Monday, September 15, 2008

Orchid Update!

Some of you may remember my post back in June about my new orchid. I have loved orchids for years, and growing them is slowly becoming an obsession of mine. They are almost like children - I LOVE these things! Here is a photo of my first orchid -
The blooms lasted for a LONG time, but finally they all dropped. I cut the spike, and it has been continuing to grow new roots.
Here it is now. I had some problems with scale insects (gasp!) but hopefully I got rid of them before they could spread. It's still doing quite well...I'm just trying to be patient as I wait for a new spike to start so I can get some new blossoms!

A few weeks ago, my wonderful husband brought me this new challenge. He found this orchid outside of his office, abandoned and sad. :( I brought it inside, trimmed it's dried up spike, and repotted it. I was a little worried about it, but just yesterday I noticed that a new leaf is starting to grow!!! I can't wait to see what color blooms this plant will produce! It is looking so much happier and healthier!

And so the obsession grows. I was at Henry's Market on Saturday and noticed these BEAUTIFUL orchids. They were huge...most of them about 3 feet tall, and gorgeous. They had white ones similar to my little orchid at home, and purple ones. I definitely have a thing for the big white phalaenopsis orchids with the yellow centers, and I just couldn't stop looking at them. I was still thinking about them when I got home from grocery shopping, and decided to go for it - they were only $ can you pass that up!?!??!!? So, yesterday I went back to the store and selected my very own plant. I also bought a stand for it so that it would have it's own spot in my house. It is SO beautiful - I love that it has multiple branches! I can't wait for all the buds to start blooming. :) See how pretty it is? :)


Julie said...

Beautiful! It'll be neat to see what color the "unknown" ones are. :)

zebe912 said...

I love growing orchids but haven't had much success lately. Tropical orchids just aren't meant to grow in MI. I even have a little greenhouse to use in the winter, with lights on a timer and everythihng. But it is just too hard to keep them happy. I think CA is much better suited to orchid growing.

Alanna said...

I had a couple plants a couple of years ago, but they just didn't do well. I'm so excited that I found the perfect place to grow them!