Brooklyn Orchids

So Much Orchid Growth!

I have a bunch of good news about my orchids and one bit of bad news, so I’ll start with the bad news first: I lost my Paphiopedilum Wizard of Oz ‘Hausermann’s Toto’ AM/AOS x [Paph. Candy Apple x Paph. Pulsar]. It had been doing very poorly for quite some time, and just didn’t seem to want to recover, so two weeks ago I sent it to the great orchid farm in the sky.  🙁 Orchid kill count: eight (I think??).

In much happier news, I have a lot of good growth going with a bunch of my orchids! Let’s take a look:

My Dendrobium aggregatum has 2 new sprouts

Obviously this Dend. is lacking healthy roots, but I’m happy to see that it’s in good enough shape to start putting out a couple new growths! There’s the purple one in this photo and there’s a slightly larger growth on the other side of the plant (not visible in the photo).

New growth & lots of roots on my Mule Ear Oncidium
Tiny new growth on my Oncidium ampliatum
New growth on my Dendrobium Eama Queen
New shoot on my Iwanagara Appleblossom
New shoot on my Bollopetalum Midnight Blue ‘Cardinal’s Roost’

I’m currently experimenting with Keiki Grow Paste on four of my Phals. It’s interesting to see how some of them start to grow actual plantlets and then some of them just grow side shoots, weird bulges, or both. Here’s a example of a bona fide keiki in progress:

Phal keiki!

Other growths look like Kermit the Frog’s tumor-riddled testicles:

Clearly not a keiki

And then there’s this odd growth, which is like a side shoot that got knocked up with a lot of hormonally-induced babies. It’s like the Octomom of orchid keikis:

Octomom Orchid

I can’t tell if those little growths are keikis, side shoots, or just some random vegetal sprout. I’ll continue to update here on my blog as these orchids react to the hormones in the Keiki Grow Paste!

Only two of my orchids (Phals) are in bloom right now—three Phals dropped their blooms in the past week. They had been in bloom for about three months, though, so they had a good run. I moved a few of my Phals to a shelf out in the apartment hallway, because there is a skylight out there and the area gets nice bright light. I’m curious to see how well they do out there, but I may need to bring them back into the apartment when it gets really hot outside because the hallway can get flaming and stuffy as all hell.

Hope everyone had a lovely long weekend filled with BBQs, swimming, and relaxation!

8 thoughts on “So Much Orchid Growth!

  1. Whenever I put orchid keiki paste on my phals they doesn’t do anything, they doesn’t grow keiki, they just grow insanely big and fat flower spikes! I have 23 phals 3 cattleys and 1 dendrobium, all got a porsion of keiki paste on the flower spikes nodes, EVEN ONE ORCHID DIDN’T GROW FOR ME A KEIKI, ALL GOT THESE ODD FAT SHORT FLOWER SPIKES THAT JUST DON’T WANT TO BLOOM! WHAT SHOULD I DO!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

    1. Hi there – it’s hard to say why the keiki grow paste isn’t working for you. Perhaps your paste is past its prime? The paste isn’t guaranteed to produce keikis, but I’d imagine with that many orchids you’d get at least a couple of them out of it. Here’s my blog post about how to apply the paste – maybe you haven’t put it on the right spot? Sorry that I don’t really have any answers for you!

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