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Orchid Opportunities

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Ancellia africa (Leopard Orchid)

Ancellia africa (Leopard Orchid)

Orchids deserve to be shown off. I think most would agree they are rather notably impressive plants that really deliver on gorgeousness. I challenge all gardeners to take the opportunity to get them out of pots and green houses and into the spaces where they would occur naturally.  It’s obviously best to grow the species the are native/indigenous to your area. There are thousands of species all over the planet, even in the northern hemisphere.  They might not be as showy as the ones you can buy in the supermarket but the are still really pretty and can add a very special point of interest in your garden.

I am really fortunate to have a huge clump that was growing in a Bridelia micrantha.

 I’ve cut off some chunks and this is what I’ve done to replicate it’s natural habitat:

I've got the log which is very hard but have managed to gouge some grooves into to accelerate the rotting process.

1. Taken a log and gouged some grooves into to accelerate its rotting process. If you have a log with a rotten core, plant immediately into the hole, ignore cardboard step.

2.  Tied some cardboard with a 200mm 'lip' to create a 'bough' in tree.

2. Tied some cardboard with a 200mm ‘lip’ to create a ‘bough’ in tree.

3.  Filled it up with wood shavings, leaf mold, soil and a bit of compost

3. Filled it up with wood shavings, leaf mold, soil and a bit of compost.  Tied some hessian to hide the cardboard.

4. Added the magic mixture of 2:3:2, accelerator made from chicken pooh, and lime

4. Added the magic mixture of 2:3:2, accelerator made from chicken pooh, and lime

5.  Planted the orchid.  By the time the cardboard etc. has rotted away the orchid will have attached it's roots to the log

5. Planted the orchid. By the time the cardboard etc. has rotted away the orchid will have attached it’s roots to the log

Attached to living tree with stretchy cloth

I’ve also attached a clump to a living tree creating a hammock with a stretchy fabric.  I’ve filled the hammock with the same mixture as above and once the roots have taken hold will be able to remove the not very attractive acid green cloth.  Probably about 12 months time.
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6 thoughts on “Orchid Opportunities

  1. Orchids…. They don’t like me!
    I think it’s my sometimes very hot climate conditions, but, mostly I think it’s the naturally occurring low humidity here in Southwest Oklahoma that defeats me in my attempts to grow Orchids.
    Happy gardening

    • Hi probept. Thanks for visiting. I couldn’t resist a quick Google to see what orchids are native to your area. Have you tried growing either the Three Birds Orchid or Crane-fly Orchid? What beauties!

  2. Yes what I have seen – really pretty 🙂 A lot of work!!

  3. Really pretty!

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