Derek Powazek of Plantgasm fame recently posted about orchids too, and explained how buying them out of bloom is an affordable and rewarding way to start a collection. It's true! He then asked readers about their own experience in getting orchids to bloom.
This reminded me of all the times that I've been asked questions about orchids by befuddled coworkers, friends and milkmen (I made 'milkmen' up) and I decided that it was high time I answered these questions for anyone else who was wondering why their orchid is black and mushy. (Here's a hint: It's dead.) Here is a short list of questions that I've been asked about orchids thus far, along with some answers.
I'm not an expert on orchids, but this is what I've learned from my own experiences and by sticking my head in the books a little too much for my own good. Maybe I should stick to cartooning. Anyways, it's not the end of the world if your orchid dies, even if it gets all melodramatic on you. At the very least, you learned valuable lessons on how to take care of your next orchid!
The orchids pictured here are blooming right now despite the fact that they were infested with scale insects and have wrinkled leaves and pseudobulbs from too many missed waterings. Orchids are troopers.
|Epicyclia 'Serena O'Neill'|
(The Oncidium 'Sherry Baby' isn't pictured since the flowers haven't yet opened.)