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    Wow, these are beautiful orchids and roses, GF. I love flowers, but sadly don't have a garden. I just take pics of flowers that I see. I miss seeing orchids when I leave Thailand.

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    I have no luck with orchids, I have other plants that do fine but I have some that haven't bloomed in years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eliminator View Post
    I have no luck with orchids, I have other plants that do fine but I have some that haven't bloomed in years.

    Do the plants look healthy?

    Try the trick my wife uses. Crash some eggs for frying, dry the shells and put the broken up shells on the plants. It does seem to induce blooming. Maybe some hormones from the eggs are involved? She would not use the shells of peeled cooked eggs.
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    Though nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium are most vital for healthy growth, calcium is also essential for building healthy “bones”—the cell walls of a plant. Composed of calcium carbonate, eggshells are an excellent way to introduce this mineral into the soil. To prep the eggshells, grind with a mixer, grinder, or mortar and pestle and till them into the soil. Because it takes several months for eggshells to break down and be absorbed by a plant’s roots, it is recommended that they be tilled into the soil in fall. More shells can be mixed into your soil in the spring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Takeovers
    Try the trick my wife uses. Crash some eggs for frying, dry the shells and put the broken up shells on the plants. It does seem to induce blooming. Maybe some hormones from the eggs are involved? She would not use the shells of peeled cooked eggs.
    I have recently started putting crushed egg shells around my orchids in an effort to keep the snails off of them. If it induces blooming also, that is really a bonus!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bnice2me View Post
    Wow, these are beautiful orchids and roses, GF. I love flowers, but sadly don't have a garden. I just take pics of flowers that I see. I miss seeing orchids when I leave Thailand.
    Thanks bnice2me. My orchids give me a lot of joy. Glad to hear you like flowers also. I have an orchid garden and a rose garden, as well. I wish I have the time and energy to start a MOON GARDEN, but I'm too busy at the moment. Sign.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eliminator View Post
    I have no luck with orchids, I have other plants that do fine but I have some that haven't bloomed in years.
    Most orchids are sun worshippers. Sunlight is vital to make the orchids bloom. N nitrogen, P phosphorous, K potassium and iron are vital elements that will make orchids grow fast and bloom.

    Good luck. Happy Gardening. :-).

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    Quote Originally Posted by birding View Post
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    Wild Orchids.....
    They grow wild at the higher altitudes mostly on pine trees, these ones were at Huai Nam Dang NP at close to 2000m.




    I have also seen the red pompom ones in many places in the forests, must take a photo.

    Birding,
    Please do take a pic if the red pompom ones. Haven't seen them around here. I'm v curious what they look like. You take great pics BTW. I take crappy ones and the slow uploads drive me nuts.
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    One of my vandas blooming now. When it doesn't get enough light, those blooms are a more chocolate color.
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    Wow! Beautiful!

    This one made my day.

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    ^Is that last one ok? One of mine looking like that and I’m worried.

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    It will be in full bloom in a few as time. :-)

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    Orchids are not a lot like other plants. They grow on wood and send out strange tentacles. Since I’m new to growing them, it’s not clear to me when something is normal or a problem.

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    While on orchids, Saw these growing on a rock at Phu Ruea NP recently:



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    Check out the price tag on these babies...The Kadupul Flower is "priceless"...


    Gold of Kinabalu Orchid

    Shenzhen Nongke Orchid

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    Kadupul Flower

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    Thanks for sharing the pics birding. The second one is a stunner.

    Gardened most of this afternoon..... I feel calm and more relaxed right now. Some things money cannot buy. Life's beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GracelessFawn View Post
    Thanks for sharing the pics birding. The second one is a stunner.

    Gardened most of this afternoon..... I feel calm and more relaxed right now. Some things money cannot buy. Life's beautiful.
    I gardened most of the day! it was hot & sticky and I perspired a lot! I also fed the indigenous wild life, least i have a lot of bites where they fed on me! I feel tired and need a bucket load of beer to help me re hydrate! life would indeed be beautiful if I could find a gardener to do the horse work!
    Please feel free to apply for the job or just work for free!

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    Lovely offer, but I'll take the beer.

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    Smart choice and it'll make you Bloom Baby Bloom!...

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    555. Cheers Bboy.

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    Those strange looking buds bloomed. They look much like one GF posted above.

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    A not-as-showy bloom. No idea what kind of orchid this is.

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