New Hampshire Orchid Society Show

Last week, Crozer & Crozer Orchids was pleased to participate in the New Hampshire Orchid Society’s annual show. The NHOS show is a wonderful opportunity for enthusiasts of all levels to get together and share our appreciation for these beautiful flowers.

To see video of the show, including an interview CC Orchids did with WMUR News 9, click on the link below.



A nasty little myth!

Phalaenopsis Watering

I’d like to address a rather pernicious rumor that I encounter on a far too regular basis: that an ice cube or two per week is sufficient water for an orchid. This rumor usually pertains to Phalaenopsis orchids, and according to one client is even printed on the tag’s growing instructions. In my opinion, this is TERRIBLE advice and should not be given out. In my mind, this would be similar to giving one or two ice cubes per week to someone dying of thirst. It seems to me that perhaps this myth is perpetuated by those who benefit most by having orchid plants become “throw away” plants.


Orchids are, indeed, like fine wine. They get better with age. More flowers, more spikes, and more growth, is what can be expected by a mature thriving orchid plant. If you want to get the best possible results from your orchids, it is imperative that a grower follows certain guidelines. The “ice cube” trick does not meet, in my opinion, even the most basic cultural practices for orchids. Please if you practice this method, or know someone who does, please correct the way they care for the plants.


Proper Watering: Depending on humidity levels, your watering schedule will vary. I recommend watering once the medium becomes 85% dry. In other words, when the plants have almost dried out is the proper time to water. For us, in our greenhouse, that means every 4 or 5 days. We water around the sides of the plant, never over the top for Phaleonopsis as it may cause crown rot, until water is streaming out the bottom of the pot.






     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!