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Pesticide Use Guidelines for Orchids

Despite all of our efforts to keep our collections clean, tidy and pest-free, there simply will come a time when we’re forced to pull out the “big guns” …

Measuring Powders & Liquids to Fertilize Orchids

Whether it comes as a powder or a liquid, by law the values on a fertilizer label are in weight percentages, including the modified ones for P & K. When I …

Feeding Orchids by Mass

I advocate basing a feeding regimen on the needs of the plant, and to manage that regimen in terms of nutrient formula, feeding frequency, and nutrient …

Orchid Root Rot Causes & Cures

As a new orchid grower, one of the first pieces of cultural information we are given is that we should make sure to let the potting medium dry out between …

Sphagnum Moss for Orchids – Friend or Foe?

If you’ve worked a lot with various potting media, you’ve probably had some experience with sphagnum moss. It is a great additive to drier mixes if you …

Kelp Extracts for Orchids

The benefits of the use of kelp in horticulture has been known for a very long time. In addition to fish, the Native Americans taught the Pilgrims to till kelp …

Orchid Transplant Adaptation

This article is in response to the often-asked question “How long will it take for my plant to get reestablished after repotting?” – Especially when a …

How Magnesium Supplementation Helps Orchids

Magnesium is a major building-block in the formation of chlorophyll. Its role in the functioning of plant enzymes to produce carbohydrates, sugars and fats …

Understanding the Dry Line in Semi-Hydroponics for Orchids

Folks who are new to Semi-Hydroponics™ often become concerned when the top of the medium appears to be dry, while the rest of the medium is nice and moist. …

Raising Humidity in the Orchid Growing Area

The efficacy of humidity trays and hand misting of in-home orchid collections has been debated for years. But there has not been a great deal of actual testing …