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Just had to toot my horn....

This is a discussion on Just had to toot my horn.... within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I can be excitable rather easily sometimes....lol....but hey these orchids are tough. I've been really ...

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    Default Just had to toot my horn....

    I can be excitable rather easily sometimes....lol....but hey these orchids are tough. I've been really struggling this summer and not understanding why I couldn't seem to get a darn thing to do anything but grow. (my friends here seem to think that me keeping them just alive and growing is amazing lol) Having over 70 plants I was wondering what I was doing wrong. I changed my watering, my plant foods got changed as well as the feeding schedule, I even tried a fan for improved air movement, but they just sat and grew big and green....then the temps dropped and lo and behold I found what I've been waiting so long for....the Chantilly Lace is in bud, A miltassia has two spikes (the darn third one was turned around and I broke it trying to pull one end out from the spot it got itself stuck into), Little Marmaid is in bud, a catt that I think is a Blue Madonna has two buds (although one is really tiny compared to the other) and one of my phals (Salu Peoker) is in spike; and the real miricle, I got my 'little stars' to put out the beginnings of a spike that I expected a couple months ago. Phew! And here I thought I would never ever get to see more than one or two plants in bloom at once! (let alone 6) So, after two years and way too many dead orchids, I'm finally seeing some success. The floofie bud didn't make it, but the others amply make up for the loss of one floofie bud.
    Thanks to all of your answers and help....I cannot wait to be able to show you all some blooms that I actually successfully raised myself. Thanks again for everyone's patience with all my questions and for your wonderful advice!

    Connie

    ....a few pics to show what's making me dance in my chair! First the Miltassia; one spike is easily spotted, the other is in the lower left part of the picture...

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    ...second is my Little Marmaid 'Janet'...a regular bloomer. Looks like two this time. Mine doesn't give me tons of blooms, but it blooms on almost every new growth.

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    ...this third plant, Chantilly Lace, blooms all the time. There is another two growths coming up behind this one and they should bloom too, given time.

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    ...and my special suprise. My 'Little Stars' was bought at the beginning of the summer and I'd expected flowers back during the summer. Apparently this one is a little slower....

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    Way to go Connie! I am happy for you , deserve every bloom you get gin

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    Oh congratulations! That is wonderful! I love it when the temps drop--so many of my plants start spiking. I'm sure they loved all the TLC you gave them this summer. Maybe they'll even bloom bigger and better this winter because of it. Congrats--you certainly deserve it.

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    Congratulations! I look forward to seeing pictures of the blooms.

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    Good Growing Kiddo, looking forward to seeing some blooming pictures.
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    Woooohooo!! Nice growing, Connie! I am so happy for you.

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    Way to go! Something I haven't tried but was told about by a woman who's father grew orchids in Chicago...Ice water. When they wanted to induce a cool down for particular plants, they filled a jug with ice cubes and water, then watered the plant daily with ice water (make sure it is in very well draining planting medium). Joan did not remember how many days they kept up that watering routine.

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    You'll have a bloomin beautiful fall!

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    Connie, you have given me renewed hope that I might get some blooms too!!!! WOO for you, they look great!!!

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    Congrats!...looking forward to seeing the open blooms!

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