What is it?

by Angie

The person who gave me this could not tell me what it is. I only suspect that it is an orchid. I would like to identify it so that i can coax in to bloom, which it hasn't yet. In this photo, i have just removed it from the course soil that it was in.

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Jun 11, 2014
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by: Cable Thompson

You're right, this is an orchid! The thick white roots are a dead giveaway; the white part is an outer layer of dead cells called velamen.

It's a bit hard to tell what kind of orchid it is since it's not blooming right now; my best guesses are Dendrobium or even more likely (because the leaves look stiff and thickened) Epidendrum. Both kinds have long canes from the base with leaves coming off the sides.

It will like bright light (but not direct sunlight), and you should water just as it dries out. Get it back into a pot as soon as you can; here are my instructions for repotting orchids. (If it turns out to be a Dendrobium, you'll want to water more often when it's actively growing and let it dry out a bit more when it's not.)

Best of luck with your new plant!

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