Cymbidiums need high light, but direct light could burn the plant.
If the foliage on the plant is dark green and limp, it is an indication the plant needs more light. Ideally, the foliage should be a medium green to yellowish green color.
Cymbidiums need bright light, but cool temperatures, especially to promote blooming.
Cymbidiums prefer night time temperatures between 50-60°F and 75-85°F during the day.
In winter months, the ideal temperatures are 45-55°F at night and 65-75°F during the days.
It is very important that temperatures are consistent during blooming to prevent bud drop.
Cymbidiums need to be watered consistently during the spring and summer months. During the winter months watering should be reduced.
The best way to water Cymbidiums is to remove them from their decorative pots and flush them with water for 1 to 2 minutes under a faucet. If that is not possible, you can also place 5 or so ice cubes on the bark once a week.
During the summer months the ideal humidity level is 70% humidity. In winter 40-60% humidity is adequate.
It is important to keep air circulating around the plant to prevent fungus.
During the growing season Cymbidiums need a fertilizer than is high in nitrogen like 30-10-10 or a ratio that is similar.
In winter, it is recommended to fertilize once per month, but only after watering to avoid burning.
Masdevallia flower has a very showy part the sepals: genus the tiny petals nestled in the center structures of the flower. Joined at the base sepals narrow toward the tips, long tails in some species resemble kites. Triangular or tubular flowers are of the usual form. Colors of flowers include pure white, brownish black and green. Most popular species are red and orange. Sizes of Masdevallia range from 1 inch to 10 inches. They may be erect or pendent. Masdevallia requiring constant moisture are true cloud forest orchids. Tiny stems sprouting small rhizomes have no pseudo bulbs; fleshy leaves are borne and cannot go periods without water. Masdevallia need lots of humidity, few species will grow in intermediate temperatures. Excess water on the plant may cause fungus infection that rots the leaves that join the stern.
Light: Masdevallia grow in shade areas in the forest. Cultivation, about 1,000 to 1,400 foot candles of light is adequate. Leaf color should be medium to light green. Yellow leaves mean too much light.
Water: Masdevallia plants are potted up small and are necessary to water often. Depending on the time of year, container and medium ranging two to three times a week in the summer to about once a week in the winter, medium should stay moist not sopping wet. Water pots thoroughly to ensure moist soil. Over watering will not make up for lack of humidify and could cause root rot.
Feeding: Masdevallia not heavy feeders, balanced fertilizer should be applied half strength once or twice a month. Leaf tip burn is caused by overfeeding.
Provide 20-20-20 orchid food.
Orchid Cacti that blooms usually in the summer. The flower buds begin to open around five in the evening and bloom through the night lasting only until sunrise.
Has a fragrance that is spicy-sweet and is very strong in small areas. A very beautiful flower that quickly goes limp after blooming.
Easy to grow indoors with good light and outdoors in mild climates. Mostly treated like an Orchid when comes to water and fertilizer.
Cuttings may be taken and placed directly in soil for starting a new plant. Roots quickly in cactus mix. My experience takes about three years for first bloom from cutting.
Night Blooming Orchid June
Phalaenopsis orchids can survive in low light to moderate light situations. However, if exposed to direct sunlight, the leaves will suffer sunburn and become unsightly with black splotches.
Phalaenopsis do best in an east or (shaded) west facing window, but make sure that the plant is at least about 3 feet away from the glass.
If the foliage on the plant is dark green and limp, it is an indication the plant needs more light. Yellowish leaves indicate the plant is getting too much light. Ideally, the foliage should be a bright olive green.
Ideally, Phalaenopsis prefer night time temperatures between 60-65°F and 70-85°F during the day. However, Phalaenopsis are fairly tough in the sense that they can take temperatures in the mid 50’s up to 95°F temperature. If the temperatures do get little high, one should increase the humidity, water and air circulation around the plant to compensate.
If possible, try to avoid temperature fluctuations, as this may cause closed buds to drop.
Phalaenopsis orchids do best when only watered when the potting media has almost completely dried out. Depending on the environmental conditions that could be as much as twice a week in the summer and as little as once a week during the winter months. Ideally, Phalaenopsis should be watered early in the day to prevent moisture from setting on the plant overnight, as it could lead to root rot, crown rot and other diseases.
The best way to water Phalaenopsis is to remove them from their decorative pots and flush them with water for 1 to 2 minutes under a faucet. If that is not possible, you can also place 5 or so ice cubes on the bark once a week.
The ideal humidity conditions for Phalaenopsis is between 50% and 80% humidity. In warmer and drier conditions, Phalaenopsis can be placed on gravel that has water in the bottom to elevate the local humidity. However, you should never let the pots sit in water as this will cause root rot.
On days of high humidity make sure there is good air circulation around the plants.
In general, Phalaenopsis do best and are at their healthiest when fertilized on a regular basis. Once a month is ideal. Use a well balanced formulation such as 30-10-10 or a smaller ratio.
Important that the plants are slightly moist before fertilizing to avoid burning.