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Summer is almost here. And yes, our daughter is home from college. She had a great first year. Now comes the year when she needs to consider what her major will be.
This month you will see an article on pruning. This is common question that we get frequently. You will also see some good books about orchids. They make good reading and have answers to your orchid problem.
Father's day is right around the corner. We have some wonderful orchids for your dad. Take a look.
To guarantee delievery and FREE 2 day shipping we must have your order in by 12 noon ET on Wednesday June 14th. Otherwise we can ship overnight and overnight with Saturday delivery for additional charges.
Happy Father's Day to all you dads. Thanks for helping us through life
This month newsletter includes:
..Our Specials for Father's Day
..Our Monthly Tip - Pruning Orchids
..some Orchid Books
..Some beautiful orchid pictures
Our Father's Day Specials
We have specials that will save you money AND get free 2 day FedEx shipping.
Here are some of our specials:
Moms Angel - a White Dendrobium
Phalaenopsis - Brothers Girl
An exquisite yellow phal - Taisuco
Glowing Embers - a fire red orchid plant that tells mom you love her
Coelogyne orchracea - A beauty that bursts with minature orchid flowers
Don't forget our you can say "Happy Mothers Day" with our engraved roses
or some fresh flowers from our grower
Tip of the Month
Pruning Your Orchids
The flowers have all died so when should you prune your orchids or cut the stalk back and how far? This is part of the basic care of orchids.
Once the stalk turns yellow or brown and it is obvious that no blossoms will be produced. You can then prune your orchids to within an inch from where the blossom stalk originated on the plant. You can also cut it there when it is green if you don't mind losing potential blossoms.
Another option is to just remove the end of the blossom stalk to shorten the stalk, but retain enough so that it may bloom
again. If you do this, cut it back to about 1/4 inch above a node (indicated by a small leaf-like bump clasping the stalk).
Pruning your orchids stalk (spike) should cause no harm to the plant. However, some orchids will produce new bloom shoots from the nodes on the old blossom stalk, or some plants will produce small baby plants (pups) from these nodes.
The new plants may be removed and potted after they develop roots. Of course, some orchids do neither of these things. In either case, it doesn't hurt the plant if you remove the old bloom stalk; you may just miss
some new blossoms or a baby plant.
Take a look at these books. They will solve your problem!
Take A Look
Orchids as House Plants
by Rebecca Tyson Northen;
Customer Review: After doing research on the internet and libraries, my questions were not answered until I read this book. Wanting instant gratification I went directly to the index which gave me the areas to read that I needed.
The Orchid Thief : A
True Story of Beauty and Obsession
by Susan Orlean
Orchidelirium is the name the Victorians gave to the flower madness that is for botanical collectors the equivalent of gold fever. Wealthy orchid fanatics of that era sent explorers (heavily armed, ...
Botanica's Orchids: Over 1200 Species
by Botanica; Price
Customer Review: I liked this particular book and have found it to be most helpful. I do suggest it be used as a supplement with other books though in that is is lacking in different areas.
Culture of the Phalaenopsis Orchid
by Bob Gordon;
Customer Review: Overall good book for beginner Phalaenopsis enthusiast eager to learn more than just the simplest basics. Gordon does a good job discussing elements of culture that help you understand how to adjust your care to your growing conditions. This book could use an update with lots of glossy picturs. That's my way of saying that ..
: An Uncomplicated Guide to Growing the World's Most Exotic Plants by
Customer Review: A good, general reference for the advanced beginner. The inclusion of the writer's personal experiences with growing are encouraging and appreciated. Excellent photography.
Orchids for Dummies by Steven Frowine
Dozens of black-and-white photographs and diagrams show you how to care for your plants. After giving the lowdown on growing orchids, as well as suggesting what tools to buy, author Steven A. Frowine covers everything from propagation to ailments plus suggesting what types to try
Orchid Pests and Diseases by James Watson
2002. Revised Edition. This update of the 1995 edition of this popular book produced by the American Orchid Society is packed with practical advice on insect and noninsect pests, bacterial and fungal diseases, orchid viruses, and physiological disorders
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Picture of the Month
This is a Phrag Kovacchi discovered in Peru.
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