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Orchids in bloom
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Orchid growing tips
- My orchids grow in the corner of a south facing window squished together for lack of room.
- I water on Monday and Friday morning because it is a convenient schedule that I don’t forget. I give them a good squirt but don’t create standing water.
- I use tepid water that I keep in a plastic bottle but often use tap water.
- I never move them (except for these photos)
- Do do try to rotate the plants when the flower stem is growing because they bend toward the light.
- I have learned not to cut off the stem when the flowers fade and fall because they often send out more flowers from it.
- And, I am astonished at how long the flowers last ~ sometimes 2-3 months!
- I have never re-potted them and some are years old.
- If an older leaf yellows, I cut it off.
- I have noticed, after blooming, my plants produce a new leaf that grows rather quickly.
- Orchids are not very attractive when not in bloom but given time, they will flower again, and again
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I love orchids, and yours are so beautiful. You've given great tips which will be helpful for even beginners 🙂
Your orchids are just beautiful and they must love you, Lorraine. I only had one that re-bloomed for me. Maybe I didn't give them enough time?
CJ STITCHING AND BLOOMS says
Such beautiful glorious orchids and in so many lovely colors. Love them all. I am sure they brighten your day when you look at them. Hugs Judy
Gypsy Heart says
How beautiful! I've never tried to grow them as I felt they were most likely pretty delicate…evidently, not so. 🙂 I also didn't know the blooms last that long. Lots of great information ~ thank you!
Beautiful. Mine never last, don't know what I'm doing wrong. My mother-in-law manages to keep hers forever.
Debbie Petras says
Lovely orchids! I had one for about six months and it died. But I loved it while it lasted.
Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas says
Just beautiful and very Spring like!! We will be getting about 5-6 inches of snow by Monday!!
Thanks so much for your visits and kind words!!
Beautiful orchids! I grow African Violets and so enjoy it. Maybe I should try my hand with orchids.
Your orchids are beautiful, Lorraine! I have a friend who also grows beautiful orchids. Somehow, I suspect that I could kill even a plant that "thrives on neglect." 🙂
Blackberry Lane says
These are so pretty and go well with your décor. Have a nice weekend.
I am amazed with your beautiful orchids. You make it seem so easy, yet that has not been my personal experienc. I am probably more" fussy" with them. Thank you for the great tips; you've inspired me to give it another try.
Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud says
Congrats on your beautiful success! I only had one and let's just politely say it wasn't happy… Enjoy:@)
Barbara F. says
I think they are just very happy living in your home, Lorraine. They are really beautiful. I had one a boss gave to me one time for Secretary's Day, and promptly killed it. Oh well. xo
Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness says
I have often seen your orchids and wondered to myself you must be an expert for they are so lovely and healthy looking. YOU have many blooms on each flower stem. YOU apparently have the perfect spot for the lighting, they are beautiful.
I have one; it is sending out a flower stem now and will bloom probably April. When I first got it, it had 2 flower stems, but since I have had it, it only sends out 1 flower stem a year. I do wait like you do, to cut the stem back. I was wondering about the roots, I see your roots are rampant coming out of the pots. I was wondering if you cut those back. I do feed my orchid once a month when it’s sending out a flower shoot. I do water it every 10 days and mist it every morning just slightly. I do have a humidifier near it to keep moisture in the air; the house with the heat on is very dry.
Creative Design says
Lovely and thanks fort he tips! I' think I'll pick some up this weekend!
FABBY'S LIVING says
Stunning orchids pretty lady! I had a gorgeous one for two years and now it doesn't have flowers, but looks fresh and Green, so I'm hopeful that it'll Bloom one day soon.
Thank you a ton for your wishes on our anniversary. Enjoy your weekend.
Patricia Reitz says
Sadly, I loved my first orchid to death, but I tried again and just last week got my second orchid to rebloom. Only 2 blooms, but they're spectacular! Thanks for the helpful tips – I didn't not know the spent flower spike could produce more blooms…. I'll be careful not to cut it off this time.
Patricia @ ButterYum
I have never really tried orchids. My daughter that can't grow anything grows orchids beautifully. LOL I thought she had fake ones because the blooms lasted so long. Yours are just gorgeous, Lorraine. WOW xo Diana
Loraine, they really are gorgeous! What a magnificent display.
They are beautiful and I'm sure there's a lesson in that last sentence. 🙂 Have a nice weekend!
Your orchids are beautiful! I've always thought of growing orchids but my southern-facing window is the garage door! That wouldn't work well for me, plus it's cold out there! So, I enjoy them in the homes of friends and in the stores. Maybe someday I'll have the right spot and I'll enjoy their beauty, too.
Just a little something from Judy says
One time, long ago, I was given an orchid, and I pulled out all stops to try to keep it alive. It did not work for me. So, I am happy to share in the beauty that resides in your home. The prettiest dining room display anywhere! And, to me, making it even better, is your humbleness in how it all happened. I love that you shared it all with us. It made my day!