Orchid Care

                      

 

 

 

    

 Spring Orchid Care

Yes, many orchids bloom in the spring and this spotted cattleya is no exception. As an added bonus the flowers have a wonderful fragrance.

Spotted Cattleya

 repotting orchid
Now is a  perfect time to repot this epicattleya. New roots with green tips are emerging prolifically and are still short enough that the plant can be repotted without damaging them. 


 


ORCHIDS IN BLOOM ALREADY?
 Lucky you! Many cattleyas, phalaenopsis, and slipper orchids bloom in the spring. Be sure to keep plants in bud or bloom well watered and do not allow them to dry out. This also includes orchids that generally like to dry out a bit, such as cattleyas. You'll get nice full flowers that last for their full potential-for phals this may be three months, for cattleyas this could be three weeks.

GETTING READY TO GROW. Once your orchids have bloomed, or if you know they are not spring bloomers, this is a good time to repot your orchids in fresh mix. Spring is an excellent time to repot as it gives the orchid time to get established before the more stressful heat of summer. It also allows the plant to get established so it can get on with the work of growing once warmer brighter weather arrives.

Basically, you want to repot your orchids about every 12-18 months, or sooner if the potting mix is mushy, stays wet, or is smelly. This will be most noticeable with a bark mix. While cattleyas and paphiopedilums can be repotted at any time, wait until you see new growth emerging on cattleyas and other orchids before repotting. If the mix is broken down, always repot as soon as you can.

OUT FOR THE SUMMER?  
Many growers summer their orchids with great results! The brighter light, and plentiful fresh air will rejuvenate your orchids and help them grow faster and better than they might indoors. Remember though, it is only spring. Do not move orchids outside until a few weeks past the last frost free date in your area. Cymbidiums and other cooler growers may be the exception, but if the weather is going to be cloudy and wet for days on end, you're better off keeping your orchid inside for now. There'll be more on this in our summer care guide. For now, enjoy your flowers.

                          


 

 
  
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
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