Two or three times each year my orchids burst into bloom
(this one was a wedding table centerpiece of a dear friend's daughter)
This is where they live
squished together by a window in our dining room
(so intertwined I have trouble knowing which flowers come form which plant)
ignoring the snow of winter
This one was a gift to me from two sweet ladies from our Bible study group
I don't remember where most of them came from
Our daughter, Jamie gave this one to my mom and I received it when she passed away.
I don't have any growing tips because mine seem to thrive on neglect.
- They grow in the corner of a south facing window squished together for lack of room.
- I water on Monday and Friday morning because it is a convenient schedule that I don't forget. I give them a good squirt but don't create standing water.
- I use tepid water that I keep in a plastic bottle but often use tap water.
- I never move them (except for these photos)
- Do do try to rotate the plants when the flower stem is growing because they bend toward the light.
- I have learned not to cut off the stem when the flowers fade and fall because they often send out more flowers from it.
- And, I am astonished at how long the flowers last ~ sometimes 2-3 months!
- I have never re-potted them and some are years old.
- If an older leaf yellows, I cut it off.
- I have noticed, after blooming, my plants produce a new leaf that grows rather quickly.
- Orchids are not very attractive when not in bloom but given time, they will flower again, and again