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Dragon Fruit Disaster

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Dragon fruit - broken off stem

Broken off stem

Just as we were all very happy to have a dragon fruit growing for the very first time, disaster happened. The stem with the baby fruit was broken off. How did it happen? Not very sure, it could be the possum climbed on it last night. We have few possums in the back yard. The plant itself actually is not very healthy with many parts rotted every winter time. Perhaps the stem joint was not strong enough and it snapped broken.

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Summery Start of Autumn

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This early start of Autumn is very warm with pleasant temperatures around 30 degrees C. Some plants enjoy the heat that they mostly lacked during summer time. The bird’s eye chilli is having second batch of blooms. Kaempferia galanga plant look healthy and green but still no flowers yet. While the lemon grass suddenly grows tall and bushy. The purple Tibouchina ‘Jules’ and the yellow and orange Kniphofia are flowering nicely. Meanwhile the other two new orchids are still in blooms, the easy to grow Miltonias are bearing flower buds. The hot temperatures are also good for the Dragon Fruit that is growing a fruit for the first time.

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Hand Pollinating Dragon Fruit

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It was a big surprise that our Dragon Fruit (Hylocereus sp.) has finally had one flower bud. The bud grew very fast and very large. Just before it opened last night, the swollen flower bud was around 40 cm long (including the stem). It was twice the size of the biggest Epiphyllum flowers that we have.

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Cattleya amethystoglossa

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cattleya-orchid

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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Garden – Last Month of Summer

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water-lily

I cannot believe that now is February and next month will be Autumn already. Summer this year has been quite mild here in Melbourne so that we hardly feel it. Hopefully the Autumn months won’t be too warm which is not very good for the orchids, as they need cooler nights to initiate blooming.

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What Happen to These Orchids?

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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

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

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