Newly Acquired Phalaenopsis
I just bought my first [phalaenopsis] orchid at Lowe's the other day. I love to research everything I can possible about the plants I own, but I'm rather at a loss, and I have many questions that I just can't seem to find the answer for...
1. The ceramic pot is /really/ small (about the size of a soda can, as seen in the picture below). I know that orchids generally don't have to be repotted but every one to two years, but should I repot it after buying it from the store?
2. A lot of the aerial roots look dried-out/dead except for maybe one, and I'm kinda' worried about that. Should I clip them off? Will it start to grow new ones soon? =/
3. When the blooms begin to shrivel, do I clip them off or just let them wilt away?
4. Is there an easy way/product I can purchase to tell when to water it? I'm so worried about over-watering it.
And, thank you. I've only ever grown succulents, so I have no idea what to do. I know that a lot of people don't have success with their first orchid (or first few, for that matter), but I'm determined to keep it alive and healthy. =)