Sunday, 26 October 2008
Orchids and Xmas Cactus/Green Thumb Sunday
Update on my Christmas Cactus which is now if full bloom. A lovely fuchsia pink it adds a nice cheery look to rather gloomy, very windy and rainy weekend.
The weather forecasters are mentioning the four letter word starting with S for Tuesday. Way too early for that in this part of the country.
Oh, I forgot I do live in Canada.
My 2 orchids are doing well, so far .
Raising orchids is new to me. I have left the Phalaenopsis orchids in the original pots and media. One orchid is in bark , it is the healthiest one, the other in spagnham moss, it is the one that had its partner die and has the white cottony dots on it.
This orchid that I was given from work to save; has new buds coming but it had contained 2 orchids plants, one did die, it rotted. The stronger tall one is putting on new blossoms but has a white cottony dots on it .
In the picture you can just see behind the largest bud a bit of the white cottony dots. I will have to do some research to find out what is the problem.
Right from the beginning the leaves on this orchid have been dull and blotchy. Certainly not the healthiest specimen.I hate to see plants die so if it is possible will try to get this plant to come back. One thing I will be doing is changing from the moss to orchid bark and take Q-tip with a bit of alcohol to see if I can clean up this orchid.
The oldest one is now putting on new shoots.The leaves on this orchid are shiny and bright green.
There is a new shoot starting at the top of the old branch and one starting at the base of the leaves. I can hardly wait to see the progress.