There is a lot of debate amongst orchid growers about the use of ice as a method for watering Phalaenopsis orchids. In the hot weather it may seem like a great idea. Many growers I have spoken to literally cringe when you ask them about this watering method, because there is a risk the plant will not tolerate the freezing temperatures of the water. I’d like to share my experience of using ice on my orchids.
About a year ago, I made a purchase from Burnham Nurseries which included a Dendrobium Victoria Reginae orchid. This particular Dendrobium is the only ‘blue’ orchid. She came from the specimen plant that is housed in Burnham’s Orchid Paradise exhibition (and it is massive!). She came to me as a single cane with leaves growing well.
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?
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!