Friday, January 07, 2011

New Blooms This week....

Another one of my Phalaenopsis orchids just started blooming this week, it is a lovely, deep rich pink. This orchid formed 4 new buds total, 2 are still waiting to bloom.

Such a pretty little orchid and when it started to spike about 2 months ago, I was surprised because it hadn't finished blooming for the first time all that long ago.

When I first saw the spike, this is what it looked like. I usually notice them when I'm watering , or inspecting for bugs, fertilizing etc. Spikes are always the happiest of surprises.

About a week later......

A couple of weeks after that, look how tall this spike has grown.

If you look very closely, you can see the beginnings of the buds starting to form at the end of the spike.

At this point, I've had to secure the spike with a stake just to give it some support. Now you can clearly see the buds that have formed. There should have been another set of photos after this one, to show how big and plump the buds had become but that might have been during my jury duty week and so, those photos never did get taken.

The buds actually sat for weeks before they opened. I started to think they wouldn't bloom at all and there is no bigger bummer then that, well, maybe the orchid falling of the table and the spike breaking off, I've done that before and that was a serious disappointment. Sometimes though, when an orchid isn't doing what I want or expect it to, I try to shake things up a bit to help stimulate the plant. In this case I moved this Phal to a chilly room in my house each night and then returned it to the grow light during the day. I also gave it an extra dose of fertilizer to help boost it's happiness level. Whichever idea worked or didn't work, the orchid did manage to start opening and the blooms seem quite content at this point.


NeereAnDear said...

So beautiful!! Its such a joy to watch the progression of your orchids....

I have one that lost all its flowers... thought it was done but its now getting little green nubs on the stalks and a few of them are getting longer ... so waiting to see what happens... I should take some photos to see the progression of it all ... I love your closeups... they are fantastic...

hope you are doing well..


Gail McCormack said...

Hi Ruth

So beautiful!
You've done a great job watching giving it a little help to open up.

I so so love the colours

Gail xx

Melissa and Emmitt said...

hi ruth!
oh they are breath taking!
your blooms are always a work of art! you have magic in your fingers for them to bloom like this for you!
thank you for sharing them!
m & e

The Rose Room said...

Stunning Ruth, such a beautiful colour also! Happy 2011 to you:) Rachaelxo

Donna said...

Oh, how beautiful, Ruth! I love your orchids!


julie cavender said...

I got an orchid for Christmas and didn't have a clue about what it would do. Thanks for all the pix. Now i know what to look for!