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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 12:05 pm 
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Hello everyone from Bedfordshire :) I am what is generally known as an newbie who has researched relentlessly for information on how best to care for these wonderful plants. For many years I have learnt about and cultivated first houseplants and then all kinds of garden flowers and shrubs. I had some experience with adopted orchids but my knowledge was sketchy & often misinformed resulting in my killing them with a mixture of kindness and neglect. I was so devastated, I vowed I would never have any of these heartbreaking plants again. Hmmm so here I am, having bought 3 orchids in the last couple of months. My first a noid phal which captured my heart with beautiful flowers bought in a local supermarket. Obviously left over from the Christmas rush. This was when I really went into research mode & quickly found out I had a phal with a terminal spike & I subsequently discovered a tight ball of sphagnum moss up inside poised to rot the crown. I sought advice on what to do with this orchid and also tried to find out which orchids were the best for me to purchase at my level of knowledge & experience. The result is I now have two more, another phal Limelight which I bought just because it looked really pretty and at least I had some knowledge of phals and also a smaller Burrageara Nelly Isler which I have been told is now called Oncidiopsis Nelly Isler. I am totally hooked. I have continued to look for information together with using my judgement & 'staring at them every day', I feel I have them in the best conditions I can and now I just have to wait. I joined this forum because I felt joining with other Uk enthusiasts would be good. Sorry for the length of this post & hope this will be the start of a great alliance. :greetings-waveyellow:



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 12:43 pm 
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Hello and Welcome Sonicles. :handgestures-thumbupleft:
Relentless research will make your Orchid passion grow and as your Orchid passion grows relentless research will ensue. :D
Hope you enjoy the forum, there is also plenty of archive reading for you and archive images to wonder at. :drool:

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 4:44 pm 
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Thank you. That seems spot on x


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Welcome!

It sounds like you're pretty clued up already and you've selected plants you should do well with. The Oncidopsis will enjoy slightly cooler temperatures than your Phalaenopsis but they should all do well at 'living room' sort of temperatures.

Terminal spike....not necessarily the end of the world. Some Phalaenopsis will sprout new growth from further down, although it does take time, which brings me on to the most important piece of advice that I can offer.....patience!

They're a nice bunch on here, so don't be afraid to ask questions!

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:05 pm 
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Welcome to the forum Sonicles.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:59 pm 
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Welcome from the OCRC in China.

Most of us could say that we have killed our fair share of orchids, learning how to care for them, I know I have.

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As Kenneth says, its definately a learning process, for me thats part of the challenge and enjoyment of growing, the sense of accomplishment when you get it right. (Please dont ask how many times i got it way wrong... lol).



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Yes, you must remember when taking advice on here that we have killed far more orchids than you have !

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:13 pm 
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When it happens, you go back to the drawing board and try to find out why. Postmortem look of the dead plant can help, you figure out what may have went wrong.

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