Have you noticed that days are getting longer and the sun is getting stronger? Your plants have. They're waking up after a long, dreary winter . . . . and they're hungry. But what should you feed them? I remember when I started growing orchids, I didn't really pay much attention to what "plant … Continue reading Your Plants are Hungry – What Should You Feed Them?
Miniature roses are one of those plants that say "pick me - pick me!!" at the store. They're simply irresistible. But the minute you get them home they start complaining. Why? Miniature roses have a delicate root structure that demands a constant balance of air and water - not too wet or not too … Continue reading Successfully Growing Miniature Roses Indoors
Imagine . . . eating fresh greens 15 days after you planted them! I'm thinking that a small tray of microgreens in the windowsill is more fun to grow (and eat!) than any other type of plant. Add a handful of microgreens to your cooking and instantly you'll become an amateur chef! What … Continue reading Let’s Grow Microgreens!
Fall is here and it's time to think about bringing your cymbidiums indoors for the winter. (Yes - they stay outdoors this long!) Cymbidiums need a shock of cold weather to trigger blooming. In most climates this means leaving them outdoors until after Halloween - and sometimes even until Thanksgiving! Cymbidiums can withstand … Continue reading Making Sure Your Cymbidiums Bloom This Winter
Amaryllis make a striking impact during the cold, dark winter months. And getting them to rebloom year after year isn't difficult. Just give them a chance to replenish their reserves with adequate sunlight, water and fertilizer, and you'll be rewarded with some pretty amazing blooms. And this is the time of the year to … Continue reading Growing Amaryllis Outside for Summer
Fertilizer for orchids doesn't need to be complicated. Orchids do tend to be more finicky about fertilizers than houseplants because 1) in nature they grow high in the tropical forest where water and nutrients are pure, and 2) they have different seasons to their growing pattern. But setting up a nutrient program … Continue reading Fertilizer for Orchids – How to Use What You Choose
Plant nutrition is one of the most debated subjects among orchid growers everywhere. Ask 10 people for advice on fertilizer for orchids and you'll get 10 different answers. Applying fertilizer shouldn't be complicated. I'm going to show you how easy it is to give your plants exactly what they're looking for - and you … Continue reading Your Orchids Are Hungry! What Should You Feed Them?
Summer is here and this is the active growing season for orchids. Is it time for repotting? How Know If Your Plant Needs Repotting Are your orchids growing in bark or moss? If they are, get ready to repot with fresh media. How do I know that? Because those materials break down and decompose … Continue reading Time To Repot Your Orchids?
"Should I move my orchids outdoors for the summer?" That's a question I hear over and over this time of year - and my answer is always the same - YES! Orchids thrive on the bright light, hot days/cool nights, and abundant humidity outdoors. Compare that to the hot, stuffy windowsill they're sitting on right … Continue reading Moving Orchids Outdoors for Summer
With their big, colorful blooms, cymbidiums are one of my favorites. And I like them even more because they can't be grown in the tropics, where orchids seem to grow without ant help at all. Let me explain. For many years I traveled to Florida buying (and growing) tropical plants for our corporate interior plant … Continue reading Enjoying Cymbidiums