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Phalaenopsis: Moth orchid

Type: Epiphytic.Features: Short, thick stem producing a few aerial roots and rather floppy, fleshy leaves. Arching and branching stalks carry up to 30 pansy-like flowers — the whole spray is said to resemble a flight of moths. The flowers, which may … Continue reading

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Lycaste Orchid

Type: Epiphytic. Features: Egg-shaped pseudobulbs each with one to three leaves. Upright flower stems come from the base, each ending in one, waxy, small-lipped, 7.5cm (3in) wide flower. These are long-lasting and appear in spring and early summer, having outspread sepals and smaller … Continue reading

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Laeliocattleya Orchids

Type: Epiphytic. Bigeneric hybrids derived from the inter-breeding of Laelia and Cattleya orchids.Features: Growth habit, foliage and flowers similar to Cattleya. Flowers often fragrant and generally coloured mauve-pink, red-purple, magenta or yellow. ‘Chitchat Tangerine’ illustrated. Size: Up to 60 x 30cm (2 x 1ft).Special … Continue reading

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Laelia Orchid

Type: Epiphytic. Features: Elongated pseudobulbs with one or two leaves. Starry, trumpet-lipped flowers, each 10-18cm (4-7in) across, appear singly or in a small cluster; colour is usually pinkish-purple, crimson-purple or white.Size: Up to 60 x 30cm (2 x 1ft).Special needs: Bright but filtered light; intermediate … Continue reading

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Dendrobium Orchid

Type: Epiphytic.Features: Stem-like pseudobulbs with alternate leaves. Long-lasting, 2.5-10cm (1-4in) wide flowers on short stalks in late spring to early summer, having a prominently coloured lip.Flower colour is usually white, lavender or yellow.Size: Up to 120 x 30cm (4 x 1ft). Special needs: Bright but … Continue reading

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Spider Orchid – Brassia Verrucosa

Type: Epiphytic. Features: Upright egg-shaped pseudobulb topped with a pair of dark green leathery leaves.Arching flower stems, arising from the base of the pseudobulb, carry close-set 10-15cm (4-6in) long spidery flowers. The slender sepals and petals are pale green spotted with dark green, … Continue reading

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Propagating Orchids

Some upright, slender-stemmed orchids — such as vandas — eventually become too tall and floppy for the greenhouse and should be cut down and left to grow on. These orchids have aerial roots growing out of the stem. Every year … Continue reading

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Tips for Growing Orchids: The Resting Period

Many orchids require a resting period, usually from late summer to mid autumn. During this time they may lose their leaves so that only the pseudobulbs remain. When the leaves have fallen, or when the pseudobulbs have grown stout and … Continue reading

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Growing Orchids: Providing Support

Some orchids, such as Cattleya and Dendrobium, can be top-heavy, and need support after potting until they have produced strong new roots. Insert a cane at the back of each plant. This should stand as tall as the eventual height … Continue reading

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Growing Conditions for Orchids

The ideal growing conditions for orchids are provided by a conservatory built against a house wall. It will draw some heat from the wall, and if the house has central heating an extra radiator could be fixed inside the conservatory … Continue reading

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