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How to get more than one flowering orchid stem?

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 19:17

I am starting to master the technique of getting orchids to re-flower.  I currently have 6 on my window sill with single young stems at various stages.  Apart from looking for a round of applause from you guys for managing this, I would like to know how/why orchids grow more than one stem.

I have Googled and my understanding is that the phalaenopsis orchid produces one leaf a year. The more leaves, the more stems....  Most of my orchids have around 6 or 7 leaves as they are the cheapy ones from Ikea.   

I would like more than one flowering stem on my orchids, do I just have to be patient and wait for a few more years and they will produce them or is there a technique?

I am currently eyeing up a friends large 4 stemmed orchid as I have a feeling she will throw it out when it has flowered, I shall selflessly offer it a home.....

How to get more than one flowering orchid stem?

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 19:13

Sorry, wrong area moved to plants....

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 15:30

I have been very happy with the mix of verbena bonariensis, scabious and bronze fennel.  The butterflies like it too!

 


 The picture does not give a fair representation of how nice the colours are together.

Dusty white deposit on penstemon flowers

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 16:42

I have some newly flowering penstemons, I now have 3 different plants with the same white deposit plus we have had a lot of rain and it hasn't washed away.  If you can raise the question at Wisley that would be fab!  

Moving Scabiosa Plants

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 21:29

Thank You Dave, I don't mind waiting I wasn't sure if they mind being moved.  Some plants seem to object 

Moving Scabiosa Plants

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 21:07

I would like to transplant a number of Scabiosa plants, do they cope with being moved and if so, when should I move them?

I have a number of Scabiosa which I grew from a seed mix called summer berries.  They are doing really well this year.

I have some lovely blackberry coloured scabious which I would like to consolidate and some raspberry ones but the raspberry ones don't match my colour scheme.  I would like to move all the blackberry ones next to each other to form a clump and gift the raspberry ones to friends.

Can you help 

Moving Scabiosa Plants

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 21:05

I would like to transplant a number of Scabiosa plants, do they cope with being moved and if so, when should I move them?

I have a number of Scabiosa which I grew from a seed mix called summer berries.  They are doing really well this year.

I have some lovely blackberry coloured scabious which I would like to consolidate and some raspberry ones but the raspberry ones don't match my colour scheme.  I would like to move all the blackberry ones next to each other to form a clump and gift the raspberry ones to friends.

Can you help 

Thalictrum needs a boost

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 20:12

Courtesy of a Telegraph article:

An east-west bed with a hedge or fence to the north or south would allow appreciation of both flowers and fruit. Later still, the foliage changes to amber-yellow, an exciting contrast against the dark stalks.

 

Thalictrum needs a boost

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 20:07

I have a delaviyii and it is yellowing at the bottom.  I am sure I read somewhere that this is normal.

Massive grass snake

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 19:50

I saw a grass snake today, it was had a line of inquisitive sparrows hopping behind it!  It slithered in to the bushes with them hopping behind.  I don't know if they were seeing it off or were just being nosey.

A few days ago I saw a number of swallows sat on a fence line, they took it in turns to fly at a jackdaw that was watching them from a nearby.

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