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Orchid Culture - The Basics

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Orchid Growing Basics
Orchid Growing Basics
Orchid Growing Basics
Seasonal Tips

Seasonal Tips

Orchid growers are busy year-round. In spring, our orchids are waking up and we're repotting, watering and fertilizing more. In summer, we let them grow and protect them as much as possible from the tropical storms. In fall, we prepare them for the winter rest. These articles about things to do each season are based on keiki club presentations.
Light for Orchids


Light, the Key to Successful Blooming, AOS
Principles of Light, Erik Runkle, AOS
Orchids and Light, Bill Gourley, SAOS
Seasonal Changes in Light, Sue Bottom
Importance of Light for Good Orchid Growing, Dr. Carl L. Withner, COC
Leaf Reddening, Sue Bottom
Growing Orchids Under Lights, Ernie Gemeinhart
Indoor Orchid Growing with LED Lights, A'na Sa'tara,
Finding the Right Light, A'na Sa'tara,
Water and Fertilizer for Orchids

Water, Water Quality and Fertilizer

An entire page is dedicating to answering one of the most commonly asked questions, how do I water my orchid. Links on evaluating your water quality, selecting a fertilizer, whether you should use orchid supplements and more.
Humididty and Air Movement

Humidity and Air Movement

The Importance of Fresh Air to Orchids, Sue Bottom
Temperatures for Orchids
Orchid Roots and Potting Mixes

Repotting and Potting Mixes

An entire page is dedicating to answering one of the most commonly asked questions, how do I repot my orchid. Links on repotting, potting mixes, selecting a pot for your orchids and more.
Orchid Culture by Genus

Orchid Culture by Genus

An entire page containing links to articles about growing different types of orchids, from Angraecums to Zygopetalums.
Orchid Questions and Answers

Orchid Questions and Answers

A compendium of the questions and answers that have appeared in the newsletter. Email us with any questions you might have and we'll see if we can get you an answer.
Orchid Growth and Flowering

Orchid Growth and Flowering

Flowering of Orchids, Roberto Lopez and Eric Runkle, AOS
Environmental Physiology of Growth and Flowering, Lopez & Runkle, MSU
Orchid Growth Processes Sue Bottom
Apical Dominance and Growth Patterns Sue Bottom
Good Orchid Growing, or the Concept of Stress, Dr. Carl L. Withner, COC
Adaptation to Epiphytic Lifestyle, Sue Bottom
Orchid Propagation
Orchid Culture by Genus