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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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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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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…..

Kokedama – Living Moss

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Went for a walk this morning and collected two varieties of mosses that grow along the ditch. One is very fine and velvety, the other is similar to sphagnum moss, coarse and trailing. I have no idea what their names are.

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Phalaenopsis Kokedama 2

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Yesterday I made my 2nd kokedama by using another small Phalaenopsis orchid that was not too happy growing in its pot. It has one spike and many of the roots are not really healthy. The first kokedama was made by using a miniature Phalaenopsis that was needed to be repotted.

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