A new venture this. I've always loved Orchids,
amazing plants, so I jumped at the chance when my mate Hedgie invited
me along to an Orchid show at Kew on the 5th of February.
I just had to come away with one, but not having a
clue about them, I went with what would look great in the lounge! Highly
scientific I know.
I also bought a book, "Success with Orchids",
to do more research on how to look after these fantastic plants.
Anyway here's a picture of my first Orchid. You can
click on the picture to see a closeup.
Phalaenopsis "Brother Little Spotted"
It originates from India, South-east
Asia and Indonesia (which fits my far eastern theme lounge), has
the common name of "Moth Orchid" and is one of the easiest Orchids
to look after. I'm not sure which of these mine is, but they are
either epiphytic on trees or lithophytic on rocks, so they don't
grow in soil (must remember that when I repot it). It likes semi-shady
positions and never direct sunlight, which is fine for my lounge.
Doesn't like temperatures below 18 degrees, so that fits the house
It's doing very well, with at least a dozen flowers
in bloom. They usually last about 3 months, and once the last of
the flowers drop, its recommended to cut the flower spike back to
just above a node, leaving at least 12" of stem. This normally
encourages it to bloom again within 2-3 months.
This gorgeous Orchid has now been joined by a second,
that I bought on the 12th of February at Bridgemere.
This plant is a multi-generic hybrid, made up of the
Brassia x Odontoglossum x Cochlioda x Miltonia
All of these species originate from the mountains
of South America, and as all are closely related they are often
crossed in various combinations to produce hybrids
Beallara Tahoma Glacier "Green"
The Beallara has now lost most of it flowers
(8th March). I believe this is normal, as they normally only last
around 5 weeks. As per the care for this orchid, once the last flower
drops I will cut the flower spike back to within 3" of the bulb.