Full water culture: cleaning orchid leaves

I’ve been asked a question by one of my readers about how to clean and dry Phalaenopsis orchid leaves when it is in full water culture. Whilst I currently have no experience at growing Phalaenopsis orchids in full water culture, I’d like to offer some advice about how to ensure the orchid is sufficiently dry after cleaning the leaves to reduce the likelihood of rot.


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Adopting orchids: what to do when you bring them home

Sometimes in this hobby, you are given an orchid to care for on behalf of someone else. Recently, two orchids have been adopted into my collection because a relative of mine is no longer able to care for them.

What do you do then, once you have brought them home with you?

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Nelly Isler update: we have signs of life!

For those of you who have been following my blog for a while, you’ll know I have had problems with my Nelly Isler orchid. I have tried various different methods to revive her to no avail. Until now.


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How Pleonie orchids grow

Pleonie orchids are a beautiful and simple orchid to grow. The blooms form on the new pseudo-bulb that develops at the end of each growing season. The growth development in later winter / early spring is rapid; within a few weeks the new growths will have produced a flower, continuing to grow until the big floppy leaves have reached their maximum. The blooms themselves are short lived. My first Pleonie’s blooms lasted for about 5-6 weeks, but it was absolutely gorgeous!


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