Ends 3/20/13 - March Madness Sale
Winter is fading fast - the First Day of Spring is March 20!
March Orchid Care Tips
To Do Now:
March is a great time for repotting orchids. Take this opportunity, before April showers turn to May flowers, to get your orchid repotting done. Our orchid care repotting section, complete with orchid repotting clinics, and orchid care videos can help make the task easier.
Mounted orchids are fun and beautiful. Take a look at our care sheet on mounted orchid care. We have orchid supplies for all your mounting needs, including virgin cork tubes. We can even custom cut cork to fit your needs.
Orchid pests can be difficult to control indoors, especially in winter, as most insect sprays are too dangerous for indoor use. Staying vigilant and keeping a close eye out for pests is a good way to nip an outbreak right away. Physically removing pests from orchids by cleaning plants under a stream of water works well, however the bugs will likely return since removing adults usually leaves behind their eggs. Treatment for bugs needs to be repeated every week until there are no longer any more signs of trouble. rePotme offers our exclusive all natural GET OFF ME! Pest Control Spray made from cinnamon as seen in Orchids - The Bulletin of the American Orchid Society. This spray can be used alone or mixed 50/50 with rubbing alcohol to increase its effectiveness. Unlike harsh chemicals, GET OFF ME! is all natural and can be used indoors. Follow up treatment with WASH ME! Natural Leaf Cleaner for a comprehensive approach to natural organic pest control.
- April is one of the best months of the year for repotting orchids. If you have a lot of orchids to repot, consider getting orchid mix by THE CUBE now available in both our exclusive Imperial Orchid Mixes and our Classic Orchid Mixes.
- With Spring comes Orchid Shows and new orchids! Check out our care sheet on new orchid acquisitions for some practical care tips.
- Spring is when we see new growth and orchids enter their prime growing months. FEED ME! MSU Orchid Fertilizer is ideal for feeding orchids year round.
- During the repotting process it is critical to keep everything clean and not spread any disease across the collection. Physan 20 is a good general disinfectant, we use it to sterilize cutting tools between plants. We will rotate between 3 Fiskars clippers allowing 2 to soak while 1 is in use. Be careful if you reuse pots, they need to be sterilized between plants. It is easier to use new pots than it is to try to clean the pot. We will reuse a pot on the same orchid if it does not need a change in pot size but that's about it. Stakes and labels, rhizome clips, etc, can all spread disease if not cleaned or replaced.
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- Did you know that orchids can live indefinitely? Unlike cut flowers that fade within a week or two, an orchid can bloom for months and live for many, many years. Timely repotting is critical to orchid health. Find the right mix for your orchid here.
- Orchid pests can be difficult to control indoors, especially in winter, as most insect sprays are too dangerous for indoor use. Staying vigilant and keeping a close eye out for pests is a good way to nip an outbreak right away. Physically removing pests from orchids by cleaning plants under a stream of water works well. The bugs will likely return since removing adults usually leaves behind their eggs. Treatment for bugs needs to be repeated every few days to a week until there are no longer any more signs of trouble. We offer all natural GET OFF ME! Pest Control Spray made from cinnamon. This spray can be used alone or mixed 50/50 with rubbing alcohol to increase its effectiveness. Unlike harsh chemicals, GET OFF ME! is all natural and can be used indoors. If you have a problem with Fungus Gnats in your orchid or house plants please see our Natural Fungus Gnat Control solutions.
- Winter is an ideal time to participate in an orchid society. To find one near you, look on the local society page of the American Orchid Society.
Orchid Society Support
We are delighted to be supporting the following orchid societies for a variety of events:
- AOS (American Orchid Society)
- IPA (International Phalaenopsis Alliance)
- 2012 Mid America Orchid Congress
- Orchid Society of Greater Kansas City
- Central Illinois Orchid Society
- Portland Orchid Society
- Bucks County Orchid Society (Pennsylvania)
- Orchid Society of Greater St. Louis
- Cherry City Orchid Society (Oregon)
- Greater Cincinnati Orchid Society (GCOS)
- Southern California Orchid Species Society
- Western North Carolina Orchid Society (WNCOS)
- Nutmeg State Orchid Society (Connecticut)
- Oklahoma Orchid Society
- Oregon Orchid Society
- Sacramento Orchid Society
- Suffolk Orchid Society (New York)
- Bromeliad Society of Central Florida
- Wisconsin Orchid Society (WOS)
- Palomar Orchid Society
- Martin County Orchid Society (Florida)
- The Houston Orchid Society
- The Orchid Society of Highlands County (Florida)
- San Diego County Cymbidium Society
- Greater Las Vegas Orchid Society
- Merritt Huntington Memorial Symposium
- BGOC (Brookside Gardens Orchid Club - Maryland)
- SMOS (Santa Monica Orchid Society)
- ROA (Richmond Orchid Alliance)
- Yuma Orchid Society - Arizona
- Orchid Society of the Ozarks - Arkansas
- Grand Valley Orchid Society - Grand Rapids Michigan
- Lincoln Nebraska Orchid Society
- Virginia Orchid Society
- OSSC (Orchid Society of Southern California)
- SOA (Slipper Orchid Alliance)
- COS (Connecticut Orchid Society)
- MOS (Maryland Orchid Society)
- HOTOS (Heart O' Texas Orchid Society)
We Know Mixes!