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Comment by cynthia snyderZ5 on February 23, 2012 at 6:54am

Zigmund and Robin,

Zigmund you are right , we should not be afraid of orchids.

Here in my zone I have to get them through the winter. Robin,

if you have a waterfall what a great place for your orchids.

I am looking at lighting. I have seen the lights you are talking

about I have been lucky that is has been a mild winter this year.

I have a young cattleya. I bought it as a baby plant. I hope it

does well. I have to watch that I don't over or under water!

Zigmund that is so nice, what you did for you mother! My phal

is blooming I hope that it lasts for 5 mos!

Comment by Robin (N.IL zone 5) on February 22, 2012 at 9:22pm

Zigmund, there were so many Orchids that I fell in love with at the show. I will see how I do with the 4 I have 2 Phalaenopsis (don't know the colors) and the 2 Paphiopedilum shown below.

I have the 2 Phalaenopsis in a vivarium that has a waterfall, pond, peacelily, Mexican Butterwort and a few tree frogs. They looked a bit wilted when I purchased them and now look happy.

I just have to find a happy home for the 2 new ones.

Comment by Robin (N.IL zone 5) on February 22, 2012 at 7:36pm

Thank You Cynthia, I just hope I can keep them alive they are sooo pretty. I can't wait to show off the white one.

Comment by cynthia snyderZ5 on February 22, 2012 at 1:55pm


Love the orchids! How lucky you are. I want to try that

veriety. They are so pretty!

Comment by Robin (N.IL zone 5) on February 20, 2012 at 11:03am

Just a FYI,

The Illinois Orchid Society will be having their 60th anniversary Show and Sale, April 28th and 29th at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Their URL is if you want more info.

Comment by Robin (N.IL zone 5) on February 20, 2012 at 11:00am

So while visiting a reptile show at the fair grounds they were having an orchid show in another building so we stopped in to see what they had. OMG, they had so many that I wanted. Hubby bought me 2 Paphiopedilum The one not in bloom is Green and White.

Comment by cynthia snyderZ5 on February 19, 2012 at 8:25am


I know they are expensive. Lowe's had smaller plants for around $5.00 or $6.00. E-bay also has small orchids for sale. I haven't tried

that yet. It has to be warm for them to ship here. You have to be careful to quarentine plants after you get them.

I don't pack really tight. And I have found that one orchid

likes things different than annother. The purple one that

has bloomed is a really big hardy orchid(a phal)

My other one that is going to bloom soon is a much more delicate phal.

I hope to try a lady slipper next year. I will probably try to

get a young one off e-bay.

Comment by Robin (N.IL zone 5) on February 4, 2012 at 4:29pm

Cynthia, your orchid is beautiful. I hope I have am lucky enough to get mine to bloom.

I was at Home Depot yesterday and it looked like they just got in a shipment of Orchids and they were all in bloom, I fell in love with a bright purple one but I just can't afford $20.00 for 1 plant.

Comment by Robin (N.IL zone 5) on February 4, 2012 at 4:05pm

Thanks Cynthia, Do you pack it tight or loose? I picked up a couple pots and a bark mixture yesterday and was planning on transplanting this weekend. They both are happy in the tank, I guess I accomplished getting a tropical tank.

Comment by cynthia snyderZ5 on February 4, 2012 at 7:23am


I have been doing better with my orchids. Here in ILL. We have a

challenge, cold winter and our heating systems. I found coco char and wood chips alone too dry. You don't want wet roots though.

An orchid pot that has holes all through it works well. I use

a mix of all three and water and fertilize when dry. If they like

thee aquarium thats great.


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