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Let the moths see the light

  • Let the moths see the light
  • Let the moths see the light

Last week my wife came back from a visit to the in-laws. With her came a Moth orchid, (Phalaenopsis). They wanted me to see what I could do to revive it. Well, it looks dormant now, or is it? it has just finished flowering and yes, no new top growth. But for these this is not it. The roots are crying out for light, these orchids are epiphytic, and yes they had it in a dark container, well out of its comfort zone. As these plants are getting more popular I am getting more presented to me, nearly always with the same problem. The pots they come in are clear, that is the main clue. It is tempting to put them in something ornamental, but they will not appreciate that, so if you have one let it see the light, believe me, it tranforms them. I am not a fan of orchids, so I always end up killing any that come into my possession, but for a client or anyone else who asks for my help, I have to come up with the goods. I have also seen this work for Dendrobiums, for one client, they have now found the right spot for a growing collection of these Orchids, ordered the clear pots, abandoned the grit and rubbish they had been using for them and the plants have reacted by looking strong with plenty of growth including offsets, and a constant production of new flower stems, they looked downright ill but with a little understanding, even I must admit they are looking...... ok! ( thats the best you will get from me on this subject).


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