Garden Bloggers Blooms Day

Its mid June, and sadly the weather in the UK really isn't very summery, however despite that there is plenty of bright and vivid colour to be found under glass!

Colmanara Wildcat

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Phalaenopsis 'Pure Silk'

Phalaenopsis 'Pure Silk'
Phalaenopsis 'Pure Silk' is a compact white variety of Phalaenopsis which has just a touch of yellow and red in the centre and slightly smaller flowers than some other Phalaenopsis Moth Orchids.

Phalaenopsis 'Pure Silk' was registered by Arnold J Klehm in July 1997, and has become a firm favourite of many growers of Moth Orchids ever since. The Parent plants were 'Hampshire Silk' and 'Windsor Purity'

Close up of the flower on Phalaenopsis Pure Silk
Phalaenopsis Pure Silk

Dendrobium nobile

Dendrobium nobile
Dendrobium nobile, also known as The Noble Dendrobium is native to southern Asia. It is one of the 50 fundamental herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine, where it is called shí hú. This particular orchid is one of the most widespread ornamental members of the family. Dendrobium nobile is a sympodial orchid which forms pseudobulbs. This orchid is an epiphyte and main plant produces little offsets which will continue the life of the plant after the original plant dies, each year. The flower bract is erect and during the flowering period it forms blooms on its sides along the whole length, generally opposite of the leaf axis.

Dendrobium nobile have rather specific cultural requirements however they can still be grown and will produce flowers in the house or under glass. When those requirements are met, they will produce a profusion of sweet-scented, long lasting flowers usually in spring. Nobiles can be placed out side during the summer months however if there is any risk of frost, then you need to bring them back inside. They should be grown in part shade out of the direct sunlight however they do need reasonably bright conditions.

During the summer you will need to water regulary, especially if kept outside but hold back on watering in the winter. As they like to be kept fairly pot bound then there will be little water held by any media you use (a general orchid potting mix is fine or sphagnum moss), hence the need to water regularly in the growing season. Dendrobium nobile do not like hot temperatures, to induce flowering the plant needs to be kept below about 15 Centrigrade (60f) at night, once flower buds form then the temperature can be increased slightly, with cooler conditions dont over water as this can cause rot.

We took the above photo at Kew Gardens Tropical Extravaganza 2012.

Phalaenopsis 'Las Palmas'

Phalaenopsis 'Las Palmas'

Beautiful veining on Phalaenopsis 'Las Palmas'. These two photos were taken at the Tropical Extravaganza held at Kew Gardens earlier this year. The Extravaganza is held every year.

Generally Phalaenopsis prefer a temperature range of between 20°C and 22°C. The minimum temperature for the plant is 16°C. Making this an ideal house plant. In the wild Phalaenopsis species typically grow in shady locations. Therefore at home you will need to place this orchid in such a position that it will get enough light, but avoid too much bright sunlight. It is particularly advisable not to place the plant in direct sunlight between April and September. Phalaenopsis can also be particularly sensitive to draughts and so you should avoid placing this orchid next to a radiator.

Phalaenopsis orchids usually have a long lifespan and if you want to get the plant to flower for a second time, you should prune a branch which has finished flowering above the second bud (from the base). You can prune the flower spike above the second bud on two occassions, after that it is advisable to prune the branch as low as possible, to give the plant a break from flowering. After pruning the branch you should place the orchid in a cooler position. This will stimulate the formation of the new flower branch. After approximately two months you should start to see a new flower spike emerging and so you can return your plant back to its previous home.

New Month

As its the start of a new month, for today I have selected three stunning blooms, that we spotted at Kew Gardens Tropical Extravaganza.

From today we will change the way posts are titled, and may not post every single day. However check back regularly for the lastest orchid photos.