1 Brassavola flagellaris; 2 Brassia verrucosa; 3 Phalaenopsis ‘Grace Palm’; 4 Phalaenopsis ‘Monique5; 5 Oncidium varicosum rogersii; 6 Dendrochilum glumaceum; 7 Odontoglossum crispum; 8 Calanthe veratrifolia
But how do you get to success??
It attracts the beginner, to get plants, which appear desirable to him due to certain properties. First and foremost, it will be the beauty of the flower, the somewhere – perhaps to be admired in a botanical garden or as a cut flower in a florist.
Let me say from the start: It is impossible, To care for orchids from different climatic zones of the world together in a limited space. The differentiated temperature requirements are a major hindrance. They require a spatial separation. How can this be made possible??
Anyone who intends to care for orchids or wants to expand their existing collection, should primarily use the existing temperature conditions as a basis, in order to make an appropriate selection of suitable species. However, the desires are focused in certain ways, so the temperatures that suit them must be created, if long-term success is to be achieved. It doesn't make much sense, all kinds of orchids, who have opposing demands, to collect and to care for them under similar conditions. It is equally absurd, to build up a special collection, if the given environmental conditions are not to be considered beneficial from the outset.
In the section "The Environment" the conditions of the home location are explained in broad outline. Three groups have been formed within horticultural practice, the ones labeled cold, tempered and warm roughly correspond to the temperature requirements of the plant in question. It is entirely possible, to incorporate the existing species into these three large groups, indifferent, which part of the tropics the plants come from. This only creates a need for the beginner or advanced, to orientate oneself about home and climate of a desirable way and to draw the conclusion from it, whether it is suitable for his circumstances or not.
In previous guides on successful home orchid care, only a modest number of species were identified as suitable. This point of view is out of date. Success with relatively demanding orchids in keeping them in the room has proven, that with the necessary empathy, hardly as much as before. Restrictions are necessary. If through the use of modern technology in closed containers, increased humidity and sufficient exposure can be given, the restrictions decrease even more. Because then the temperature can also be regulated within any limits, while it is fixed by the average living climate when the plants are set up freely in the room.