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Although we are officially in winter and coming to the end of February, we have had some lovely warm springlike days.

I have finally seen some new leaves on the twin miniature orchid which I didn’t give up on.

In  time I’m sure it will be flowering as well as its twin. All the others are flowering again now and are looking quite healthy. My regime has not changed in any way and still takes about 30 minutes a week for the whole group of plants.

  1. spray all the outside aerial roots with rainwater.
  2. flush each pot with rainwater.
  3. add eight drops of orchid food ( baby bio) to one pint of rainwater, mix thoroughly.
  4. give each plant a liberal watering with the mixture.
  5. spray every leaf with Orchid Myst nutrient solution which is a growth enhancer, pest repellant, plant tonic and leaf conditioner, all in one.

Enjoy growing your orchids (mine are all phalaenopsis).

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It is already the 1st day of February tomorrow and many of my orchids are now in full flower. Unusually, I have one or two problems with them. The original spotted orchid has some type of ‘bud blast’ and I have not as yet found out the cause.
As you can see the keiki developed from this orchid has fine flowers at the moment.
The ‘twin’ miniature plant has still not shown signs of flowering but is at least developing leaves now. The other miniature and its keiki now have well developed flower spikes and all being well they will soon be flowering.

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 New year again – already.
I am still managing to keep the same orchids growing and the good news is that the one ‘twin’ miniature orchid is growing much more healthily and has three small leaves but no flowers as yet. I am now quite confident that it will produce flowers – maybe this year!
There are flower spikes at various stages of development on all seven of the others.
The quality of the plants (some over 10 years old) can clearly be seen, and this has been achieved by following the same growing conditions since I started.
Two of the plants are keikis removed from one miniature and one regular phalaenopsis orchid plant.

 

My eight phalaenopsis orchids are looking quite healthy with shiny green leaves and at the moment are all but one, producing flower spikes, with two spikes on a couple of them.
The oldest pink orchid is already in bloom with twelve flowers on one of its spikes (shown in picture), it’s other spike will have a similar number of blooms.
There is just one of the miniature ‘twins’ still not showing sign of flowering, but managing to produce some small healthy looking leaves – I will persevere knowing that it will flower again eventually.
The two keikis which I removed, one from a full size plant and the other from a miniature have both produced healthy mature plants now, both showing new signs of flowering.
I have maintained my original weekly routine using the same fertiliser and leaf spray throughout.
Have a wonderful festive season of Christmas and New Year.

Here we are again in November and the oldest phal (phalaenopsis orchid) has one spike with eight flowers and another spike just coming to maturity. Most of the others have one or two flower spikes developing, leaving two that as yet have not shown signs of flowering.

I thought at this stage new readers may benefit from me giving growth conditions once again.

As you can see from the pictures throughout the blog, they are all in an en-suite room with filtered light from a south facing window. As the room is a shower room the humidity is reasonably high and it is heated in cold weather.
I tend to the plants just once a week, removing any dead leaves and cutting back spikes which have finished flowering.
After this I flush all plants through with clean rainwater at room temperature, spraying any aerial roots with similar rainwater.
I then add 8 drops of baby bio orchid food to 500 mls of the same rainwater and carefully water the plants avoiding leaves and blooms.
Finally I spray each leaf on every plant with ‘Growth Technology Orchid Myst’.

This weekly procedure takes under half an hour, and as you can see they don’t look too bad on it!


The orchids are still growing well and I already have six new flower spikes,- only three plants have not yet started to produce flowers. The oldest orchid has two new spikes and one flower is already out (large flower shown).
My orchids have a quick turn over of flowers and it is quite rare to see them without any.
The other pictures shown are from the new Phalaenopsis orchid display at The Eden Project’s Tropical Biome, where they can be seen growing wild in their natural conditions.

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Considering the weather that we have had up to now this year my orchids have fared quite well. I have recently re-potted one of the larger phalaenopsis orchids (the one on the right of the group). I have shown this one as a separate picture. Strangely this is the only one with a flower at present.
The ‘twin’ miniature phal is still growing very slowly but I have upped its moisture intake by carefully spraying the surface media every day to see if it improves.