Latest posts by Jimbolena

Friends Orchid

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 12:45
wendylou says:
Hi Jimbolena, My moth orchids are on a north-western windowsill and get afternoon sun at the moment which is to hot for them but I've put some ultraviolet blocker film stuff on the windows which seems to be working, their not getting sunburn any-more. I water when the bark medium looks very dry, but to be honest when I remember.
I found a very good webpage on YouTube that's very informative. if your friend has the internet called 'miss orchid girl', she does seem to know what she's talking about. Give her a try.
I'm glad I could suggest something useful for you to try. See original post

 Hi wendylou,

The summer was rubbish in Scotland last year so had no reason to garden, just picked up your post now, thank you for your help. I will check that Youtube channel.

Friends Orchid

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 23:31

thanks wendylou, that explains a lot with my friends orchid, she has it on a sunny windowsill without any protection from the sun.

In her defence she was given the plant as a gift and it's flowering really well, she waters it every Sunday without fail so the only thing I've discovered thanks to this post is that it needs to be on a different windowsill.

I have been told that they like the eastern sun so my own orchid has been moved to see the rising sun, it seems that the flowers are starting to burst open, it wasn't even close to flowering, it was in a sort of limbo when it was sitting on the south west facing window. I don't water mine till it's totally dried out. How often do you water yours?


Thanks for your help, I'm going to suggest a voile to her.

Holey Tomatoes

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 11:35

thanks Chrissy, there was a family of mice in the garden at the beginning of the year so what you say makes sense.

Holey Tomatoes

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 06:26

Only my ripe tomatoes are affected, has any know how to deal with this.




Friends Orchid

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 16:52

Thanks Lynne C


Friends Orchid

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 22:47

thanks star gaze lily and Gardenmaiden

Friends Orchid

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 17:56

here's a pic of it, I asked my friend to get a photo over. She has been watering the entire plant.

A wee question, I was told they are happy on an east facing window, any thoughts?

This one is on a SW facing window.



Friends Orchid

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 09:38

I have one too, my niece bought me it, I proceeded to water as a normal house plant and all the flowers fell off! I then got upset and started to read about them a little, I know nothing other than they hate to be wet and need to dry out completely between watering. this is the 3rd year I've had it and just now I have flowers coming. I think it's been in the huff! lol.

How far back down the stem do you go, my stem has 3 nods so do I just go to the first one down or the bottom one?

Friends Orchid

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 08:54

I don't think she uses the tap, I'm sure she uses a watering can as you've described but I'm almost certain she doesn't know not to water the leaves. I have copied your comment in an email to her.

It's a truly stunning orchid she has, 3 spikes bursting with flowers, it was a gift and not something she'd buy herself but now that it's so stunning she was worried it would die. You've been very helpful because I'm sure that's what she's doing.

Will try and get a pic of the whole plant to show you how many flowers are on it.

Friends Orchid

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 08:22

Thanks for that, I'm not 100% sure how she waters it but that could be the case, I know she takes the plant to the sink and waters with tepid tap water, she lets it all drain away, she could well be covering the whole plant.

I will send your post to her, thanks again.

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