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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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Orchids – Surprise Keikis

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Psychopsis orchid:

When I bought this orchid the seller told me that it had just been re-potted and she made sure that I should not disturb it. Also it had 3 long flower stems, one with a flower. I was told that I should not cut the flower stems as they could re-flower again and again (sequential).

It was potted in ordinary soil and I was not really happy with it, so disregarding the advice of the seller, I changed the potting media with proper orchid mix. Later on I read somewhere online that Psychopsis orchid will sulk if reported too often. Not long after, the new flower spike on one of the long stem was dry. Some of the foliage are getting yellow and dry as well. For months, More

Sequential Bloomers

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For most flowering plants, after finish blooming the flowers and stems will be wilted, dry and fall off. It is often recommended to remove the spent flowers to encourage new growths. However, there are plants that have sequential blooms where new flowers will grow again for few times or even few more years on the same stems. For sequential bloomers, it is better to leave the flowers alone when they are spent. Not long, another flower buds will grow again, and this can happen several times or sometimes for few years. If the flower stems look dead and dry after they have flowered for multiple times, it is a sign that there they are done and then can be cut off for good. More

Late Autumn 2015

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13/05/2015: Snow flurries in May?? It is snowing on Mount Dandenong, Kinglake, Toolangi, north-east of Melbourne and on top of Mount William, in the Grampians. Overnight temperature was around 6 deg. C and now it is 10.4 deg. with on-offrains and hails.

Snow near Toolangi

Snow near Toolangi

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Pear Tree in late Autumn

Pear Tree in late Autumn

Windy, wet and cold Autumn…………..Today will have a chance of hail and storm. Our pear trees are displaying brilliant autumn colours. Most of the leaves are still intact. Some of the Cymbidium orchids have developed some flower spikes, but my prediction is that quite a few of them will not flower this blooming season as most of the new bulbs are still too young. The biggest surprise is that the Beallara ‘Eurostar’ is suddenly having a spike (about a month ago was still none), while the Dancing Lady still has not shown any flower growth.  More

Psychopsis papilio

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Psychopsis papilio

Psychopsis papilio

Psychopsis papilio orchid (formerly known as Oncidium papilio, and the common name is Butterfly Orchid) has pretty flowers that somewhat resemble a butterfly. Psychopsis orchids are native to South America, Central America and Trinidad. More