Tuesday

Five out of Thirteen Orchids Survived the Elements...




 After the very cold winter we had here on the Southern Gulf Coast of Florida, I really thought my Orchid plants would be lost.  They seemed to wilt and die down.  This past week I took a walk around my yard and found a few of them were all showing new growth.   Five out of thirteen survived!


 The Orchids that were growing on the Oak trees seemed to have had the most trouble.. but One is doing great.











It's been about 6 months since the Orchids have produced a flower so I'll be mixing fertilizer into a spray bottle and soaking them all well.  I do this every two weeks and expect to see them budding around July. At this point in time I have no idea the name or what each flower will look like.
I may just get some new plants later this week but do not want ones with flowers, and they are not easy to find.  The ones with flowers will not bloom again for another 8 or 10 months. 
After reading an article on "How to propagate orchids" it sounds a little tricky. Also it will take months for the new plants to generate roots and leaves... no, I'll go buy new plants.

You know, I could kick myself because two months ago I was at an orchid show and they had so many plants not yet in bloom and quite  inexpensive that way.  I remember telling my sister, "I have enough orchids"



Today we have wind and rain from the remnants of "TS Beryl" so my day has been spent indoors catching up on my cleaning. I do hope all up at the top of Florida did not get too much damage from our first Tropical Storm.  Hurricane season starts in two weeks and that means there are more to come.

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10 comments:

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

I can never get mine to rebloom so feeding them every two weeks is the secret? I have orchid food so I will try this.

Athena at Minerva's Garden said...

Your orchids are looking good! I've only known them as indoor plants, so this is amazing to see them outdoors.

NixBlog said...

I'm quite surprised at how hardy and resilient a lot of our orchids are despite some punishing weather. That last photo is great!

NixBlog said...

I'm quite surprised at how hardy and resilient a lot of our orchids are despite some punishing weather. That last photo is great!

debbie said...

wow growing your orchids outside! i thought that could only happen in hawaii! look great!

debbie

debbie said...

wow growing your orchids outside! i thought that could only happen in hawaii! look great!

debbie

SavannahGranny said...

Sandy, Please remember, no one every has enough orchids. LOL. I am so envious that you can even keep orchids outside year round.
Thanks for you kind comments about our little city and thank you for following.
I am following back, I can't wait to see how the orchids fair over the next few months. I have some in my bathroom window and they started blooming while we were away for three weeks. They had buds when we left but I didn't miss anything because there were no dead or wilted flowers on the sill. Lucked up on that one.
Have a good evening. xo Ginger

nanny said...

Stopping over from Gypsy Heart....

your orchids are so interesting. i always thought they were almost impossible to grow. I got one (in pot) blooming from family members funeral flowers. Left in the car for an hour or two while we took care of some business.(it was hot) The blooms wilted (so sad). I left them on the plant...still wilted. Should I pluck them off? I really want to save this plant. I need to read up on raising orchids.

andrea@townandprairie said...

Wow, orchids are finnicky plants. You must be doing wonderful job if you are getting any to survive! They are beautiful. Hope your 5 now thrive!

Andrea said...

Hi it looks like your orchids are really struggling, while here those species are easy to grow even without too much care and maintenance, except for the Phalaenopsis which needs lower temps. In my case, i have 5 plants out of the 14seeds that survived our climate. They are all from my blogger friend from Illinois so temperate plants.