Cymbidium – New Orchid Additions

My mom bought this lovely Cymbidium sinense during our visit to Cloud’s Orchids; but it wasn’t doing very well in her fish tank back in January. Yeah, her fish all died, and she converted the big fish tank to orchid growing area, hoping it would retain moisture and heat well. However, it didn’t turn out as expected. I guess she still got a lot to learn. So long story short, I took the cymbidium sinense home this Feburary, cleaned up the rotten roots, restrict on the watering, and took good care of it. After four month, it finally came back with new growth.

Before: a lot of younger leaves were drying out and falling
Cymbidium Sinense DaMoHeiMu
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Restrepia Contorta Colombia

Remember I got a free orchid from volunteering at the annual Southern Ontario Orchid Show in Feb? I guess I am extremely lucky, after one month, it started to bloom! I’ve never had a restrepia before, so it took me a while to realize the new growth was actually a flower spike. It was exciting to wait for the bloom because I have no idea about the color of my species. After maybe a week, here is it:

Restrepia Contorta 'Colombia'
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Southern Ontario Orchid Society Meeting

My first Southern Ontario Orchid Society meeting on March 12 – tons of useful information, a nice surprise, and lots of motivation.

Terry Kennedy gave a long presentation on how to grow dendrobium. It was so informational and helpful for me, because I just recently bought a Dendrobium Super Ise (Nobile type) during Cloud’s Orchids visit. While it’s growing strong and healthy, I finally understand why I don’t see any blooms. It needs cool and dry period in order to develop flower buds. I kept it moist and warm all these time. Although I didn’t get to see flowers, it grows very well, and I can see new cane coming up.

Dendrobium Super Ise
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Cloud’s Orchids

Two weeks ago, my family went to visit this Ontario orchids grower near Niagara Fall, called Cloud’s Orchids. It’s a 4000 square feet commercial greenhouse located in Jordan Station. They only open for retail sale one weekend every month, and they won’t open until next April.
My parents and I each got 5 pots of different kinds of orchids, with each $100 CAD you spend, you can choose a bonus pot. So we ended up with 12 pots of orchids, as well as fertilizer, bark mix, and sphagnum Moss. The staff were so helpful and knowledgeable about all the questions we had; and one of them even went back to their inventory, and found me a smaller size, because it was all sold out in the sale area.

Here’s a picture of them (from left to right):
Cloud's Orchids Dec 2016
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Oncidium Orchids

My interest for orchids comes from my mom. She loves them, grows them, and nurtures them. I first got a pot of Phalaenopsis, which was a gift to my mom by her guests. I thought if it dies on me, my mom wouldn’t be too upset about it. Surprisingly, it’s been doing very well, flowering every year while sitting on my dining room table. Then late last year, I had enough confidence, I bought a different type: Oncidium, also called dancing-lady orchid. After a full year, it’s flowering again! That’s just super encouraging.
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