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At the start of May this year many of my phals are starting to lose flowers and the one ‘slow’ miniature orchid (one of the twins), still isn’t showing signs of growing leaves or flowers, it seems to be in a totally dormant state although the leave are green and not showing any signs of disease?
The picture is of the keiki removed from the ‘single miniature’ I think that you will agree that it is now a well established and attractive plant.
I have never had such a profusion of blooms, with all but one of my eight orchids putting on an unparalleled show of colour and beauty.

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It is very heartening to see all but one of the phalaenopsis orchids blooming.
There are signs that the one miniature that has not bloomed for some time may be starting to grow.
This time I have included another orchid blooming in its natural state, attached to a tree in the Tropical Biome in the Eden Project at Bodelva in Cornwall.
It is important that we try to get as close to these conditions as we possibly can when attempting to grow these beautiful plants.
My growth conditions are outlined in full in many of my blogs. I have kept these conditions throughout the time that I have grown orchids and the only changes that I have made has been re-potting when really needed. They do benefit for a time from being slightly pot bound.
I hope that you continue to grow and derive pleasure from these beautiful plants.

We have had a visit from ‘The Beast from the East’. The orchids are very lucky as they are in the warmest room in the house!

There is a good show of blooms as you can see, and there is still only one not showing any signs of flowering, so I shall have to put a little more time into trying to get this one to flower again.
It may be time soon to give some of them some new growth medium, although it is not always necessary to change the size of pot.
Hope you are enjoying success with your growing and having ideal weather – the present spell is of course good for skiing,sledging,snowboarding,snowballing and building snowmen and igloos!
It helps to stay positive.

In a clockwise direction starting from the left we have the original orchid whose flowers are getting quite old, although a new bud can be seen on the right. The ‘Flare Spots’ keiki is next with its new flowers, next is the original ‘Flare Spots’, followed by the single miniature keiki. The single miniature is next and the twin miniature with the other full size phal in the last place. The only orchid still not ready for flowering is the other twin which has healthy well-developed leaves but no flower spikes as yet.

My growing conditions are still exactly the same, and I am confident that the eighth orchid will soon be flowering again.

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I still have the full complement of Phalaenopsis orchids, 2 independent keikis taken from ‘flare spots’ and the single miniature, 3 miniature orchids and 3 full size ones.

All the orchids seem to be thriving well. The only one without a flower spike now is one of the ‘twin’ miniature orchids, the other a keiki taken from the single miniature, now has the start of what looks like a flower spike. All the others (6) have well developed flower spikes, some with two or three and several in full bloom as shown in the photographs.
I have continued to use my growth regime throughout 2017 as before, without making any changes or adding any extras!


My eight orchid plants range in age from the rather resplendent pink one which at the moment sports 28 blooms, to keikis only developed this year.
2 are flowering, 2 are without flower spikes and the remaining four have one or two developing spikes.
I have not changed my growth regime at all since I found the best way of growing phalaenopsis orchids in this location, several years ago, nor have I changed the position or room in which they grow.
The only one that has had a set-back is one of the ‘twin’ plants whose leaves became stressed, striated and pale after a re-pot. It is now undergoing change, the leaves are becoming darker, the striations are going and it is looking more like a typical phalaenopsis leaf.
It did not need any special treatment, just a little more time and patience to do its thing

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I often refer to the age of my orchids by guesswork, so today I actually went back to August 2012 when I started writing ‘The Snakeblog’ and checked when I actually received them. I was given the pink orchid nine years ago and it was already a couple of years old I reckon. I bought the original ‘Flare Spots’ seven years ago, the twin miniature phals were a gift three years ago and the other miniature again a gift, three years ago too.
The first keiki which was from ‘Flare Spots’ is also three years old, and the second keiki became independent this year.
On the whole the plants are quite healthy although the ‘twin’ miniatures have struggled somewhat after their re-potting, I do not think they were completely healthy though from day one. However I will persevere to try to bring them up to scratch. I have kept the regime for all these years using the same techniques throughout the seasons and years, just repotting them in fresh potting medium when they show signs of being unhappy.