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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!


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.



Some flowers are starting to fade now, though there is still a mass of blooms.
The miniature phalaenopsis with the keiki now has a new flower spike along with its group of flowers. There are plenty of healthy green leaves on all of the plants too.
One of the ‘twin’ miniatures now has a well developed flower spike, whilst the other has as yet not shown any signs of flowering, however, this one is often later than the others.

Flare Spots

Flare Spots

It is nearly the end of September and the ‘Flare Spots Orchid’ has a new spike of ten flowers as well as the ones on the old spike.

The Keiki which came from this plant is furiously growing roots, but the flower spike has still not grown any more, it seems dormant but certainly not dead.

The pink/mauve orchid is producing a new flower spike as well as the many flowers on the old one. I have not seen it revert to original shaped blooms for some time now. (see previous blogs).

The single miniature phal is without flowers but is presently growing a new strong flower spike.

The 'Twins'

The ‘Twins’

The ‘twin’ miniatures still have identical behaviour with a new flower spike growing on each. I have noticed that when they are starting to grow flowers, parts of the leaf tips turn red/brown and orange/yellow, but the leaves are not dying and will eventually be restored to green. During these times misting with a good quality solution of orchid fertiliser will help greatly.

The plants all continue to thrive and take me no more than 30 minutes per week to care for!

New Plant

New Plant

The ex Keiki (above) which I detached earlier in the month has already developed a flower spike, which can be clearly seen in the photograph (underneath the leaf on the right).

The parent plant (below) also appears to be doing well, as it too has developed a healthy looking, new, flower spike along with the one which is presently flowering!

My growing conditions appear to sustain overall growth, at the same time keeping the plants flowering.

Parent Plant

Parent Plant