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Meaning of Orchids

Phalaenopsis

Symbol of health & prosperity

Native to Southeast Asia, the brilliant Phalaenopsis flowers in winter and early spring. It delivers lavish blooms in a broad spectrum of colors and patterns - pink, white, yellow, spotted, and stripped - and thrives in growing conditions similar to those of the African Violet.

  • Plenty if indirect or filtered light
  • Water every 5 - 7 days (soil should remain moist between watering)
  • 65° - 90° F (avoid drafts)
  • Orchid food, 1 - 2 times per year or half-strength 20-20-20 plant food every two weeks
  • Blooms lasts 6 - 8 weeks or longer under proper conditions
  • Mist leaves in the morning or set on a mist gravel tray to raise humidity
  • After flowering cut stem back to about 1 inch & continue to water and feed regularly
  • Repot every other year best in late spring and early summer after flowering



Dendrobium

Symbol of wisdom & beauty

The graceful Dendrobium blooms in a wide range of size and colors, from yellows and browns to pinks and purples, It flowers early spring to mid-summer and is native to Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Islands.

  • Plenty of bright light
  • Water every 5 - 7 days (soil should dry out between waterings)
  • 65° - 90° F (avoid drafts)
  • Orchid food, 1 - 2 times per year or half-strength 20-20-20 plant food every two weeks
  • Blooms last 6 - 8 weeks
  • Mist leaves in the morning or set on a mist gravel tray to raise humidity
  • After flowering cut stem back to about 1 inch & continue to water and feed regularly
  • Repot every other year or when it is necessary after flowering



Cymbidium

Symbol of strength & nobility

Native to Asia and Australia, the stately Cymbidium blooms in spring and late winter. Available in such shades as green, burgundy, and pink, its center is often a contrasting color.

  • Strong, bright light
  • Water every 3 - 5 days (soil should dry out between waterings)
  • 55° - 85° F (avoid drafts)
  • Orchid food, 1 - 2 times per year or half-strength 20-20-20 plant food every two weeks
  • Blooms last 4 - 6 weeks depends on variety
  • Mist leaves in the morning or set on a mist gravel tray to raise humidity
  • After flowering cut stem back to about 1 inch & continue to water and feed regularly
  • Repot after flowering when the plant is root bound




Oncidium

Symbol of love & talent

Native to North and South America, the Oncidium produces delicate flowers in ample spray. Blooming in spring to late fall, colors range from yellow to orange to fuchsia. Other Oncidium varieties - tiger crow, wildcat, dancing lady, ram's head and chocolate fragrant sharry baby - are as beautifully shaped as their names suggest.

  • Bright to moderate light (avoid direct sunlight)
  • Water every 5 - 7 days (soil should partially dry out between waterings)
  • 55° - 95° F ( avoid drafts)
  • Orchid food, 1 - 2 times per year or half-strength 20-20-20 plant food every two weeks
  • Blooms lasts 3 - 6 weeks depends on variety
  • Mist leaves in the morning or set on mist gravel tray to raise humidity
  • After flowering cut stem back to about 1 inch & continue to water and feed regularly
  • Repot every other year or when it is necessary in spring or fall after flowering







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