Today Gail Bromer is sharing a method to brighten up the winter months.
I started to collect orchids 30 years ago and still have several plants from those early years. I am a survival-of-the-fittest collector and don’t know most of their names, but I love to have their color, particularly during winter. Various orchids bloom throughout the year. Orchids bloom for long periods of time. I have one blooming now that was a gift in June and is still going strong.
When we bought our new home seven years ago, we built in a plant area. I have a 10-foot window that faces southwest. It may not be a perfect light situation, but it’s what I have available. I water once a week and turn the heat down to 65° overnight in the winter. In the summer all the plants go outside onto a covered deck.
If you’ll let me, I’ll share some of my pictures without identifying them. I urge everyone to bring orchids home and enjoy their long bloom time. These days you can buy an orchid for the same price as cut flowers at the supermarket. Or you can search out your specialty grower and enjoy something a little more unusual.
This plant is 25 years old. I gave it to my father-in-law as a gift, and he returned it to me when he didn’t have any luck getting it to rebloom.
Phalaenopsis are readily available at the supermarket.
These bloom in the fall and complement the autumn colors of the leaves outside.
One last cluster of blooms from last February
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How glorious, Gail! I received my first orchid as a generous gift from my daughter twenty-six years ago, and also became enchanted by them. I lost many when we moved to our current home, but am finally able to grow them again with the addition of dedicated grow lights. Thank you for sharing!
What a beautiful winter garden!
What an amazing collection of healthy plants and drool worthy blooms! You have apparently found the perfect locations for beautiful orchids. Wow!
Wow your 25 years old Orange Orchid is stunning! You sure know what you're doing, you've had a lot of success with Orchids!
Stunning!! I never have had success getting to rebloom so gave up... now you have tempted me to try again!
A feast for the eyes! Thank you so much for sharing !
Now I see why people grow orchids. Beautiful and such variety.
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