com/Grow-More-5121-All-Purpose-Fertilizer/dp/B000OV8WKK/. I bought a 3lb tub back in 2018 and I've still got like 2.9lbs left - doesn't take very much at all.
Definitely can't hurt to give them a bit of food though! I don't do it very often, maybe 1x or 2x/mo, and only at 1/3rd strength, maybe 1/2 if it's been awhile (my lack of consistency is probably not helpful, lol).
I agree withholding Fertilizer is correct but Calcium and magnesium are the building blocks of roots, leaves, spikes, and flowers... Cal/Mag will not cause the same reaction that Fert does
I've had these since January and they've been great -- my cattleyas are looking much nicer now. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B09H6X5P9S/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I clipped them on to my windowsill and they're just above the top of my tallest catt. After some research, set the built-in timer for 12 hours. They might not be bright enough if that was all the light the plants are getting, but they're in a windowsill and just need a boost, so they're fine. They're definitely bright enough to wake me out of a sound sleep if I miss the alarm.
Sure. Here is the link. But there are all kinds of smart outlets. I picked those among like 20 choices 😅:
Alexa Smart Plugs - Aoycocr Mini... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07N1JPPXK?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
You can program them on-line or on app. My partner did it for me. Sorry, I don’t know particulars how to do it.
I bought these on Dec 10, 2020. I am using a smart outlet to time them. 300W LED Grow Light, Kolem Plant... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VVK9WK7?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
I have vandostylis, bulbophyllums, dendrobium Antenantum, coelogyne fibrimiata, maxillaria bloom. They lasted well so far.
that would work. here's what i use
Stand with adjustable height shelves from Amazon (https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09572DCRP?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share), Barrina T5 grow lights (2 per shelf) and a humidifier (https://smile.amazon.co.uk/dp/B095KGXPW5/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_i_40P90RQPDF69MT7BPAK4?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1) on a shelf next to it. I can set required humidity levels and it comes on and off as and when.
I use clear plastic trays under all my orchids to prevent tipping and dripping, while allowing light to filter through from above. Measure your shelves to see what will fit, and Look around on Amazon to find good deals. Link below is to some 9x13 clear plastic trays that are inexpensive but deep enough to prevent drips. Not sturdy enough to carry a tray of orchids in clay pots, it fine for what I use them for, I can fit 3 or 4 side by side on most of my shelves. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07L9D9WKW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Powdered concentrations sold on amazon...hate to support that website but it was the cheapest way that I know...apparently has multiple strains of beneficial bacteria too! here's the link; https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08HZBGLYF/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_CVNR34SJEQ906BQFY70C?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Supplies for 1 orchid should last you more than 2 years.
Get an orchid bark mix. I use this one: rePotme Phalaenopsis Monterey Dark Imperial Orchid Potting Mix - (Mini Bag) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HSHZGDS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_33F0XANZCE8WZV56FK5K?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1 you’ll probably also want to get a plastic orchid basket to use as the pot. It will dry out quickly and need soaking more often after you repot!
Best approach is making a small, controlled area. The rock trays are good for keeping a lil humidity at the root, which orchids really like. The more humidity, the more they can be air plants. Kinda.
Anyways, I'd recommend something like these metal rack Greenhouse covers.
Maybe get one and customize it to fit your setup. See what it's like for a couple weeks, then get a small humidifier if needed.
Orchid Food by Perfect Plants - Resealable 5oz. Bag - Slow Release Fertilizer Pellets - Suitable for All Orchid Types - Nutrients for a Healthy Phalaenopsis https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CRP4H2W/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_D610W67PP4HYA0T3E78J
Plant Grow Light, Full Spectrum Grow Light for Indoor Plants with LCD Timer, Plant Growing Lamp with Table Clip, 10 Brightness Levels, 4 Switch Modes https://www.amazon.com/dp/B095S1Z1D5/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_i_PZJ29KDQP5SHRT6NB83M?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
These are not the best quality, but they get the job done for what I need, especially for the winter months.
in the orchidboard forum that he attached above, one of the contributors recommended biosafe disease control. https://www.amazon.com/BioSafe-Disease-Control-Concentrate-Bactericide/dp/B006XTAFJS/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8
tldr: the peroxyacetic acid is a much better stabilizing agent than regular hydrogen peroxide that you get from stores. this is better as it does not damage living cells on orchid roots
Sure, I have these: Kihung LED T5 Integrated Light... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086X1VYJX?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
There are 4 of them above this shelf. I also have 4 of them on the shelf below, which are closer to that shelf because those are my succulents and they need more light. I love them, easy to use and setup. They are zip tied to the shelf. This set comes with so many cords and switches you can arrange it many ways. I have each shelf set on its own on/off switch. They do make different sizes if you don't need the 3ft long ones.
I never really got a clear answer when I asked about this bulb. I got told it’s enough and got told it wasn’t enough, so I’m now looking at the bulb this post is mainly about. However, I already ordered the GE grow bulb
Would this bulb work? https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NN6SVG6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_5WYT3YXVYSHP0FVXAYTR?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I do have a little temperature gun but I don’t know how accurate it is, lol. I’ll consider getting more sophisticated technology, especially since I keep expanding my orchid collection.
