But how do you get to success?? – part 2

1 Dendrobium Anne-Marie; 2 D. phalaenopsis Lady Fay; 3 D. victory-regal; 4 D. phalaenopsis var. compactum; 5 D. phalaenopsis ‘American Beauty’; 6 D. noble (links) D. Gatton Monarch (right)

The space requirement is of course also decisive for the choice. Starkwachsende Cattleya, Cym-bidium, With increasing strength, Dendrobium or Vanda can hardly be kept on narrow window sills for long periods of time. Long panicles of orchids that are otherwise small in size may develop in containers of modest size. lead to trouble. Because the species are of different sizes, an adaptation to the available space is possible, if you have the choice. In addition to large-flowered orchids with a corresponding need for space, which, however, is not available to every plant lover, the small species come into consideration. A whole collection of them can be accommodated in a modest space. It's extremely delightful, to study their expressions of life. When it comes to nursing, they do not make any demands that cannot be met; they need a lot of light and air. A collection of species with an extremely dwarf habit is possible and attractive. Thanks to modern air traffic, the transfer of such "dwarfs" from their home areas to Europe is no longer problematic, as it used to be the case. Their care requires a special instinct, mainly related to the correct humidity. Almost without exception, they have to be cultivated on bark.

When choosing suitable orchids for the existing conditions, the flowering time can also play a role. Personal wishes cannot always be reconciled with the given possibilities, especially when it comes to care in the room. Understandable is the desire for flowering plants in the late autumn, Winter- and early spring months. However, one should visualize, that this time the slightest exposure to light, brings excessive temperatures and dry air with it. Overall, these are negative influences on buds- and flower formation. Without additional exposure, for example, Catt-leya flowers will only develop imperfectly or will fade within a few days, it is similar for other species. Not just a lack of light, but also too low humidity then prevent normal development and durability. The summer months bring the risk of normally developed flowers fading more quickly due to the heat waves, also an undesirable phenomenon. Seen from these considerations, appear the spring- and autumn months are cheapest, since the mentioned negative influences are mitigated. But now all orchids have their flowering time, which varies only slightly. So compromises are inevitable. If you want to own certain species, must recede some considerations, also at the risk, that something “goes wrong” one day. Viewed the other way around, one must take the given circumstances into account and limit one's wishes to the species that are only considered.

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