Three months later, orchid success. and now flower pictures

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by farmerKEN, May 27, 2010.

  1. farmerKEN

    farmerKEN Out Of The Brooder

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    In early march 3 of my 8 orchids started spiking and today the first bud opened. I always get them free post-bloom so it's nice to finally have flowers.

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  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Those are really pretty! Nice hobby!
     
  3. St-Hubert

    St-Hubert Chicken Convert

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    I concur!
    How hard is it to raise orchids up where you are? I notice they are inside....do you start them in a greenhouse?
     
  4. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    Beautiful!! I just took an interest in maybe trying some orchids out but really don't think I have the right light for them. Please share your experience? Like what temp do you keep your house at? do you have to mist them daily? What do you feed them? Do you repot? see....lots of questions They are amazing flowers. You did an excellent job [​IMG]
     
  5. farmerKEN

    farmerKEN Out Of The Brooder

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    They are just in a northeast facing bay window. They aren't hard to take care of at all. A good soak and drain once every 7-10 days, simple repotting when needed. I never used fertilizer for years and they had large green leaves, but then I gave them some orchid "bloom booster" and, boom, spikes within a week.

    and I keep my dendrobiums in a southfacing window in the winter and in our 3 season room the rest of the year, but they bloomed last january.
     
  6. Buff Hooligans

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    Wow, gorgeous. Nice collection of Phalenopsis you have. They are my favorite.
     
  7. farmerKEN

    farmerKEN Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I mist them when I water them, and I have a tray of wet pebbles underneath. The window is usually 65-70 in winter, and 70-80 in the summer. They get a little direct sunlight in the winter and an hour or so of it in the summer.

    I actually have 11 orchids, but one is very sad and not wanting to come back to life, and another is a mini one thats too small to count.
    last I counted I have 65 houseplants total.
     
  8. goldenluver

    goldenluver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I quit counting my house plants, and I have maybe two dozon orchids. So easy to take care of and they bloom every January, and stay 3 to 6 months.
     
  9. farmerKEN

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    these are my other three phals, including the sad one that refuses to grow some roots and the mini

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    and my dendrobiums
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  10. farmerKEN

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    thought I might as well update now that they're all blooming fully. now I have another phal. in spike and a dendrob in bloom and dendrob in spike. Truth be told I hate taking care of house plants in summer and kinda forget about them. Id much rather look at my gladiolas and tomatoes.

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    yellow. and the biggest
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