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    Karla Hart

    Hello, I have just signed up to be a member and am still working my way through the resources. So please excuse me if I’m missing something obvious / that you’ve already discussed elsewhere. Feel free to point me to reading materials!

    I am from Australia and had some success with phalaenopsis orchids there and during my short 18 months in London. Probably more through good luck than anything else.. ever since I moved to Ireland 2.5 years ago, my phalaenopsis plants get unhappy very quickly. My latest one has started to get yellow leaves and a few flowers starting to droop after only two weeks… I have it about 1.5 metres away from the south facing window in my bedroom, as the room gets a lot of natural light. I’ve only watered it once (let is soak in a small pot for an hour, then pulled it out to let it drain). I added some orchid feed last night and am still observing. Hopefully it is just adjusting to the new environment but would really welcome any tips.

    I absolutely adore orchids so am hoping that between some tips from this community and prolific reading, I improve my Irish orchid track record soon!

    If anyone has tips on particularly good places to buy orchids (this one is just from the navan gardening centre), I’d be delighted to hear them.

    Thanks so much – Karla

    David Morse

    Hiya (sorry I meant to say G’day:-)) Karla and welcome!,

    Well if your Phals grew ok in London they should surely be fine here too. It is difficult to say what the problem might be without examining the plants. The first thing is that Phals like the warmth ideally a minimum of 16 C at night and at least 20 C during the day. It is unlikely to be readjustment to the new environment as 2.5 years is a long time Phals also dislike direct sun but your room sounds fine as the plants are not too close to the window. Importantly, check that the roots are healthy, they should be silvery with green tips. Perhaps the plant needs repotting/larger pot? Also, check that the bark is not rotting (i.e. looking constantly wet).You can get fresh bark from the Irish Orc Soc or from Howbert and Mays garden shops in Dublin. Do not leave the plant sitting a tray of water.
    Alas, there are no true orchid vendors in Ireland and we cannot import from the UK due to Brexit so I typically order online from Grobraschener Orchideen (Germany) or Akerne Orchids (Belgium) both of which have a fairly good reputation.There are also many YouTube orchid channels to get advice from…I know “orchidgirl” talks a lot about her phals. Best of luck and hope Ireland is fun!

    Marius Simkevicius

    Hi Karla,

    I can recomend you a local garden center called The Orchard in Celbridge. The eir zip: W23 AP27. They almost always have Cymbidium, Dendrobium, Vanda, Brassias, Miltonias, Zygopetalum and other oncidium type orchids. All around 20eu.

    Karla Hart

    Hi Shane and Marius, thank you so much for the tips! I think over watering may have been the problem with my last one based on what you’ve said – the roots didn’t look healthy. I’ve trimmed them back and bought some good bark for them. Fingers crossed my new watering regime works better… I’ll think about a larger pot too. I’ve heard that clear ones are good so the roots can photosynthesise? And I’m loving Ireland thanks! Think I’ll be here medium to long term.

    Gordana Tolusic

    Hi Martha,

    I have collections of around 300 phals and they love this weather conditions. While watering I never kept them longer then a few minutes in water and my tap water is very soft so I use tap water for my phals. I recently bought some Encyclia orchids and they are fine for now too.
    Just to introduce myself shortly.
    I’m Gordana and I live in Kerry. I have a huge collection of Phalaenopsis and a few other ones orchids. Usually I’m buying my orchids in Germany or Romania(secret garden)



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