How to tame a obstinate orchid (part 2)
A very bright orchid, which in the form of its flowers has preserved the features of wild orchids. It blooms approximately every 8 months with flowering for about 1.5 months. The plant forms pseudobulbs, which means that this orchid is easier to pour than to dry. Oncidium willingly blooms in room conditions only if a month-long dry period is observed, at the moment when a new sprout begins to form a pseudobulb. It blooms with delicate inflorescences collected from numerous yellow-brown flowers, the shape of which resembles dancing dolls. So it is often called by the people. In order to make your orchid comfortable, it is usually grown in flat pots with shallow bark.
Also common on sale. This is a powerful plant from numerous shoots with long leaves reaching 1 meter, and blooming high inflorescences with large flowers about 10-13 cm in various colors. One inflorescence can accommodate from 8 to 16 or more flowers, and one adult bush gives 3-4 peduncles at once. There are so-called mini-cymbidiums, their growth is limited to 40 cm, and flowers reach 5-7 cm.
As a rule, cymbidium blooms in the winter for the Chinese New Year, but it is worth saying that this orchid is for owners of spacious loggias or garden. All summer cymbidium is kept in the garden in a well-lit place, regularly watering and fertilizing. For full flowering, he needs a daily temperature drop and a rather cool, dry period. Therefore, the cymbidium is kept in the garden until late autumn, when the night temperature begins to drop to 10 ° C. After which it is transferred to a bright window and waiting for the blooming soon. It is worth growing in very tight clay pots in a substrate of bark.
A very beautiful orchid that will not leave anyone indifferent to its beauty. She feels great indoors, often flowering almost all year round. An unpleasant fact is that it is quite expensive in flower shops and appears there not so often. The cost of one Paphiopedilum is comparable to 3-4 phalaenopsis. But the waste is worth it! The orchid grows in a small bush up to 15-20 cm and produces one touching flower in the form of a shoe, which lasts from 2 to 3 months. Flowering occurs after a short dry period, the observance of which is not necessary for many modern varieties. As soil, it prefers bark with sphagnum.
This type of orchid is valued primarily for its beautiful foliage, covered with a multi-colored fantasy pattern of numerous veins. The best and most common representatives are Ludisia and Macodez species. These are very unpretentious plants, the cultivation of which will be mastered even by a person far from floriculture. Precious orchids are terrestrial inhabitants, and therefore they are grown in a loose substrate from peat, moss and bark. It grows very quickly and easily propagated by dividing the bush or cuttings. A pleasant surprise will be the fact that in winter each of the shoots produces one peduncle with delicate small flowers in light shades.
Myths about orchids
Unfortunately, it was this popular belief that did incredibly much harm. As soon as this information reaches the ears of a novice or experienced florist, he begins to pay a lot of unnecessary attention to the orchid, rushing with it like a small child. In fact, as soon as the orchid is transferred to the rank of the most ordinary indoor plants, the orchid itself will take care of its health and long flowering. After all, in fact, she just needed something – a bright window without scorching sunlight and watering every 5-7 days.
The first myth. Orchids need very humid air.
The fact that under natural conditions they grow almost in fog does not mean that without this factor the orchid will feel bad. Many will be surprised now, but an orchid is a succulent plant. Succulents are also all cacti, crassulaceae, milkweeds, scarlet and so on. This suggests that, like cacti, orchids accumulate water in their organs and can do without it for a long time. Due to its high adaptability, most orchids, despite the dry air of our apartments, feel great in them. And only a few, rather rare species, require that they be grown in orchids with high humidity.
Orchid is a succulent plant.
The second myth. At the orchid roots come out of the pot – it is crowded
I repeat that under natural conditions, orchids just hang on a tree, without the slightest patch of land. The fact that roots stick out on top of your pot of orchid is more likely to indicate its health and well-developed root system. This is its nature, because the more roots in the air, the more the orchid can collect moisture from the fog or absorb during a shower. For all orchids…