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Keeping Track with an Orchid Journal

Guest Author - Susan Taylor

If you are like most orchid enthusiasts, one orchid is not enough. And as you succumb to the orchid bug, you will find that you have enough plants to need some kind of system to keep track of them. One option to consider is a paper Orchid Journal. There are several available, but the one I have used and recommend is Denise Voyik'sThe Orchid Journal. I use this personally and recommend it. Not only is it useful, but it comes in an orchid purple three-ring binder with lavender pagesójust the thing for orchid enthusiasts!!

Since orchids grow slowly and the normal grower (at least the ones I know) spends so much time checking plants for some sign of progress, itís sometimes really hard to stay enthusiastic about the plants when it seems they are not doing anything. An orchid journal and a monthly check of your plants will help keep your interest as well as provide you a regular checkup of your plants. I check each plant for number of pseudobulbs, new growths, sheaths or spikes, and measure new growth. Itís amazing how much an orchid can grow in a month! Some of my Dendrobiums will grow four inches in a month.

The pages give you a place to put a picture of the plantóeither one you take yourself or from the catalog you ordered from, or from a picture found on the web. There is a spot for bloom information, who you purchased it from and space to make notes. I note repotting, staking, problems, bugs, etc. here so I can follow up. This instills some discipline in checking up on problems that is critical to keep problems from recurring and/or passing problems on to others.

Another reason to keep track of your orchids is that with a number of plants, itís hard to remember when the plant flowered, whether itís supposed to flower more than once a year, and exactly what it looked like. The journal takes care of all these details for you and allows you to enjoy your collection more. Looking back at the notes can be very satisfying when you realize that last year at the same time the plant had only 2 blooms and this year with all your good care itís putting out two spikes with 4 blooms each.

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This content was written by Susan Taylor. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Anu Dubey Dharmani for details.

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