It’s official – I’m an Orchid addict!
Literally 1 day after Patrick’s mum got me the beautiful Phals from the previous post I went shopping and somehow came back home with 2 new orchids 🙈
I know, I know. I said I shouldn’t be buying any more new orchids for the time being.
But they were super cheap and seriously… you just can’t find these at every trip to the supermarket. You barely see anything else but Phalaenopsis and since I my Phal Liodoro ‘Sweet memory’ bloomed for the first time I just knew I need some more scented orchids in my life ☺️
So without further delay, let me introduce these 2 beauties:
This beauty was the reason why this post took so long. I just couldn’t find an ID for it. As it came with Inca label I checked their website first, where I quickly identified Zygo, but couldn’t find one which looked exactly like this.
I also posted pictures on orchids groups and asked some youtubers for help in identifying it and although their help got me somehow closer to finding the answer, eventually I found out that it is a relatively new variety, hence why the ‘struggle’ 😉
Eventually I found a picture of an orchid on different website and it was labelled as Orchid Le Boudoir. I sent and email with an enquiry and a nice lady Carolien explained that they give their orchids fancy name on their website, but the correct ID for my orchid is as above – Miltonidium Renaissance.
It might have taken long to find a proper ID for it, but I believe it is crucial to do the homework, as now I’m able to find more tips on how to care for my new orchid.
Apart from it’s flowers standing out in my Phalaenopsis dominated apartment, this orchid smells like a hyacinth and for a sensitive nose like mine its scent fills the room pretty much all day long. Although if you ask Patrick he can’t smell anything 😉
Upon closer inspection I found a snail shell in its pot, so I decided to risk and repot both of them the very same day.
It had quite a few skinny roots:
Most of them unfortunately were munched or rotten, so after I finished cleaning it, there were maybe 2 still alive, which I sprayed with hydrogen peroxide 3% to make sure the snail eggs won’t survive. I potted it in slightly smaller container with tiny clay pebbles and a small addition of sphagnum moss at the top to hopefully encourage some new roots production.
I can’t really tell how is it doing at this very moment, as I’ve not been at home the past few days, but 8 days after repotting it was still happily flowering, next to my Oncidessa Sweet Sugar:
That’s more than I can tell about the second one of them 😔
Zygopetalum Trozy Blue
As soon as Patrick saw these unusual flowers he announced that this is now his favourite! It’s clearly not the luckiest year for my Harlequin Phal Agnieszka. Not only she got sunburned and found out she’s no longer the only Harlequin in my collection, now she has also been dethroned, as this was Patt’s favourite until now.
After I removed my new Zygo from its pot it turned out it had a massive and healthy root system:
Of course after noticing the snails in the other pot I rushed into repotting without reading more about it. Later I found out that Zygo’s roots are very fragile and I managed to damage quite a few of them indeed. It was one of the longest repotting sessions this far, as the media was super difficult to detach from the roots.
The new home for it is a pot of the same size as the one it came with and also a mixture of clay pebbles and sphagnum moss. I know some people will not agree with mixing these two, but in my head it all makes sense 😂
Most of my orchids are now converted to semi-hydroponics, which should only consist of an inorganic media like clay pebbles. Some of them however are slightly ‘customised’. Contrary to the original design I don’t keep a reservoir of water for all of them at all times. I let my most of my phals dry out a bit after their watering day and some of the pots (like these 2 new additions) get a bit of sphagnum moss mixed in. My mini phal for example grew 6 juicy green new roots in this mixture, so I experiment with it every now and then 😉
Back to my Zygopetalum though… Unlike the first of the new orchids, which wasn’t bothered by repotting at all, this poor thing lost flower after flower and just before I left to Poland it was left with flowerless spike and 2 yellow leaves.
What can I say? Patt was rather disappointed and I’m a tiny bit sad as well. I forgot to mention that it has a heavenly sweet scent too!
Nethertheless I still have my gorgeously scented Miltonidium and I can only keep my fingers crossed that Zygo will get used to his new home and eventually will reward me with some new growth and blooms ☺️
PS. The beautiful Phalaenopsis I bought for my dad has multiplied even more 😳 More updates soon!