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Beautiful Orchids

Updated on August 12, 2016
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Elsie loves gardening and spends many hours enjoying it with birds singing in the tree tops it is very relaxing and satisfying in my old age

Orchids - Beautiful Flowers

Orchids are a beautiful flower, that you can get weeks of joy in admiring it.

Maybe it was a passing fad, but orchids were one of those crazes, but I still love orchids, my family still give me plants, but I have found I do not have the time to care for them now as I did 15 years ago.

The main problem is, I never seems to get them repotted after flowering, that is what they need or they just seem to die or not flower, because they need a lot of feeding in the spring and summer.

I could not walk past them in the garden shops with out buying one, especially if I did not have that color and they are not cheap.

Orchids are wonderfully exotic looking plants you can enjoy their beauty for many weeks, as the flowers last so long if cared for.

Phalaenopsis Orchid Foral Arrangement. Photo Credit -
Phalaenopsis Orchid Foral Arrangement. Photo Credit -

How to grow glorious orchids

1. Most orchids require watering when they are almost, but not quite, dry. Never stand them in water.

2. Water in the morning, allowing foliage to dry before nightfall. lessening the risk of fungal diseases.

3. Feed with well diluted soluble fertiliser while watering and go easy on fertiliser - little and often is the key.

4. Most orchids prefer relative humidity above 50% and good air circulation.

5. Increase humidity indoors by placing plants close together, regularly misting with water or sitting plants on a saucer filled with pebbles and topped up with water.

6. Repot into orchid potting mix (unless specified) when roots have just started coming through the base of the pot.

7. Don't over-pot orchids, they resend being in containers much larger than their root system.

P.S.As you can see by the photo my cymbidium orchids need some tender loving care.

cymbidium Clarisse.
cymbidium Clarisse.

Cymbidium Orchids

Cymbidium Orchids Have been gracing living rooms and conservatories for decades, they survive a surprising amount of cold, in New Plymouth Taranaki they used to thrive even with light frosts, but in the hills in eastern taranaki, they do not like the cold winds even in the autumn, it knocks them and I usually get caught out with the slugs getting at the flower spikes before they have started to really form.

For them to survive I need to leave them inside all the time but I do not have a conservatory, so my Cymbidiums really suffer.

If you are growing them in the summer place them outdoors under shade of a large tree, give them plenty of water over summer.

Decrease the water in the autumn and over winter - only water once the plant is completely dry.

Feed them frequently in spring and summer, but give them a rest in winter.

There are hundreds of hybrids available in stores, but it pays to purchase plants in flower so you know what you are getting.

Moth orchid phalaenopsis - Photo Credit -
Moth orchid phalaenopsis - Photo Credit -

Phalaenopsis - Moth Orchids

I have had Moth Orchids flowers to last for over two months inside it is well worth the price you pay for them, as one plant is more economical than buying fresh flowers every week.

But to make them last they need a little bit of tender loving care.

Place them in a position that receives filtered natural light, constant warmth, high humidity, good air circulation and minimum nighttime temperature of 15 c.

Sit the pot on a tray filled with pebbles and topped with water to help maintain humidity levels.

Feed them weekly, year around, with dilute soluble fertiliser, applied when watering.

Water only when the plant is almost, but not quiet dry.

Cut flowers stems back to just above the second node from the base to promote further flowering - but don't chop off the strange looking aerial roots sticking out of the soil.

Orchid Show

Cattleya Orchids.
Cattleya Orchids.

Cattleya Orchids

Cattleya orchids are often used as corsage flowers because of their size and fragrance.

They require the same temperature and light conditions as moth orchids.

Water and feed Cattleya regularly in spring and summer.

Reduce watering in autumn and winter (or after flowering), allowing them to dry out between watering as they are very susceptible to over-watering.

Slipper orchid.
Slipper orchid.

Paphiopedilum - Slipper Orchid

Slipper orchids have been classed as a poor man's orchid, but I never thought of it as that, it is a beautiful orchid, well worth it's name a slipper orchid.

The slipper orchid are fascinating, the little pouch on the front lip of the flower is designed to trap small insects, which become covered in pollen.

