Two years ago for my birthday Greg gave me this beautiful orchid. I’d never owned an orchid before. I fell in love with it. It lasted a number of months and then the blooms faded away and only the leaves were left.
I cared for it and watered it once a week. Being sure to use ice cubes as the instructions said. I gave it plant food. I watched over it diligently and wondered when it would bloom again. Over two years it shed two large leaves and also grew two leaves.
I packed it carefully and brought it to Prescott with us. It was only one of about four plants that I brought with us. I made sure it was safe and sound. I put it in it’s new home in a semi-sunny spot in the kitchen.
I have to admit I was a little disappointed it wasn’t blooming again. I had fed it, watered it and waited for it to do something. But nothing.
Then for some reason I got the idea to scoot it next to the jade plant and let their leaves touch each other. Low and behold, my orchid started to very quickly grow some new roots and sprout blooms! It was a lovely blooming orchid again! I can’t help but wonder if it was the touch of the other plant that did it. Needless to say, I moved all my plants close to each other and let their leaves touch.
I’ve gathered a few more plants since we moved and they are all very happy and flourishing. I really think they like touching each other. Makes sense to me. I love a good hug and being touched. Why wouldn’t a plant like that too?