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Phalenopsis failing to thrive and eventually dying.

Posted: 11/09/2015 at 15:17

Many thanks Paul - my (last remaining) phalaenopsis is in a warm, south east facing living room, out of direct sunlight and not on a windowsill but on a coffer! 

I have taken advice from here and shifted it to a north west facing windowsill (double glazing) to see of anything changes...I still don't know if it has been attacked by a pest though...but I'm very bloody minded and refuse to give up on it!

Phalenopsis failing to thrive and eventually dying.

Posted: 11/09/2015 at 15:15

Hello Dove, I'm sorry about your parents  it's so sad when they are elderly and you have to see them deteriorating. Alzheimers is a particularly cruel disease...

Lovely that your daughter is into gardening now - you must be very very very proud! Mine is only 7, but seems to love pottering with me (so far, whist it's still cool to be seen with your mum), so I have some hope she may love plants when she is older. Watch this space 

What will you plant once the ash is gone? I suppose you'll have to put a lot of goodness back into the soil too, to replenish?

Take care 

 

Phalenopsis failing to thrive and eventually dying.

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 08:44

Hi Dove  Sorry I've been off the radar somewhat recently...how are things?

Phalenopsis failing to thrive and eventually dying.

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 08:43

Thank you everyone - yes, I have tried them in several different spots, but will try different room now.

i looked up orchid pests and problems online abd apparently longitudinal cracks can indicate under watering...they weren't watered whilst I was away for 2 weeks, but as some if you say my dad's ones thrive on neglect! He hardly ever feeds.

mind you, I used to never feed mine and barely water when they were flowering, but carried in never feeding and hardly watering when something changed.

they had flowered in exactly the sane locations too before. 

I wish I could hand my last one to one if you, as a sort of plant hospital 

Phalenopsis failing to thrive and eventually dying.

Posted: 08/09/2015 at 21:03

Thanks Pansy, I was worried about that...don't know of any pests that do that though...help...

Plant ID for a beginner

Posted: 08/09/2015 at 21:01

I love them too, though agree they need to be kept in check, as great spreaders.

one thing I have learnt is that they get very sulky if moved and may not flower for several years afterwards!

best not move them if possible.

enjoy your new garden!

Phalenopsis failing to thrive and eventually dying.

Posted: 08/09/2015 at 20:55


 Strange 'cracks' in all leaves.

some good aerial roots.

no new leaves for weeks. No flowers for over a year.

New compost and orchid specific pots, plus the best feed I could find (Akerne's Rain Mix plus only ever rainwater).

Good exposure, plenty of light (east) but no direct sun.

Watered weekly, from base only, standing them in sink for an hour.

i also regularly spritz the leaves and clean with plain water.

my dad has been growing them successfully for years and he is as stumped as me.

Are they diseased?

please help, I only have one left 

What's your worst nemesis, your most dreaded weed or plant?

Posted: 08/09/2015 at 20:36

Ivy, ivy, IVY! 

Bloody everywhere.

Snails love it.

Many neighbours don't tend their gardens at all, so the ivy is constantly encroaching and out of control, as are several pests and other weeds.

 

ARGH.

 

Rant over, thank you.

Life after Bamboo

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 16:35

Hi, I'm afraid I can't see your photo.

There is also a variety of bamboo which does not spread like the more common types - apparently - but after going through a bamboo removing month of hell myself, I sort of went off bamboo for life 

Not knowing what kind of soil you have, what exposure or situation, or how high a screen you're looking to create, I'm going to throw a few randoms your way!

Is there a fence on that side, trellis?

Could you grow some large shrubs against that, like smoke bush, pieris, aucuba, choisiya? Or train some climbers up there if you have a fence/trellis? Jasmines, clematis, climbing roses?

It really does depend what you like, and on the other factors mentioned before.

What have I grown?

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 16:26

Yes, definitely a dahlia leaf that. Lucky you!

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