Show your orchids!

Hanuman

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Orchids basically need constant decent amounts of humidity but cannot be damped in water for long time. They also need proper ventillation for fungul infections not to occur. Of course not all species are the same and some are more sensitive than others and need specific conditions but in my experience they need misting every day if kept outdoors. Looking how orchid farm operate, the floor/ground under which the orchids are located is always flooded with water to create a high humidity environment for the plants which are hung to the ceilling.
 

dw1305

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Hi all,
Definitely give them another go
Bought the wife a very nice orchid yesterday, £9.99 reduced to £3.00
Now is the time.

If you aren't sure about watering, weight is very useful. Some people write the weights down, but I just pick the pot up. If it feels really light, I soak the plant for 1/2 an hour in water, and then let it drain. If it still feels really light it is because coarse bark composts are very good for Phalaenopsis etc., but they are difficult to re-wet once they've got dust dry.Give it a bit more of a soak, once the plant feels heavy, let it drain and then just pick it up every week before you water it. You'll have to judge how light it gets before you re-water.
Looking how orchid farm operate, the floor/ground under which the orchids are located is always flooded with water to create a high humidity environment for the plants which are hung to the ceiling.
I also put a couple of wine corks in the decorative outer container (if the plant has one), that means you don't have to be quite as careful watering, when there is water in the pot the plant sits above it on the corks. Open saucers I have hydroleca in and the plant sits on that.

cheers Darrel
 

PlantsCase07

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Awesome! What a beautiful orchids you got! Unfortunately, I have only one which is losing his flowers. I have to cut withered sticks. To be honest, it is my first orchid so I take a special care for him. I have never been interested in this kind of plants but I really like them, they are very satisfying.
 

mort

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I've seen "goldfish plant" cuttings a few times on ebay but didn't know they looked that nice in flower. My nan loved african violets so nice to see other members of the family.

I have a couple of aeschynanthus which look similar to their cousins but are less hairy.
 

dw1305

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Hi all,
I've seen "goldfish plant" cuttings a few times on ebay but didn't know they looked that nice in flower
Another Gesnerid, Nematanthus is also known as the "Goldfish plant", that doesn't have flowers anything like as good, but it is a good house plant.

Pretty much all the Gesnerids are easy as cuttings (most will grow from a leaf, as well as a softwood stem), but a lot of them are more tricky to keep long term in the house.
I have a couple of aeschynanthus which look similar to their cousins but are less hairy.
I've got an <"Aeschynanthus in that pot as well">. There is another one at work. The teaching lab. one has flowered really well recently (<"must be the Miracle-Gro">), but I failed to take a photo.

Apparently Columnea need a cool period to iniate flowering, so it might be the same for Aeschynanthus ("Lipstick plant").

Some of the other Columnea spp. have glossy leaves, I have a "shiny one", that might be C. x banksii.

cheers Darrel
 
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mort

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I've had my aeschynanthus for a few years and it has kept flowering a few times a year with no real effort. It's a south facing room so gets a lot of light but it's happily been flowering in both summer or winter. I took two cuttings which are now biggish plants and they both flower regularly as well but out of sync with the others, so perhaps I'm just lucky.
 
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