Monthly Archives: March 2010

The Purple Vanda Orchid

I never know what kind of orchid I grow until it blooms and I want to write about it in this gardening blog.

So after searching and reading through a few orchid websites, I am pretty sure that what I have here is a Vanda.

Taken from how-to-grow-orchid.com:

“The genus Vanda contains many species represented by large handsome plants and a wide variety of beauty in the flowers.

By some growers considered difficult to cultivate, their charm is well worth the supplying of their particular needs and the studying of their habits.

The plants are pseudobulb-less, the leaves distichous (dis-tik-ous), or disposed in two parallel lines along the heavy, erect stem.

The tendency of the stem is to grow up toward the sun, as the surprised amateur finds when his plant reaches the roof and has no more room to grow. The lower leaves frequently drop off.

Thick aerial roots form along the stem and, when smooth, green-tipped, and fat, indicate that the plant is progressing. When they become shriveled and ringed, something is drastically wrong with their culture and vanda orchid care”

I think I’ve had this pot of Vanda for more than 2 years now, can’t really remember where do I get it in the first place.

“This type of plant is a slow grower and needs to be very large before flowering, so that any kind of propagation is a slow and tedious process at best.”

When it comes to vanda orchid care, they are considered sun worshipper. Among the sun-worshipers are the Vandas, natives of India, the Philippines, and some Pacific islands.

They will not thrive without adequate sun, and they must have corresponding amounts of heat and water. Care must be exercised to keep water from remaining in the growing crown.”

As of today, I am still able to enjoy the dark purple flowers. Not sure how long the flowers will last, but from what I read, some says it could last for a month or so.

Should I Repot The Cattleya?

I am wondering whether the cattleya (that had sunburned leaves and now recovering) should be repotted?

What do you think?

I am reading the guide from the American Orchid Society and it says here:

Potting is necessary when the rhizome of the plants protrudes over the edge of the pot or the potting medium starts to break down and drain poorly (usually after two to three years). It is best to repot just before new roots sprout from the rhizome, after flowering or in the spring.

Mature cattleyas are usually potted in coarser potting material than are seedlings. Until a plant has at least six mature pseudobulbs, it generally should be put into a larger pot and not divided.

If dividing a plant, three to five pseudobulbs per division are required. Select a pot that will allow for approximately two years of growth before crowding the pot. Pile mix against one side of the pot and cut off any dead roots. Spread the firm, live roots over the pile, with the cut rhizome against the side of the pot. Fill the pot with medium, working it around the roots. Pack firmly and stake if necessary. Keep the plant humid, shaded and dry at the roots until new root growth is seen.

Hmm…now I wonder when will I ever get the time to repot the plant..huhu!

Do You Have Lawn To Maintain?

Do you ever wish to have lawn that is spacious enough for you to have all kind of gardening and plant your favorite greens?

In my current home, the lawn that I have is so small that I could only grow 2 x 10 feet cow grass on it..huhu!

But for those with ample space of lawn, do you know how to mow your lawn? Check out the video shared as it could help you save some money by doing the job yourself.

Previously in our rented house, we hired a freelance lawnmower to do all the hard work once a month. Actually I used to mow the lawn every now and then using a mini handheld lawn mower, but after some times it just become such a hassle for me to do the work.

A lawn mower with brand such as Black & Decker is a great investment for those eager to maintain their own lawn all year round. The video shared above is designed for homeowners and includes a variety of useful tips. It shows how to prepare your lawn and mower for mowing. It gives tips for mowing, edging and trimming to give your yard a well manicured look…something like a professional gardener does! It also demonstrates how to maintain and store your mower.

I hope one day I would be able to live in a house with a big, great lawn and drive a lawn mower to mow the lawn every morning like Forrest Gump did in the movie..haha!

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