my orchids and their problems
Hi, all. I am only 14 so take that into consideration when reading about my orchid's problems and commenting :). I have grown up and had probably a dozen or more orchids, most of which totally died from root rot now that I think about it. I have come to taking better care of my plants in the past year or so and have even procured some new awesome plants. I am mainly just looking for feedback and thoughts on my orchid's problems or any advice anybody can give.
But now to get to the point: some of my orchids have problems especially this one phalaeonpsis which my family has had for probably about 7 years and which has bloomed about 6 times while we had it. This orchid probably did really badly because it was in an atrium where we water plants with bucket, unlike in a bathroom where other phals would do ok getting watered under the sink, and so this one would get probably a little drizzle of water on it's roots and bark every few weeks for several years. about 6 months ago this plant's leaves turned leathery and wrinkly and I thought it was underwatered, so I moved it outside in the shade and watered it heavily every day probably most of the summer. recently(the past like 4 months) I found out that phals like heavy watering every very long time, at which point I started watering it and all my other orchids in the sink every 3 weeks or so. this orchid's leaves are still wrinkly and dead looking but its stem is still stiff and green with about 5 3" long roots left which i'm not sure if they are dead or not though they look alive.
There is another phal which I had outside over the summer and as it's new baby leaf was growing this year the leaf was eaten by insects, though now it is growing a huge baby orchid out of it's roots which is looking extremely healthy.
There are two orchids which I don't even know the genus of but one of them we bought at the garden center when they had it outside and it's leaves got burnt for either really cheap or free, and I went ahead and repotted it in native CLAY SOIL which had absolutely no drainage and didn't hold any water. this was when I was about 9 years old. It was in that doing remarkably well for like 5 years until like 2 weeks ago I replanted it in orchid bark and saw that every single old root was dead except the new ones growing from the new joints this year. I am almost afraid that one will die of some reason now that it is in orchid bark because it did so well in clay!
The other one I don't know the name of we bought maybe 6 months ago and I was still watering it with a bucket every week or so, so when I finally transplanted it to a bigger pot, I saw all it's roots except about 5 from the new pseudobulb were dead. the new leaves are smaller than the old ones but it looks like the new pseudobulb is beginning to grow, which makes me feel like it is healthy.
Recently, I went to a local orchid show and bought a vanilla plant, and 2 orchids I forgot the names of but I have the names if anybody really wants to know. One of them I think is called some kind of hardy orchid and is from asia, which should make a single large purple bloom from each pseudobulb. the other is a tree orchid I beleive from southern asia which has beutiful spirals of thousands of pink flowers each less than a milimeter across. The vanilla and the spirally one are both in a terrarium and seem happy, and the hardy one is in my atrium not getting watered at all, like the man who sold it to me told me to do and the pseudobulbs are getting a tiny bit wrinkled and the flower buds are about half an inch tall emerging from their winter brown shell thing.
Also, do phalaenopsis and other bark orchids need to get entirely dried out before being watered again or can the bark be a tiny bit cool, rather than being stale feeling, when I water them again?
here are the pictures(if i posted them correctly)
I beleive they are in chronological order as you read the message, ending with the terrarium location.