What should I do with this?
It's been hanging on in quiet desperation for a year or so and now I'm getting the guilts.
No it's a stick. The brown, dead bit is the flower spike
It seems to have been potted in bits of wood. Do I have to buy some special compost?
Is a clear pot necessary?
Yes, use a clear pot (I've seen them in Homebase) and an orchid potting mix which is just bits of bark and similar stuff.
Cut the old brown stalk off down low and tuck those two new aerial roots into the new pot. (They might not choose to stay there ... if they want to wander about out of the pot that's ok too)
Give it a soak after re-potting then let it drain. Don't let it stand in water.
The roots will turn green when it's been watered ... don't water again until they've lost their green colour.
You can give it a few drops of Baby Bio Orchid Food as directed on the bottle. Keep it on a north facing windowsill and keep the air fairly humid ... fortunately our bathroom has a north facing window.
Last edited: 22 August 2017 18:43:26