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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.


My eight orchid plants range in age from the rather resplendent pink one which at the moment sports 28 blooms, to keikis only developed this year.
2 are flowering, 2 are without flower spikes and the remaining four have one or two developing spikes.
I have not changed my growth regime at all since I found the best way of growing phalaenopsis orchids in this location, several years ago, nor have I changed the position or room in which they grow.
The only one that has had a set-back is one of the ‘twin’ plants whose leaves became stressed, striated and pale after a re-pot. It is now undergoing change, the leaves are becoming darker, the striations are going and it is looking more like a typical phalaenopsis leaf.
It did not need any special treatment, just a little more time and patience to do its thing


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.

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.

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.

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Orchids grow quite quickly when conditions are right. The most mature of the plants the pink/mauve orchid as you can see has seven or eight flowers forming on each of two, new flower spikes. As well as these, there are several flowers developing on the end of the old stems, which have lost dead flowers.
In all, a total of twenty six flowers.

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The other spotted orchid, as well as the new spike, has two flowers on the end of the old one, too.

I think you can say that these growing conditions now seem to favour these plants.

At the same time if your orchids are doing well, stick with what you are doing, but if not my cultural methods can be found in an earlier blog.

I am still sticking faithfully to that particular regime.



The orchids are still growing well in the chosen place.
The younger plant with spotted flowers, lost all its blooms in November, but has now developed a new flower spike which will soon be flowering. As well as this there are two flowers in bud at the end of the old spike.
When it has finished flowering I will re pot in a size larger pot. (7″)

The more mature plant with pink flowers is doing well and in spite of losing a couple of leaves and all the old flowers but one, recently. It now has two very healthy new flower spikes and is developing several flowers on the end of each of the old spikes too. I would estimate in total about twenty new flowers.
I have continued to flush rainwater through the roots, and to give moderate food afterwards, and also mist the leaves with a specific orchid foliar feed. The attention at the moment seems to be paying off.
After flowering this plant will be moving to a bigger pot (about 9-10″)
The picture shows a new flower, an old flower, and a dead one.