We recently said aloha to long time friends, Y and MD, who have decided to leave this arid valley and make Hawaii their permanent home. Before they left, they downsized as much as possible, but in the week before leaving they asked if I could find good homes for some of their orchids and African Violets. Although I don't have a lot of success with house plants, I decided my home would be the good home.
While Mr D enjoys gardening, he is not as attached to plants as is Mrs D. In fact, he was ready to send the plants to the compost pile if they couldn't find homes. But I could understand Mrs D's concern, because I, too, become attached to my plants, so I was happy to rescue the plants.
I have successfully grown African Violets in the past, but I gave up on them when we did so much traveling, and I just couldn't give them the care they needed. So I'm pretty sure I will be successful with the violets. One of the plants has a couple of blooms already!
But I have never been able to grow orchids, although I have tried on several occasions, until I finally decided orchids just weren't for me. Yet I have neighbors and friends who grow them successfully without any special attention. Mrs D showed me an eastern facing window where her houseplants grew best. I'm trying to replicate the growing conditions as closely as possible. I have positioned them in front of this eastern facing window.
In my past unsuccessful attempts to grow orchids, I was probably over watering. Mrs D instructed me to water when they are just beginning to dry out.
Today I brought some of my outside plants inside for the winter. Usually I just leave them outside in a protected place, but this year I will let them come inside. I plan to line this tray with pebbles to help increase the humidity. They will get indirect light from a south facing window.
Mahalo, Y and MD, for trusting me with your plants and for giving me the confidence to become an indoor gardener!
And I'm open to advice from anyone who grows orchids successfully!