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Is this an orchid and can anyone help with how to care for it?

Does anyone know what this plant is? Is it an orchid? The leaves look different to many orchids in pictures. My friend gave it to me and I want to care for it properly but am not sure how. Has anyone got any advice? Internet says not to put orchids in terracotta pots but I don't now if this is an orchid. Thanks for any help! 


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,766
    Hi @louiseZNNlL_wt and welcome to the forum  :)

    I think that's a Dendrobium orchid ... @Nanny Beach is one of th folk on here who grows them ... hopefully she'll see this thread and will give you some help with it. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Ok thanks so much! I'll keep checking to see if @Nanny Beach sees this x
  • There are a number of Dendrobium orchids but I only grow 1 type ( which isn't that one ). As said, perhaps @Nanny Beach may know more :)  
  • Ok thanks for your reply!
  • Yes it is an orchid but no it isn't a Dendrobium. Looks more like a Miltonia.
    Orchids are brilliant plants to have as they will flower for a very long time.
    Does the pot it is in have drainage holes? Or is it in another pot and then placed in china pot?
    If not you will need to take it out as it will be soon having the roots waterlogged, better to be on a plant saucer.
    You need to put the orchid in a place where humidity is good (kitchen windowsill is often a good one).
    Not direct sunlight.
    Water (if you can ) with rain water but only once a week unless the area is very hot.
    If you can sit the pot on a gravel tray and then spray this each day during the warmer months and this will keep the humidity up.
    When it finishes flowering please don't throw it away as it will send up new growing shoots and later new flowering shoots but this may take a bit longer as orchids grown for business are often forced and there is a delay whilst the plant settles to its new conditions.
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,343
    Yes, Bertram is correct,it's a Miltonia,pansy or orchid,and she's given perfect instructions. They are not as easy to look after or re flower as the others
  • Thank you so much for the brilliant advice I really appreciate it. It is in a pot with drainage and in a china pot. Is this not good? Thanks so much I will do my best! x
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,343
    Have you kept it in the original plastic pot, then put that in a China pot,? when you water,leave to drain,the orchids don't like wet feet
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