Simple Steps to Success Orchids by Liz Johnson

By Liz Johnson

Basic Steps to good fortune: Orchids
Using a mixture of bite-sized, simply obtainable info, and encouraging images of a possibility results,
the basic Steps sequence promotes gardening as a true excitement instead of a back-breaking chore.
No different crew within the plant nation can fit the terrific range came across in the orchid family.
Simple Steps: Orchids beneficial properties the astounding variety of plant kinds, and magnificent colours catch the mind's eye and encourage orchid fans in addition to new growers.

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Uncomplicated Steps to good fortune: Orchids utilizing a mixture of bite-sized, simply obtainable details, and encouraging pictures of feasible results,the easy Steps sequence promotes gardening as a true excitement instead of a back-breaking chore. No different crew within the plant nation can fit the very good range discovered in the orchid kinfolk.

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3 Wrap the pots in squares of floristry fabric or coconut fiber. Pull the fabric taut and neatly fold in any excess material. Secure with staples or straight pins, ensuring that no sharp points are left exposed. 4 To finish the arrangement, dress the tops of the pots with a small amount of greenery, such as Spanish moss (shown here). Place containers of ferns or other plants at the base of the pole to hide the stand and guard against knocks. Outdoor orchids Often overlooked, certain orchids are hardy enough to grow in the garden.

You may find it easier to work if you place the raft on a support. Wet a piece of sphagnum moss with rainwater and apply it to the front of the raft. 3 Mount the orchid on top of the sphagnum. The moss serves to hold moisture and stops the roots from drying out. Tie the orchid and moss to the raft with garden wire, making sure the plant is held firmly but not too tightly. 4 Lightly spray the finished raft with rainwater and then place it in your chosen growing position. You can either suspend the raft or use a stand.

By including some species in your garden, you will be helping to ensure their survival. Dactylorhiza foliosa is hardy enough for cooler climates; if grown in a sheltered spot under suitable conditions, it can form large clumps with beautiful early summer flowers. It’s ideal for “natural” gardens. Garden orchids Orchids for shade Most garden orchids favor a bare patch of ground, where there is little competition from other plants, especially when they are young. The vast majority prefer light or dappled shade, and will grow happily beneath deciduous trees and shrubs, or in north-facing borders.

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