A Long Overdue Orchid Update

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It’s Been A While ..

I think it’s been way too long since my last orchid update. I’ve just been busy doing this and that, and the summer is definitely in full swing. My wife and I have been preoccupied with a new patio we recently had installed in our backyard. We have been busy looking for, testing, and purchasing patio furniture and miscellaneous other accessories to go with. It’s been an enjoyable process but one that has taken a bit of our time and it seems like the summer is flying by already.

It hasn’t left much time for posting and writing about my life, so one occasion I have to remember to take some time for myself and jot a few things down on the Hive blog. I don’t want everyone to think that I have up and vanished. So today I decided it’s a quiet Sunday morning, Molly is still asleep along with my wife, and the time seems right for an orchid update!

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Since I led in on a photograph of my morning Sunday coffee, in my new fish mug donated by my mom and dad (they felt bad about the one I had broke a while back), so I figured I would start with the Dendrobium orchid. She’s been doing fairly well. Her leaves look healthy along with the stocks that sort of appear sparse. That’s just her look! Nothing to be worried about, some dendrobium orchids just look that way.

And yes that’s a pear sitting there. I don’t just have a single pear lying around on my kitchen counter next to my orchids for any reason other than that I was supposed to eat it for lunch on Friday. I didn’t get around to it so there at sits. On Monday it’s a goner. Lol.

What is new is some growth. I do see a new shoot coming up out of the mulch around the plant face. This is a great sign and tells me the orchid is happy in its location and we are feeding it well and supplying the right amounts of water. It must be enjoying its new terra-cotta pot was placed in, not all that long ago.

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Let’s shift our attention over to Pepper sympathy orchid. We happened to just recently get together with the good friends that gave us this orchid when Pepper passed away. It was a nice visit but it’s now time to clip off the flower stems and allow this poor plant to recoup some of it spent energy. It has spent quite a long time, approximately six months or so, producing and blooming. The plant is stressed and needs repotted ASAP. I plan on doing that either today or next weekend. All of those air roots need to go back into the pot so they can absorb some humidity, while the plant tries to recoup some of its turgor pressure and leaf health.

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I see a new flower shoot starting to form at the end of the old stem. I would love nothing other than allowing this to keep blooming, but I’m afraid the plant will become too stressed out and it will cause permanent damage. I don’t want anything to happen to this orchid, because it does hold a special spot in my heart. So unfortunately the stem hast to come off. I’m not worried, this work it has been a prolific bloomer and I am sure it will bloom for us plenty in the future.

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Now it’s time to take a look at the other Phalaenopsis orchids that set along what I called the orchid wall. Earlier in the spring my wife and I repotted these orchids into some new glass pots that we purchased online. I had been searching for several glass pots to match the ones we already had, and found some. So it wasn’t long after that the ones that weren’t repotted last year got repotted this spring.

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All but one are done blooming. Again we can’t be sad about this because we had so much color for such a long time. It wasn’t but late winter when they started to form their blooms, or at least the stems, then the flowers soon followed and gave us great joy for a long long time. One of our favorites still has her blooms and they don’t appear to be too wilted yet. I am sure it’s only a matter of time but we will enjoy these speckled purple and white blooms for as long as she plans on holding them.

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Here are the other two Phalaenopsis orchids that are just at the end of their Bloom cycle. Shortly after this photo was taken I clipped off the stems in hopes they will push new balloon spikes out in a matter of time. I’m hoping we will have some new flowers by Christmas.

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Whenever orchids are repotted, cleaned up and prepared for new pots, they go through a period of stress. Sometimes plants bounce right back while other times they need a period of recuperation. I think that’s what’s going on with most of our other Phalaenopsis orchids. They do have some new growth that looks quite healthy, while the older parts of the plant do appear to be wilted and stressed. These plants have also lost a few leaves over the course of the last month or so. I sort of expected this knowing what we went through the last time we re-potted our orchids.

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I’ll keep my eye out for any new developments and keep you posted when those occur. I’m hoping to see a new bloom spike form because I think that will give us something to look forward to. There’s so much going on anymore that it’s nice to just have something constant and fun to look forward to. We all like having things that we can look forward to. It makes the anticipation of the future more tolerable in the world that doesn’t always feel like it is.

With that being said I am looking forward to new bloom spikes, flowers and pictures of Molly sitting next to them!

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Who doesn’t like a great picture of Molly sitting next to a blooming orchid???

Don’t answer that question it was rhetorical. Lol.

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plants are growing fine I also love to plant I used to have a small backyard garden where I planted tomatoes and I got lot of harvests that we made a few liter ketchup

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Ketchup??! Wow.. Cool. I never thought about doing something like that. That's cool.

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Orchids are wonderful. A nice collection and they are all blooming !

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Thanks! We really do enjoy them even though they can be sort of sensitive to changes. 😊

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How do you water the ones in a glass containers? They don't have any drainage holes, right?

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Lightly pour in a bit so that just a little lays in the bottom. A friend that also raises and grows Orchids, suggested I use the Lava Rocks. So far it has been good. They allow the water to drain well but provide humidity by holding the water longer than bark. Not sold on it so far because I seem to be finding more and more root rot. I may be changing things up soon. IDK.

