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

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Orchid book haul

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.

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Dendrobium Keiki update

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.

Dendrobium Nobile keiki

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Why I grow orchids

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.

Some of my orchid collection

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Update: Semi-hydroponics & Nelly Isler

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.

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