Crozer & Crozer Orchids is pleased to announce that co-owner Katie Crozer has graduated from Rittner’s School of Floral Design in Boston. For over 60 years, Rittner’s has taught students from the United States and abroad the art of floral design. To learn more about the Rittner’s school, you can visit their website at www.floralschool.com.

Or, better yet, stop in and see Katie’s skill yourself by viewing our collection of beautiful floral arrangements. In addition to providing centerpieces, corsages, bouquets and much more for weddings, birthdays, and other events, we also offer our Living Art program, which allows you to enjoy orchids in your home, cared for by us.

Stop in today!

Crozer and Crozer Orchids will close early today, February 24th, due to the inclement weather. Additionally, we will be closed Thursday the 25th, but expect to resume normal hours again on Friday.

If you have any questions about availability, please contact us at (603) 526-8206.

Thank you,

George and Katie Crozer

I had some time today to read a thread on the Slippertalk Board (www.slippertalk.com) discussing an article regarding the extirpation of Phrag. kovachii in several wild sites. This article was written in 2003, and today a reader posted that they had gone to see the Phrag. kovachii in the wild and found many plants in the site. This is very good news. It shows that rushing new species into commercial propogation is extremely important to newly discovered orchid species.

On a side note, Slippertalk is an excellent website for orchid enthusiasts, but is centered on slipper orchids.

Nows the time to treat yourplants for pests and fungi, especially those that summered outside. Ideally, pest extermination will be complete jus when the greenhouse, or growing area, is finalized for winter. If you live in warmer climates, this will be an ongoing process as plants that are exposed to the outdoors, even through open vents and windows, can contract nasty things.

Lastly, fall is a great time to get caught up on other gardening chores, especially neglected ones. While you are enjoying the foliage, or merely the cooler temperatures, look forward to the wonderful orchid blooms awaiting you this fall/winter. That should be your reward for the time spent caring for the orchids over the long summer.

Pot. Crozer's Royal Wizard 'P'U Yi'

Pot. Crozer's Royal Wizard 'P'U Yi'

We’ll be closed September 10, 2009.

Now is the time to start checking your plants for insects and fungi. Spray your plants before bringing them inside for the Fall/Winter, that way any plants inside will not also get an infestation. Also, remeber to leave you cool lovers like Cymbidiums outside until the nights get into the 40′s F.

I’ll be speaking on September 12th, 2009 at the North Shore Orchid Society open house. Stop by for a visit!

WE WILL BE CLOSED jULY 23 AND 24 DUE TO CONSTRUCTION.

    

     About this time of the growing season, you may notice that your Paphs (Lady Slippers) may seem to be pushing themselves up in the planting medium. This is a sign that it is time to repot. Don’t be afraid, this is the right time of year. The plants should be in their growth cycle and a repot will give them a chance to get acclimated prior to fall/winter. Be careful though, causing an abrasion to emerging root tips may cause the tip to fail.

 

     Other orchids should be showing signs that they are ready for a repot. Exposed roots on Phals. and Cats. mean that they need to find medium and moisture. Take the time to repot now, trimming away dead roots, and potting so that the roots will be in the medium. This is the first step in getting your plants ready for their next bloom cycle.

 

     Don’t forget to lightly fertilize now while plants are growing!

 

 

 

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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