This summer’s above normal rainfall has led to some interesting results with the Den. nobile hybrids which we have summering outside. It has been our experience that providing nobile hybrids with frequent waterings results in the formation of keikeis, which are baby orchid plants formed by the parent plant. If this has been your experience this year, it is important to wait until at least 3 roots have formed to adequate size to remove the keikei and pot it. Also, remember the allow your nobile hybrids to enjoy some cool air, nothing below 50 degrees at night. Once the plant is brought back inside during Fall, cut back on watering to allow the plants to dry out completely between waterings. This will alert the plant it is time to form flowers!

Also, we are starting to see a lot of spiking on the Paph. table. One of my favorite plants from my collection, is Paph. concolor var. hennisianum. This is a loevly species that take generally the same care as other paphs. It is ver importatn for Paph. concolor to have good water, as it is very intolerant of salt buildups in the medium. To prevent this from happening during waterings, look at the pots of other plants. if there is a buldup at he bottom of the pot, water your concolor and an hour later water it again with rainwater or something fairly lite. If fertilizing, use only 1/2 recommended dose and remember to water thoroughly an hour later to leach out potential salts.

 

Paph. concolor var. hennisianum

Paph. concolor var. hennisianum



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