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May the sea glisten like the greenstone
And may the glimmer of summer dance across your pathways

Saturday, January 23, 2010

TLC pays off

On December 29th 2009 I wrote about this orchid I got from a friend. It was going to be thrown in the trash but I brought it home instead. I told my friend I would see if I could get to grow, and I have been rewarded for my perseverance. As you can see, there are two very healthy flower stems sprouting from the main stem and the side stem. I have learned this is a Phalaenopsis, or moth orchid, and I think I remember it having white flowers.
The plant is sitting on top of some pretty pieces of polished glass, in a dish which has sides high enough to enable me to keep it filled with water, up to just below the bottom of the flower pot, so the plant is in a constant atmosphere of humidity.
Every day I mist the plant with water, and have a regular feeding program using orchid fertilizer.
I must say I am very pleased to see the orchid doing so well and I am looking forward to blooms in the near future.

8 comments:

Di said...

Hello Jennifer. What is it about not being able to throw away plants? ;) I am constantly dividing and potting up plants that I will not be able to use but eventually someone will come to carry them to a new place. I would guess the orchid will be beautiful once again with your caring. Diana

Bangchik said...

The recipe for plant growth, care and attention.... I think. Glad you let it grow with care.. ~bangchik

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

TLC will surely pay off, Jennifer. Phalaenopsis are pretty forgiving (I have a few and tend to neglect them at times, but they come back around and provide much joy every year.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

It looks like you've been taking great care of it. I'm looking forward to seeing it in bloom.

Grace Peterson said...

Nice going, Jennifer. I hope you'll keep us posted.

Peggy said...

Well done TLC and perseverance are paying off for you.Did you say you had a mild winter this year? I think the whole of morthern Europe had one of the worst ones in decades!
I love checking the ground as the Spring softens the earth and see what is coming up?

mistaya's M.O.M. said...

Keewee, you have developed quite a Green Thumb over the years. I am looking forward to seeing the blooms on this plant.

Kim and Victoria said...

Good for you! My first orchid that I purchased last April is still alive so I'm feeling pretty good about that.