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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 losing flowers at this stage of their life. The plants are still healthy,  however, though some are coming up to a re-potting.
The one ‘twin’ miniature phalaenopsis has still not flowered and seems to be on a ‘go slow’ although there are signs of a new leaf developing.

I still have all 8 plants!

I have not changed their regime and still give them a ‘wash out’ once a week with rain water followed by spraying aerial roots again with rain water.

I then give them a few mls of rain water to which I have added orchid food, and spray the leaves with a good leaf food.

(Actual amounts are in an earlier blog).

Hope all your orchids are blooming well. Have a good summer!

David.

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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.

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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!

Almost into September… where on earth has the year gone?

My miniatures are not flowering and the twins are looking slightly poorly. The keiki from the other miniature is thriving…slowly and has a new leaf.

The old plant (photo on left) has a profusion of new flowers despite just having lost the old ones.

The Flare Spots is still flowering as shown along with the pink – veined one (also shown).

All the rest have healthy new flower spikes and will soon be in bloom again!

For all those new to growing phals  (phalaenopsis orchids) all my plants are several years old Рthe oldest being well over ten years.

Look to previous blogs for growing conditions.

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.

 

 

I have noticed quite a useful fact over the last few years of growing phalaenopsis orchids concerning aerial roots. Whilst these roots are very necessary when the plants are growing from tree limbs in the wild, in the home environment they do not seem to be that useful.
My plants that had aerial roots still have them however and I mist the roots with rainwater once a week.
Plants that did not have aerial roots to start with have never grown them under my growth conditions and the keiki that I removed and is now a mature plant does not have any aerial roots. Nor does the second keiki which is still attached to its parent plant and is flowering at the moment, as is its parent.