Thursday, December 01, 2011

Orchid Update

You may recall seeing this orchid before back in July and that I was going to do my best to keep it alive.  Well not only has it survived, but it continued to give me a fantastic show of flowers right through the Autumn.  They just kept growing and growing...and then I noticed a second spike beginning to grow next to the original spike.  Eventually I thought it would be best to cut the old spike off (it had pretty much finished flowering) so all the goodness would get concentrated into the new growth.



So far so good, the orchid seems happy enough if not a little cramped in its pot, but I don't dare try and re-pot it while its growing.  If anyone has any advice, please let me know...I'm just winging it and hoping for the best.

Until next time....

15 comments:

The Cozy Quilter said...

I have an orchid that is developing a new spike with lots of flower buds on it. Yours is beautiful! I don't have any tips for you...sorry!

Banaghaisge said...

It sounds like whatever you are doing is totally the right thing!!! Bit tempted to pack up my poor sulking thing and post it to you. But maybe I shall just show it this photo...
Leave it alone, spring would be a good time to repot, but only if it is years since you last did that - they like to be potbound.
You will have to decorate all in white for Christmas so it isn't lost...
(just kidding)

randi said...

very pretty! i am impressed because i have heard that orchids are hard to grow. :)

Thimbleanna said...

Very Pretty Jane! I wouldn't even dare attempt an orchid -- I can't even grow "easy" plants!

Shirley said...

I most definitely won't be showing you my sad and sorry specimen. The plant is still alive as a new leaf has just emerged, as for the stem it is as dead as the proverbial dodo. I keep hoping that all is not lost.

Needled Mom said...

They love to be in cramped quarters so I would not repot it yet. It looks just great so you must be watering it little enough.

Timi said...

Your flower is beautiful!!!
As far as I know you mustn't re-pot it while its growing!!! It needs to be re-poted every 4-5 year!!!
That's why I like orchid so much :o)!

susan said...

I have no clue about orchid care but love that photograph of its delicate beauty!

Rachel said...

It's beautiful. I'm quite sure it would not be alive if it was in my house - I think I killed my daughter's bonsai :(

Anymart said...

Wow! I have heard a orchid doesn't like to be repotted. So I listened to that advise. My orchid is now surviving for 5 years and flourishing!
If it's happy with your treatment (and the photograph shows it is) keep it that way.
Btw, orchids are really booming in the Netherlands.

Sue-Anne said...

It is beautiful and looks like you are doing really well on your own looking after it.

Suzie said...

I wish I had a tip for you, but I have no luck with orchids, it's such a pity...

Cathi said...

How beautiful -- both the orchid and your photography!

Karen said...

Beautiful flower, Jane. You must have some good green sense. I can't keep indoor plants alive!

Kim said...

Unless this beautiful orchid has climbed out of it's pot I would leave it alone and certainly not fuss with it while it's blooming so nicely. Surely all of those blooms indicate a healthy and content plant. I swear they thrive on neglect and are not the fussy plant that we are lead to think. My orchid did well in a bright indirect light, easy on the water, but it died after I put it in a new pot, apparently it was perfectly happy where it was in it's unattractive greenhouse container! Sigh. Good luck! :) I should have slipped that pot inside a prettier one and not disturbed my orchid, I think.