Culture Notes


The Vanda Alliance is made up mostly of warm and full-sun growing orchids with colourful flowers. Originating in tropical Asia, they are easily grown in warm climates, where plants are cultivated outside in light shade, such as in a greenhouse. In climates where winters are cold, they are often summered outside, and grown with heat […]

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Paphiopedilums are often called ‘slipper orchids’ because of their unique pouch. They are easily grown as houseplants and their care is very similar to african violets.  Temperature Paphs generally enjoy the same temperatures that we do in the home; ideally, 16℃ at night and 25–30℃ during the day, however plants can stand temperatures from 4℃

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This is an extraordinarily large and diverse alliance with an equally diverse number of habitats. Oncidiinae may originate anywhere from sea level in the tropics to the high elevations of the Andes. This obviously makes cultural generalisations difficult. More specific instructions may be available from other sources. Some genera included are Brassia, Miltonia, Miltoniopsis, Oncidium,

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Orchids from this alliance come in many colours, shapes, forms and sizes. Culture varies only slightly among most of these.  Light Light is the most important factor in growing and flowering Laeliinae in a greenhouse or elsewhere. Bright light to some sun should be given to the plants, with no direct sun in the middle

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Dendrochilum orchids are related to Coelogyne and occur in similar biomes – high elevations, humid tropical rainforests. They are Asian sympodial epiphytic, lithophytic or occasionally terrestrial orchids. Dendrochilum orchids do not have large, showy flowers, nor do they have a fantastic aroma.  Their flowers are tiny, star-shaped and arranged into two-row racemes, which can be

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Dendrobium is a diverse genus of orchids with different cultural needs. Many go through a growth phase and then a rest phase during the course of one year and must be given water and temperature to match these periods of growth and rest. Flowers can last one day to many weeks, depending on the type.

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This popular genus has pseudobulbs with one or two pleated leaves. These pseudobulbs vary in size and are mostly of an ovoid shape and can be closely or widely spaced on the rhizome. The leaves may also be closely spaced or far apart. The genus was described by Lindley in 1825. In reference to the

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Australian Native

Environment  Native epiphytic or lithophytic orchids are found growing naturally in most of the moist humid areas on the east coast of Australia so it is relatively easy to provide suitable conditions for growing these species. Of the two most popular genera, dendrobiums prefer bright filtered light, 50%-70% shade cloth being ideal otherwise a tree

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