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months later, and go on doing so for years. My kitchen windowsill now boasts six moth orchids in various colours, so at least two or three of them are always in bloom. The oldest is probably five years old, so must have produced 15 or more flower spikes
I'm not sure I like moth orchids. They're pretty to look at when in flower, but a bit of a pain to care for if you want them to bloom again. And I think it's a bit sad that these beautiful plants, which should be growing in the canopy of an exotic
Learn how to plant out marsh orchids, with Carol Klein's video demonstration from the Jungle garden at Berryfields.springMore advice on growing exotic plantsCaring for cannas video project.Growing exotic plants from seed.Planting eucomis bulbs
Ensure your orchids last for years with Sarah Raven's video advice on caring for cymbidium and phalaenopsis varieties as houseplants.all year roundCaring for house plantsGrowing hippeastrum.How to grow orchids.Installing an automatic watering system
exciting varieties to grow on yourself.Potted orchidSpecialist orchid compostOrchid fertiliserall year round20 minutesStand the young orchid plants in trays in the greenhouse, well out of any direct sunlight. If the compost looks very dry, water the plants
Dulwich, pictured left, makes of the wild plants turning up in the rough lawn; they are pyramidal orchids, Anacamptis pyramidalis.I was entranced to find them growing here. They are usually chalk downland plants, and they take me back to my childhood
Plants that grow in the manner described above are described as epiphytic. They include some orchids and many bomeliads.
In the structure of an orchid, it's the forward-jutting extension of the base of the column.
The lip-like lower petal of an orchid flower, which is distinct from the others both in form and patterning. Serves as a platform for pollinating insects.
A plant bearing only one cotyledon or seed leaf. Includes all grasses, lilies, bromeliads, orchids, palms, etc. See Cotyledon.