Growing orchids is a good deal more complicated than some realize. In
order to know what to do for you plant, you need to know what kind of
orchid you have. Some need high light, some need low light, some need warm
temperatures and some need cool temperatures. Write back with more
specific information on the species. I would also suggest you try
rec.gardens newsgroup. They might be able to give you more specific
>>I got an orchid as a gift a while back, and while I won't say I'm an
>>expert botanist or anything, I can usually keep a plant healthy.
>>My problem is this...I got this orchid, and it stubbornly REFUSES to
>>flower...It's getting good light (flourescent...is that ok?) I mist it
>>often, and I water it correctly. What else do I need to do?
>> Go on vacation ! Most plants need a rest too. Very often plants are being
>hugged to death... With Orchids this -the resting period, how long, how cool,
>how dry it must be - is rather critical. And depends on the species. But what
>I'd try is make your artificial day an hour shorter, don't mist often - for
>about a month or two. And then suddenly start the wet monsoon again. Perhaps
>this will trigger something beautiful !
Ellen Sutter egsutter at ucdavis.edu
Department of Pomology (916) 752-0925
University of California
Davis, CA 95616