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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.

 

 

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The older orchid, fully in bloom.

Because there has been some interest shown in the orchids, and they are nearing full bloom now at this time in March, I decided that it would be good to show them again.
I have not changed the methods of growing, which are consistently the same no matter what the weather, temperature or season.
Although in a south facing situation, the light is filtered through obscure glass, and being a shower room, the humidity is kept relatively high. All other cultural conditions are available in previous blogs. All I will say is that I do not interfere with their growth, and only cut anything off that is well and truly dead!

The younger plant, now achieving some maturity!

The younger plant, now achieving some maturity!


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My idea has been to show the development of two orchid plants using my own growth methods, so here is the latest update.
As you can see both orchids are in full flower again (end of August), and seem to be almost synchronised in their behaviour.

I have continued to employ the same method of feeding and watering throughout their life cycle, and at the moment they appear to favour flowering in the summer up in my bathroom, finishing flowering in early spring.

There are differing views on foliar feeding, but I find it to be efficacious in promoting healthy flowers and leaves.

It is also a good thing to flush the roots with clean rain water at least once a month, and then feed.

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My estimation of the number of flowers in my previous account was vastly over estimated, and there are in fact seven flowers on the newest plant, and fifteen on the older one.