Friday, July 11, 2008

Two Timer

As an very amateur orchid grower, I'm always ecstatic when one of my orchids blooms a second time. Despite advice from the pros to always buy from a "reputable" source, I buy my plants on the cheap, usually from the supermarket nursery department. Of course, the supermarket doesn't have a clue about names, so there's never a reliable tag in the pot - thus I have no idea what this plant is. Not to worry, it's beautiful and that's all I care about. Back when I first started this orchid addiction, I brought home more than one plant in full and glorious bloom, only to have it never bloom again. Disappointing, but I accept that you usually get what you pay for, and move on. I got lucky this time when this kid outdid itself and gave me four flowers - up from two the last time it bloomed.

1 comment:

Beverly Kaye Gallery said...

Your two timer might be an Odontoglosium, not too positive. They can be reluctant bloomers, so congratulations are in order. But I can say for certain that if you buy phalanopsis (butterfly orchids) they will bloom their heads off! Just cut back to the last living node when the last flower drops off, and the stem will send out a new shoot which will bloom again and will last 3 to 4 months. All this is from an art dealer! Who knew!