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How to get more than one flowering orchid stem?

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 11:49

Thank you all for your feedback.  That's interesting what you say Dove, I tend to leave the old stems on and wait for them to either die back or throw out a new sidestem. The only one I have with two spikes is an old one with a new sideshoot that has also grown a new spike from the base.

Has anyone had an orchid that has thrown out two new baby spikes at the same time?

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.

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