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Do Cymbidium Orchids need Winter Rest?

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Some people say that Cymbidium orchids need winter rest. If the winter rest means that the plants should be cut out from watering and feeding completely, then I disagree. According to Julian Coker from Orchid Societies Council of Victoria (OSCOV), Cymbidium orchids are active all year around. They do not have a rest period and must be grown vigorously all year around.

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Saving Sickly Sarcochilus

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Sarcochilus orchids July 25 - 2017

What I love most of Sarcochilus orchids are the pretty, dainty and fragrant flowers. I bought these cool loving Australian native orchid hybrids back in December 2013. Two of them were mature plants with flowers and another two were small without flowers. They did pretty well and re-flowered the next following year, but later on they suffered badly from scale infestation. Last year there were 3 of them left and they never seemed to recover. Now there are only 2 of them left. Though the plants are not completely dead, but they refuse to grow. I have previously washed the leaves and roots and apply white oil to kill the scales, and made sure the bugs did not come back. But they lost more leaves until two leaves left on each plant.

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Orchids Early Blooms 2017

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So far it is only one Cymbidium orchid in bloom, miniature Cymbidium Artistic Impression ‘Snowdrop’ x Ruby Eyes ‘Red Baron’. It is having 3 spikes and the pretty dark maroon petals seem slightly rounded compared to how they looked last year when I bought it. Many others are still in buds with few will open around next month and others in September.

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Anggrek Phalaenopsis – Semi Water Culture

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Phalaenopsis Semi Water Culture 2 - July 18 2017

Kemarin ini barusan mengurus anggrek Phalaenopsis pemberian teman dan diganti media tanamnya dengan batu scoria. Pada waktu yang bersamaan, saya lihat anggrek Phalaenopsis kami yang berbunga putih yang tadinya tumbuh subur dan selalu berbunga, tiba-tiba daunnya mulai kelihatan layu berkerut, terutama daun bagian bawah. Biasanya kalau ini terjadi problemanya pasti pembusukan akar.

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Repotting Phalaenopsis – Scoria

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Phalaenopsis - repotted by using scoria July 13-2017

A friend recently gave me a phalaenopsis orchid to look after. After finished flowering she had no idea what to do with it. Actually, phalaenopsis is one of orchid species that I will not grow too many of them. One reason is that they have to be kept indoor here in Melbourne, and we do not have enough suitable space for them. Other reason is that they are very prone to root problems. Recently I tried to grow few phalaenopsis kokedamas, and it seem that they do quite well though the moss balls are easy to get dry.

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Lontong Komplit

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Lontong Sayur

Walau saya tidak merayakan hari Lebaran, tapi suka ikutan membuat hidangan spesial. Disini di Melbourne tidak bisa membuat ketupat karena tak ada daun janur, maka sebagai gantinya membuat lontong. Kali ini saya membuat lontong dengan dibungkus aluminium foil. Untuk sayurnya adalah gudeg putih yang berisi nangka muda dan rebung. Nangka muda dan rebung kalengan bisa dibeli disini. Kalau mau bisa ditambahkan daging ayam dan telur rebus. Pelengkapnya adalah sambal goreng hati dan ampela (kalau mau bisa ditambahkan waluh jipang) dan sambal kedelai bubuk. Kalau membuat sambal kedelai bubuk saya suka yang banyak sekalian karena bisa agak awet disimpan. Sambal bubuk kedelai ini enak untuk taburan nasi gudangan (urap) dan teman makan ketan.

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Tanaman Didalam Rumah

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Indoor Plants - Living Room

Cukup banyak tanaman yang bisa ditaroh didalam rumah untuk hiasan ruangan. Selain untuk mempercantik dekorasi, disebutkan bahwa ada jenis tanaman yang bisa membersihkan udara didalam rumah dari segala racun dan radiasi yang berasal dari peralatan listrik, asap dari rokok dan dapur, bahan cat, plastik dan juga pembersih rumah (cleaning spray dsb), micro organisme seperti misalnya jamur dll. Tanaman pembersih udara tersebut misalnya Lidah Mertua (Sansevieria), Pakis, Bambu mini, Dracaena (sejenis tanaman Suji), Peace dan Spider lily, Sirih Belanda dsb.

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