Miltonia Orchids


Miltonia white purple spots April 2017

Year after year in autumn, the Miltonias are blooming. Four pots of mauve purple one and two of the white with purple spots. Six pots are all in bloom!

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Cattleya amethystoglossa



February 14 , 2017: Cattleya amethystoglossa (could be hybrid). Thick and rigid bifoliate leaves on a long cane-like pseudo bulb (up to 30 cm long). The waxy flowers are candy pink with spots and the lips are dark maroon. With all bifoliate Cattleya orchids, repotting and division are done only when the plants are active and growing  a new bulb with new roots have started to grow underneath it.

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What Happen to These Orchids?


Cymbidium Sleepy Sarah ‘Lovely’ x Ruby Eyes ‘Tetra Baron’:

This Cymbidium  is one of my early orchids. and it was repotted into three divisions few years ago. I gave one to a friend. Today it is only one pot of this orchid left and is still struggling to grow mature bulbs.


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Phalaenopsis Kokedama


Just a quick update on the two Phalaenopsis orchids that have been grown on moss balls (kokedama). Now both are blooming nicely.





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. Recently I found out that this orchid is sequential, which means that flowers keep on growing on the same old stem for many years one after another.

When I bought it, there were three stems and only one with flower. I can’t seem to remember what have happened with the other two flowerless stems. More than likely that I cut them off. Actually the seller in the market told me not to cut the stems as they can sometimes grow more flowers, but I cut them and I can’t remember why. Now 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 spike and I cannot complain anymore.

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

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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…..

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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