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Orchid Suggestions Anything free flowering & low maintenance orchids

#1 User is offline   yeowy 

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Posted 19 June 2016 - 11:41 AM

Anyone has any suggestions of free-flowering and low maintenance orchids?

I have a few - den hibiki, den spectabile - and they are merely leaves with healthy roots ;(

I know that the pigeon orchid and brassavola nodosa are easy ones. Any others?
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Posted 19 June 2016 - 02:51 PM

hybrid flower faster than species. You have to get the ligh condition right if you are growing along HDB corridor.
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Posted 19 June 2016 - 09:18 PM

As DG says, GRADUALLY increase the light till they bloom. Insufficient lighting is the most common reason why they grow leaves but do not bloom.

Just a thought tho, sounds like the current spot is too shady for the Hibiki to bloom. But you might have luck with a phal in this spot. You can try adopting CNY phal that has finished flowering for this spot. Or if you are more adventurous you can get a "novelty" phal from the forumers here. These have smaller flowers but bloom more readily in our climate. Some even bloom close to continuously with one or two blooms at a time.
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Posted 20 June 2016 - 09:12 AM

mini and medium size hybrid dendrobiums are probably the easiest and least maintenance. Is it the fertilizers ? You may need a flowering fertilizer to promote flowering.
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Posted 20 June 2016 - 10:04 AM

Thanks for the suggestion!

I have a phal bellina - purchased two weeks ago - and am hoping it will grow well.

the brassavola nodosa seems to be flowering nicely.

the hibiki - you're right, it is too dark - i think that's why it isn't flowering. shall find another place to put it.

is a cattelya hard to keep? is there are free-flowering dark red hybrid i can get? am hoping to get one but it is expensive.
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Posted 20 June 2016 - 10:23 AM

 yeowy, on 20 June 2016 - 10:04 AM, said:

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is a cattelya hard to keep? is there are free-flowering dark red hybrid i can get? am hoping to get one but it is expensive.


Personally I find catts one of the easiest to keep. But generally they tend to need more light than the phals. So if you find a place where your hibiki flowers, the catts should do well too.

There are so many hybrids there is really no need to suggest any particular that you should search for. What you could do is the next time you visit a seller, you look at each of the adult sized pseudobulbs. If they show evidence of flowering at every successive PS, it is probably a free flowerer. Of course a reputable seller can advise you too.

BTW, have you read the old threads from Rex? They are very informative on catts.
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Posted 20 June 2016 - 05:00 PM

My easiest orchid is Oncidium Dancing Lady, super easy and permanently in bloom. The other oncidiums are not so forgiving though...

I think other than sufficient lights and ferts, try avoid placing orchids in big pots or they will just focus on growing more roots and leaves. Starve them once in a while and when the plant sense the emergency situation, it will trigger its breeding instinct and throw out flower spikes :lol:/>/>
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Posted 20 June 2016 - 09:24 PM

Is this brassavola nodosa?

https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Tc3cKwcUhKU/V2fuPVeBfvI/AAAAAAAAEls/VMQWaFM5fBYf-3mF7QIDpJbtj2gfTQxAwCLcB/s400/IMG-20160620-WA0001.jpeg

I got brassavola nodosa panama from song orchids but it has no fragrance! :/
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Posted 20 June 2016 - 09:29 PM

I have an oncidium which almost died under my care :/ It is left with a very small bulb.

Thanks for the recommendation of reading Rex's thread. Will be keeping my eyes peeled during the SGF2016!
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Posted 21 June 2016 - 09:09 AM

I've a cattleya hybrid which has scent. When I water it, almost instantly I can smell it. It might be due to the moisture in the air. yes SGF will be a good place to look for less common orchids.
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Posted 21 June 2016 - 10:21 AM

This pic looks very much like brassavola nodosa but the bewitching fragrance only happens at night, hardly any smell during the day.

I guess different people has different style of gardening. Choosing the right plants depends very much on your lifestyle, living environment, watering habits etc...

Orchids are very different species altogether, require a lot more patience and somehow, most of them are nowhere near the word "free-flowering". I have some orchids which sit at my garden like "tua pek kong" not doing anything for years :huh:/>/>

Do google for some basic information before bringing the plants home :flowers:/>/>
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Posted 25 June 2016 - 08:52 AM

URGH. The tua pek kong are the most irritating.

I got three orchid shoots from Chatuchat on impulse three years ago but they have never flowered.

One is a phal and the other might be a mini den.

Hence, the lesson to buy only what one can care for.

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Even though impulse buying is hard to resist!
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Posted 25 June 2016 - 10:57 AM

 yeowy, on 25 June 2016 - 08:52 AM, said:

URGH. The tua pek kong are the most irritating.

I got three orchid shoots from Chatuchat on impulse three years ago but they have never flowered.

One is a phal and the other might be a mini den.

Hence, the lesson to buy only what one can care for.

:(/>/>

Even though impulse buying is hard to resist!


Don't be discouraged. Take it as a challenge. Once you get the hang of it, you will be surprised how easy it can be.

It looks to me that your immediate need is to find a place with enough light for your plants to bloom. Bear in mind that the sun moves throughout the year, so where may be full sun for part of the year may be full shade for the rest of it. A little bit of observation is required here.
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Posted 25 June 2016 - 11:08 AM

I've killed so many orchids before I have nothing much to say. :hysterical:/>

Except...go easy on their fertilizer. If you want to, use very very small amount.
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Posted 28 June 2016 - 07:14 PM

Hahah, will definitely be more careful!

I usually fertilise when I remember... Not very loving, hahah
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Posted 28 June 2016 - 07:20 PM

Hahah, will definitely be more careful!

I usually fertilise when I remember... Not very loving, hahah
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Posted 28 June 2016 - 07:27 PM

Hahah, will definitely be more careful!

I usually fertilise when I remember... Not very loving, hahah

Hahah, will definitely be more careful!

I usually fertilise when I remember... Not very loving, hahah
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