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14th May 2008, 07:51 PM
I have been crazily in love with Orchid planting.... they are excellent plants indoor as well as at the balcony. So beautiful and .... last so long.:)

When i buy the plant, the flowers are usually blooming beautifully, and last for months. But after the flowers died, new one never seems to come out, although when i buy them i was told after each bloom, another bloom will come out after a few months.

why, i waited 6 months liao still no new flowers?

Can someone give me tips as how to keep orchids blooming all the time?
really appreciate......:confused:

15th May 2008, 11:04 AM
my mom is into orchid planting as well. last CNY i bought her a pot and it's still blooming nicely. here's some tips for you.

Consider it's natural conditions
When you buy an orchid, make sure you can recreate the conditions the plant requires in its natural environment. There are all sorts of varieties, some hardier than others so look at the label to check.

Careful Watering
Watering them about every 4 - 7 days seems to be enough, but it does depend on the season. To check if the plant needs water, push a wooden stick or pencil into the medium, if it comes out darker, there is enough there. Orchids can require different amounts of water at different times of the year, so keep checking!

Most orchids benefit from a specialist orchid fertilizer that is fed as a weak solution and applied once a week. To do this, use only half the amount mentioned on the packet. The type of fertilizer will depend on what your orchid is growing in, so it is wise to check that first.

Sooner or later, unfortunately, the orchid is going to need repotting. Remove the old mix from the pot, being careful not to damage the roots. Rinse the roots and trim off any hollow or mushy ones, as they are considered dead. Place the plant into a new pot, orchids apparently like being root-bound, so there should only be about 1' between the roots and the edge of the pot. Add the new mix/medium to the pot, tapping the sides to make sure it settles properly. Press gently to settle the plant but don't use too much force or the roots may break. Use a stick to support the plant in the pot so it is secure. If your plant is growing in sphagnum moss, make sure it is damp before wrapping it round the roots and repotting, that way you don't have to worry about pockets of air. After repotting, the plant should not be watered for 3 - 5 days to allow it to recover.

After it flowers
Check whether your orchid flowers only once from the flower spike or will flower repeatedly from the same spike. Once the plant has finished flowering, the spike needs to be removed at the base with a sharp instrument to lessen damage to the plant itself. If you aren't certain, don't cut it off!

Caring for it
An important part of orchid care is looking out for various fungi or parasites. Isolate any plant that has a problem, check it out, find the remedy and start treating as soon as possible.

15th May 2008, 02:52 PM
thank you so much so much for the great tips....:)

16th May 2008, 09:11 AM
welcome.... i think most importantly you must give more TLC. plants are living things, you spend more time sayang them they will grow more beatifully, the rest are just neccessities.

17th May 2008, 09:09 AM
hi irng, since you some some knowledge on orchid how about rose. i bought some seeds for rose but cannot leh. awhile die liao.

12th June 2008, 10:45 PM
Hey all, i am so excited.... must show you what happen to my orchid planting.

12th June 2008, 10:55 PM
aiyo! too fast! not yet upload picture

the 1st and 4th picturre - this 2 orchid very easy to keep them. They will only flower once, everytime a new left or should i say shoot come out that is new leaf appear - a new flower will definitely come out with it and it will only flower once in its lifetime. - for beginner this is a sure success story for them i guess if they start with this type of bread.

Next time i will show you shot of the progress. i just started taking the shot.

2nd shot - i am so happy with this one thought this plant died, after i adopt the watering only in the morning ritual. It suddenly grow shoot and not only that it flowered - cannot describe the joy :)

18th June 2008, 04:41 PM
more pictures of my orchids

19th June 2008, 11:19 AM
wow happylalapo, you seems like a proud mother. you orchrid really seem growing well. does my tips work? my rose still cannot make it leh. i give up liao.

11th July 2008, 06:56 PM
yes, certainly, thanks to your tips.

I tried out rose too and failed.:D

coke addict
14th July 2008, 10:43 AM
hi guys

i visited the new HORT PARK last sat. wonderful place to bring family there for sight seeing. lots of beautiful orchids there. many big beautiful koi fishes. parking fees there is very cheap. foc for 1st hour and subsequent hour , think it is $0.02.


14th July 2008, 11:29 AM
thanks for the information :) will go visit sometime.

21st July 2008, 12:07 AM
see this happylalapo

So pretty!

coke addict
21st July 2008, 10:39 AM
hi babyrie

i like the white and red orchid. very cute.

there are so many varieties of orchid. i think they always add a touch of elegance when place them in the conference room.

2nd August 2008, 06:09 PM
more pictures to share

2nd August 2008, 06:15 PM
I spoke to a neighbour today who is good at planting orchid. She told me she tried planting orchid for 4 years, before she is successful.

I wonder how many orchid plants she killed in the process.

I was told that there is a lot of knowledge involve in this plant, not as easy as just watering plant.

Oh boy! one really needs lots of patience for this kind of hobby.

2nd August 2008, 06:56 PM
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8th August 2008, 12:14 PM
look at the healthy plant full of new buds.

8th August 2008, 03:02 PM
see this happylalapo

So pretty!

babyrie, the first picture you shown here. It is a very nice scented orchid. A pot cost between $30 to even as high as $600.

