The waiting game: shoots and buds.

I have a lot that will be going on sometime later. I’ve even got a few first blooms for some plants, and first re-blooms for others, which is pretty exciting, or at least it will be.

Aloe hybrid bud
Unknown Aloe hybrid

Both of my new Aloes are in bud. I hope there will not be any complications from having to bring the one pictured inside when the temperatures drop too low, the other (Aloe descoingsii x Aloe haworthioides – couldn’t get a clear picture of the tiny spike) is already inside and was when the bud showed up so I’m not so worried about that.

Echeveria cv. buds
A Graptoveria ‘Spirit of ’76’ in bud too, another first.

I’ve got some exciting action going on with the Orchids as well.

Neostylis Lou Sneary 'Bluebird'
Neostylis Lou Sneary ‘Bluebird’ is in spike.

Aerangis biloba
Aerangis biloba

I only just got the Neostylis this spring and usually it takes longer for me to get any results from my Orchids, so very happy with that spike. It’s supposed to be fairly reliable at flowering more than once a year so with any luck I’ll get another spike on it in the spring (it was flowering in February when I bought it).

The Aerangis has flowered for me before, though this year it looks like I’ll only have one spike. The plant was allowed to get too dry too often this spring and I’m paying for it. The moss packed (densely) around the roots stayed wet for a long time so I removed it, and increased watering. At least, for a time. Then watering slowed, and the plant went downhill. I moved it to the plant stand where I’d have better access to it and watered more and new leaves started to grow so I’ve tied a looser layer of moss around the roots and it’s definitely responding to the moss and the more frequent watering. Still, i didn’t expect flowers after its mistreatment.

NOID Miltonia
NOID Miltonia

This has been a slow grower for me, happy to see new growth though. Will keep it wetter next summer than I did this year.

NOID Cattleya
NOID Cattleya

I’ve had this Cattleya for a long time with no results. This will be its fourth new shoot since I got it with no flowering yet. It will likely run out of pot next year and will have to be repotted. This year it spent the summer outside in full sun, which I’m hoping will get me something for my trouble. My Oncidium Sharry Baby ‘Sweet Fragrance’ AM/AOS is not showing any signs of spikes after summering outside, and maybe it’s too early but nothing yet from my Cymbidium. Night temperatures are dropping to single digits now so I’m really hoping to see something from the Cymbidium.


About Andrew

Plant lover living in Toronto, Canada where I grow a wide range of plants in a very small space.
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1 Response to The waiting game: shoots and buds.

  1. Nice…it's always exciting to see those rarer flower buds. I'm always amazed at how well my orchids have done. With practically no care they have all re-bloomed pretty regularly. I love that echiveria…that powdery blue/purple is stunning.

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