Magic Orchid

I bought an orchid at a grocery store a couple of years ago, for $9.99! I of course was heartbroken when the blooms fell off and it turned brown, but I was assured numerous times it would come back. And sure enough it did!

But it hasn’t just come back, it came back with gusto! Our office’s flower of choice for client meetings are orchids, so I see a lot of them. But I’ve never seen one with two separate blooming stems. Trust me when I say I do not have green thumbs, but I must be doing something right :)

This is the stem for life #2 – 6/14/13

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The buds are popping out – 7/10/13

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The first couple of blooms open – 7/30/13

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Almost fully in bloom! 8/9/13

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As I said, the office tends to have a lot of orchids lying around. Some of my co-workers don’t have the patience, or a window, to care for their orchid, so I volunteered to tend to them until they bloomed. I’ve amassed quite a garden. I think a couple of them have passed the point of no return, but I continue to keep my eye on them. 4/2/14 – also take note of the progress on the hotel in the background.

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New stem growing on life #3, while there is still a bloom left on #2! – 4/2/14

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There seems to be new activity on the old bloom too!

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Buds popping out while the August 2013 bloom is still going strong! – 4/29/14

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Dueling blooms! 5/2/14

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New May

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Bloom #2!  5/6/14

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My wonderful orchid has a new home, at my home. When I’m not around, it sits up on the mantel, but when I can keep an eye on it (CATS!), it sits in between two windows in my living room – 5/14/14

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The old bloom is finally starting to wilt and die, but the new blooms are still going strong.

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Blooms #3 & #4

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Blooms #5 & #6, only one more to go! – 5/25/14

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Bloom #7 – finally the last bud has opened! It is 6/19/14 (the bud opened a while ago, just now getting around to taking a picture and posting it). Can’t wait to see how long the flowers will last!

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2 thoughts on “Magic Orchid

  1. Beautiful and so healthy! Are you using, like, Miracle Grow or some special orchid food? I really like that you are the office horticulturist and have the patience not to give up on them!

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