I purchased this orchid from Food City, my local grocery store. It had only two leaves and one bloom shoot with about five blossoms. After its flowers faded and fell off, I carefully removed it from the plastic container.
I removed all of the old growing medium and trimmed off any portions of the root system that were brown and rotted. Using an orchid growing medium, I carefully worked the barklike medium between and around the roots and placed it into a new ceramic container that fully drains. Orchids do not like standing in water or want wet leaves or flowers. I pour about a half cup of room-temperature water onto the base of the plant each week but never mist it.
I’ve been caring for my orchid for about eight years and have repotted it a couple of times. They naturally tilt away from the center of the pot to hang over the side so that water drains away from the base of the leaves. It likes to have soft natural indirect light from as many angles as possible. For the past year, it has lived in the sunroom with three walls of natural light. I close the shades when the harsh afternoon sun arrives at those windows. Orchids will get sunburned and turn brown if you leave them outside in the sun.
The orchid mix I used to repot is here, and the plant food for orchids is here. I learned how to care for orchids by watching videos by MissOrchidGirl here.
I wore this look to search for new bed pillows at the mall. This is the first time in a while that I’ve blown dry my hair and put on some makeup. It’s good to feel like myself again!
The first thing the young nurse asked me as I was coming around in the recovery room was, “What type of skincare do you use?” She was in her thirties. When I told her, “Beautycounter,” she said I’m getting on that routine right now.
The treatments have yet to begin. My postop exam is later this week, so I’ll know more then.
Thank you again for all your kind comments. Reading them lifted my spirits and made me want to get back to blogging as soon as possible.
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