Monday, July 13, 2009
Orchids on vacation
Jordan in Grandma's garden. She was here on vacation too.
Now, most of the orchids I have, such as Cattleyas, Oncidium (or Dancing Lady), Brassia (or Spider Orchid) and their related species are on vacation. I put them outside under a big pine tree (some shade, bright light, but no direct sun) so they can enjoy the warm weather and breeze.
Occasionally they get some rain water, which is good for them. Being outside lets them be close to the Mother Nature. But the Phalaenopsis and Paphiopedilum orchids stay at home because they need more attention. The Phalaenopsis needs less water (once every 1 to 3 weeks) and I have to keep it on the dry side. The Lady's Slipper orchids require moisture all the time, but they don't like to be soggy. Otherwise their roots will rot and die.
Their vacation starts right after Mother's Day and ends early October before frost.
Behind the beautiful flowers, there is a lot of hard work, patience, and love, indeed.