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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Orchidaceae

The humongous family of flowering plants collectively known as orchids have been one of my favourite families of angiosperms since childhood, though I've only started collecting them since 2 years ago. With hundreds of genera and thousands of species in the widespread Orchidaceae family, orchids come in a plethora of shapes, sizes, colours, and growth habits.






These Dendrobium hybrids are very easy to grow, capable of taking full sun. They flower quite frequently compared to other orchids, and the flowers are relatively long-lasting. Usually, Dendrobium orchids will produce new offshoots after flowering ends, while the mother plant slowly dies. These offshoots grow quickly to flowering size and the process repeats.


This is an unknown Vandaceous hybrid. It is a very vigorous grower and blooms every month without fail. Sometimes, new flower spikes are produced even though the old ones have not faded yet. It is a very hardy plant, able to take the scorching heat and neglect without problems.


This beige Phalaenopsis (Moth orchids) was a gift from my mother. The venation and colour of the flowers is rather unique compared to other Phals, which are often shades of purple, white and orange. These are much more finicky than the other orchids though, since they dislike direct sunlight and excessively wet medium. They are slow growers and usually take a year to rebloom.


This Oncidium (Dancing Ladies) is also an easy plant to grow. It is very free-flowering and the cute yellow blossoms do resemble their namesake. Unfortunately, snails love munching on the flowers, so I have to hunt them down at night to prevent them from leaving holes in the blossoms.


Spathoglottis (Ground Orchids) are one of my favourite genera of orchids. They produce many colourful and long-lasting blossoms frequently, are hardy and problem-free, and can be grown in normal soil. While the flowers themselves are rather short-lived, the flower stalk will continuously produce new ones daily for months.


This white Cattleya is also a favourite orchid of mine. While it grows rather slowly, though faster than Phalaenopsis, the flowers are worth the wait. The huge, white blossoms produce a lovely fragrance, but only last for a few weeks.

On a separate note, I'll be going to college to further my studies this Jul, so I may cease being active again. I'll miss my plants a lot haha.

9 comments:

  1. That's an impressive collection. How many do you have in total?

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  2. The white Cattleya is pure, pristine and lovely. I use to have some purple ones with yellow centres. Of the orchids the dendrobiums are easiest to cultivate and bloom profusely. You have a nice collection.

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  3. I can see your orchids are rewarding you with plenty of striking blooms for your tender loving care . Btw. do you hunt toads? The other day I saw one in between pots.... shocking experience... errr... And thanks for leaving a note on the new dendrobium in my garden. Good advice for me :-) Have a great weekend!

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  4. @Alex Krasovskis

    Thanks! I have about 30+ orchids.

    @Stiletto

    Thanks too. I love Cattleyas a lot, but too bad they aren't as free-flowering as Spathoglottis or Vandas.

    @Stephanie

    Thanks. Haha, I do not hunt toads, since I find them cute and they are insectivorous.

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  5. I love your impressive collection of orchids, particularly the white cattleya. My cattleya has not flowered for a year already and the spathos have all gone to heaven. My phals are struggling to survive each day :(

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  6. Hi,
    So impressive with your collection. Not many teenagers like you love gardening. Thumbs up.

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  7. @Autumn Belle

    Thanks. Cattleyas are certainly beautiful. Try exposing them to more sun to encourage flowering.

    @Masidah Mat Nasir

    Thanks for the compliments.

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  8. Truly orchids are just so addictive in a sense that they captivate the gardener to just mesmerised with them. In your hands - I see that these orchids seemed to obey and submit to you so well where I have to almost beg them to bloom for years in my garden!

    Great to know that you are moving into a new phase of your life going to college and hence a new beginning to journey into a different lifestyle.
    Have a great weekend!

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  9. You have an impressive collection of plants. I agree that spathoglottis and dendrobiums are among the easiest orchids to grow and are quite floriferous to boot. I have many dendrobiums and four cultivars of spathoglottis (soon to be five).

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