Saturday, October 3, 2015

Autumn Orchids

Our keiki project phalaenopsis orchid is blooming beautifully, but I'm still not really seeing a "baby plant" where I started the keiki. No leaves or roots yet...

...but if the green stem-looking thingies all turn into bloom scapes like this one I'll be happy!

The green vanilla orchid has reached the top of the tree fern pole, so I'm trying to encourage it to grow the other way. Eventually I'm hoping it will be completely epiphytic and cover the whole thing.

The variegated vanilla is still pretty small, but still alive and growing some, so I'm happy!

The recently mounted tolumnia 'Tequila Sunrise' is very unhappy and appears to be rotting. Looks like I got carried away keeping it moist...bummer.

Brassavola nodosa, fragrant Lady of the Night orchid (upper right) and cymbidium 'Suzie Q' are both doing well, Suzie is especially vigorous but neither has bloomed yet. I tend to get excited about collecting orchids without keeping a close eye on cultural requirements, so I'd better read up if I want more than survival from them (although survival is certainly encouraging   :)

                                     Suzie is at least twice the size she was when I bought her!

Lady of the Night was a re-mount I did awhile back, and she hasn't really made use of the large cork mount yet, but I'll do my cultural homework and see if I can make her happier.

Maxillaria tenuifolia is doing okay...

...but I think mounting an orchid on driftwood isn't such a great idea. The wood just doesn't hold moisture well enough, I think cork is way better. I'll leave this one as is though, and do some reading to see what I can do to inspire a bloom.

I see why they say that phalaenopsis are "easy" orchids, it's the only one that a rank ameteur like myself can get to bloom more than once (so far). Never underestimate the perseverence of an ameteur however, their hope/stubbornness springs eternal!


Anonymous said...

Mom said she didn't think you'd be happy with the driftwood mount, but mom rarely mounted orchids, so I thought it best to not jinks you by saying anything. I know that the best part of gardening for you is experimentation! And isn't that how everyone learns? And it obviously paying off for you!! Everything looks great, except for that little pitiful overwatered dude. :( I did that to one of my tillies recently. Sigh.
Btw, mom mostly grows Dendrobium orchids, I think you knew that, but she was always gifting me with phalanopsis, which I would eventually kill, come hell or high water, lol! Such a disappointment to my mommy.... :)

Garden Broad said...

You're right about the experimentation being fun, but I'd always want to hear your mom's "orchid 2 cents" :)

I think I've murdered a Dendrobium orchid before, perhaps I'll try again (after more success with these).