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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.

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!


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.

 

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As you can see from the picture there is a total of seven flowers now and they are on just two plants. The oldest plant has already sent out a new flower spike, a few are about to lose leaves and the slow-growing ‘twin’ does not seem to be thriving, although I have not given up yet.

The third really large plant which I received from a neighbour, (on the right of the sink) still has two flowers, when they have gone I will re-pot the plant in a slightly larger pot.

Apart from this I will continue the same regime as always with a slight difference,- I may immerse the suffering ‘twin’ in a container of rainwater for half an hour  once a week, on a Wednesday, between my usual Saturday water and feed.

 

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The orchids are losing flowers at this stage of their life. The plants are still healthy,  however, though some are coming up to a re-potting.
The one ‘twin’ miniature phalaenopsis has still not flowered and seems to be on a ‘go slow’ although there are signs of a new leaf developing.

I still have all 8 plants!

I have not changed their regime and still give them a ‘wash out’ once a week with rain water followed by spraying aerial roots again with rain water.

I then give them a few mls of rain water to which I have added orchid food, and spray the leaves with a good leaf food.

(Actual amounts are in an earlier blog).

Hope all your orchids are blooming well. Have a good summer!

David.

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