Where did the months of May and June go? Like so many in quarantine, my days turn into weeks and I’m not sure when to put the trash out.
This is a belated blog post that started years ago on a Mother’s Day. For whatever reason, grocery stores across the U.S. are over-run by orchids. My brother-in-law explained to me that once upon a time there was a margin in growing these finicky plants. Many nurseries invested in the equipment to growth them and succulents for additional revenue. Sadly, too many nurseries went this route and now there is too much supply to meet the demand, driving down the prices on orchids. Hence the inexpensive orchid that sons love to give their mothers for Mother’s Day.
My Mother-in-Law has now, maybe five orchids…they are all of the Phalaenopsis type. She’s not a green thumb so she took this plant, found an appropriate pot with soil and set it on her bay window. I got involved once this poor plant had only one leaf left and she got a second one the following year and I got one for my birthday. Sons!
I’m going to walk you through what we’ve learned and what I have learned about orchids. My husband just told me as I wrote this that they are “easy to grow” and you can “forget to water them.” No. And No. These are finicky plants but with the right routine they can thrive.