The Designer Orchids Collector Series is truly captivating! Offering over 10 distinct varieties, each with its own colour, style and flowering options, it’s no wonder they can become addictive to collect. Produced through top-notch tissue culture, these orchids embark on a journey to flourish into stunning displays. With this DIY Collector Series, you have the freedom to select your favourite(s) to craft your own orchid haven. The Collector Series are of the Family Orchidaceae. The Family Orchidaceae contains a large number of species. The majority of the species is epiphytes, or air-plants, and can be found growing in trees in these tropical and sub-tropical climates. These upright growing plants are native to Southeast Asia and Australia. Most commercially available orchids are the result of extensive hybridisation by plant breeders and multiplied by Tissue Culture methods. There are three series to choose from Dendrobium, Cymbidium and Odontoglossum. Click on each range for more information. For more information about orchids, please visit the American Orchid Society www.aos.org.
Decorative and hardy these add a splash of colour to any living space or in tropical and subtropical gardens. In general, if you can comfortably read in a room, there is enough light for your Orchid. They have striking and attractive flowers which can last up to six weeks in a range of colours. They produce multitudes of colourful flowers from stems emerging out of the top of each newly developed cane. In some instances these plants re-flower from previously flowered canes as well as from newly developed canes.
Potting should be done as new growth becomes about half mature, which is usually in the spring or autumn. These plants need to be underpotted, so when repotting leave only enough room for one to two years of new growth. Underpotting also enables the grower to provide the more frequent watering these plants need as the smaller pots dry more quickly and evenly when filled with roots. A fine-grade potting medium with excellent drainage is required; because the medium is kept moist, annual or biannual repotting is normal. These tolerate a broad spectrum of light but are best kept away from full sun during the middle of the day. Different Species tolerate different temperature ranges. Some require a cool winter to initiate flower through to those that like a warm temperature year round and do not require a cool period to flower. Water the potting mix thoroughly once a week in the summer, less in the winter. Do not let the potting mix get soggy or let the plant stand in water. Over watering will shorten the flower life. Once all of the flowers fall off the stem and the stem dries out, you should cut the stem about 12mm from the base. Rest the plant in a shaded position in the garden or an Orchid house and continue to water and fertilise the plant. It should flower during the next flowering season. Fertilise using a weak solution ( about ¼ strength) of a well-balanced commercial liquid fertiliser.