North of England Orchid Society - An introduction to Odontoglossum orchid culture...

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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

Orchid Paintings

Orchid Paintings

historical paintings

 The above are just two images of the many Historical Paintings of Orchids awarded at our shows from the turn of the century through to the Second World War.

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The RHS Flower Show
Tatton Park

July 18th to 22nd 2018
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.

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The Society once again has taken a Gold Medal as in last years event, along with the coveted trophy for Best display in the Marquee.

2015 results
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
odontoglossum orchid

Are amongst the most varied and colourful of the orchid family.

The intricate veining and spotting of the flowers has led to their being called 'Butterfly Orchids'.

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Odontoglossums grow under fairly low light levels; in the home, for instance, they do best In a North or North-East facing window. However, do not place them in the middle of the room as they need to be close to a certain amount of light to do well.

In the greenhouse, they need shade from late February until the end of September.
Shade-netting, like Rokolene 60%, should be fastened to the outside of the greenhouse.
From late April until mid-August, this should be doubled.

We do not recommend putting Odontoglossums outside during summer because of the risk of wind and sun damage to the leaves.

Most Odontoglossum hybrids grow continuously, all the year round and so feeding should match.
From February until August, feed with high nitrogen (20:10:10), using it at half strength at every second watering. From September until February, feed with high potash (4:4:8), using it at half strength at every second watering. Occasionally a foliar feed such as Maxicrop can be used as a tonic.

Watering and Humidity
Water every 5-7 days, all the year round if they are being grown as house plants.
In the greenhouse, water every 4-7 days from the end of February until September, depending on weather conditions.
During October and November when not much heat is needed and light is reduced, they may go 10- 14 days between watering's.
From December until the end of February when heating is on, you will need to water every 7-10 days.
The ideal humidity is between 60%-70%, but do not worry if this falls in summer while the ventilators are open. This can be remedied by floor damping in the early evening.

Odontoglossums are cool growing orchids from the high Andes and need a minimum night temperature of 52°F (11"C). This should rise in the daytime by 10°F (5°C) during Autumn and Winter, and by 20°F (10 C) during Spring and Summer.
Temperatures a little outside these extremes can be tolerated, Ventilation should be used from March to September. Odontoglossums love fresh, airy conditions and we find it is a good idea to install a circulating fan, running all the time. Flowering Most Odontoglossums flower once each year when mature, the blooms lasting six weeks or more. The main flowering time used to be late winter and spring, but modern breeding has given us plants in flower at any time of the year.

Repotting is best carried out from January to June or late August to early October. The timing depends on the young shoot being between I" and 3" in height.





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One of our Gold Medal RHS Displays

For many years we created Gold Medal Winning Displays at the RHS Show Tatton Park....

Large Annual Orchid Show

Each year our Annual Show brings one of the largest orchid events to the North of England, Held in the Tenants Hall at Tatton Park....

World's Oldest Orchid Society?

Established in 1897, we have been giving awards to orchids since the turn of the Century, this is an image of one of the early orchid paintings, from which our badge is derived....

Catesatum pilateum

There are over 35000 species of orchid, here is one of the more unusual from the tropics, often seen at our monthly shows....

Laelia purpurata

This showy species makes a change from the usual Phalaenopsis Orchids found in the supermarkets; many specialist growers attend our shows....


Another species of orchid prized by the enthusiastic grower, these plants can be quite large, and are very showy...

Ophrys - The Bee Orchid

At each of our monthly shows, you will see (at the right time of the year) some fine specimens of terrestrial orchids from the temperate zones....

Dendrobium thrysiflorum

For sheer flower power you cannot beat some of the orchid species which may carry over a thousand blooms....

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