Author: Linda Creek

Increasing your Orchid stock from back bulbs

     Following on from the article I did last time, I thought another one regarding orchid propagation would probably be interesting to many of you.  Some orchids, such as Cymbidiums, have bulb-like swellings at the base of the leaves which sit clear of the growing media.  These are known as pseudobulbs and the back…
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New Orchid Stock from Keikis

The word Keiki may look unfamiliar but I am betting that at least half of  you orchid-lovers out there have seen  one of these growing on your plants, particularly on Phalaenopsis, the Moth orchid.  Keiki is the Hawaiian word for baby and it  refers to the little group of leaves which very often grows on…
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Time to prepare for cooler weather

We are certainly very lucky at the moment with the weather, I am sure you will agree it has been really lovely (it had better stay for my annual autumn short break in North Wales!).  We have however had the odd chilly night which has started me thinking I need to move some of my…
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Recycling for Plant Lovers

     I am sure most of us are more than aware these days of doing our bit to cut down on waste by re-using as much as we can that would normally be destined for the bin.  If you are a grower I have no doubt that many a plastic take- away container has…
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ORCHID PLUG PLANTS “Grow your own” orchids

     “Grow your own” orchids, how does that sound to all you plant lovers out there? If watching plants grow, rather than buying a more mature plant, is your thing then this could be just up your street.       I have managed to obtain some orchids as plug plants  which means they are in…
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Monstera goes into fruiting mode

     It is always exciting when something a bit unusual happens and I have been waiting to see if one of the two large  Monsteras (Swiss -cheese plants) that are in the house plant room was indeed about to flower.   After an anxious wait  I am delighted that not only one but both of…
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Watering Solutions

Are you a bit unsure when it comes to watering your house plants?  Do you give everything a good soak once a week or maybe an eggcup full?  If the answer to one  of these questions is yes and some of your plants are protesting then you may find the following hints useful. ➢Firstly,  forget…
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ZYGOPETALUMS – Orchids with a difference

Zygopetalum may look like an anagram but it is actually a very stunning orchid.  It really is something completely different to the more common types of orchid that you find on sale and as an added bonus it has the most gorgeous perfume.      It will probably be the scent which draws you towards these…
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Crossandra Firecracker flower

You have only to look at a Crossandra to realise how it got its common name of “Firecracker flower”,  the orange flowers seem to burst out from the upright green flower spikes. Crossandras ought to be more popular than they are really considering they are a long-lived plant, they are very attractive and  have a…
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Where have they gone? Older houseplant varieties

I will apologise in advance for this weeks ramblings as I think I must be having  a senior moment.  A casual remark about a houseplant I haven’t seen in a long time set me thinking back to when I first became  involved with houseplants ( that, scarily enough, was about 40 years ago).  The plant…
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