Refreshing the grow space

OK, so it has been a weird year. I had every intention of starting this year with a post about what was in bloom in the grow space, and then…well…COVID-19 happened. Like most people, we have had to adjust to a new way of living and priorities have had to be changed. This is the first time that I have felt in the right frame of mind to sit down and blog this year.

Not surprisingly, my orchids have been neglected a lot this year. The ones that have struggled the most are my Oncidium types, but the Phalaenopsis have thrived. Now, I would love nothing more than to refresh their grow space and think about how I can best care for each plant I have.

My plan going forward is to remind myself of what I still have to care for, and whether they are in the right place. Already it is obvious that there is a lot of work that needs doing, but as things are starting to settle for me, I can give my time to this project.

So, my plan is:-

  1. Update my notes about all the orchid’s in the collection.
  2. Put together a list of orchids that need repotting and get started.
  3. Move orchids to another part of the house if I feel this is necessary to promote their growth / overall health.

As I go along, I will need to refresh my memory about growing conditions and needs to improve the care these orchids are currently getting.

I’m excited to get started, and I hope that you enjoy following along. Let me know if there is something specific about the orchids you want to see me post about.

Happy growing!


Nelly Isler: an update

If you have a Nelly Isler orchid, chances are that you have already encountered how fickle these plants can be. My husband purchased mine from Ikea a few years ago, and ever since we bought her home, she’s struggled. Various methods have been tried to help her, but I wanted to give an update today, as she has not featured for a little while.

Oncidopsis Nelly Isler

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Broken or damaged aerial roots

One of my readers recently asked me what do with a broken or damaged aerial root. This is the first orchid that they have, in their own words, “kept alive” and is IMG_2623proud of this fact (and the orchid).

As this is something I have done myself with a few of my own Phalaenopsis orchids, I can understand the feeling of frustration and upset it causes when one of the roots is damaged.

So, what do you do when you accidently break an aerial root? Does it signal the end of your orchids existence? Should you apply cinnamon to it? Or stick it back together with a plaster (or band-aid)?
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Orchids in Bloom: August 2019

As this time of year is mainly about the orchids growing new leaves, roots or growths, there is not a lot that has changed from last month. There are a couple of new spikes that have started to form, but the rest of my collection is busily putting their energy into new growths or leaves.

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Native British Orchids: Pyramidal Orchid

Another native British orchid can officially be ticked off my list. For this orchid, I ran – RAN – up a steep sided hill (it felt more like a mountain by the time I reached the top!). I haven’t run since high school but the excitement of seeing a new orchid practically propelled me up there.


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Native British Orchids: Early Purple Orchid

On a trip to Wales back in May, I stumbled across a native British orchid I had not seen before in the natural environment. Plenty of people I know have said that they had seen it growing near them in woodland or near a churchyard, but until this trip it wasn’t one I had laid eyes on. Not in real life anyway.

purple orchid single llanelli small

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Native British Orchid: Southern Marsh Orchid growth

It’s been a few months since you had an update on these orchids, and whilst I have some time to catch up, now seems like a good time to share with you how these orchids are progressing.


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Orchids in Bloom: July 2019

This month, there are a few Phalaenopsis that are still in bloom, one that has produced more flowers, and a few new bloomers.


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New orchids from Burnham Nurseries

Last month, I had a little break away in Devon and spent some time at Burnham Nursery having a look around at their beautiful orchid collection. It’s difficult to chose a small selection of plants when there are so many choices, but eventually, only 3 orchids came home with me.


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