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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New Pleonie care page

There is another care page that has been added to the blog now – Pleonie orchid care.

Pleonie orchid care page

I will continue to add to this page as my knowledge about Pleonie orchids expands, so watch out for updates.

Happy growing!

Clare

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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Stem rot strikes again?

It looks as though stem rot has taken another Phalaenopsis from my collection this week. Recently, the plant has been dropping leaves, but these were yellow. Nothing out of the ordinary, I thought it was part of a natural process. This morning, when I was checking the orchid over, a green leaf came away in my hand. Not good.

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