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Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 2, 2015 5:51 PM CST
Blooming indoors:
This one in bloom on and off since Fall 2014. Typically it blooms around Spring outdoors in my growcamp which it did in May 2014. So I was happy to have it bloom in late Fall, late Nov when I have taken it indoors to prepare for overwintering. Then that spike naturally went away in early Jan, then followed by this 2nd spike in early Feb 2015 which is still in bloom:
Onc. Hilda Plumtree Purple Wings
Thumb of 2015-03-02/tarev/9c01df

Hoya shooting stars: always blooms in late winter to early Spring, sometimes it will try again in May:
Thumb of 2015-03-02/tarev/504c29

Clivia miniata 'Solomone Yellow' - my first time to have this plant in late Fall..and started to bloom in early Feb 2015, at this time, it is now slowly ending the bloom show:
Thumb of 2015-03-02/tarev/3bcaf5

Dendrobium Roy Tokunaga 'Spots' - this one I have acquired in bloom last 21Feb at the Pacific Orchid Expo, so far all blooms are still holding well, still observing how long these blooms last.
Thumb of 2015-03-02/tarev/b22dcf Thumb of 2015-03-02/tarev/5ffb88 Thumb of 2015-03-02/tarev/a498ff

Waiting for these two Phals:
I)Phal Baldans Kaleidoscope - maybe end of March?
Thumb of 2015-03-02/tarev/750784 Thumb of 2015-03-02/tarev/2fc7f4


2)Noid Phal - this has been my faithful yearly bloomer, I have had this orchid since Feb 2010. This year..I see a real good leaf and root growth, and I see a spike..or maybe two..who knows..so exciting to watch:
Thumb of 2015-03-02/tarev/372cf5 Thumb of 2015-03-02/tarev/4b0c91
Sometimes..it is like a game of spike or root Big Grin
Thumb of 2015-03-02/tarev/5b4310
Something more in between those leaves..my wish is for a 2nd spike Smiling but if it is another root..that's okay, more roots, more leaves to form!
Thumb of 2015-03-02/tarev/844aee

Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Mar 2, 2015 6:01 PM CST
Everything looks good, Tarev. Thumbs up
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Plantomaniac08
Mar 3, 2015 6:35 PM CST
I say one is a spike, one is a root. Smiling

Planto
Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 3, 2015 6:45 PM CST
Thanks Ken!

Hi Planto..yes I think I agree with you! So what do you think of the other one in the last photo, the one in between the leaves?

Plantomaniac08
Mar 3, 2015 8:33 PM CST
Tarev,
Oh, I missed that one. Hilarious! I'm not sure, I think it's too soon to tell. When it gets big enough that it's poking out of the leaves, take another photo. I'd like to see it again when it's more prominent.

Planto

Plantomaniac08
Mar 3, 2015 8:37 PM CST
I think I read somewhere that a general rule of thumb for orchid spikes and roots is that spikes look like mittens. I'm a Phal killer, so I only get to admire the mittens in pictures. Hilarious!

Planto
Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 3, 2015 9:19 PM CST
Yeah, normally I can easily spot the mittens..but these three growths threw me off track too Hilarious! I will update the photos later on.
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Plantomaniac08
Mar 3, 2015 9:22 PM CST
Tarev,
I can't wait! Big Grin I think sometimes the mittens aren't as distinctive and they suprise you as a flower stalk when you thought it was a root lol.

Planto
Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 3, 2015 10:07 PM CST
Yes, for me any new growth is a joy to see with orchids..they do their growth cycle differently, resting after it blooms..for as long as it wants. Then when it is ready, it will start waking up to grow again new parts..and hopefully the flower spike.

