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How to care
for your orchid

Helpful advice, hints and tips on caring
for the most popular varieties of orchid

Cambria

Cambria

Colours Available in many colours and flower types
Origin Cambria is a crossing of several orchid varieties
Flowering period Can flower several times in a year

Location Put the plant in a light place but away from direct sunlight
Temperature Grows at 18°C to 22°C
Watering Dunk the plant in lukewarm water once a week and let it drain
Feeding Whilst the orchid is flowering feed once a month

Encouraging your Cambria orchid to re-flower
After flowering, cut away the entire flower spike to encourage the plant to produce new shoots. When these are fully grown, a pseudo-bulb (hard green disc) will develop; once this is hard and full, you should give the plant less water for two months (watering fortnightly rather than weekly during this period). During these months, the plant should also be moved to a cooler spot in the home (16°C). This will stimulate new flowers.

Cattleya Corsage orchid

Cattleya Corsage orchid

Colours Many colours
Origin Florida, Bahamas, West Indies, Mexico and tropical America
Flowering period Can bloom several times a year

Location A bright well-lit spot away from direct sunlight
Temperature Grows best in temperatures from 18°C to 22°C
Watering Dunk the plant in water once a week and let it drain thoroughly
Feeding During flowering the plant will need feeding every 2 weeks with orchid fertiliser

Encouraging your Cattleya orchid to re-flower
After flowering the plant will produce new shoots. The more these shoots grow, the more watering the plant will need. The plant should be moved to a shaded position for a period of rest which will encourage flowering.

Cymbidium

Cymbidium

Colours White, pink, yellow, green and brown
Origin Nepal, Vietnam, Taiwan, Australia and the Himalayas where they grow between rocks and tree stumps
Flowering period Winter/early spring

Location A bright well lit spot away from direct sunlight
Temperature Moderate temperatures
Watering Dunk the plant in lukewarm water once a week and let it drain
Feeding Once a week during flowering

Encouraging your Cymbidium orchid to re-flower
After flowering cut out the faded flower spikes. To get the plant to bloom again it should be put out in the garden from June until September in a sheltered spot away from direct sunlight. Give the plant very little water especially through July. The plant will produce new flowers as a result of the temperature fluctuations between day and night.

Dendrobium Emma

Dendrobium Emma

Colours Purple, pink, greenblue, white and combinations of these colours
Origin Asia where the plant grows on trees and rocks
Flowering period Summer

Location Put the plant in as bright a position as possible, avoiding direct sunlight
Temperature 18°C to 25°C
Watering Dunk the plant in lukewarm water once a week and let it drain
Feeding Feed once a month from March until after the flowering period

Encouraging your Dendrobium Emma orchid to re-flower
When the plant stops flowering, cut away the entire flowerspike. Each year the plant will produce one or two new shoots that when fully-grown, will flower again.

Dendrobium Berry Oda

Dendrobium Berry Oda

Colours Purple
Origin Australia
Flowering period November through to the end of May

Location This orchid is hardy and so will live happily in a cool room or outside as long as the temperature doesn't fall below -5°C
Temperature Temperatures in excess of 18°C will shorten the flowering time
Watering Dunk the plant in water once a week and then let it drain before returning to its usual spot
Feeding Feed once a week during the flowering period

Encouraging your Dendrobium Berry Oda orchid to re-flower
After the growth period (October) leave the plant in a cool spot and reduce watering to once a month until the new flower stems appear in January. Then start watering it again and once the flowers begin to appear start to feed.

Dendrobium Nobile

Dendrobium Nobile

Colours Mainly white, yellow, pink and purple and variations of these
Origin Burma, India, Thailand, Vietnam and southern China where they grow in the branches of trees
Flowering period Once a year from January until June

Location Needs a lot of light but you should avoid direct sunlight
Temperature Moderate temperatures from 18°C to 21°C
Watering Dunk the plant in lukewarm water once a week and allow to drain
Feeding Feed all year round

Encouraging your Dendrobium Nobile orchid to re-flower
After flowering new shoots will develop. Only when these are fully grown should the old flower spike be cut away. Put the plant in a cool (14°C) spot and for the months of October and November it should be kept dry. This cool and dry spell will encourage flower buds to form on the new shoots and the plant can then be moved into its normal spot from January.

