Now that you have purchased a beautiful blooming orchid, one that has a unique name, we want you to continue enjoying it. Whether your goal is simply to keep your orchid alive, or to rebloom it, you've come to the right place! Our members have years of experience in growing orchids and we want to share our knowledge with you.
Below find the basic information you will need to care for the orchids you purchased from us at the Huntsville Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale.
Start by recognizing the species, which is abbreviated on the white tag, because each species has slightly different requirements when it comes to light, moisture, humidity and temperature.
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Temperature:Variable, prefer warm but will grow well in intermediate and even cool, down to 50's (10C) though won't grow at that temperature. These in nature come from sea level to high mountain areas; better to research origin of plant if possible.
Light:High light as much as you can give them without burning the leaves, few prefer diffuse light.
Water-Humidity:Roots like to dry completely between waterings, humidity not critical. To get reed stem epidendrums to bloom withhold water, may take a month or so, i.e. if they are growing well but no blooms abuse them a bit and they will flower. The Epidendrum nocturnum, ciliare, diffusum types prefer more water than other types.
Fertilizer:Not critical, whatever you are using for other orchids.
Potting:Mounted or in coarse mixture (lots of air spaces
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Light:Bright light. I have observed G. speciosum, and G. scriptum growing in full sun.
Water-Humidity:Require plenty of water and high humidity during the growing season. All species come from distinct wet/dry habitats. Less water is required during the cooler months.
Fertilizer:Half-strength balanced fertilizer weekly during the growing season. Twice a week during the cooler months
Potting:Medium grade bark in terracotta or plastic pots. The mix should retain moisture.
Iwanagara, (abbreviated Iwan.) in the horticultural trade is the nothogenus for intergeneric hybrids between the four orchid genera Brassavola x Cattleya x Diacrium x Laelia. They are grown the same way as Cattleyas.
Iwanagara need bright light, and a little morning or afternoon sun is good. An east or west window is ideal. The leaves should be a medium green color.
Day time temperatures should be 70*-85* F. and 55*-60* F. at night. A 10 to 20 degree difference between day and night will ensure good blooming.
Iwanagara need to dry completely between waterings. Plants need more water while actively growing. Humidity should be around 50%-80%.
1/4 strength fertilizer should be given with every watering during active growth. During the winter, fertilize once a month.
Iwanagara bloom on long sprays. Flowers may be fragrant.