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Friday, June 26, 2009

David’s Monthly Orchid Tips

The Tough Bloomers

We all have those few plants in our
collections that we just love to see the
flowers, but for one reason or another we
simply cannot bloom them.
We have had several cases of this even
at the shop. One of these is L. lobata
‘Estrella’. We bought the plant from H&R
and even at wholesale, it wasn't cheap. It
was blooming size when we bought it
and after growing it for 3-4 years we finally
flowered it. As "seasoned" growers we tried
everything we could think of; more light,
cooler temperatures, less water, changes in
fertilizer, etc., all with no luck until now.
The plant looks no different than any
other year, some divisions are even
stronger than the ones that bloomed. So
what I'd like to say is just to persevere,
and don’t give up. Change what you can, and
just be patient, the prize is well worth it.

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