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Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on June 28, 2014 at 9:00pm

This is my revamped indoor orchid garden, I kicked the ferns out they don,t need to inside. Also my dinning room which used to be the kitchen with a wood stove in that chimney, when we brought the place 30 years ago.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on June 28, 2014 at 8:55pm

Phalaeopsis, Moth orchid, native to South East Asia, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, New Guinea, Queensland Aus. Needs temperatures over 15c or 60f  Humid shade. I have this inside for winter , and will but out in spring.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on June 28, 2014 at 8:47pm

With only 3 days until this has to be open for the Orchid show, its not going to happen . I will have to ring them and let them know. SAD I can,t make the sun shine and rain is forecast .

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on June 28, 2014 at 11:56am

Great that you've got 'Curly' too, Keryn, that's fun.  I've got my large one, and then several seedlings too.  Well, they're not really seedlings any more, I guess they're plants-from-seed, hah.  They DO come true from seed by the way.  All babies that I've grown or friends have grown from seed I've shared, have all been 'Curly'.  Fun plants for sure.

Thanks for sharing your moisture meter.  I've never used one but it DOES sound really useful, especially for plants that want to dry out all the way and are still wet deeper down.  Neat!  

Just for fun all, here's an asparagus fern of mine (great houseplants, and hardy outside here just fine) making some variegated leaves.  What a fun little surprise.  Lots of other pics in my June 2014 gardening photo album so take a look if your'e bored or curious, hah!  Happy gardening! 

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on June 23, 2014 at 12:33am

A moisture meter, one of my favorite gadgets. I,m surprised when I stick this in a pot that looks dry and find its wet. I think this is a must with pot plants indoor and out. Better than the finger test.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on June 22, 2014 at 10:35pm

Wow Grant, I have just planted a curly epiphyllum guatemalense, mine is very young and will take a while to get to this. Is this the only curly type. I don,t seem to have a label for mine. I have the other 2 epiphylluma labels I brought at the same time which means, it never had a label and I brought it for its looks. My cymbidium is coming along growing about an inch a day. If its not out by the end of this week, I will put the heater on and leave the light on. I will take my camera to the show. My Broms do best under a light shade and its a bit too wet in winter and spring to leave them outside.

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on June 22, 2014 at 12:01pm

Yup, my Billbergia is in mostly shade.  The really soft leaf bromeliads (Noeregelia, Guzmania, etc) struggle in our summer heat, but the stiffer leaf types like Billbergia, Cryptanthus, Cryptbergia and of course Dyckia do fine here.  

Love your Cymbidium orchid, Keryn, good luck getting the blooms timed with the orchid show.  We'll want lots of pics of course!  :)  Keep us posted!  They absolutely melt here outside in our summers.  Can't wait for pics!  

Just for fun, here's a pic of a fruit on my 'Curly' orchid cactus (Epiphyllum guatemalense 'Curly').  It's about the size of a hen's egg.  It's much more ornamental than the small, dull flowers, hah!  Happy gardening all!

Comment by mo puff on June 18, 2014 at 6:58am

I CANT WAIT TO SEEEE!

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on June 17, 2014 at 6:54pm

There is about 10 spears forming and not all will be open, thats for sure. I will take another picture in 3 weeks. I have also kicked the ferns out of my indoor chimney garden and put Orchids in there instead.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on June 17, 2014 at 6:50pm

This is my outdoor cymbidium, I have brought indoors to try to get in full bloom in 3 weeks for an Orchid show. Wish me luck I need all the help I can get, The spears are growing about an inch a day.

 

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