Epidendrums are a beautiful and tough plant. These produce flowers all year round, suited to pots and garden beds. Epidendrums will grow anywhere, on a cork block, or tree-fern slab, in a pot or in a garden bed. The crucial element is the plants need for a loose, open, free draining surrounding for the roots to prevent rot. Plants grown in the open need to be protected from frosts. Some remarkable species, like Epidendrum Calanthum, are Litho-phytic plants, which means that they can grow on rocks. Epidendrums grow in all regions of Australia. This Australian Climate Guide map is intended as a guide only and climatic conditions may vary between specific regions.
When Your Epidendrums Arrive
Oldboy’s Flowers provide bare rooted Epidendrums that are on average, 1 foot long. This means they have matured and ready to flower that year. As mentioned above, you can tie the cutting to a post, Or plant them in a pot or garden bed.
WHERE TO PLANT - GARDEN
Choose a well drained spot in the garden that attracts full sun to part shade and protected from wind.
- Enrich the soil with some good quality liquid fertiliser. We suggest using Grow Micro - which you can purchase on our website here.
- Bury the roots in Ground, ensuring the fertiliser used is well drained
- Space 30cm apart. Water sparingly
- Once growth starts, feed every 2 - 3 weeks with liquid fertiliser. Instructions are on the back of the Grow Micro bottle to guide you from seedling to bloom stage..
WHERE TO PLANT - POT
- Keep the plant moist but the surface of the bark should not be drenched.
- Orchids like to be pot bound, so re-potting is not important. Re-potting epidendrums is not recommended and at most, be done once every three years or so in order to refresh the potting medium.
- Use an orchid mix and a pot just big enough to fit the coiled roots
- Use Grow micro liquid fertiliser during the growth to bloom stage.
- Epidendrum orchids are very fussy once they are used to particular conditions. A sudden change of pot, altogether with a change of place, can be a dramatic change for your plant, and it may lead to poor health.
- The good news is that Epidendrum orchids are quite generous with flowers. They can bloom several times during the year, and the flowers are relatively long-lasting.
- These plants will prefer a coarse mixture with plenty of air spaces.
- Epidendrums planted in a clay pot in comparison to a plastic pot, requires more watering.
- We HIGHLY recommend using this Soil tester . These measure sunlight, soil moisture, temperature and soil pH with this is 4 in 1 digital soil pH meter survey instrument. This soil tester measures the 4 most vital statistics needed for consistant growing conditions of all kinds of indoor/outdoor plants and lawns.
- Get One Here
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