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Orchid-Cymbidium 17 Replies

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Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on January 8, 2015 at 9:07pm

Orchids are winter flowering for me and are growing new leaves at the moment, if the are in a shade house. Its summer here, most plants are dormant. However with this heavy rain some will have a burst of growth.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on December 3, 2014 at 4:27pm

Phalaenopsis or moth orchid, native to Southeast Asia, does not like temps below 15c or above  25c . Spray mist the leaves daily and let a little run into the pot. They needs lots of light, but I would not put them up against glass windows.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on December 3, 2014 at 4:19pm

Phalaenopsis or moth orchid, flowering for the second time from the same stem. Do not cut off the old stem after flowering, they will flower again in about a 6 month cycle.

Comment by mo puff on November 8, 2014 at 10:55am

thnks Keryn! I will do!

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on November 6, 2014 at 4:59am

Mo, your climate should be just great for orchids, if you don,t know what it is I would not use it. Could a fungus wash, but I,m guessing. They need to be sprayed for fungus and scale mostly, so maybe go buy stuff that you know what it is.

Fertilize about once a month, I like a week tea natural fertilizer, brewed from manure.

Your heading into winter, just spray the leaves with water, don,t wet the roots too much.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on November 6, 2014 at 4:52am

Hi Yvonne, mine still flower 1 meter below the light and I have some as close as 30cm, but I would not go any higher with plants to the light than that.

Comment by Yvonne Martin zone 9a se texas on October 29, 2014 at 6:03pm

about the ultra violet bulbs for orchids, how much above the plant should it be?

Comment by mo puff on October 27, 2014 at 1:58pm

Help! I just bought 7 orchids from a gent selling ALL he has. I was very fortunate! He did say however, that they may need to be treated. He has neglected them for a few months and said he would give me something to wash them with but I left w/o remembering, as did he! .. cause we were talking too much! Do you have suggestions or advice to what he may have meant?

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on October 21, 2014 at 4:10pm

I got my first award for showing orchids on the weekend, look out I,m hooked. So much to learn.

Comment by Yvonne Martin zone 9a se texas on October 1, 2014 at 6:51pm

thank you so much, I learnt something.


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