The course of the year with the contrasting climatic influences of our latitudes requires maintenance measures at a certain point in time, if they are to have the most beneficial effects on the plants. However, be warned from the outset against schematically following the suggestions below. A vote on the local situation, the location of the plants and the often considerable climatic fluctuations are essential. The condition of the plants is essential. An absolutely safe scheme in treatment, which the beginner especially is understandably looking for, there is not any. Enough evidence could be given, that u. U. Maintenance measures, which are carried out in contrast to the general empirical values, also lead to success. However, a short period of time cannot then be used as a criterion, but a series of years, only with such long-lived plants – like orchids can be – are crucial.
If you look at the rhythm, which the climatic process impresses on plant life, you can set a periodicity independently of the calendar year. It may be a personal opinion, whether one includes the rest period first or last in this eternal cycle. After all, it is a crucial factor for almost all orchids, no matter in which form it expresses itself. The general feeling is due to the onset of growth – roughly from February to April – the priority. This is followed by the period of highest development from May to July. The months of August and September are the season of ripening, of Triebabschlusses, which reaches its end in October. Then comes the rest period from November to January. But this is a rough classification – infinitely fine, The individual rhythm is differentiated in the smallest nuances. In plants of the same species it can already show significant shifts. Therefore it should be said again, that the information in the work calendar can only give a clue. One can only guess again and again, to watch constantly, to learn from mistakes and thus to come to more or less extensive knowledge, from which security arises, doing the right thing.
MONTHLY WORK CALENDAR