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Miniature Orchid – Dendrobium Kingianum   Leave a comment

I’ve had great success getting my moth orchids (Phalaenopsis Amabilis) to rebloom, but I never had luck with much else.  I inherited this dendrobium kingianum from my father this year, and low and behold, look what happened.  I read that it liked cool winters, so I put it in my basement under a grow light and started feeding it with a dilute orchid fertilizer in January.  This photo was taken on April 10.  I really don’t do much for my orchids, except water once a week or so.  Never more than once a week, sometimes I’ll go 10 days.  I put them in my kitchen sink, let the water run through them to wet the bark, then, depending on the time of year, I put them back in their cache pots and pour the diluted fertilizer in.  I let them sit in that for about 30 min, then pour it off, and put them back on the windowsill.  I grow my moths in a south window.  Right now the kingianum is outside in dappled shade.  These orchids are really very easy.

Posted May 28, 2011 by cindyeo in orchid

Orchids, Orchids   1 comment

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My orchids are blooming again.  The moth orchids are very easy to grow, don’t throw them away after blooming.  I cut the stems back to about 3 – 4″, leaving at least one node.  Water once a week, soaking them in the sink, then letting the water all drain out before putting them back in the windowsill.  After I’ve thoroughly wet the bark, I usually pour a little orchid fertilizer in, let it sit in that for a few minutes, then drain that as well, before returning the pot to the windowsill.  Mine are in a south window, although I don’t think they need that much sun, but since they are doing very well in their current location, I’m leaving them there.

Posted March 22, 2009 by cindyeo in orchid

Forcing Spring   4 comments

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Last fall I planted a lot of bulbs in my yard.  About 400.  Well, actually 392.  8 of them went into pots and I am enjoying them now.  I think I waited a couple days too long to take a photo of the hyacinths above.  And the other 5 are daffodills and they haven’t bloomed yet, photo of them later.  This is the time of year you appreciate those blooming house plants.  Here are a few others that I have:azalea-pot.jpg

This azalea has bloomed for me for many years.  If someone gives you an azalea in a pot, don’t throw it away after it’s done blooming, put it outside for the summer, keep it watered, bring it in in the fall, and this is what you’ll get next winter.  You probably should give it some fresh dirt, and you probably should give it some fertilizer over the summer, I think I gave this a little fish emulsion when it was outside, I don’t think I gave it any fresh dirt, so that’s an action item for this spring.

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Same thing with orchids, especially these moth orchids, very easy to get them to bloom again.  This is the third year of blooms for this one.  After they finish blooming the first time, I cut the stalk back, but not all the way to the ground.  Soon, you will see a new shoot and it will bloom again.  Then after that, I cut it all the way down, because it was getting pretty ugly.  It took longer, but now I have new blossoms.  I water my orchids once a week, by putting them in the sink and giving them a good soak.  Let all the water drain out, give it a splash of diluted orchid fertilizer, let that drain out, too, and return them to the window.  Mine are in a south window, but I don’t think this variety is supposed to need that much sun.

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Posted March 2, 2008 by cindyeo in bulbs, hyacinth, orchid