It has been a week since I posted anything although for some reason it feels like its been ages. I landed a new job a few weeks ago and I have been so busy with trying to get my bearings that I have had no quality time with my plants. It’s the long weekend here in Ontario (Family Day on Monday) and for once I don’t have to go to work on a public holiday. Yeahhh!!. Given this is going to be a 3 day weekend, I was excited to finally have an extra day to just revel in doing nothing. That also means I have more time to pay close attention to my plants so you can imagine how annoyed I was this morning when I saw mealy bugs on my mini orchid!
Where did they come from? I am certain I gave that plant a good look over when I purchased it about a month ago. Now all of a sudden they just show up? Luckily none of my other plants seem to be infested. So I spent a good 10 minutes or so picking them off the stalk. Just when I thought I had them all, I took off the clips holding the plant stalk to the stakes and what do you know more mealy bugs (eeewwww) hiding underneath. They are all gone now so everything is well. Talking about orchids, I have always thought of them as difficult to care for. I don’t know where I got that idea from but I would avoid even looking at them at a garden store l because I felt they were unattainable. But I could only resist for so long. It started with one mini orchid, and now there are three. Yikes! Two moth orchids (phalaenopsis) and a golden yellow Oncidium. They are classified among low light, warm growing orchids which makes them perfect for my apartment. I am curious to see how well they do in my north facing windows.
Two of the orchids have finished blooming and I wonder if they will ever re-bloom here. I didn’t know how to go about cutting the stems off to promote more blooms so after quick research, I went trimming.
I cut quite low but above a node. A new flowering branch should grow at that node.If the leaves are weak and wrinkled like mine, it is best to cut it all the way down so that the plant doesn’t spend more energy trying to re-bloom soon after. Also, I sprinkled a little cinnamon on the cut ends to keep bacteria at bay.
Here is a quick look at how the orchids look now after trimming.
I have a long way to learn about orchids and when I’m ready, I’ll be upgrading to a full size orchid. Any orchid growers? I welcome any advice.