This cultural note offers my sudden inspiration for how to better mount an orchid that is growing in a small pot (or basket). I came upon this innovation while burrowing through my pieces of cork bark, looking for the right size and shape piece for a Dockrillia (Dendrobium) rigida that had been … [Read more...] about From potted orchid to mounted orchid: an innovation using cork tubes
Orchid Culture Notes
I am a compulsive teacher, and my higher life calling reflects in my orchid growing. As I discover solutions and new ideas, I wish to benefit others with that awareness. I hope my experiences can offer insights, ways of thinking about orchid culture, and provide a foundation for adaptation in your growing space. Innovation can expand into even more innovation.
My culture quest for this species began with the usual impetus … my Dendrobium jonesii were not thriving; while not declining, they were not robustly growing like my other Australian dendrobiums. I have a dedicated Australian dendrobium area in the shade house, receiving about 2000-2500fc … [Read more...] about Dendrobium jonesii: a new life in hydroton for an Australian species
This is a simple modification that I've made to a number of dendrobium cork mounts and baskets, and it has dramatically improved root growth, and subsequently, cane growth. It can be an asset to growing humidity- or moisture-loving species and hybrids in a drier environment, or help maintain more … [Read more...] about The “moss mount” for orchids: improving moisture and root growth
One of the aspects of orchid culture that has frustrated me over the years is the description of fertilizer applications for different species and genera. I wonder if the authors, many of whom are quite accomplished growers, realize that their recommendations actually aren't very usable? The key … [Read more...] about Feed the orchids! Details of my fertilizer program for different genera
I am committed to keeping my toxic footprint on the world (and myself) as low as possible. It is no different for my orchid growing, and I am always looking for the least toxic solution to any pest problem. Fortunately, with vigilance and very clean growing areas, I've handled the occasional … [Read more...] about A natural ant and ground insect pesticide for the shadehouse (and indoors): cedar oil