Caring for aerial roots on Phalaenopsis orchids

Phalaenopsis orchids are one of a few species that produce aerial roots in addition to their own root system.  Aerial roots on Phalaenopsis orchids are those roots that grow away from the pot or growing media and have a thicker, silvery appearance. These roots also have a green tip at the end. These roots serve a purpose, and do benefit the orchid.

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New Page: My book collection

Another new page to the blog!

A few months ago now, I created a post about a book haul. Slowly, I am making my way through them and any thoughts or comments will be put on this new page for you to read. Any useful sections or hints and tips shall be added too to give you more of an idea if that particular book would be worth purchasing for yourselves. Some of them though you might not be able to purchase online because they date back a few years and might not be in publication any more.

Any books relating to native orchids will be given a separate page so as to avoid confusion (mostly on my part!).

The page can be found here, or by selecting it from the top menu under “Glossary”.

Goals for 2018

As a follow on from my previous post Merry Christmas & a happy New Year, I’ve spent a little time thinking about the things I would like to achieve in 2018 with regards to my orchids. My goals for this year are split into two groups, those relating to my own orchid collection and orchids native to the UK.

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Merry Christmas & a happy New Year!

It’s that time of year again. Christmas decorations are going up, presents are being bought and wrapped and preparations for Christmas day are being made. Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year because it is usually spent with my family.

We have a tradition in our family on New Year’s eve, just before 12.00am strikes. We open the back door of the house to let the old year out, then at midnight we open the front door to let the New Year in.

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Cutting Phalaenopsis flower spikes

I’ve been asked this question a lot lately: “what do I do with the flower spike on my Phalaenopsis orchid now the flowers are gone?” It’s a fairly easy answer, but sometimes explaining it can be overwhelming to people new to growing Phalaenopsis orchids.

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Orchids in Bloom: November 2017

Another month has gone by, and I have only one orchid in bloom to share with you. This is the Phalaenopsis Liodora that I purchased last month. She has dropped one of her blooms, but has four very healthy ones left.

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Her fragrance is not as strong as it was when she first arrived, which I am putting down to her adjusting to her new environment. This does happen with orchids, particularly when they are new to my collection. Hopefully, when she’s settled her fragrance will get stronger. We shall wait and see.

Happy growing!

Clare