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Anthurium- Six Years Later

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The creamy colour Anthurium (Flamingo Flower) with red specks is giving us a big surprise. The last time it flowered was 6 years ago (https://kiyanti2008.wordpress.com/2010/06/28/winter-garden-2010/). Now it is flowering again and the leaves also look green and healthy. We used to have another miniature red which was a complete goner. I admit that I had neglected this plant and it badly suffered from sunburn. For many years it was in a very poor condition and several times I had almost thrown it away for good. It is proven that Anthuriums are tough and the flowers are quite nice and long lasting.

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Psychopsis papilio in Flower

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Back in March this year, the ‘not doing so well’ Psychopsis orchid started to grow what I thought a keiki on the old flower stem. It was not a keiki after all, but it is a flower bud. Today it has started to grow bigger and I can see the spots.

The miserable looking orchid plant has only two leaves left. Lately they started to grow bigger, thicker and greener. The weird looking bulbs kind of small, rounded and flat. I know that this orchid is sequential, which means that flowers keep on growing along the same old stem for many years non stop. Mine used to have two stems, but it is only one left and I cut the tip earlier this year as it had gone black. Oh well, it was not a keiki but I am having a flower and I cannot complain anymore.

Psychopsis papilio in March this year: ‘Not a Keiki’

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Nopalxochia phyllanthoides

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From all our orchid cacti, this one is my favourite. The flowers are small but prolific and they look very pretty even when still in bud form. The tiny buds will slowly develop into very attractive half opened buds, though they are still not fully developed. the soft pink colour make them look very beautiful to look at. Then after many weeks, the cute soft pink buds will eventually open into fully mature blooms.

Pretty flower buds:

Compared to the other orchids cacti, Nopalxochia  phyllanthoides have long lasting blooms. While many others with magnificently large blooms are short live, from 1 to 3 days, this smaller orchid cactus will have a prolific display of the prettiest blooms from the start in bud forms right into a fully open flowers, and this can take weeks to enjoy.

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Phalaenopsis Orchids 2016

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For me, growing Phalaenopsis orchids here in Melbourne is like playing a lottery. If I am lucky, I will win and they will grow with no hassle at all. But from how many I bought so far only about one third of them survive. Why? Read more…..

Orchid Cactus – More Blooms 2016

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This year the Epiphyllum flowers are larger compared to the previous years. Perhaps cooler spring temperatures have made them bigger. Every time they flower, I can’t help myself not to take photographs and fiddle around a little bit by making black background. Epiphyllum ‘Santa Barbera’ has very similar colour to E. ‘Great Waltz’, the difference is mainly on the shape of the petals. The E. ‘Andromeda’ hasn’t ready, the flower buds haven’t opened yet.

Epiphyllum ‘Santa Barbera/Barbara’:

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Flowering Succulents November 2016

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Kalanchoe blossfeldiana:

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Disocactus ackermannii

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The oldest orchid cactus that we have and it seems like the easiest to grow and bloom every year. The large red flowers have shimmering purplish hue inside  The large stigma is long and the white stamens look fluffy. This jungle cactus is also known as Epiphyllum ackermannii, Nopalxochia ackermannii. once open, the bloom will last around three days. It can develop fruits as big as marbles, but I tend to pluck the wilted blooms off the stems.

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