Miltoni Pansy orchid

Miltoni Pansy orchid

Colours Many colours, often with spectacular markings and some varieties are fragrant
Origin Miltonia grow naturally on river banks in Brazil, Colombia and other parts of South America
Flowering period Miltonia can flower several times in a year

Location A bright well lit spot, but direct sunlight will cause scorching so avoid
Temperature Miltonia needs high humidity so mist daily, and keep in a warm room
Watering Dunk the plant in water once a week and let it drain properly. After flowering give the plant a little less water but never let it dry out completely
Feeding Feed once a month

Encouraging your Miltonia orchid to re-flower
Cut the flower spike away completely after it has finished flowering. This encourages new shoots on which new flowers will form. In the warmest summer months Miltonia will also be happy sat outside on a patio or terrace. It is the fluctuations between day and night temperatures that stimulate flowering. The same effect would be achieved by keeping the plant in a cooler room for 8 to 12 weeks.

Oncidium Dancing lady

Oncidium Dancing lady

Colours Various but mainly yellow
Origin South America, including Brazil, on trees and in rock cracks
Flowering period Several times a year

Location A bright well lit position but avoid direct sunlight
Temperature Grows best in temperatures from 18°C to 22°C
Watering Dunk the plant in lukewarm water once a week and then let it drain properly
Feeding Feed once a month during the growing season

Encouraging your Oncidium orchid to re-flower
The faded flower stem should be removed after blooming. The plant develops new shoots with 1 or 2 branches per shoot when fully grown. When the shoot is mature, a pseudo-bulb (hard green disc) develops. When this is hard and full, give the plant less water (once every two weeks). This will allow the plant to have a rest period of about 8 weeks and new buds should develop.

Paphiopedilum Slipper Orchid

Paphiopedilum Slipper Orchid

Colours A very large variety of colours and shapes
Origin South East Asia, Indonesia and the Himalayas where they grow in shaded spots
Flowering period The plant can flower several times a year. The American hybrids flower just once a year

Location Light shade
Temperature Grows best in temperatures from 18°C to 22°C
Watering Dunk the plant in water once a week and let it drain properly
Feeding Feed once a fortnight

Encouraging your Paphiopedilum orchid to re-flower
The flower stalk can be completely cut away after blooming. This shoot will not produce another flower stalk. The plant forms a new shoot from which a new bud will grow once the shoot is high enough. The bud always appears in the heart of the shoot.

Phalaenopsis Moth orchid

Phalaenopsis Moth orchid

Colours Mainly white, pink, purple, yellow and combinations of these
Origin Tropical parts of Asia and Australia, where they grow on tree trunks and in cracks in rocks, often near brooks and rivers
Flowering period The plant flowers several times in a year

Location A bright well lit position but avoid direct sunlight
Temperature Grows best in temperatures from 18°C to 22°C
Watering Dunk the plant in water once a week and let it drain properly
Feeding Feed during flowering. The plant should be fed once a month

Encouraging your Phalaenopsis orchid to re-flower
After flowering, cut the stalk above the second eye. A new branch develops from the eye, which will eventually flower. If re-flowering isn't successful, put the plant in a colder room (15°C-16°C) for the autumn months, which will promote the formation of buds.

Vanda

Vanda

Colours A wide variety of colours
Origin Northern Thailand
Flowering period Vanda doesn't have a fixed flowering period and can bloom several times in a year
Feeding Feed once a month in summer by adding feed to the water, and once every two months at other times of the year

Location Hang the Vanda in a spot where it gets as much light as possible but avoid direct sunlight in summer
Temperature Grows best in temperatures of 18°C to 25°C
Watering Water the plant by fully submerging the roots into tepid water for about 10 minutes (or until air bubbles stop appearing from the roots) before re-hanging

Encouraging your Vanda orchid to re-flower
Cut the branch as short as possible after flowering without causing damage to the plant. Vandas have no fixed flowering time and can bloom several times a year. The new bud develops under a new leaf, from which a new branch will grow.

Zygopetalum Ladybird orchid

Zygopetalum Ladybird orchid

Colours Combinations of white, light green, blue and purple. Some varieties are highly scented
Origin Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia where the plant grows on tree stumps and rocks
Flowering period The plant can bloom several times a year

Location Put the plant in a light spot but not in bright sunlight
Temperature Grows best in temperatures from 17°C to 23°C
Watering Dunk the plant in lukewarm water once a week and then let it drain properly
Feeding Feed once a month

Encouraging your Zygopetalum orchid to re-flower
Cut away the entire flower stem after it has finished blooming. The plant will produce new shoots, which can flower once they are fully grown. You should give the plant a rest period of 10 weeks, to stimulate flowering place in a cooler position and reduce watering. Water the plant once every two weeks during this period. Put the plant back in its former location after the rest period.

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