The weekend before last, my boyfriend and I went to a local orchid show for the eye candy and just to learn more. Neither of us know much about orchids, but we've managed not to swiftly kill any of the standard phalaenopsis types we've gotten from Trader Joe's.
We ended up buying one at this show--the tag says "Lc. Fire Dance 'Patricia' (c. aurantica x Fire Island)". I have never seen it at the grocery store so I was seduced by the exotic factor. Anyway, we've had it barely over a week and it's falling to pieces--literally! The blooms seem to have dried up, turned black
and fallen off--about one a day at this point. This
is what they are SUPPOSED to look like (you can see a sad little dying one in the background). :( Some of the stalks are getting black and dry, others are puckered
--the leaves feel dry and one is yellow and waxy
Part of me thinks maybe we just got a lemon, but when we bought it the dude looked at the $25 price tag and looked surprised. We were like, "Is there a problem?" And he just sorta brushed it off and said, "Oh, nah--I just didn't know this was priced like this, you're gettin a deal." So obviously we were stoked but now we're afraid we'll have to toss it by week's end!
Like I said, I know next to nothing about orchids, but I am pretty sure we watered it right (it's in bark, not moss)--I wonder if we put it too close to the window but I thought they liked sun?? Is it just starting the dying process early and will come back next year (assuming we treat it right till then)? Please help!! If I can't keep a plant alive I wonder about my potential abilities to raise pets and children! I'm sure there are factors I'm not thinking to include here, so I'll check this often to see if there are any questions regarding what we did. Thanks in advance!!