Apparently, writing about the orchid of this week this morning put me in an orchid hunting mood, because after I wrote that post, I took a walk to the Ikea in Red Hook (it’s sooo gorgeous out today!) to see what their orchid selection was like. It was crap. So I took the bus back toward Park Slope and on the way there I popped into Lowe’s to see if they happened to have any good orchids. And they did! I couldn’t stop myself…I ended up leaving with THREE new orchids! I promptly repotted them when I got home, like the good orchid geek that I am. All three are those Better-Gro orchids that come packaged in net and plastic, and each cost $13.97. Behold my post-repotted haul:
A Maxillaria tenufolia, which will have small red blooms that give off a rich coconut scent. The plant sort of split into two when I was cutting off the dead roots, so I potted them separately and now have a bonus orchid.
An Oncidium Sharry Baby, which is in GREAT shape:
This baby is lookin’ so good—it has an amazing mass of roots. It’s by far the healthiest Better-Gro orchid that I’ve bought to date. With all the others, I’ve had to cut away the majority of roots upon bringing them home because they were rotten. Not so with this pretty lady!
And last but not least is my new Encyclia hybrid, whose tag says it’s an Encyclia alata x alata early bird.
This orchid also split into two plants when I was removing dead roots, so file this under Probably A Bad Decision: I repotted them both together. The plant has a couple new little growths that had grown up through the netting, so that is good.
In Blooming News, my NOID Oncidium from Ikea has rebloomed for me! It’s one of the two plants that I bought as a housewarming gift to myself when my boyfriend and I moved in together last summer. And it is just lovely:
I shall leave you with that. Have a lovely weekend, everyone!