Hello Orchid Growers October 2019
October Growers Group was a fun time exploring different and inventive ways of potting and arranging orchids. A good roll up had a very enjoyable time opening our minds to less “traditional” ways of growing orchids.
There are so many different materials that may be used to mount orchids – cork, tree fern, timber, rubber, foam are just a few. Not all orchids like all materials so you need to match the right orchid to the right material. You can make different sizes and shapes and even create interesting structures.
Shown are pictures of some of the options we explored. Various cork and tree fern mounts can be decorated with “old mans beard” to add some decoration. A pruned Callistemon branch can host a family of Tolumnias. A discarded old clay pipe and empty clay pot hosts a very happy semi terete Vanda. A carved coconut can be modified into a suitable growing container by drilling numerous holes in the base.
Some orchids also lend themselves to creative training and displaying of the inflorescence and flowers. Shown is Onc. bauei which produces very long (3 – 4 metre) spikes which elongate before making numerous side branches. Training the spike on a circle of fencing wire (like a Hoya) will turn an otherwise difficult and boring inflorescence into a ball of fire. I am not sure how orchid judges would react to this in a show!
A very busy month of repotting, deflasking and even getting many of our own plants attended to. So much done and so much more to do. Next Orchid Growers Group will be Saturday 2nd November. The main topic for the afternoon will be deflasking orchids, care and growing on of your young orchid plants. It is sure to be an enjoyable and productive time.
Thank you for your support
Ross and Liz