Leaf or seed pod?

Some orchids, such as Phalaenopsis and Dendrobiums can produce baby plants which grow out from the end of the flower spike or at the base of the plant. These are called Keikis. A keiki will develop, partly because there are more hormones present at the end of the flower spike, but also if the temperatures have…

Caring for Phalaenopsis

Caring for your Phalaenopsis Phalaenopsis can almost stay in flower for 12 months of the year. They grow on trees and prefer to be grown in a clear container so that the roots can see the sun. They also like moist air around the roots, so misting just the aerial roots hung out of the…

Caring for Dendrobiums

Caring for your Dendrobium Dendrobiums are gaining in popularity and just love sunlight. So an east or even better west facing window will be ideal. When they are in active growth, (April – August) they need to be kept well fed and watered (but not too wet). However they also go through resting phases (autumn…

Caring for Cymbidiums

Caring for your Cymbidium Cymbidiums come from Northern India right up into the Himalaya, so they like cool conditions, in particular cold nights. As soon as the flowers start to go over the spike should be removed, as low as possible on the plant and this will encourage the plant to make new leafy growth.…

An introduction to growing orchids

Orchids are plants that it is all too easy to become passionate about. In fact I am sure that every good gardener remembers their first Orchid in much the same way they remember their first kiss… Looking after something so outstandingly beautiful and delicate can be daunting and so the pleasure of receiving an orchid is…