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Orchid trying to run away!!!
#148227 Nov 3rd, 2007 at 08:35 AM
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I was soaking my orchids today and notice that one has put it's roots over the side of it's pot. Now I know they don't need normal soil but can they really manage just dangling out in the thin air?


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tkhooper #148252 Nov 3rd, 2007 at 10:15 AM
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My orchid has been growing it's roots out of the pot for over a year. As you can see, it hasn't hurt it at all. This picture was taken in September. It has grown about 8 inches since then. It kept these blooms for 5 months. Within one week of losing them, it started blooming again.


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rachelp #148361 Nov 3rd, 2007 at 04:45 PM
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fantastic!!!!! I can't wait until mine blooms. And I'm so glad that the roots are ok like they are.


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tkhooper #148394 Nov 3rd, 2007 at 06:41 PM
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The wonderful thing about the blooms is they stay for months. Not like regular flowers that last a week or so then die off.

Do you keep yours in water? The bowl underneath mine has decorative marbles in it and I keep about 1/2 inch of water in it.


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Re: Orchid trying to run away!!!
rachelp #148616 Nov 4th, 2007 at 03:06 AM
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That's interesting I was told they were prone to root rot so I'm careful not to leave any water in their container. But I do have humidity trays around so that they don't get dry. Since it is going into the cooler months I've decreased the watering but they still get a 20 minute soak every week. And they all have the fat stems so I know they are retaining water.

Mine will be 3 years old next year and so I expect that if I have the right light conditions I should have blooms next spring. I'll be crossing my fingers anyway.

Moving in Mid winter I may loose all of them.


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tkhooper #148758 Nov 4th, 2007 at 02:14 PM
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tammy, when you get ready to move, put them in a box, then wrap the box in a blanket or comforter for the trip. that will hold the heat for them and keep them from getting frost bit.

and, take them in the car with you, not in an unheated trunk or truck.

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#149096 Nov 5th, 2007 at 09:08 AM
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Thanks for the information Jiffy. I've put it in my moving notes so I won't forget. There are going to be a lot of plants in that vehicle lol.


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