Orchidaceae Newsletter March 2005
Volume 2 # 3
1. What's New
2. Your March and Easter Specials
3. Care of Your Dendrobium Orchid Plants
4. This Month Picture
If this newsletter has been passed on to you from a friend, I hope that you enjoy it. If you
do, I'd appreciate it if you would subscribe
I promise that your email address will only be used to send the newsletter to you. We do
not sell or rent any addresses or information about you.
What's New On The Site
First of all you will notice that the "add to cart" on the enlarged view is now
working properly. Some of you may have noticed when you will click it the plant
added to the cart was different for what you wanted. My fault. There was a
coding error that I didn't pick up on right away. It is fixed now.
There are about 10 new and beautiful orchid plants on the site now. You can see
them primarily on the Phalaenopsis page and the Cattleya page.
Some of them include Pretty Pink Phal, Selected White Phal (a great Easter
Gift by the way) and Blc cattleya Macao among others.
I have also added a few new pages to the content part of the website.
From the store it is called "Main Site". These
include the the vanilla orchid plant the most flavorful orchid plant.
Also, take a look at the Orchid on a Stick - what a beauty.
Bromeliads have been well received and we have added more.
Specials for March and Easter
This year Easter is coming very early, March 27th to be
precise. What a great idea to send out to your parents or your significant other
a beautiful orchid plant. The Select White Phalaenopsis is a perfect Easter
orchid. It is a easy choice to replace the lily. In the cattleya species you can
see the beauty of "Suan Putan" or the "Macao".
All of our Specials will include free overnight FedEx
delivery. For all other orchids there is a $9 charge for overnight. Since there
are limited supplies of these specials I encourage you to order early and we
will hold until you need them shipped.
Each are priced at $57.95 including Free Overnight FedEx
Want to order now? Click here and let me know.
Tip of the Month
This month I am focusing our attention to
the care of Dendrobiums. These are one of the most popular of retail orchid
plants. They are a true epiphyte or air plant. There pseudopods can gather and
hold water very efficiently. Generally there will be a hybrid phalaenopsis and
dendrobium, commonly known as Dtps.
This needs only to be done every two to
three years and it should be with a porous, free draining media. This may be a
combination of wood chips, small stone and and pieces of styrofoam peanuts. This
will allow the draining of water and fertilizer. Dendrobiums seem to grow best
when the pot is smaller than the size of the orchid plant.
The dendrobium orchids require about 50%
sun or bright light. They will do well in an east or west window as well as a
shaded south window.
They also do well under 4 - 40 watt
fluorescent lights directly over the plant.
These plants need a difference in
temperature between the night and day. Preferably this difference should be
about 10 - 15 degrees. The night temps they like is 60-65 with days between 80 -
Air circulation is needed and is especially
when the temps are above 90 degrees.
Like most orchids Dendrobiums need to be
kept moist while actively growing. When it is mature, as are most of
orchids-plus-more.com plants they should dry
Dendrobiums thrive when the humidity is
about 50 - 60%. Humidity trays are usually needed while the plant is in the
Use a balance fertilizer like Jack's
Classic 20-20-20. Use weakly, weekly. That is, use a solution which is between
1/4 to 1/2 the recommended dosage.
For more information on the care of orchids
see the American Orchid Society
Picture of the Month
This is a paph hybrid made from a cross between Valwin and Jim Iverson. Isn't the waxy sheen on this paph really pretty?
If you have any pictures you'd like to share please email to me.
Also if you any questions or suggestions for future newsletters please let me know.
Thank for browsing and have a great month