NORTH OF ENGLAND ORCHID SOCIETY GROWING TIPS
Images of popular orchids, descriptions and brief history, a click on any image will take you to a cultural page with tips on how to grow popular orchids.
Free Orchid shows.
Every month we hold a free orchid show; either near Preston, Manchester or Warrington.
New members are always welcome, but our normal monthly shows are free to all, come along and take a look at your local orchid society.
See our orchid show page
The RHS Flower Show
July 19th to 23rd 2017
Come along and meet us in the Society Marquee, free helpful advice and orchid potting demonstrations; we can supply you with top quality approved orchid compost.
The Society once again taken a Gold Medal in last years event, along with the coveted trophy for Best display in the Marquee.
Our display in 2015 year created in association with the OSGB and took Gold, as well as the coveted Holford Medal for a slideshow of it please click here
Cattleya orchids, around 48 species and many
more hybrids exist Named after William Cattleya,
they are from the tropical Americas Laelia's ,
which can be additionally found in the West
Indies and Mexico also require similar cultural
Cymbidiums contain around 44 species, and
come from the tropics of the old world, the
large flowered types which come from the higher
regions of the Himalayas and the orient require
cool conditions to flower well.
Phalaenopsis - The Moth Orchid, found from
Java and the South Seas, the Philippines and
even Queensland Australia, are definitely warm
growers who like to be shaded, the perfect
houseplant, and very free flowering. They
can f lower for months at any time of the year.
Dendrobiums, with around 1000 species and
innumerable hybrids, the hobbyist is faced with
many varied growing conditions, and it is a good
idea to establish from where in the world, and
at what altitude any plant in question is native
to, they are found from the Orient and tropical
Asia down to Australasia.
Miltonia's are sometimes called the Pansy
Orchid, named in honour of Earl Fitzwilliam The
Odontoglossum's have around 175 species
which can be found in the mountains of South
America, although from the tropics they grow in
the higher elevations up to 3500m in wet cloud
forest, and therefore require cool growing
conditions, many hybrids exist.
Oncidiums, most popular ones from the 600 or
so species in existence come from the tropics of
the Americas, but there are a few which grow in
the higher elevations, and therefore require
cooler conditions, hybrids are more tolerant
than the species, as in most plants.
Paphiopedilum's, named after Paphinia the
Greek Goddess, who the Romans renamed Venus, and
pedilum (foot or slipper)
Phragmipedium, the New worlds answer to the
Paphiopedilum about 21 species are found up to
2000 metres throughout Mexico, Brazil
Bolivia Peru etc., they require intermediate conditions
and must not dry out between watering.
Vanda's have about 50 species, from which
the many hybrids are derived from the tropics
Asia and the orient as far down as Australia,
they require warm growing conditions with plenty
of bright light. They grow best
suspended in wooden baskets.
ProFlowers tips on Growing Orchids in
Determining what type of orchid you own is, of course, the most basic step in understanding how to give your plant the best care. For beginner growers Phalaenopsis make a good choice. Also known as moth orchids, they are by far the most widely sold orchids, and if kept in the correct conditions, they can flower for up to eight weeks. Other popular breeds of orchids include Dendrobium, Cymbidium and Vanda orchids and each favour slightly different light, heat and humidity combinations.
Still unsure what type of orchid you own? Rest assured, some orchid care tips hold true for all breeds. And, by simply considering an orchid’s native surroundings you’ll do a much better job at creating an environment in which your plant can thrive. Most wild orchids grow on trees and get their moisture from the air, so when watering, try to use room temperature water to prevent cold-water damage to your plant. Then, place your orchid in a well-ventilated room with bright light, but not in full sunlight during the warm weather to avoid cooking the plant or its leaves. Orchids enjoy the same type of temperature conditions we do, so with a room temperature not less than 15.00° C your orchid should stay happy and healthy, some plants such as cymbidiums enjoy a cooler period after flowering, and if you can find a shady cool spot outside during the summer months they will flower better, in northern climes, bring indoors just before the first frosts are due.
When it comes to watering, water every four to ten days by holding your orchid over the sink and drenching it to replicate a rain shower. A quick and easy way to determine whether your orchid needs watering is to stick a pencil in your orchid’s soil. Leave the pencil for ten minutes and if when you remove the tip it looks moist, hold off watering for several days. Whatever you do, never let water gather or sit around the leaves as this can harm your plant, so always pat-dry residual water with a paper towel. What’s more, if you spot yellowing or damaged leaves, you may be over-watering your orchid, so refrain from watering for a couple of weeks. Live in a hard-water area? Try boiling and cooling your water before using.
Lastly, during chillier winter months you may want to mimic a rainforest’s humidity to combat the dryness of your central heating and give your plant a dose of the moisture it craves. To do this, simply place your orchid on a gravel-lined tray sprinkled with water and allow the evaporating water to nourish your plant. Then, when flowers are in bloom, keep stems tied to a stick to protect them, fertilize with every other watering, and enjoy your plant’s gorgeous natural beauty.
To buy orchids for delivery in the UK, see traders on our introduction to orchids page