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Gardening — December 31

Orchid DOC

Betty Ashley

Sunday, December 31, 2017



Dear Orchid Doc:

I do not have much outdoor space, so I would like to grow my orchids indoors; however, I have been told that plants rarely survive indoors. Please shed some light on the situation.

John Paul

Dear John Paul :

Not many people I know succeed with plants indoors, unless you have a sunroof building and lots of air circulation.

First I would suggest you get to know the essential growth requirements for a few and see how close you can come to providing that environment in which they would be very comfortable.

Dear Orchid Doc:

When is the best time to split my Epidendrums? I am living in the flats of Kingston, where it is very hot. I don't know if that makes a difference.

Andrea

Dear Andrea:

Epidendrums are the most forgivable orchids I know. Your dog could chew on them and you plant them after and they still forgive you and do well.

What I do is, I wait until they have finished blooming and then I split them, usually they bloom (hotter times) around December to April. So right after they are finished blooming I would go ahead and split.

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