I Transplanted the Orchids

All of my orchids have bloomed.

Orchid in fill bloom
Orchid in fill bloom

They have lost almost all their blossoms.

Here's what's left.
Here’s what’s left.

I know orchids eventually lose their blossoms but I was concerned about the dry. shriveled appearance of the leaves. (See the center pot above.)

The brown roots seemed to be dead.
The brown roots seemed to be dead.

I took each plant from its plastic insert and trimmed the dead looking roots.

The plastic pots help the roots to drain so they don't stay too wet.
The plastic pots help the roots to drain so they don’t stay too wet.

Then I packed them back in the plastic reticulated pots with bark chips.

Orchids roots need water but also like air.
Orchids roots need water but also like air.

I gave each a good shower and set them in a bright window.

One of the plants with strappy leaves has a small new-growth leaf.
One of the plants with strappy leaves has a small new-growth leaf.

Hoping they’ll perk up.

What houseplants do you grow?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

8 thoughts on “I Transplanted the Orchids”

  1. My two orchid finally gave up the ghost this month and I let them go. I hope you have better luck than I did with my two. They actually lasted quite a while and were getting new growth on the stalks but I must have gotten them too wet.

  2. I have three that were gifts, but despite my trying to coax them, no more blooms. Too early for two of them that just lost their blooms, but the other one’s three years old and only grows leaves. Maybe someday!

    1. The only other houseplants I have are olive trees which I put outside in summer and bring in in winter at which time they usually drop a lot of leaves. Jo

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