Orchid, house plant

  • 6 Replies
  • 5988 Views

Hilary

  • Hero Member
Orchid, house plant
« on: May 13, 2013, 03:49:02 PM »
I was given this Orchid house plant in October and thought I was doing very well with it.
In January it still had its original flowers.
Dropped them then started producing new flowers.
We left it for two weeks at the end of March and when we came back it was like this, second two photos..
Now what am I supposed to do?
Leave it bent over? Wait till these flowers drop and try to straighten it?
Has anyone any idea?
MGS member
Living in Korinthos, Greece.
No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
Most of my plants are succulents which need little care

David Bracey

  • Hero Member
    • Email
Re: Orchid, house plant
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2013, 05:14:03 PM »
From your photos it looks if the weight of the flowers has caused the stem to bend over.  Let it flower and either straightened it with a small support or cut off the stalk at the bsae or at a node/bud if there is one.  ORCHIDS GROW In hot tropical climates like  Indonesia, Cuba. In thses countries they are usually grown in shade houses presumably to copy the canopy of the forest.  We leave ours in the window still and spray often.

Suprisingly with success but generally not as floriferous as the new plant.
MGS member.

 I have gardened in sub-tropical Florida, maritime UK, continental Europe and the Mediterranean basin, France. Of the 4 I have found that the most difficult climate for gardening is the latter.

Hilary

  • Hero Member
Re: Orchid, house plant
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2013, 07:29:06 PM »
Thanks for the advice.
Hmm spray.
I hadn't thought of that
MGS member
Living in Korinthos, Greece.
No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
Most of my plants are succulents which need little care

David Bracey

  • Hero Member
    • Email
Re: Orchid, house plant
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2013, 09:00:41 AM »
With water, not one of those nasty produczts.
MGS member.

 I have gardened in sub-tropical Florida, maritime UK, continental Europe and the Mediterranean basin, France. Of the 4 I have found that the most difficult climate for gardening is the latter.

*

Alisdair

  • Global Moderator
  • Hero Member
Re: Orchid, house plant
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2013, 11:38:57 AM »
Rainwater!
Alisdair Aird
Gardens in SE England (Sussex); also coastal Southern Greece, and (in a very small way) South West France; MGS member (and former president); vice chairman RHS Lily Group, past chairman Cyclamen Society

Hilary

  • Hero Member
Re: Orchid, house plant
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2014, 03:52:52 PM »
David and Alisdair
I chopped off the bent bits.
Put the pot on a table near the radiator,mostly off except for about ten days over the Christmas holidays.
Moved the pot into the sun on sunny days
Gave the plant  the occasional shower in the bath.
Was rewarded by this show of flowers.
Took it outside for a photo shoot.
MGS member
Living in Korinthos, Greece.
No garden but two balconies, one facing south and the other north.
Most of my plants are succulents which need little care

*

Alisdair

  • Global Moderator
  • Hero Member
Re: Orchid, house plant
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2014, 07:25:41 PM »
Looks great Hilary! Thanks for showing us
Alisdair Aird
Gardens in SE England (Sussex); also coastal Southern Greece, and (in a very small way) South West France; MGS member (and former president); vice chairman RHS Lily Group, past chairman Cyclamen Society