Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Orchid

Flower of the Month - October 2014


This stunning image was taken at the Philadelphia Flower Show 2014

This is a huge subject and it would be my suggestion to contact one of our local Orchid Societies:

Coffs Club - Bronwen Smith 6652 4330
Woolgoolga Club - Brian Newman 6654 1432

Both these clubs have regular meetings - their notices for meetings can be found in Saturday's Advocate on the gardening pages.

Bob T. is currently arranging an orchid workshop in 2015 for CHGC members.





There are three basic types of orchids as far as watering is concerned:

  • Those that should be kept evenly moist at all times - Paphiopedilum, Miltonia, Cymbidium, and Odontoglossum;

  • Those that should be allowed to nearly dry out between watering, except when in active growth - Cattleya, Oncidium, Brassia, and Dendrobium;

  • Those that should always be allowed to dry out a bit between watering - Phalaenopsis, Vanda, and Ascocenda. 







Once a month fertilising is the norm for orchids at the dosage recommended on the packet of specially formulated orchid food.

An often asked question is—what is the difference between a terrestrial and an epiphytic orchid?

  • Terrestrial orchids live on the ground.

  • Epiphytic orchids live on the branches of other plants, usually trees.


Most common pests are: snails, slugs, aphids, thrips, mealybugs and scale insects forming brown or black crusts on leaves & stems.





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