My mother received 2 Orchids from a friend of the family about 2 months ago. The type you see basically everywhere at grocery stores etc.
One is doing fine, one the flowers are wilting and dropping off like flies.
The one doing fine seems to have been potted more properly with an inner pot and in moss while the other has no inner pot and seems to be mostly bark and potting mix.
Although the base of the plant, the leaves etc looks good.
I really know absolutely zilch about orchids but I think that repotting both of them in slightly larger pots and in moss would be the best thing to do.
I know that Orchids require humidity which these probably are not getting enough of because they are inside in air conditioning at around 70 degrees.
They get no direct sunlight just indirect through a window of which the sun never hits.
Although the one of which is doing poorly is sitting at a darker window.
I seem to remember something about using "Humidity trays" which the ones I saw were just a black plastic tray with a criscross plastic grid work to keep the plant from sitting IN the water and soaking any up.
I thought about just making one out of an old shallow pan and maybe buying some tumbled colored glass to pour into it.
Seems to me that would do the same thing and look a lot better. Or am I missing something?
But I have a feeling the ailment of this one plant is more than just lack of humidity.
What is the best way to repot an Orchid?
Size of pot, type of growing medium, anything special I need to do to the Orchid before or after repotting?
Any advice would be appreciated.
My 94 year old mother is just raving about these Orchids, she has never had any either and marvels at how long the blooms stay on them.
Which is another question, just how long do Orchid blooms last?