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The Orchid

December 28th, 2016

My grandpa’s second wife gave my mom and orchid a year or two ago. She’d had it for a long time, but no longer wanted to take care of it. My mom tried splitting it and thought she had killed it. Then she noticed that all three starts were producing new growth.
When I came home from visiting her at Thanksgiving, she sent one of them home with me. After a little research, I put it under a grow light upstairs. Amazingly, within a week it started to produce buds. One fell off, but the other one is just starting to open up.
I’ve never grown orchids before, so this is completely new for me. I read that they like little water and lots of light. So far I guess I’m doing OK since it’s blooming.

Do you have any new houseplants this winter?

3 Comments to “The Orchid”
  1. Chris on December 28, 2016 at 9:52 am

    My daughter gave me an orchid last year and the directions said to give it two ice cubes every two weeks. It is getting new shoots but no new buds. They are really pretty when they bloom.

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  2. Nebraska Dave on December 28, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Susy, the closest I come to house plants is starting seeds in the basement in February. I just never had the desire to tend to houseplants. I’d rather be outside doing something. And, well, there is the fact that i have one of those urban houses that just isn’t designed to have windows for plants to get sunlight.

    Have a great orchid blooming day.

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  3. Joan on December 29, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    No new houseplants, but my old Christmas cactus that I got from my mother’s mother is blooming now, as is an African violet that I got from my dad’s mother, both of whom are now gone. Neither of these are plants that I normally would love, but I love that they came from my grandmothers and that they bloom for me every year, especially during the difficult Christmas season. They bring me some grandmotherly love, even in absentia!

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