Worldwide Orchids :
This page contains answers to frequently asked questions to our support staff.
A. While the great majority of orchids found in your local store share many similar care needs (indirect sunlight, care to prevent over watering etc.), each orchid does have differing requirements in important items such as amount of light and best temperature range. Consult the "Grower Ron’s Orchid Buyer’s Guide" for specific growing conditions for each orchid.
. How long will my orchid stay in bloom?
A. The bloom length for each variety can be different, ranging from many months (phalaenopsis) to 7- 14 days (Cattleya). Consult the "Grower Ron’s Orchid Buyer’s Guide" for specific blooming information on the variety in question.
Q. How often should orchids be watered ?
A. The simple answer is only when it needs it. Make sure you do not over water. This is the single greatest cause of orchid problems. A fixed schedule can lead to over or under watering. Each homeowner’s conditions will be different and thus, so will that orchid’s watering needs. The goal is to let the orchid almost completely dry out before the next watering. One way to test is to remove the plant label from the pot and feel down about 1 to 2 inches. If the label feels moist, don’t water.
. Can orchids only be grown in a greenhouse?
A. Not at all. The orchids sold at your local home Improvement store or garden center such as Home Depot, Franks Nursery or Target, are, for the most part, house plants, and can be easily grown in the home or on a porch that gets indirect light. Many of the orchids will also thrive when grown outdoors under a tree that provides dappled sunlight.
A. It depends on the variety chosen and the conditions the plant is subjected to. Consult the "Grower Ron’s Orchid Buyer’s Guide" for guidelines on reblooming frequency.
. How often should an orchid be repotted? An orchid should only be repotted when it gets too large for the container it is in, or when the media it is potted in breaks down. A freshly potted orchid should last at least one year before it needs repotting if it is grown in a good media.
A. That depends on the conditions to which the plant is subjected. Under proper care, an orchid can live indefinitely.
. Into what media should I repot my orchid?
A. To prevent stress, one approach is to repot the plant in the same type of media into which it was originally potted . Most orchids can, however, be grown in a wide variety of medias. The key is to adapt your growing conditions to the media that you use. Bark based medias are popular because they are suitable for a very wide range of conditions and are more forgiving of bad habits such as over watering.
. What kind of container is best for my orchid?
A. The most important factor in choosing a container is to find one with very good drainage. If the orchid cannot drain, root rot is very likely to follow. It is also important to remember that clay pots will retain a much higher level of salts (which can burn the roots) than plastic pots. Thus if you use a clay pot, remember to flush the plant thoroughly at least once a month with plain water.
A.Black spots are endemic in a number of varieties of orchids, most notably those in the Oncidium or Oncidium family intergenerics. These spots are not a sign of disease. They cannot be removed, and will not spread from plant to plant. You can think of them as freckles. These spots are generally small and dry. If, however, your plant suddenly develops large black spots, particularly if they are moist, this could be a sign of disease. In such instance, you should bring your plant to your local retailer for diagnosis. . What do I do when the flowers begin to fold up and die?
A. This is, of course, a natural occurrence. Cut the flower spike off at its base as soon as the flowers begin to fold. Once flowers begin to decline, they begin to produce ethylene that could cause plants nearby to also lose their flowers. For more experienced growers, it can be noted that with some orchids like a phalaenopsis, cutting the flower spike just above the first or second node could produce an immediate secondary spike with new flowers.
A. Grower Ron brand orchids can be found in many Home Improvement stores, Garden Centers and Grocery chains throughout the country including, Home Depot, Frank's Nursery, Target and Safeway stores. Be sure to ask for Grower Ron products by name.
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