I just bought the plant back, hope it flower soon and i will take a shot of it for you to see.

Apparently this breed needs lot of water, so ideal to water twice a day.

slow learner
11th August 2008, 04:40 PM
Wow! Orhid fans!

this is what i have at home - i just bought this plant last week.

9th October 2008, 01:22 PM

not sure what is wrong with my plant, of late .... new buds are attacked by a disease and it just keep rotting.

Anyone have any tips on this let me know.

10th October 2008, 11:05 AM
maybe you can try to re-plant. new pot new soil. my mom told me very half year, you need to re-plant your plant in order to keep them growing well.

10th October 2008, 12:52 PM
Thanks Hazel.

19th October 2008, 10:33 PM
I have done my repoting.

I also found that I have been watering too much.

8th March 2009, 12:55 PM
I have not posed about orchids for sometimes now.

Look at this orchid, so beautiful.

I am now into wild orchids.

9th March 2009, 09:26 AM
the orchid is rather unique. they have some white patterns on it.

my mom is planting pomelo now. now it bear fruits. she has one pomelo now waiting for it to grow bigger. as is grow bigger, my mom has to placed a basket to hold on to the pomelo so that it will not break from the brunch.

9th March 2009, 07:38 PM
that is interesting Hazel.

Could you take a picture of the pomelo? I am curious how the tree look like.

My mum planted sour soup, however, the flower has not successful stay so always no fruit.

I will take a picture of that for you to see, how the plant look like the next time i visit my mother in a couple of days time.

13th March 2009, 02:07 PM
ok i don't stay with my mom too. if i remember to take pictures the next time i visit her i will post it too.

14th March 2009, 04:22 PM
another 2 unique species i have an home, picture not very well taken.

17th March 2009, 01:52 PM
this is so beautiful, right?

Curry Chicken
17th March 2009, 04:39 PM
Very nice orchids! You are like a proud mum hllp :D

20th March 2009, 07:57 PM
i think plantings are addictive - especially orchids, there are so many types you just cannot have enough of it.

31st March 2009, 05:56 PM
more pictures to show off :)

1st April 2009, 08:44 AM
i think plantings are addictive - especially orchids, there are so many types you just cannot have enough of it.

i can't agree more. though my plant orchirds and i only have 2 pots of money plants, when they grow and sprouts new leaf, i'm very happy. i think be it plant or animals, as long as it's living things, when you put in TLC and see it grow, you can't help getting the kind of satisfaction.

Ah Boy
1st April 2009, 06:50 PM
I didn't realise there are so many types of orchids. Very nice le!

10th April 2009, 05:24 PM
there are so many varieties of Orchids.

They are interesting plants and are not easy to keep as they are prompt to fungus attack.

For my orchids, I will always look out for a place with balcony, good ventilations.

Directions of the house is important.

Orchid generally needs only 60 to 70% sunlight.

slow learner
27th April 2009, 11:01 PM
I went to Far East Flora saw this big giant orchid ..... wow... the plan almost have some 50 buds - that will turn into flowers.

No joke! but look at the price .... humm $62/-.

Happylalapo you sure have expensive hobby.

28th April 2009, 08:33 AM
ok lar $62 for a pot of orchids, not really expensive lar. right happylalapo?

28th April 2009, 10:36 PM
Yup, my most expensive pot cost me $280/- ...:)

I went to an exhibition once and there were some that went for up to $1000/-

Ah Boy
25th May 2009, 04:55 PM
OMG Orchids are expensive sia!

25th May 2009, 10:09 PM
Yeah, could not believe the amount of money I already spent on them.

I simply love orchids.

All kinds.

23rd June 2009, 09:25 PM
see my new orchids :)

23rd June 2009, 09:27 PM
and more....

24th June 2009, 08:43 AM
OMG Orchids are expensive sia!

bo called singapore flowers. not expensive how to be singapore flower. just like singapore girls, expensive also mah. hehehehehhe

3rd December 2009, 11:32 AM
i found a certain webpage that gives you a whole lot of tips to get started with orchid planting and at the same time, be successful at it. check this out as it is worth the read for any avid fan of orchid planting.


3rd December 2009, 11:44 AM
Thank you.

I will check it out.

I like the new Home look - look :)

14th December 2009, 12:23 PM
hey there . . . read that you like to grow roses.

found this on the web for you. hope this will open the path of success for you.


14th December 2009, 05:23 PM
Thanks, I will look into this.

Lately, have been so busy with Christmas shopping .....

15th December 2009, 10:40 AM
im so thrilled that christmas is so near. enjoy shopping and decorating with all the orchids :)

15th December 2009, 03:08 PM
Thanks, I will look into this.

Lately, have been so busy with Christmas shopping .....

Glad i could help with your endeavours :) all best in your planting and merry christmas in advance!

18th February 2010, 07:36 PM
christmas than cny.... so busy......

Humm , did not forget to shop for my orchids....

when I have more time will post somemore pictures of my lovely orchids.

19th April 2010, 08:20 AM
how's you orchid coming along? bloom liao?

1st December 2011, 06:05 PM
My orchids are constantly in the bloom.

When Orchids are happy they will keep blooming, best flower to keep at home and in the garden. It makes you very happy looking at the flowers.......

2nd December 2011, 06:00 PM
wah happy lor. :D