My orchid’s blooms have long since faded and dropped, but even though the orchid now looks like this:
I’ve been assured it’s still very much alive and should at some point flower again. The leaves are pretty glossy and green, and actually they have doubled – the orchid has four now and when I bought it it had only two.
Last week I noticed a green shoot that had appeared out of the moss that surrounds the orchid and it startled me, because it reminded me of a claw! It looked so…ALIVE which is silly in a way because it is alive, but it almost reminded me of an animal kind of awereness:
I peered under the leaves and that’s when I noticed even longer shoots there, apparently seeking the light.
I called my mother, who loves orchids and has quite a few, and she told me they were either shoots or roots.
Anyway, it just leaves me wondering whether I should fertilize it, maybe it’s missing something, and if so, what I should fertilize with?
Another quandary of mine is deciding where to leave it for the holidays – I will be in El Salvador for awhile – right now it’s in my office which has lots of indirect light (but has turned very cold now that the weather has changed so much so that I think I should bring it home where it’s warmer) but the light I get here is almost direct sunlight. I hope Larry can take it home but I don’t know, am not sure whether he will feel like plant sitting again!
- 8 Dec, 2008
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