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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!

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The orchids are still growing well and I already have six new flower spikes,- only three plants have not yet started to produce flowers. The oldest orchid has two new spikes and one flower is already out (large flower shown).
My orchids have a quick turn over of flowers and it is quite rare to see them without any.
The other pictures shown are from the new Phalaenopsis orchid display at The Eden Project’s Tropical Biome, where they can be seen growing wild in their natural conditions.

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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 hourĀ  once a week, on a Wednesday, between my usual Saturday water and feed.

 

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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.

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.