Plant hygiene: the three D’s

When it comes to caring for any plant, it is important to remember the D’s of plant hygiene. It helps to promote the overall health of the plant, as well as improving their physical appearance (sometimes!).

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Orchids are spiking!

This growing season, I have tweaked the care of my orchids to help encourage them to grow as well as they can. Over the summer, this task was a little more difficult to keep up with, but now it seems the results are beginning to show. I’m so excited!

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Orchids in Bloom: September 2018

After a few months of no blooms, we finally have some more. I’m really excited to have one of them in bloom because it has never flowered for me before, and I thought it was having a tantrum about being moved from its last house to ours. Let’s see what we have…

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Southern Marsh Orchid seeds: an update

The Harry Potter seeds have been in the cupboard under the stairs for about one month now. I’m keeping a record of every development I spot (yes, on my spreadsheet) and today, it seems, I have to start preparing to re-plate the seeds.

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Orchid growing and plastic use

Plastic use has had a lot of coverage in the media recently, and rightly so. We humans are producing more plastic items than we really need, and it is affecting our wildlife and eco-systems. Some campaigns state that we should be living “plastic-free”, which is a wonderful idea, but I don’t think we will ever be free of plastic. It’s in so many items we use on daily basis; cars, TVs, washing machines, mobile phones, even the laptop I am typing this post on.

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Native British Orchids: Hardy Orchid Society Membership

As with most hobbies, sometimes it is helpful to be part of wider community who can share their knowledge and experience with us. When I started looking into our native British orchids, I found the Hardy Orchid Society. I have been a member now for over a year, and I think it is useful organisation to be a member of.

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No I.D. Dendrobium Phalaenopsis is in bloom

It’s such a lovely thing to have an orchid bloom for you. For me, it means I’ve done something right and the orchid is happy.

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After this orchid moved home, it did very little in the way of growing for such a long time I thought that perhaps it was throwing a tantrum. However, this orchid is now in bloom. I must have done something right.

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