Care - A Place for Show
Orchids work hard creating flowers, so why not show them off!
orchids in our Hydroponic System makes orchid care easy for
beginners. You'll feel like you've been growing them all your
After all, isn't that why we grow these plants?
The satisfaction of enjoying flowers on plants that you've
along is much greater than simply buying plants in bloom.
Anyone can do that. This is you and mother nature making your world a
little brighter. This is what growing orchids is all about.
The Blooming Season - The Place for Show
Orchids have 3 seasons; grow, bloom, and rest. This is
the blooming season!
It's what we've been waiting for! This is your reward for
pampering your plants thru their
growing season (which can seem like forever!).
The blooming season (for most orchids) begins in the winter when the
days are shorter and the temperatures have dropped. The
20 degree temperature difference (or more) between
day and night in your growing area has triggered a
When flowers appear, it's time to move your orchids out of their
stogy growing area and into a spot where everyone can enjoy those prize
Tip: Wait until the first couple of flowers open before moving your
plant out of the growing area. By waiting you can be assured that
your plant has stored up enough energy to complete the bloom cycle, no
matter where you display it.
Care During the Blooming Season
Your plant has stored up all the
energy it needs to for
flowering. Light levels aren't critical and sunlight isn't necessary.
In fact, flowers last longer away
from the heat of the sun. A cool spot with good air venilation is best.
Water: Be careful
the water. Water only to 1/4 on the gauge. Then make sure to
wait until the
plant is completely dry
before rewatering. More water (and more nutrients) DOES NOT make more
temperatures away from sunlight prolongs the
life of the
flowers. Orchids always appreciate fresh, cool air, especially
when blooming. Avoid air-conditioning drafts however.
Now is a good time to switch to a "Bloom" nutrient. Bloom
nutrients are formulated to for bigger, better flowers that will last
light and temperature that make your plants bloom - never
fertilizer. Simply switching to a "bloom food" to get your plants to
flower is missing the point completely.
After the blooms have faded away, orchids take a rest.
They've worked hard all through growing and blooming
seasons, and now, as their metabolism slows down, they take a
This resting period corresponds to the dry season they
experience in nature.
Resting times vary with different types of plants. Some
plants actually go dormant during this period while others
just slow down a bit. Plants that go dormant require cool, dry periods
that can last 1-3 months. (cymbidiums and dendrobiums.) Dormant
plants can only
tolerate enough water to keep their roots from dehydrating.
Overwatering is a common problem during this period.
Other plants just slow down a bit during their resting season.
(phaleanopsis, oncidium, and cattleya.) To copy nature, simply allow
dry periods between waterings for these plants. Let them sit completely
dry for a
week or more before rewatering. Also, skip the nutirents.
New growth signals the end of the resting season and the start of
another growing season.
Healthy orchids bloom once a year, some two or three times a year. As
your orchid collection expands into different types of plants, it's
possible to have flowers at different times throughout the
Orchids have their own internal calendars on when to bloom, and you
can't change it. Give your plants lots of light and cool temperatures
at night throughout the growing season and they'll pick their time for