Some women shop for clothing, shoes, and other accessories when they need a little retail therapy. Not me—I shop for orchids to get a little pick-me-up. On Thursday, I took a walk over to the Lowe’s in Gowanus, using orchid shopping as an excuse to get out of the house. OK, so the last time I bought orchids from that Lowe’s, they came down with a bad case of aphids and I ended up tossing them in the garbage. I went into this excursion cautiously, with those creepy little greenish-white creatures in mind. And when I got to the store I discovered that all the packaged Better-Gro orchids were 50% off! I’ve only bought one of these before, an Iwanagara Appleblossom, but these were such a good price that I ended up buying THREE of them (for only $7 apiece!).
“Mule Ear” Oncidium (Onc. Maureen x Onc. Haematochilum)
Dendrobium Aggregatum var. majus
And I also picked out this adorable NOID mini Phal, because I LOVE orchids that are pinkish with white in the center. The whole plant is only about 6″ tall. Look how tiny and cute this guy is:
I repotted all four new orchids when I got home, and most of them are in pretty decent shape. The mini Phal had mostly healthy roots; I only had to cut away a little bit. It came potted in one of those crappy ceramic pots that doesn’t have good drainage, so I got rid of that pot and used one of my own. The Dendrobium’s roots were in the worst shape—I trimmed away most of them and then soaked the plant in a solution of water and SuperThrive to try to encourage new root growth, so we’ll see about that one. The Dend and the Mule Ear Onc were potted in some really broken down, gross-looking bark mix, so I tossed that old stuff and used fresh mix. I found a snail among the roots of the Mule Ear, so I picked him out. Hopefully there won’t be any other critter issues with these plants. Fingers crossed!