Photo of Joana's orchid in full bloom

I have a prized orchid – prized because I love it – not because it’s a super exotic variety.   Ever since we were given it by a friend, it has bloomed regularly just after the holidays.  The blooms last for about 6 months, and then the plant goes dormant for another 6.

But one of the reasons why I prize it is because when we were given the plant it only had ONE stalk of blooms.  Now it regularly produces TWO.


I think it’s my husband’s fault, actually.  He accidentally decapitated both stalks one summer when he closed the curtains.  I was devastated (he thought the marriage might be over) but my mom declared that the plant probably needed pruning and would be better off for it.

And you know, I think she was right!


    • Joana says:

      Hi Ma,

      Well, I was thinking that of course…but not all my fans are acquainted with your brilliance;-)

      Isn’t the orchid pretty? I thought the blooms were smaller this year, but now that they’ve fully opened, I think they’re just as big as in previous years. I’m running out of orchid food, so I’ll have to find some more soon.

      I lurve you, J

      On Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 1:50 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


    • Joana says:

      Yah, that’s what my Mommy said. If I have Andy decapitate both stalks again do you think the plant will produce THREE stalks next year?

      😉 Joana

      On Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 8:10 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


    • Joana says:

      Hi Celeste,

      I had bad luck with the one other orchid I owned. However, I think I have the right combination of light in our NY apartment, and I also feed my orchid when I water it with orchid food (a spray). Mostly, though, I neglect it…and my husband decapitates it now and then. Go figure!

      🙂 Joana

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