What am amazing GREEN thumb!!
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This is a discussion on Phal blooming length? within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; "I still have them in the sphagnum Moss that they came in. I've been waiting ...
"I still have them in the sphagnum Moss that they came in. I've been waiting for them to stop blooming so that I can repot them but as of now, they are still blooming".
Don't I hate that, when they won't stop blooming... I really want some fresh flowers, not these beautiful, old gorgeous ones that just keep on flowering !!!
Sman ~ you slay me! About the fertilizer question, you should start seeing some very good advice from more informed growers than myself. I'm using a 19-8-16, but it's not working out too well. Leaf growth is good, but other conditions indicate a more balanced food may be better.
Please don't think I'm trying to be a butt head (it comes naturally!) Hope all is good, T
What am amazing GREEN thumb!!
My first Phal did the same. IT would bloom and bloom. New little branches off of the spike when the top one would die. After 9 or 10 months of blooming, it sat in my kitchen window with no flowers for a couple of months. I got tired of its top heavy ways and put it out on the patio on the ground up against the house and forgot about it. Some time later, I looked at it and it had a new spike. I brought it in and then I decided I loved orchids and started reading up on them. I loved it too much and it died. That is how I started murdering orchids. When I ignored it and forgot to water, it grew and bloomed like crazy.
When I decided I wanted to understand it and got a little knowledge, I killed it - lol. I became obsessive. Now that I have more orchids, I don't have time to obsess on one or two and I ignore a few sometimes and they are all doing much better - lol!
I still have so much to learn and I deeply regret that it is sometimes at the expense of a few innocent plants....
Mary Kay! You & Spiryt man are killing me!!! Yours is the funniest story I've heard yet! Sman has a magic windowsill and he doesn't even water his plants (see his list of secrets?). And your first one got too top heavy from profuse blooming so you put it outside and forgot about it? And just to spite you it started a new spike!
You should have just dropped kick it if was bothering you... I wish mine would try pulling that with me! Actually I'm thinking of throwing my non-bloomers against the wall just to show them I don't care. (Think that'll help?)
When I went off to college, I always wanted to fill my dorm room or apt with plants. As college students often do, I would get distracted and my house plants would get pretty puny. I would always take them home to my mom and put them under her "magic trees". She had an area of oak trees that allowed enough light to get through, but also protected them. It never failed, they always recovered and looked amazing. My mom could pick up a dried twig and make it grow - not sure how.. I miss her a lot. I know that she would have been amazing with orchids once she understood their needs. And her magic trees would have been the perfect spot to grow many of them.
When I would ask her how she did it, she would always tell me, I just go out there and water them if they look like they need it. Good advise for us all!
My Mom was the same way. Indoor plants and outside too. And I would've liked to see with her orchids too, she would have loved them. Thanks for bringing that up ~
Silverstoli that's exactly how I started my love for orchids. I had a borrowed one from my mother in law jut to decorate the house with their blooms but the blooms only later a couple of weeks but I didn't take any notice of it and only watered it when I remembered. The leaves were all dusty and everything but it grew 3 huge leaves despite my neglect.
Now I just love them so much and they are all dying from root rot. I'm no longer growing phals I'm just rehabilitating them all at the moment. So I will just let them be and soon buy more to enjoy lols
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Wow, did this bring up a lot of love and memories. Mothers are wonderful, too bad we have to grown up to really appreciate that. My mom loved plants as well. African Violets, daffodils grown in the house. She could grow anything. I swear, she could pick up a lemon seed off the floor and it would grow.
I miss her lots too.
BUT..... we can share with each other now