I think I have this orchid thing figured out

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This is the second time we've gotten this one to bloom again.

The back porch "ignore me and I'll get better" nursery. Not so sure about that little guy on the left -- though it's better than it was, for sure.

The back porch "ignore me and I'll get better" nursery. Not so sure about that little guy on the left -- though it's better than it was, for sure.

After months in the office and a stay on the back porch, ready to bloom again.

After months in the office and a stay on the back porch, ready to bloom again.

For years I’ve heard people say orchids are easy. Then Elizabeth went orchid nuts. With her advice, here’s how.

1. Get the ones with the broad, waxy leaves (Phalaenopsis) not the grassy looking ones (Dendrobium).
2. Fertilize them with orchid fertilizer when you water them once a week.
3. When they start growing a lot, or putting out those snaky air roots,  move them to a different environment, like outside.

I have big sunny windows in my office downtown, and I keep them happy there for months. When they look like they want to do something new, I take them home and toss them on the back porch and ignore them (unless it doesn’t rain for weeks). After a month or so, I’ll look out there and they are putting out a bud stalk.

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4 responses to “I think I have this orchid thing figured out

  1. Orchids = the African Violets of the 21st century….

  2. Elizabeth

    Wow, Beth ! You’ve joined the “Orchid Fever” band wagon —it’s really addictive. Now I keep dreaming of a greenhouse — I’ll bet Dan could build a great one and I’m sure he appreciates the fact that I would think of him for such a project.

  3. Elizabeth

    P.S. One note on fertilizing —- if you fertilize every week be sure to make your fertilizer mixture WEAK — Orchids are very slow growing plants by nature — I shocked a couple to death with fertilizer — I was so fascinated with seeing them grow so fast util they freaked out and keeled over !!! I think it must be like pumping your heart with speed until it stops suddenly and you’re dead.

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