Relocation of a No Name Orchid

I have an orchid that needs identification or I will have to invent an identity for it.  I no longer remember its origin but it is likely that I bought it at our local market in North Sydney.   It was neglected for some time and not looking healthy when I noticed a flower spike!  Before I knew it the flower spike grew into a string of pearly blooms.

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Please let me know if you know its species, thank you!  One suggestion from Wayne @Australian Orchid Nursery: ‘dendrochilum species maybe’; if so, it must be the Magnum.

This morning I noticed that it has not made any progress so I decided to tip it out of the pot and have a look at the roots.  Sure enough – ants!

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I decided to cut back the roots and repot the plant in a much smaller pot, one size, two sizes, three sizes down!  Since I bought this plant I have learnt that orchids flower better when they are ‘semi-potbound’.  I am hoping that by moving it into a smaller space it will respond by growing healthier roots and new stalks.

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Watch this space.   Maybe I should have waited till spring but the ants may have taken over the whole pot by then.

 

About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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4 Responses to Relocation of a No Name Orchid

  1. Josie says:

    Dendrobium magnum seems like a good suggestion. Beautiful orchid.

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  2. Verónica says:

    Such beautiful flowers opening up for you!

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  3. arlingwoman says:

    I’m sure you’ll get an answer. I usually do!

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