Sherrie S
Sherrie S
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Asked on Feb 2, 2012

My favorite Orchids

IgnazioDORLISSherrie S
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These orchids have the most exotic smell. It fills the whole room. Two have 4 flowers and one has 5. I'm thrilled.
19 answers
  • Harold M
    on Feb 2, 2012

    Wow!

  • Faidra at CA Global Inc
    on Feb 2, 2012

    Sherrie these are lovely, orchids are one of my favorite florals. Had the opportunity to see them in there natural habitat far up in trees in the rain forest of Costa Rica and Puerto Rica - amazing!

  • Sherrie S
    on Feb 2, 2012

    Faidra & Harold thank you. The trick I use is to I hang all orchids in the trees. However when it gets colder than 50 I bring them in the house - only to save them. I need a greenhouse.

  • Deborah C
    on Feb 2, 2012

    WOW, lovely!!!

  • Historic Shed
    on Feb 3, 2012

    Gorgeous! Do you fertilize them? I can't get mine to bloom.

  • Sherrie S
    on Feb 3, 2012

    Historic Shed, I only use my Koi pond "Fish Poop" to water them which is called fish emulsion in polite society. I hang all of them in big trees that provide a lot of shade. Only when it is below 50 do I bring them inside.

  • Beautiful. Too many people are intimidated to grow them. Have no fear, they are actually not hard to keep alive. I think i have to try placing them in trees.

  • This is so inspiring, you really are a great grower.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Feb 3, 2012

    Your orchids really are amazing, Sherrie. And you do such a good of making them non-intimidating.

  • Sherrie S
    on Feb 3, 2012

    Thank you all for the nice comments. One more hint - I do not add any type of fertilizer or bloom stuff - just water from my koi pond. They have been here for years and never repotted. There are several kinds of orchids in each hanger. Garden rebel, I leave the growing to nature.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Feb 3, 2012

    I'm jealous....we do a few "batches" of paper whites during the winter to see a little green and get some "flower scents". Our mega dry climate and orchids and not the best match.

  • Sherrie S
    on Feb 3, 2012

    KMS - post a pic. Your mega cold and orchids are also not the best match.

  • Teresa D
    on Feb 3, 2012

    Lovely. Maybe I will try my hand at growing them this year. I had 2 in a pot and they died quickly. Never understood why. I read up on how to take care of them but to no avail.

  • Sherrie S
    on Feb 3, 2012

    Teresa D, indoors I killed every orchid. Outdoors they all thrive. A nice shady area and water once every week or two. The medium (like orchid bark) must drain very well. Enjoy.

  • Luis Lopes-da-Fonseca
    on Jul 15, 2015

    Do you know the name is this cultivar?

  • Sherrie S
    on Jul 15, 2015

    @Luis Lopes-da-Fonseca sorry I don't know the name. I bought them years ago from a lady that grew them at her home and they were not labeled.

  • DORLIS
    on Jul 16, 2015

    It is a cataleya. Which one, I don't know. You could check with your local orchid society

  • Ignazio
    on Sep 5, 2016

    This is a Cattleya. They typically are quite aromatic, but can be termpermental. I live in a norther climate with southern exposure and cannot seem to keep the mealy bugs off of them. One of the pitfalls of living in an apartment on the Jersey shore. Here's a good link that should help those of you interested in cultivating them. An important note - if you acquire one that has not flowered, don't be upset if it does not flower the following year. They generally need 4 - 5 years to grow to adulthood. Good luck to all.

  • Ignazio
    on Sep 5, 2016

    This is a Cattleya. They standard varieties, of which this looks like it is, give off the most wonderful aroma. Unfortunately, depending on where you live, they can be quite temperamental. Here's a link that should give you some sense of whether you can keep one thriving. http://www.aos.org/orchids/additional-resources/cattleyas-for-the-beginner-part-1.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.aos.org/orchids/additional-resourc...

    • Sherrie S
      on Sep 5, 2016

      I'm lucky to live in Florida Ignazio so mine live outdoors until the temp goes below 50. The aroma is wonderful when they are in my home but they are only happy outdoors where they thrive.

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