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Beaumont, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 5, 2012
3:54 PM

Post #9071066

This is my first orchid and it's been sitting in my kitchen's east facing window. It is showing new growth and roots. I noticed the leaves are sticky (from the grease from my cooking; the stove have one of those charcoal filter but comes right back into the kitchen!) What can I sue to clean the leaves of its stickiness?

When do these bloom? How big do they need to be?
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

April 5, 2012
4:08 PM

Post #9071076

You can clean the leaves of your Phalaenopsis with mayonnaise. A lot of people who show orchids use mayo. Don't use those spray on cleaners.

Did you buy this plant out of bloom? Most Phalaenopsis bloom winter through spring and need to be cooled of slightly and kept a little dryer in fall. That would mean yours would live outside from October until maybe December and then come in to the kitchen window. As long as the temperatures don't go below fifty to fifty five. The flower spikes then initiate after this cool period. The rest of the year they don't like nights below sixty to sixty five degrees.

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