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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Experimenting with semi-hydroponics to save my Nelly Isler orchid

One of my orchids is not doing very well this year. Unfortunately, she was sick when she was purchased which hasn’t helped her recovery. She has been tried with water culture to encourage root production, but to no avail – she absolutely hated it!

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Oncidopsis Nelly Isler in bloom

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Aliceara Peggy Ruth Carpenter

Our orchid hobby may well lead us to buy orchids that have beautiful flowers, fragrance or present us with a challenge as they have different care needs to the rest of our collection. Sometimes though, we purchase orchids because of their name, and one of my collection was bought for this very reason. Her name is Peggy. More specifically, Aliceara Peggy Ruth Carpenter, and I purchased her for my birthday last year.

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Miltonidium Bartley Schwartz

Meet Bartley.

Part of the Oncidium alliance, this beautiful orchid is pretty tough and easily pleased. An ideal orchid for those wishing to try growing an Oncidium type orchid.

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‘Tis the season: For orchid growth

The days are getting longer and, surprisingly for England, warmer and sunnier! It’s also the time when orchids spring into their growing season. Sundays are usually a watering day for me and this morning I found that my orchids are putting their energy into lots of new growth. Even one of my species orchids has created a new root and has the beginnings of a new leaf!

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A new leaf being produced by Dino (Sarcochylis Hartmanii – a species orchid).

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