Gardening — April 8

Dear Orchid DOC

Betty Ashley

Sunday, April 08, 2018

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Dear Orchid Doc:

My Cymbidiums will not bloom. They look quite healthy otherwise and are extremely fat with multiple bulbs. Help!




Dear Elsie

The fact that your plants look quite healthy and have multiple shoots would suggest that you have the growing and fertilising aspect of it down pat.

However, not knowing what type of Cymbidium you have I must tell you that there are some that do not to bloom in warm climates. Some hybrids — they are usually very short — are more tolerant of the heat and will bloom in temperatures that are higher than 80 degrees.

The older types require a drop in temperature at nights of about 10 to 15 degrees before a spike will initiate. The good news, however, is that when they do bloom, they last a very long time.

My suggestion is to send the plants up to the cooler areas for at least 30 days during the blooming season, to initiate the bud. Best of luck.


Dear Orchid Doc:

The leaf of my Phalenopsis has started to look like someone took a nail and made small dents all over it. Plus, the leaf is crooked as is the bloom. Can you diagnose the problem, please?



Dear SJ

It sounds like a mite problem — one that you've had for some time now, so much so that it has turned the plant crooked.

There is an insecticide called Cure that will surely cure the problem! Spray once per week for four to six weeks, then every two weeks.

Please note the precautionary measures on the bottle.

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