The thing I really like about Phals, their blooms may last up to 6 months indoors, so it sure takes its time to rest afterwards. Big Grin

Plantomaniac08
Mar 3, 2015 10:27 PM CST
Tarev,
That is nice. Some houseplants' flowers don't last long enough. Sad

Planto
Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 3, 2015 10:51 PM CST
So true, typically I get 2 weeks from the other houseplants, on other orchids about a month, but Phals really goes on long, then sometimes, it reblooms on an old spike, so another long one, but it will be the decision of the grower if they will allow it, since they know by that 2nd rebloom on an old spike, the Phal is really pushing itself, so some would opt to cut off that spike to allow the plant to rest and focus on new roots and leaves.
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jmorth
Mar 3, 2015 11:03 PM CST
Good blooms tarev!
Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Mar 3, 2015 11:13 PM CST
Thanks jmorth! Big Grin
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jmorth
Mar 3, 2015 11:33 PM CST
I've a few bloomers inside -

Green Goddess Thumb of 2015-03-04/jmorth/497496 couple of days ago.

Fish Geranium - Vancouver Centennial (usually an outside plant, being overwintred under fluorescents in basement)
Thumb of 2015-03-04/jmorth/78ca05

Thumb of 2015-03-04/jmorth/9e4b5b - 2nd Velthemia (Forest Lily) to bloom this winter

Yellowstone Hyacinth (1st of 6) -

Blettia - just starting (have purple and white) - Thumb of 2015-03-04/jmorth/9e7682

Just about to open, first Queen's Tears -

Lachenalia finished a week or so ago. - Thumb of 2015-03-04/jmorth/17f73b

Forced bulbs soon to appear, 5 pots in staging area, about 40 to go (they'll come in 3 waves).

I hesitate to refer to most of the above as houseplants, most are winter-blooming bulbs.. I do have an African Violet and Streptocapus that periodically bloom.

Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Mar 3, 2015 11:40 PM CST
Lovely blooms galore there jmorth!

That Green Goddess is so pretty! None of my amaryllis is in bloom..and those that I have put outdoors are fighting to survive vs. the snails. I am still hoping for my other noid amaryllis in a glass container to come around and try to bloom this late Spring.

I have to try again that Vancouver centennial..I killed mine during repot a year ago. It seems it did not like its roots being disturbed too much..oops!

Oh, thanks for posting your Lachenalia, will really try that one next year!

So exciting all those bulbs blooming soon! Cmon Spring!
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jmorth
Mar 3, 2015 11:51 PM CST
I've had that geranium for probably a decade or so, nearly lost more than once, but it's been able to recover from the brink of destruction. It was originally obtained as a summer blooming plant but I'd read geraniums (Pelegoium - sp) could overwinter so tried it and there she be!
I didn't know it's name until recently. I've had this habit of putting name tags in a bucket (there's a lot of them) in the garage over the years which I inadvertently spilled last fall and that plant's tag fell out right in front of me. I said thank you lord!
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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
Always count your blessings in life
Region: California Houseplants Plays in the sandbox Orchids Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Composter
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tarev
Mar 4, 2015 12:00 AM CST
That was a good for you to find those tags again!

I was surprised when my Vancouver centennial died..all my other geraniums and pelargoniums are doing well. So the only factor I could think of was my mishandling of the roots during repot. Somehow it reminds me of how bougainvilleas roots should not be too disturbed during repot too. I looked at my old photos, my VC bloomed here during Spring to early Summer.
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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Region: California Houseplants Plays in the sandbox Orchids Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Composter
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tarev
Mar 6, 2015 2:27 PM CST
@Plantomaniac08 -look at the photo update:

So we are both right about the spike woohoo! Hurray!
So the other one we are watching has not grown much yet..but there is another new growth peeking ..more waiting and guessing time, have encircled the ones still in question Big Grin

Thumb of 2015-03-06/tarev/8a5e7d

Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Mar 6, 2015 2:33 PM CST
Hurray!
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Plantomaniac08
Mar 6, 2015 5:04 PM CST
Woot! Hurray! Hurray! Now to patiently wait for the other two growths to reveal their true natures. Hilarious!

Planto

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