Oncidium Twinkle in bloom

Much earlier than expected, the Oncidium Twinkle has decided to bloom. Flower spikes on these orchids can take months to get close to having buds, but this one took two months. There may be a very good reason why this flower spike hasn’t taken the usual six months though…

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Orchids are spiking!

This growing season, I have tweaked the care of my orchids to help encourage them to grow as well as they can. Over the summer, this task was a little more difficult to keep up with, but now it seems the results are beginning to show. I’m so excited!

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Pleonie orchid blooms: an update

If you’ve been following my blog for a little while, you’ll know that I purchased two new orchids this year. Pleonie orchids. My Pleonie formosana grew very well for me last year, so I decided to try my hand at a few more.

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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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‘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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Phalaenopsis Orchids: flower spikes

This is the time of year that Phalaenopsis orchids should start to produce flower spikes. The cooler temperatures signal that the orchid can put energy into creating flowers for reproduction. The flowers do not take very long to develop, can last for months, and vary in colour, shape and size.

But what happens when our Phalaenopsis appear to be doing very little? You may have bought an orchid which lost its blooms and now does not seem to want to do anything. Commercially grown orchids like the Phalaenopsis are encouraged to bloom at specific times of the year by companies for profits. This can sometimes work against the orchids natural annual cycles.

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