Many thanks for joining in the discussion. I have tagged @PocketRocket, @robchin, @Isobel and @pjensen for you and hope that they or other Workshop community members might be able to share some tips for growing orchids with you. You might like to share a few photos of your plants and tell us a bit more about their condition so that members can provide some more specific help and troubleshooting.
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Orchids are a great source of income for retailers - not only because they are beautiful and make great presents but because people have a tendancy to kill them. I'm no expert but there are a few simple tricks:
1) Don't over water them. A trick I learnt from a grower is to use the 3 ice-block trick. Once a week - place 3 ice-blocks on them. No other water required. Ice melts slowly - plants take water in
2) Not too much direct light - filtered light is best
3) Not near aircon outlets or heating ducts
4) Feed regularly with specialist Orchid food - liquid is best (read the instructions)
5) If you have to repot - use specialist Orchid mix (available from wherever you get good potting mix from)
If they flower - don't cut the flowering stem back. They may flower again if you are lucky or look after it well
Hope that helps.
PS Jason - I suspect that flower of yours is a Cymbidium orchid not a Phalaenopsis.
Visitors to this popular discussion should also note that Bunnings has an article on How to care for orchids.
I hope you find the advice useful. Please share photos of your orchids, your growing tips and your orchid questions by replying below.
I know this is a very old post. But did you ever get your Orchids issues sorted? When I started learning and researching about Phalaenopsis Orchids, because I had been given them as gifts and didn't want to just dispose of them, so I went online and researched and found a lady on utube who really knew her stuff. THE FIRST BIG NO NO!! AND I stress NO no! is PUTTING ICE ON THE PLANT INSTEAD OF WATER.. Not good, it freezes the roots which permanently damages them. Putting your plant on a tray with pebbles so the plant is never sitting directly in water is the best way to water @robchin
So if your still having issues or have given up on Phalaenopsis Orchids. I did that many years ago @PocketRocket then I moved house and took a few of my non productive Orchids with me and be bugged if they flowered. I was in shock, but discovered where I had them prior to my move, they just didn't get anywhere enough light/sun or indirect light. Phalaenopsis Orchids need to have a climate that drops at least 10 - 15 degrees of a night. You can create your own environment to help them if your keen to grow them in Melbourne.