When they escape, the insects transfer the pollen to other orchid.

When treated correctly slipper orchid flowers will last for months, and they do.

Place them in a high light position out of direct sun. They prefer day-time temperatures in the region of 21c to 26c and night temperatures of 15c, although a period of lower night temperatures in autumn will help initiate new flower buds.

Keep them constantly moist, but not soggy over summer and just moist in winter. Keep water away from the leaf base where flowers emerge to prevent new buds rotting.

Feed orchids with a weak solution of soluble plant food every fourth watering. Repot every second year.

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Disa Cardinalis.
Disa Cardinalis.

Disa Orchids

Disa orchids grow naturally amongst reeds on the banks of cold mountain streams in their native homeland, South Africa.

Unlike most other orchids which are grown in bark mix, Disa orchids are grown in chopped sphagnum moss or a peat and pumice mix.

Grow them in a sunny to semi-shaded area outdoors anywhere the temperatures do not fall below freezing.

Water them with fresh rainwater and feed with 1/4-strenght soluble plant food over spring and summer.

Repot new shoots each year and be sure to discard old flower shoots.

© 2011 Elsie Hagley

Do You Like Orchids? - If so what are your favourite type of orchids

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      pawpawwrites: Agree with you they are a perfect flower offering the viewer peace and tranquillity with their beauty.

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      Jim 2 years ago from Kansas

      Some of them are almost to pretty to be real.

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      GeekGirl1 5 years ago

      They all look beautiful. Nice photos, too.

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      sousababy 5 years ago

      Love orchids, all kinds. I once saw really big white ones at a Wedding and I thought they were so gorgeous.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Beautiful! The Cattleya, Disa and Cymbidium Orchids are my favorites. Thanks for sharing especially the tips! Great lens.

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      JenaleeMortensen 5 years ago

      Thanks for all the information on orchids. I need all the help I can get as we were given orchids in our office and I'm not sure how to get them to flower again.

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      I love orchids and these thrive in my sunroom and have been bringing me joy for years. I had to put the cymbidium outside because it was too big and was not blooming. After putting the plant outdoors under a Japanese maple tree, the orchid miraculously bloomed.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Orchids are so beautiful and special, Slipper Orchids are fascinating! I have really enjoyed this Lens!

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 5 years ago from Australia

      For years I had a collection of really style brown cymbidiums, but the very severe frosts in our new town killed the lot. My sister is growing me some more, which will be inside next winter. Like the images here.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i love orchids. my mother had so many orchids hanging in our trees. she used cocunut husks as pots. i like cattleya

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      AQuintinSmith 5 years ago from Paradise on Earth

      I didn't know there were so many kinds of orchids. Nice lens. I learned something new today. Thanks.

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      @anonymous: Thanks for visiting,commenting this lens, If you want to add this link to your link options, you are welcome to do it. Have a nice day.

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Very pretty. Orchids are a little different than other flowers. Nice lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      absolutely beauty to this flower. Great video on it too. I'd love to have your lens on my link options to bring this more traffic.

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      suny51 5 years ago

      I do like Orchids, they are wonderful.

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      suny51 5 years ago

      Wonderful, So much to learn. I will come and see something every once in a while to make mine better, thanks.

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      Tarra99 5 years ago

      I love orchids too...occasionally I'll splurge on one. :o)

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      ellagis 5 years ago

      I like orchids, and I have one in my family house, but I really started growing them when I moved to Denmark. Here, almost every window has an orchid, and it's so easy to find cheap but beautiful phalenopsis.... even in the supermarket! It's so difficult to resist... and I don't!

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      verkeerd 5 years ago

      I've been bitten by the orchids bug! and do my best to only have the orchids I can take good care of right now!

      Great lens!

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      I had a roommate in college who was a horticulture major and grew orchids in our apartment. They are just lovely! Unfortunately, I live in Colorado which is too cold and too dry unless you grow them indoors. I love this lens (I have several lenses on flowers as well.)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love orchids but I always thought they were a lot more difficult to grow, you have enlighteded the world here!

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