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It is already the 1st day of February tomorrow and many of my orchids are now in full flower. Unusually, I have one or two problems with them. The original spotted orchid has some type of ‘bud blast’ and I have not as yet found out the cause.
As you can see the keiki developed from this orchid has fine flowers at the moment.
The ‘twin’ miniature plant has still not shown signs of flowering but is at least developing leaves now. The other miniature and its keiki now have well developed flower spikes and all being well they will soon be flowering.



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!


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 already early November and the majority of  my orchids are either flowering or have well-developed flower spikes. The exceptions are the twins which have been slow to grow since their last re-potting and also the keikis from the ‘Flare Spots’ orchid and the other phal miniature which is now producing another keiki (shown in first picture). The second picture is of the previous keiki produced by this orchid earlier (no flower as yet).

Things are mixed with the orchids here in January. The miniature ‘twins! have refused to behave as such now, one is about to flower, whereas the other has shown no signs of flowering for several months.

The single miniature has a new flower spike and has lost all the flowers from the old one. The keiki which is still attached is now producing a flower spike too.

The oldest pink orchid still has a good display of blooms and the original ‘flare spots’ has lost its flowers, whilst it’s detached keiki is still in flower.

The other large phal still has two flowering spikes.

I thought it was a good idea to show you the foliage of all the orchids clearly and also a shot of the roots through a clear pot, in order to show the exceptional greenness throughout.

This month sees the appearance of what may be a keiki on the single miniature orchid.

This phalaenopsis orchid grows small leaves all the way up flower spikes anyway, – so it may turn out to be just a new flower spike, surrounded by small leaves – watch this space?

Most of my orchids are in flower now with the exception of the ‘twin’ miniatures who are taking a well earned rest.

The largest orchid which is eight years old now is still in flower and I thought I would present a large picture of this to get a good idea of how well they grow under my growth conditions.
IMG_1978 The spotted one is six years old and as well as continuing to flower on one spike , it now has an almost fully developed, second flower spike.
IMG_1980The ‘twins’ which are miniature phalaenopsis orchids are only just over a year old and have already had two flower spikes crammed with flowers.
IMG_1981The Keiki which I took from the spotted orchid plant is still growing a root system so the flower spike is growing very slowly.

I took a close up to show this clearly.
IMG_1979Finally the other miniature orchid (1 year old) still sports some blooms, though many have now died back.