I have my phal orchid in my bathroom counter and it’s about 4ft from a northeast facing window. I’m going to get a table lamp and a timer, but I was debating on what kind of full spectrum bulb to get. What exactly are the light requirements? I’ve read the term lux being thrown around. Would this bulb be okay?
I use the Cal/Mag it works great root diameter doubled...
It grew well, but never flowered until I got a Repti-zoo water misting system. After setting it up so the plants got a solid soaking for 2 minutes a day, it just went gangbusters.
This is some sound advice.
In my opinion, the orchid looks quite dehydrated.
I'd start by getting some orchid pots (Meshpot 4 Inch Clear Plastic Orchid Pots with Holes - 6 Pack https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07CZWFHFR/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_i_8GD67AX7JTQZR8SQHHYG) with lots of drainage.
The added holes will also give the roots the air they need. These flowers normally grow on trees, not in pots. So good air circulation is required.
When we water our orchids, we submerge the whole pot in water for about 10 mins (depends on season and potting medium), this way all the medium gets saturated with water, and no dry pockets.
Good luck! Happy to help if you need!
Amazon: SupremeTech hanging acrylic shelf the one I have is 28x46 3 shelf. There a few size options .
SupremeTech Hanging Acrylic Shelves for Windows (28" Wide, 3 Shelves - 46" Tall) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08R9HQ33Z/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_5VMMQXHTBY3JVTKQZ6CD?psc=1
Thank you much. I got one of these cheepo twisty lights. It works perfectly. Cheepo Grow Light
I vote root
In terms of pots, this looks pretty fancy , tho something simple like this would also work
Basically, you want something clear, ideally with lots of holes
I keep mine in a swirly glass cache pot, so the pot is hidden but light still gets through!
Phalaenopsis orchids are epiphytes that like a coarse medium that allows for small air pockets to exist around their roots. Soil has the potential to suffocate the roots which will eventually lead to root rot and dehydration. This Orchid mix is what I’m currently using, but you can use various mediums to suit your environment. I’m not entirely sure what those spots are though, have you tried wiping them off?
Tent I use.
I have a few USB humidifiers made for a desk (though I have no idea how they're supposed to make a difference there) that aren't available on Amazon anymore. I don't have any control system for them, they run constantly. So it's more about increased, rather than controlled humidity, as they're in the tent instead of in a window in my house in Maine, where the humidity is somewhere around 15% until summer.
LEOTER Grow Light for Indoor Plants - Upgraded Version 80 LED Lamps with Full Spectrum & Red Blue Spectrum, 3/9/12H Timer, 10 Dimmable Level, Adjustable Gooseneck,3 Switch Modes https://www.amazon.com/dp/B082YWKWGH/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_i_2S3NKRQW7ZXDTAGJ9SPH
LED Grow Light Strips, PGYARD Full Spectrum Grow Lights for Indoor Plants with Auto On/Off 3/9/12H Timer, 192 LEDs, 10 Dimmable Levels, Sunlike Grow Lamp for Seedling Hydroponics Succulent, 4 Pack https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08TRDW88M/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_i_0TQ6DQ7N8FYGPCPSMZ0E?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I actually bought it in 2017 for a different plant and can’t find the exact one I bought (I tried searching for the receipt in my inbox) but I can tell you it is very similar to this:
Haus Bright LED Grow Light Bulb - for Indoor Plants Full Spectrum Lamp | Seed Starting, House, Garden, Vegetable, Succulent, Hydroponic, Greenhouse Growing | 100W E27 (Original) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H9W1TSZ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_5CJ1E4C6R7HSHSRDX3GJ
These exact ones. Great quality lights and the price is affordable.
good choice... and no reason to doubt your choice...
also like your pot liner choice...
so here is what to expect over the next 1-2 months she will be growing new roots to adapt to the new media... this will force her to find new nutrients to use... most likely she will take the nutrients from her older leaves... you will see them turn yellow ... do not cut them off give her a chance to get all the nutrients the leaf... let it fall off naturally.
it would help to add some Calcium and Magnesium Cal/Mag to your watering....
When they are on the porch I water with a hose with city water. Occasionally the rain water will blow on the orchids. I water with a can every couple of weeks using Sun Bulb fertilizer https://www.amazon.com/Sun-Bulb-8305-Fertilizer-16-Ounce/dp/B004Z8OL12/ref=mp_s_a_1_8?keywords=Sun+Bulb&qid=1643545820&sr=8-8
Do you have any mister or something inside for humidity and watering? I’ve also just discovered these really awesome devices that I think might look GREAT in there. You’d need to use distilled water though.
See here. Device
I got contacted by an Amazon seller a few years ago and they gave me several lights to try. The company was JCBritw. I was happy with all of the lights. The biggest was 45w and puts out a lot of lights. It stopped my plants from etiolating.
I looked for it on Amazon and apparently they don’t carry it anymore. This is the closest one to what I have. Apparently it’s configurable and has multiple modes, which mine does not.