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Although we are officially in winter and coming to the end of February, we have had some lovely warm springlike days.

I have finally seen some new leaves on the twin miniature orchid which I didn’t give up on.

InĀ  time I’m sure it will be flowering as well as its twin. All the others are flowering again now and are looking quite healthy. My regime has not changed in any way and still takes about 30 minutes a week for the whole group of plants.

  1. spray all the outside aerial roots with rainwater.
  2. flush each pot with rainwater.
  3. add eight drops of orchid food ( baby bio) to one pint of rainwater, mix thoroughly.
  4. give each plant a liberal watering with the mixture.
  5. spray every leaf with Orchid Myst nutrient solution which is a growth enhancer, pest repellant, plant tonic and leaf conditioner, all in one.

Enjoy growing your orchids (mine are all phalaenopsis).


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.

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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!

Front View

Front View New Flower

Back View

Back View New Flower

Side View

Side View New Flower

My old orchid which has been flowering for more than seven years now, producing more than 100 flowers, has never produced a flower like this before.

Not being too knowledgeable about orchids I am not sure what it is. Having some knowledge of other plants I wonder if it is a flower of another gender, my guess is a male flower (by comparing it to the others which have been produced for years).

I have never been sure whether in fact it is a Phalaenopsis as its normal flowers are different from most Phalaenopsii.
Here are the same views of the usual flowers produced by this plant for comparison.

Front View

Front View Old Flower

Back View

Back View Old Flower

Side View

Side View Old Flower

This new flower has only just opened and is extremely different from any other flower produced by this plant before. I think you will agree that the new type of flower is more ‘phalaenopsis like’?

The keiki produced by the spotted orchid is just the same as a couple of months ago, a spike with just one small leaf?