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.
English: The pseudobulbs and the visible leaves from Dendrobium “Doctor Prakob”, the flower is from an other plant: Phalaenopis cultivar Jardin botanique de Montréal. Français : Pseudobulbs: Dendrobium « Doctor Prakob », Jardin botanique de Montréal. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
When the leaves have fallen, or when the pseudobulbs have grown stout and healthy, move the plant to a shelf in better light and in a cooler part of the greenhouse. Reduce the humidity to a minimum.
During the resting period, orchids with pseudobulbs need no water unless the compost
dries out completely; then drench thoroughly. Orchids without pseudo-bulbs need occasional watering. When growth begins again, return the plant to its normal place and resume watering.
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