I recently became very interested in orchids, only phalaenopsis so far. I especially like buying bloomed out and sad looking orchids on sale.
I bought my first sick orchid in late January this year. It lost two leaves, several buds and got a bacterial fungus infection on one of the top leaves. I had to do some scary surgery to get rid of the fungus and cut it away before it spread. It only had about five or six flowers on its spike and they bloomed out in late April. I cut the spike and BOOOM!!! Not one but TWO new leaves appeared and there are currently six new roots growing from the stem. YEAH!
And then there is this weirdo. My mom got this during Christmas and all roots rot within a month and it died down. I have been trying to save it for months now and things are just getting worse. It has not had any roots this whole time and as a last attempt I have now moved it to a glass of water, apparently, if you are really lucky the orchid could grow water roots. This is probably not going to happen with this one. The strange thing is, it is sprouting a new leaf and has new flower spikes growing on the stems. WHAT. It is completely rotten/mouldy and still alive. I have no idea how that is even possible. Freakin zombie orchid!
I also have two orchids from IKEA. One of them has been in bloom for so long that I am wondering if it is even real. The other one is growing a new leaf.
Yesterday I bought my fourth flower. It was on sale and when I got home I repotted it and discovered that all roots in the middle of the pot were rotten, crap! It has some great new roots growing though and there is a brand new spike peaking out from one of the bottom leaves. I hope it will be OK. The funny thing with this one is that I have no idea which color the flowers will be…
I keep my orchids in their original plastic pots, with some extra air holes on the sides. I then place them in big glass pots. I got the glass pots at a flea market.
I water my orchids by soaking the entire pot about every 10 days now when it is summer and the humidity has gone up. I use orchid fertilizer about once every month.
This spring I also decided to get a marimo ball. They are moss balls that basically need zero care (you just have to change the water and wash it off once a week). It does nothing, just sits there looking cool. Haha…