By the end of spring most orchid plants have grown some new things besides flowers. For Phalaenopsis that probably means roots and maybe a new leaf, and for other orchids it might mean a new growth. For me, new growths and new roots are the most exciting things I see in the greenhouse, because those are the parts that will eventually enable later flowering. Every task that I perform this time of year is done to help those roots and growths grow to their full potential without any issues. New roots will help the plant take in water and nutritional components that will lead to a bigger and better flowering and will give the plant the things it needs to build those new growths that will generate the flowers. These tasks might include repotting, watching for and eliminating pests, and generally giving the plant to best growing environment possible.
Last month’s blog post described Laelia purpurata. I have gone back and added photos to that post of more L. purpurata varieties that have bloomed since then. The varieties now pictured include analeta, schusteriana, flammea, carnea, and striata. So go ahead and peek back at that previous post if you want a real treat.
The following gallery contains the things that were in bloom in the greenhouse today (not including the Laelia purpuratas) that I most liked. I will be adding descriptions, probably next week.