Courtney Hackney Tips

Monthly Orchid Growing Advice

Orchid Culture Tips from Dr. Courtney Hackney


Courtney Hackney Orchid Growing Tips

General Information

Lessons Learned This Year - Nov 12
Learn from Your Mistakes - Feb 11
Beginner Orchid Growers - Dec 08
Growing Indoors - Humidity - Feb 08
Common Orchid Growing Mistakes - Oct 06
Orchids for Beginners: Your First Orchid - Sep 06
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Water and Fertilizer

When to Start Fertilizing in Spring - Feb 13
Watering When the Humidity is Low - Jun-12
Use Dilute Fertilizer - Feb 12
Calcium Deficiency - Sep 11
Watering Redux - May 11
Summertime Watering - Jul 10
When You Water, Water! - Jan 10
Winter Watering - Jan 09
The Importance of pH to Orchid Growth - Oct 08
Watering During Drought Conditions - Jun 07
Nutricote - Aug 04
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Repotting and Potting Mixes

Does Your Orchid Need to be Repotted? - May 13
Orchid Potting Media - Jan 13
Repotting Paphs and Phrags - May 12
Repotting Phalaenopsis Orchids - Apr 12
Repotting Orchids with Pseudobulbs - Mar 12
Repotting Cattleyas - Jun 11
Repotting Guidelines - May 10
Annual Spring Repotting - Mar 10
The Best Time to Repot - Apr 09
Repotting Phalaenopsis, Cattleyas and Vandas - Apr 08
Lava Rock - Jul 05
Growing in Lava Rock... Two Years Later - Sep 07
Growing Paphs in Lava Rock - Feb 10
The Best Pots for Your Orchids - Feb 09
Clay vs. Plastic Pots - Dec 06
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Orchid Roots

Growing Orchid Roots - Jun 10
Wandering Roots - Jan 08
Orchid Root Detective - Dec 07
Stimulating Orchid Roots - Feb 06
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Light

Winter Light Levels - Dec 09
Changing Light Affects Growing and Blooming - Sep 09
The Truth About Light - Jul 09
Light and Orchids - Sep 05
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Temperature and Air Movement

Temperature Considerations - Sep 13
Growing Cool Growing Orchids in Florida - Dec 12
How Cold is Too Cold? - Nov 08
Temperature Effects on Orchids - Aug 08
Air Movement - Aug 05
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Pests and Diseases

Rot - Oct 13
Cockroaches and Orchid Immune Response - Mar 13
Nursing Sick Orchids Back to Health - Nov 11
Natural Predators - Jul 11
Natural Pest Control - Nov 10
Control Pests and Diseases in Summer - Aug 10
Always a New Challenge - Aug 09
Cheap and Effective Orchid Products - Jun 09
Eliminating Botrytis - Mar 07
Orchid Pests in Small Collections - Apr 07
Orchid Pests in Large Collections - May 07
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Other Orchid Growing Consideerations

Twenty Years of Tips - Dec 13
What's in a Name? - Nov 13
Stages of Orchid Addiction - Aug 13
Getting Your Orchids Ready for Your Vacation - Jun 13
Trying Out New Things - Sep 12
Collecting Orchids - Aug 12
Growing Different Orchids in One Space - Jan 12
The Darwinian Approach to Orchid Collections - Nov 09
The Aging Orchidist - Oct 09
Make the Most of Your Growing Space - May 09
Orchid Greenhouse Etiquette - May 02
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Specific Genera

Jewel Orchids - Dec 11
Phalaenopsis - Blooming and Bud Drop - Feb 01

Seasonal Orchid Culture

Courtney Hackney Orchid Growing Tips

Spring Orchid Care

Spring Watering and Fertilizing - Apr 13
Spring Musings on the Orchid Scene - Apr 11
Orchid Immune System and Spring Stirrings - Mar 11
Spring Growth and Fertilizer - Apr 10
Spring Repotting and Winter Cold - Mar 09
Spring Checklist - May 06
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Summer Orchid Care

Humidity - Too Little and Too Much - Jul 13
Summer Orchid Care During Tropical Storm Season - Jul-12
Summer Heat and Humidity - Aug 11
Summertime Watering - Jul 10
Summer Orchid Care - Aug 09
Too Much Rain and Gloom - Sep 08
Summer Humidity - Jul 07
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Fall Orchid Care

Fall Preparations - Oct 12
Temperature Considerations - Oct 11
Fall Orchid Care - Oct 10
Fall Preparations - Cull Your Orchids - Sep 10
Changing Light Affects Growing and Blooming - Sep 09
Fall Orchid Culture - Nov 06
Preparing for Winter - Oct 05
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Winter Orchid Care

Cold Damage to Orchids - Jan 11
Winter Orchid Care - Dec 10
Adjust Your Growing for Winter Light Levels - Dec 09
Less Light and Warmth Means Less Watering - Jan 09
Winter Growing - Dec 05
A Compendium of Courtney's Growing Tips, from his monthly column published in many Orchid Society newsletters for many years.
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