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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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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.

In a clockwise direction starting from the left we have the original orchid whose flowers are getting quite old, although a new bud can be seen on the right. The ‘Flare Spots’ keiki is next with its new flowers, next is the original ‘Flare Spots’, followed by the single miniature keiki. The single miniature is next and the twin miniature with the other full size phal in the last place. The only orchid still not ready for flowering is the other twin which has healthy well-developed leaves but no flower spikes as yet.

My growing conditions are still exactly the same, and I am confident that the eighth orchid will soon be flowering again.

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).

I often refer to the age of my orchids by guesswork, so today I actually went back to August 2012 when I started writing ‘The Snakeblog’ and checked when I actually received them. I was given the pink orchid nine years ago and it was already a couple of years old I reckon. I bought the original ‘Flare Spots’ seven years ago, the twin miniature phals were a gift three years ago and the other miniature again a gift, three years ago too.
The first keiki which was from ‘Flare Spots’ is also three years old, and the second keiki became independent this year.
On the whole the plants are quite healthy although the ‘twin’ miniatures have struggled somewhat after their re-potting, I do not think they were completely healthy though from day one. However I will persevere to try to bring them up to scratch. I have kept the regime for all these years using the same techniques throughout the seasons and years, just repotting them in fresh potting medium when they show signs of being unhappy.


The ‘twin’ miniature phals have been looking a bit tired in recent months, and only one of them has flowered this year, so I thought it was worth re-potting them with fresh bark medium, in larger pots.
Already one of them has a new healthy green leaf and I’m hoping that this strategy will save them. I have also dispensed with the outer ceramic pots and left them just with the clear plastic inner pots, to get maximum light to the roots in this transitional phase.
The other miniature phal with a well-developed keiki has now got three roots and when they are slightly longer it will be time for me to give the plantlet a life of its own by cutting it free and planting it in a new pot.
The other orchids are still flowering and producing healthy foliage, the oldest (pink) will be ten years old next year and has both old flowers and a new flower spike too, at present.
It will soon be time to repot this one, after it has finished flowering this time and it will be necessary to use a nine inch pot, quite a bit of growth and several re-pottings since my wife bought it for me.

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It is June and the keiki on the miniature phal has almost lost its first flowering despite being still attached to the parent plant. (first picture)
Its first root can be clearly seen and when it has a couple more I will detach it from the parent plant and pot it up.
The other picture shows the twin miniature plants, one of which has not flowered for a year. (on right). The other one has recently lost its flowers.
These plants have never had great leaves, but I have  confidence that they will improve, possibly after a re-pot. All the other plants are flowering well and look in good condition.