Today, I ventured out in search of books. Orchid books to be precise. I wanted to see what publications were available that would help improve the care I give to the orchids in my collection at the moment. The internet gives us access to a wealth of knowledge and experience but sometimes it can be a little bit overwhelming. My mission today was to try and find books written by people who have been growing orchids for years, and I found two – technically three but that one was about orchids native to Europe.
Earlier this year, I shared with you a post about a Dendrobium nobile keiki I have in my collection that was given to me by a family member. The keiki has a sibling which was kept by said family member. Both orchids are still alive (hurray!) however, my keiki is not growing as I was expecting him to.
This month is technically a cheat. We have the same two orchids from September in bloom, but also a new addition to my collection. This orchid was purchased in the middle of October from Burnham Nurseries, in bloom, and I’m so pleased with this latest acquisition.
Orchids are possibly one of the most popular indoor plants to grow. They come in so many shapes, sizes, colours and fragrances, that we are spoilt for choice. Many of us grow them in our homes and they are such a rewarding plant (yes, frustrating too). My interest in growing orchids was actually sparked by my brother who started his own collection some years ago. I’m nowhere near as ambitious with my collection as he is, but over the few years I have been growing mine, I have really come to love this hobby and I wanted to share with you my reasons why.
A few weeks ago, my Nelly Isler orchid was put into a semi-hydroponic system to see if it would help her recovery. There was no expectation that this method would save Nelly, but given that she has never been 100% since I purchased her, I thought I’d give this method a go. Very little of my research suggests that semi-hydroponics would save a sick orchid, but I’d rather try.
There isn’t much happening in the orchid grow space at the moment as far as blooms go, but I do have two in bloom at the moment. One is technically cheating because it was a gift from someone I know, so I can’t say that orchid has flowered as a result of the care I have given it. The other is my good ol’ faithful orchid that has been in bloom almost all year so far.
One of my orchids is not doing very well this year. Unfortunately, she was sick when she was purchased which hasn’t helped her recovery. She has been tried with water culture to encourage root production, but to no avail – she absolutely hated it!