Orchid Update!

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I Figured It Was A Good Time For An Orchid Update

It’s been about 40 days since I decided to take all my orchids out of the lava rock and repot them into a different type of potting media. As a recap, in case you missed it, I was having trouble with root rot because of the amount of water that was being held against the roots, in the glass pots. I believed it was a combination of high humidity within the pot itself coupled with the fact that the lava rock was retaining more moisture than I originally expected it would.

I purchased a bag of bark and re-potted the plants into smaller pots that would fit inside the glass ones. Again I was unsure if this was the right decision. I was contemplating getting rid of the glass parts all together and going back to regular pots with holes in the bottom to allow the drainage to occur. Well, I decided to go ahead with the plan and so far so good I think.


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All The Orchids Lined Up On The Wall..

Let’s take a look at them a little more closely to see how they have progressed. When I repotted them, The majority had little to no roots left. I was surprised to see how well they bounced back.

New leaves and a few new roots

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Same Here..

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And Here

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And Here

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AND Here Too

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HOLY CRAP! What happened here?!!!

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I think we have a problem

this little guy didn’t make it. I am sad to say one of my beloved orchids bit the dust. This was our first and original orchid. At the time I purchased it I knew nothing of orchids. I bought it just to have some color in the house because of some wedding photos that were taken here with my wife’s friend. Unbeknownst to me at the time, my love of orchids was beginning to bud. Pun intended! Lol.

I feel terrible that this poor plant is no longer, But nature is very sensitive like that. Small changes to their environment can bring on detrimental results. I’ve learned from my mistake and will try to avoid in the future. I do know somethings are out of my control, and that’s okay too. Nature can have a mind all her own. We live and we learn! I suppose on the bright side of things, this orchid only bloomed once since that day seven years ago when I purchased it. I guess it just didn’t like to bloom.

But when it did bloom the color was spectacular!

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Goodbye Old Friend

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Well... you will have then back to where they were before, @bdmillergallery!
Where is Molly!?

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What do you mean??? I see her there at the end above the quote! 😆 I forgot I see that I left it out but went back and put her in there by the end. Thanks for letting me know.. Poor Molly would be devastated if she knew I left her out. lol

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Too beautiful for that orchid room arrangement, everything is so perfect! :)

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Thank you! I like them all lined up there on the sill. They also love that spot and do quite well there.

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Awwww, too bad the little guy bit the dust. But the others seem to be doing very well.

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They are doing well for what I put them through. We'll see but the prognosis looks good so far. I'll update again soon I'm sure 😆.

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Those purple orchids are gorgeous! The color is really something else -- incredibly striking!

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Yeah.. It was very nice until I killed it. Oh well. Stuff happens. I'll try my best not to kill the others in my collection. I'll be looking for another to replace this one.. the same color hopefully. 😁

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Some plants can be a little tough to take care of. Yeah that color is amazing. Really pretty flower, Orchids are amazing. Just a very interesting structure. Best of luck with the next one!

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Orchids are normally quite resilient. It's sometimes default !

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Amen to that! Yeah I may have to go back a few steps and change out the pots again. maybe this fall.

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That is funny, it seems like the bark would retain even more moisture than the lava rock. I don't know though. Maybe I am thinking wrong. That sucks that your one didn't make it. That looks about like how anything I try to grow turns out. I am picking up some garlic from an old coworker today. I am hoping I can plant it this fall and have some of my own come spring.

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The bark actually dries out a bit quicker than the stone does (Lava Rock is very holy .. lol.. with all of it's holes). I think those glass containers don't let the water evaporate quick enough either.

Garlic? Cool!!! Let me know how that works out.

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Ah, okay. That makes sense. I have to weed my flower bed first, so we will see how it goes!

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