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New orchids

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I just bought two new orchids -- they're kind of different :) They're called Ascda. Princess Mikasa. A friend of mine turned me onto orchids in the spring, and I'm really fascinated by them :)

Here's the blue one:

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I'll check out the URLs that you posted -- thanks for the info :)

My hanging orchids are doing well -- still in bloom about 1-1/2 months after I bought them. But my others aren't doing quite as well. I left them outside one night that was a bit on the cold side, and they each lost leaves. The remainig leaves on two of them look OK, but the leaves on the third one are all yucky. Although the plant still has healthy-looking green roots, so maybe there's still some hope for it.

No blooms on the two orchids that I bought in April. I think my main problem is that I don't have them in a bright enough area. They're close to a south-facing window, but the sheer curtains probably block too much light. Any suggestions on how I can give them more light, short of sticking them directly in the window and opening the sheers?? Would they get enough light in front of a north-facing patio door??

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Hopefully, I'll have good updates, and no "Oh no, I killed them!" updates!!

I love the blue one too, but I wish it was brighter -- I've seen ones that are much brighter purple. I wonder if fertilizer has an effect on the colour....

I wish mine looked like this one....

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I'm still new to orchid-growing, so I can't provide too much detailed info for you. But I'll tell you what I can.....

The person I bought these orchids from has a bunch of them hanging in a sheltered area in his backyard. In my zone (I never remember if I'm in 4 or 5), I think they can stay outside till it starts to get cold. I was told by one orchid person that a dendrobium (sp?) can stay outside till it gets hit with a shot of frost, then it can be brought inside. My friend (who knows a lot more about orchids that I do) hardens her orchids and then leaves them outside over the summer.

As for the blooms -- I think it depends on the type of orchid. I received an orchid (I have no idea how to spell it... phaeleanopsis??) as a gift at Christmas. It had a few flowers at the time that I got it in December, a few more flowers bloomed just as those ones were dying, and I ended up with flowers on it from December till July. The flowers on the plants that I just bought can last from 6-8 weeks, I was told.

Hope that answers your questions!! :)

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....how long do they last indoors with proper orchid care?

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And here's the pink one:

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