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Thanks! I was wondering what you do with the excess water.
I have tried to grow orchids in lava pebbles and they hated it. Moved all to bark and a mix of bark and moss for the ones like a bit more moisture. They are recovering now.

I think I saw someone else (somewhere on the net) growing orchids on the big chunks like yours. But it was in a pot with holes at the bottom (or some kind of basket), so there was enough ventilation and the excess water was drained. It probably has to be watered more often than in bark though.
Maybe the problem with rot is the closed glass, not lava?

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Yeah.. I'm starting to realize this was a bit of a mistake on my part. I may be making some changes soon. 😩

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Looking good! I was walking through Sam's Club the other day and tucked in the back behind the freezer section they had some orchids sitting on a pallet for sale. Made me think of you when I saw them. Pretty impressive that I was able to identify them right away. I wouldn't have been able to do that before reading your posts!

We have been busy looking for, testing, and purchasing patio furniture and miscellaneous other accessories to go with

Good luck with that! That stuff ain't cheap. I understand you wanting to do as much research as possible given the investment you will be making!

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Hahaha.. I'm starting to rub off on you! lol. I know what you're talking about.. I think of many on Hive when I am out and about and see one thing or another. For you it's grilling. Every time I'm out grilling I think about how I need a smoker! hehe.

Oh Man! Yeah patio furniture is NOT cheep anymore. We picked up a dinning set and a furniture set that includes 2 chairs, a love seat, a sofa and a gas table/fire pit. Nice set but cost about 1/5 the price of a new car! lol. What the heck. I guess that's what we saved for. It is a nicer set so I can't be to picky. We have been enjoying the patio but still need landscaping. Too hot right now.. Maybe this fall.

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It's a good time to be buying. We were in Costco last night and I noticed that they have moved all the patio stuff to the back. Sad to say it won't be long and they are going to have all of the Christmas stuff at the front of the store! I guess we need to get through back to school first!

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haha. I just saw a back to school commercial last night and had to laugh. They just can't wait! hehe.

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I still have a lot of stuff to do yet this summer. They need to back off! :)

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You probably have the most amazing Orchids I've ever seen!! I really find really find those glass glass or plastic containers aint ours really nice and they keep everything together. Mine would probably look messy because I Would totally botch up the watering. Everything looks incredibly beautiful maybe beautiful and I cannot believe that it's already the end of July although it's really the middle but the end is getting near!

How exciting! You got the new patio that I was supposed to get. I selected a contractor after so much anxed anxed and it turned out that he was a swindler and thankfully I discovered that before before I had him start.. It pays to check out your people. Especially if one little thing seems off. I'm glad that yours is complete and now all you're doing is looking for the fun stuff Furniture is really difficult. Anything that you have to live with for a long time takes time.

Give Molly a big pet for me!! Hi, Brad!

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Hi Denise! Molly says thank you for the pet. lol. Most amazing? Probably not but I try. I may have to take them out of these pots and return to the bark and what not. I see a bit too much root rot going on in just the last few days. Not sure what is going on here.

We got lucky and hooked up with a large contractor (a friend of a friend) that does a few small jobs from time to time to fill in between his normal large jobs. They just finished pouring a concrete floor for a new Amazon warehouse, so they came quickly and finished in just a few days. It was quite the operation, but they finished quickly and did an awesome job. We are very happy with it and spend a lot more time in the back yard now.

I really despise scam contractors and am sorry for your experience. There is always someone out there looking to take ones money for nothing!

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Pfft! I said and mean most amazing. I don't get out much! LOL Well, in the orchard world anyway. Perhaps not enough air inside there to help keep the moisture there? I am not sure how much moisture they can take.

Oh, yes!!! You are lucky! This patio was going to cost a lot and can you believe we found him at the yearly Home Show in the Capital Region? Pfft! No kidding. I guess they don't check their people out. I found that this guy had gone bankrupt from his other business. Now, I know this can happen to anyone, but, when he did he took people's money with him. He collected 50% of the cost to build on several people and two days later, folded. On the court papers, he claimed they paid him nothing. Do you know what is too bad? The guy had a sixth sense of building and creating. Real style. But, when he wanted 50% before he started and kept nudging me to get started, I found he had no info because he wasn't really in business. Then I uncovered the real story and told him why I wasn't going to hire him. He disappeared into the sunset. I hope nobody else hired him. Oh, I could go on and on! LOL Sorry.

Next year. :) I am really happy you got yours! They do make a huge difference in a yard and the way you get to enjoy it.

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Molly with orchid is eye-candy, both beautiful. Orchid plants look healthy and happy obviously patience is the name of the game waiting for growth with all the TLC you afford them.

!LUV

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Amen to that! Molly makes that Orchid look good. lol. I hope the TLC pays off, but I am always learning about the frailty of these unique plants. They always let me know when they are not happy.

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Growing two varieties within a Staghorn fern in my tree in the garden, one has a spike around a meter high, cannot wait to see the flower for the first time. Other one is growing and appears healthy have not seen it flower in over ten years, they sure know how to take their time.

I don't feed or do any specialties they live within in the tree and perhaps when it flowers I will do a post about them 🙃. Sub-tropical plants are happy outdoors.

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