Plants (incl. orchids)

In the different world we are living in now.  In years past, I have shopped (a lot) at the Maplewood Garden Club plant sale.  I am sure that the MGC has purchased a lot of material, but I fear that they may not be allowed to hold the sale under current circumstances.

Just in case, I have started a few things from seed in the greenhouse (Zinnia & border Dahlia), and some Lupines (for sale in 2021).

  • I have some extra seed of both Zinnias & Dahlias, if anyone is interested?
  • If I get good germination, I might have some extra plants for sale in 6-8 weeks.

On a different note, I rent a greenhuse from Flemington Orchids (FO), a supplier of orchids to area super markets.  Most super markets have cancelled their standing orders for blooming orchids, so FO has a lot of blooming orchids available now.

If you would like some color in the house, I can deliver to MSO & surrounding area (incl. a proper care sheet [do NOT water with ice cubes]).  Please visit my web site for details (www.fairorchids.com).


I looked at your website.  I am new to orchids and only have just recently had some luck getting moth orchids to rebloom.  I assume that most of what Flemington are stuck with is Phalaenopsis.  Are they the ones you mention for $20/25 a pot?  


I have to say that whomever supplies the orchids in hunterdon county markets and Flemington, they are amazing, I do not have a green thumb but I am on like 2nd 3rd and 4th blooms. if anyone really cares ill take a pic.


max_weisenfeld said:

I looked at your website.  I am new to orchids and only have just recently had some luck getting moth orchids to rebloom.  I assume that most of what Flemington are stuck with is Phalaenopsis.  Are they the ones you mention for $20/25 a pot?  

 Flemington Orchids produces almost exclusively Phalaenopsis, so those are the ones I can deliver at this time of the year.

My own activities are geared towards 'hobby fanatics', who want something different.  It is getting late in the season for those types, though I still have a few Cymbidiums and Oncidiums spiking.  And then, there is the Oncidium hybrid shown here.  It was intended for display in the spring orchid shows, but they were all cancelled.


That is really impressive and beautiful, too.  I can see why you would want to show it.

If they have a yellow/red Phalaenopsis that is just starting to bloom or even just spiking I will take it.  Let me know.


Max,

Sending you a PM.


To Max & Maureen:   

Thank you for adopting your orchids.   I did not have any care instructions printed yesterday, so please find suggested care here.

Phalaenopsis (& Paphiopedilum)

East/Northeast or West/Northwest facing windows are ideal. Since these are relatively low light plants, placing them a few feet away from the window is best. From March through September, avoid direct sunlight between 10 AM & 4 PM.

Enhance relative humidity by placing plants on a humidity tray (tray or large saucer with pebbles and water standing 1/2 way up the pebbles). Evaporation will maintain higher humidity around the plants.

Plants can go outside from Memorial Day through September, if placed in a shaded area. Early morning or late afternoon sun is OK, but midday sun is too strong.

Phals & Paphs do not like to go dry, so they should be watered when still barely moist. Water by drenching with tepid water over kitchen sink, then return to normal location (the ice cube method is a trick, intended to kill the plants slowly, so you can buy another one). Add a very light dose of fertilizer every 3rd watering.

Spring/Summer/Fall: Water twice a week.

Winter: Water once a week.

Repot every 2 years, can be grown: in plastic pots, with all spaghnum, bark/charcoal/perlite mix or all bark.  In clay pots with same choices, provided that you water a bit more frequently, especially during the winter.




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