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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


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.

Almost into September… where on earth has the year gone?

My miniatures are not flowering and the twins are looking slightly poorly. The keiki from the other miniature is thriving…slowly and has a new leaf.

The old plant (photo on left) has a profusion of new flowers despite just having lost the old ones.

The Flare Spots is still flowering as shown along with the pink – veined one (also shown).

All the rest have healthy new flower spikes and will soon be in bloom again!

For all those new to growing phals  (phalaenopsis orchids) all my plants are several years old – the oldest being well over ten years.

Look to previous blogs for growing conditions.

It is August and I have removed the keiki from the single miniature phal and put it in another pot. I am conscious of the fact that I may have done this too early as the leaves have become striated and leathery, however there is a new leaf which looks ok, – only time will tell whether it worked. The two re-potted ‘twins’ are still growing although the one that hasn’t flowered for some time has striated, pale leaves, it remains to be seen whether or not this one will survive, I could do some surgery on its roots but I have decided to leave it for a while to allow it to recover from re-potting. The other twin is surviving well and growing healthy looking foliage. The large pink orchid now has a new flower spike (shown) and its first flower (centre of lower three pictures) is a much deeper colour, in fact it was deep red dusted with gold when it first came out. This plant has just lost its last flower from its previous flower spike. The ‘Flare Spots’ (on the left) is still in bloom and its detached keiki has lost all its flowers now as has the single miniature.

The newest plant (on the right) has two new flowers on one of its two spikes, – many of the old blooms are still there, – they have been there for between five and six months and look distinctly faded compared to the new ones. That plant is exceptional and apart from growing slightly has not changed since I got it several years ago, it has not lost a single leaf or even a single leaf turned yellow, it has healthy green roots and has had many flower spikes full of flowers.