You know when you start learning about a new hobby or interest, there are more experienced people that use specific terms or phrases that you have no idea about? Well, that has happened several times to me with this orchid hobby, and the only way I can get my head around all these new words is to write them down. To that end, I have created a new page on this blog – a Glossary page!
A few weeks ago I posted about a Cattleya orchid that I purchased at an orchid show in November 2016. It was not the only one – I also purchased a Miltoniopsis ‘World Cup’.
It is obviously a healthy green colour and had been doing well. I didn’t repot it when I brought it home because it is a young orchid and disturbing it might be detrimental to its growth.
As the winter draws on, we are all wrapping up warm and looking after ourselves to prevent coughs and colds getting the better of us. I’ve been looking at my orchids lately, two in particular, and thinking “why don’t you look 100%?”
Google is quickly becoming my best friend.
With 2016 drawing to a close, it’s a good time to reflect on the successes and things we could improve on in the New Year. Most of us will have New Year’s resolutions – maybe you want to lose some weight or gain fitness, or maybe it will be to finally get around to finishing that job you have been putting off for the last few years.
I have my own New Year’s resolutions, but mine is more about making small changes to my lifestyle that will hopefully benefit myself and my family, as well as this beautiful planet we live on. I do also have some orchid resolutions too (what a surprise, I hear you cry!).
A very good friend of mine gave me a Phalaenopsis orchid as a gift when my partner and I moved in together 18 months ago. It stopped blooming shortly afterwards and hasn’t bloomed for me since…until now!
With the onset of winter, most of us will be putting on our central heating to keep warm. For most orchids growers, this can present a challenge – keeping humidity up. Humidity doesn’t have an adverse affect on Phals (at least in my experience) however, it can affect Oncidium type orchids.
Not for the first time this year, I’ve had to open my ‘orchid hospital’ to help fix an unhealthy orchid.
About a week or so ago, I purchased a Cattleya orchid from an orchid show along with a new Miltoniopsis orchid. Both are fairly young plants so I don’t expect either of them to bloom any time soon. I did notice that there appears to be some indicators that the Cattleya orchid may need some T.L.C. but this is fine with me. Whilst it was still in its original pot, I did spray the tops of the roots with hydrogen peroxide 3% to help remove any moulds, algae etc that may be lurking in the pot. Hydrogen peroxide reacts to moulds and fungus if they are present – there was a lot of fizzing so I’m guessing there was a lot of things in this pot that shouldn’t really be there.