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Zygopetalum Hollandra ‘Ever Springs’

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I have had Zygopetalum maculatum orchid for a few years and I love it. The blooms look unusual and have beautiful fragrance. Though the leaves are prone to black spotting,it does not effect the plant at all. To reduce the problem it is better to keep the foliage dry and give the plant good air circulation.

For some time I had tried to find another variety of this orchid, and the last time I spotted one in Collector’s Corner in Garden World. It was the only one available and I would not miss the chance to have it.

The tag says Zygopetalum Hollandra ‘Ever Springs’. The plant still looks very young with a short spike of three flowers. The colour and shape are slightly different from the one that I’ve already had. Hopefully, later on in the future both the plant and the blooms will be taller and bigger.

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Garden Late Autumn 2017

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This last month of autumn here in Melbourne, the temperature has surely dropped quite significantly. Heavy rainfalls have made the air wet and clammy. Many plants in the garden are still blooming nicely like for example the Hibiscus, but I will only take notes about two plants.

Chrysanthemum:

In Australia, Chrysanthemums are regarded as mother’s day flower. They bloom around the end of Autumn. Before, we used to have many mauve Chrysanthemum plants, but I dug them up when we painted the house and then replanted them. Since then, they did not grow very well. Not long after, some delivery men with a large truck that was parked on the drive way, had to trample the garden bed where the struggling plants grow. That was the end of most of them. I replace them with the double yellow ones and now they flower quite well. The remaining mauve ones that manage to survive only grow few blooms this year. While the old white one is also not doing very well.

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Yellow Cattleya

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Cattleya Blc Nakornchaisri Delight x Blc Haadyai Delight 05 - 2017

When I bought this Cattleya orchid yesterday, the single flower was still in bud, but it was obvious that it was going to be yellow. It was one of the cheapest that were sold in Collectors Corner.

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Succulent Plants – Fruits

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Other than the dragon fruit, few other succulent plants also have some fruits.

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Ripe Dragon Fruit – Rootless Stem

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Dragon Fruit Finally May 02 - 2017.jpg

If your dragon fruit tree bears many fruits, and one of the stem is broken, you may not be bothered. However, if it is the first and the only one, you want to save it. It was what I did and the fruit kept on growing to ripeness. It is much smaller and thinner though. To read more

Anggrek Dendrobium nobile – Puasa

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Dendrobium soft cane April 28 2017

Tahun 2013 yang lalu kami dapat ‘mystery bonus’ tanaman anggrek Dendrobium nobile yang berbatang lunak. Anggrek inilah satu-satunya yang saya punya dari jenis tersebut. Beberapa anggrek Dendrobium berbatang keras yang kami punya mudah berbunga, terutama jenis D. delicatum. Waktu itu tanamannya masih kecil dan beberapa tahun kemudian terlihat seperti kuncup bunga mulai timbul tapi setiap kali mengering. Juga tanaman terlihat kurus. Apa yang salah?

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Dragon Fruit Update

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The broken stem with a budding fruit seems to survive. The stem is still green and firm, not sure if roots have started to grow, but the fruit seems to develop. It is much smaller and less rounder than it is supposed to be. Since about three days ago, the stunted fruit has started to change colour. Kind of yellow first and now it is getting more red. Is it getting ripe, or an early sign of wilting? I will not pick the fruit until it is really red.

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