Friday, May 29, 2015

Fading colors

The last couple of weeks, I had been thinking that the flowers on Tolumnia Red Berry were not looking as vibrant as when the flowers opened. I wasn't sure if it was my memory or if it did fade.

The new blooms are opening and now you can really see the color difference.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Oncidium growth & pleated leaves

Twinkle's new pseudobulbs are growing! As it gets warmer and it is actively growing, I have now moved to watering it every 2-3 days. This morning was a watering day. You can see that the pseudobulb is a little wrinkly.

On this one, the pseudobulb is still growing taller. I wonder when it will start to widen and become more bulb like. He's getting watered every other day. That keeps the existing pseudobulbs from becoming a bunch of shriveled pseudobulbs. Unfortunately, I still don't think I'm watering enough since the leaves are still pleating. Once they pleat, I don't think they unpleat.

Friday, May 22, 2015


When I'm well rested, I  automatically wake up, full of energy after five or six hours of sleep. After returning from Taiwan last month, I finally am back at that point.

Like, me the dendrobium has had to do some adjusting. I was afraid it was near death when I first got it since leaves were turning yellow and dropping off. Now, it has settled down. Flowers are open, leaves are still green and on the canes. Whew!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Tulomnia keeps going!

The neat thing about the Tolumnia Red Berry is that as flowers on the original spike drop off, it keeps growing side branches and more buds! I found these two new buds this morning when I was putting it back to its place after its morning watering.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Nearly fully bloomed

Nearly all of the buds on this phalaenopsis are open. I really love the contrast of the red veins against the yellow. I didn't think the spike had grown this long, but I guess it has to in order to make room for the flowers to be evenly spaced.

Yes, this is planted fully in moss. Yes, it is possible to do so. I don't have the roots fully packed in the moss and I only water it about once every two weeks to four weeks depending on how quickly it sucks up the water.

Monday, May 11, 2015

South window oncidiums

The oncidiums all live in a south facing window. They apear to be happy there!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Dendrobium Hybrid

A couple of weeks ago, I ordered this dendrobium hybrid from Seattle Orchid's dendrobium sale.

The flower color is lovely but I do have some concerns.

The first pseudobulb has a large slit in it. The leaves are turning yellow and a couple of dropped off. I'm really hoping that it's just a result of adaptation to a new environment. I did re-pot it and the roots looked okay.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Paph is still alive

A while back, I wondered if this was a new leaf or a long existing leaf. I think I have my answer!

That is a leaf that is still growing! I am very excited! Growth may have stunted for a while but the important thing to know is, IT'S NOT DEAD!!! I HAVEN'T KILLED IT! If it flowers again, I'm allowed to buy another one!