Yes that’s right, more orchids to add to the collection! Fortunately, there are only two and they are Pleonies which, at the moment, do not take up a lot of room.
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.
As a follow on from my previous post Merry Christmas & a happy New Year, I’ve spent a little time thinking about the things I would like to achieve in 2018 with regards to my orchids. My goals for this year are split into two groups, those relating to my own orchid collection and orchids native to the UK.
It’s that time of year again. Christmas decorations are going up, presents are being bought and wrapped and preparations for Christmas day are being made. Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year because it is usually spent with my family.
We have a tradition in our family on New Year’s eve, just before 12.00am strikes. We open the back door of the house to let the old year out, then at midnight we open the front door to let the New Year in.
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.
A few weeks ago I asked you, my readers, to send in any questions you had for me to put to an orchid nursery. That orchid nursery is Burnham Nurseries, and the owner, Sara Rittershausen, has kindly taken the time to answer your questions.
Starting to grow orchids as a hobby can be a daunting thing. As with anything new, you have so much to learn and absorb that it can sometimes be a real headache. Looking back now, taking on my first orchid wasn’t half so bad as taking on 10 new ones in the space of a few months – all with different care needs which I’m still working out. Yes, you will lose a few along the way, it’s a learning process; it’s going to happen, you will make mistakes. The point is, it can be daunting, but if you know where to find the information you need, the process is easier.