Want to start an orchid growing hobby ?

Here we going to mention how to grow orchids in indian conditions as outdoor plants. Ex In Balcony or  under sunshade or on garden etc…

how orchids plants different from other flowering plants? ( There have ground orchids which can grow as normal plants in grounds. we are not going to that varieties.)

1) Water – When watering orchids, we need to remember the aerial root system, water is best applied with a spray or mist sprinkler system. Do not over-water them.

2) Moisture:- these plants love moisture not water

2) Light – Light requirements for orchids are variable from tropical heat to the cool jungle environment according to the species.

3) Nutrients – Foliar sprays are best applied during the cooler part of the day to allow more absorption. A water soluble formula fertiliser is recommended as it can be washed off and re-applied in two to three weeks. The best time to apply is during the active growing period. There are a lot of fertilisers for orchid growing in the market.

4)Potting mix – Orchids need a good water-retaining medium like charcoal, coconut husks, bracken sheet lining, tree fern bark or sphagnum moss. These offer the best aeration and do not retain too much water to cause root rot. Charcoal is also useful to absorb toxic substances.
So from which orchid species starts with this hobby?

we suggest dendrobium.

why dendrobium?

It is the cheapest orchid available and more tolerable for newbie or for our climate conditions. since watering, nutrients and potting mixture are generally same for all varieties. The difference is in shade/light conditions. these plants required 50% shade. No direct sunlight on noon time. either morning or evening direct sunlight is ok.

Growing locations

dendrobiumflower

Dendrobium plants with flowers

Den plant

a dendrobium plant

seedlings

Dendrobium small plants

you will get new plants these way also ( below )

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Dendrobium care

Shade 

Required 50% shade.
Dendrobium can tolerate full morning sun followed by an afternoon of shade.
watering

Daily in the morning. which we do in our condition.  make sure medium is almost dry out between watering. Check the medium with your finger – if you feel moisture do not water.
Fertilizer

When your orchid is blooming, fertilizer is not needed. we using Green care 30:10:10 (0.5mg/l) for small plants ( we used one times in a
week)  and Green Care – 13:27:27 ( 0.5mg/l )for big plants. one time in two week.
humidity.

in very hot conditions it good to provide humidity by Humidity tray or by someother means.

Want to buy for trial ?

options   

1)  small plants    These plants require  8 to 9 months to get first flowers. go for cheap one. rate is different  depends upon the variety.

2) Tagged plants  cost depend upon the variety and know what the flower will be

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Rhynchostylis retusa (also called Foxtail Orchid)

Rhynchostylis retusa

Rhynchostylis retusa

The orchid has a bunch consisting of more than 100 pink-spotted white flowers.

In India, the plant is most common in North-East, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh.The plant is in the verge of extinction in India. Rhychostylis Retusa is recognized as the state flower of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam in India as well the Uva Province of Sri Lanka.

Rhynchostylis orchids grow epiphytically in the Asian rainforests on the lower parts of trees, unlike Vanda orchids, which grow on the tops.Rhynchostylis retusa, generally found in Assam in abundance
Care
Rhynchostylis orchids grow in shaded areas so they do not tolerate much direct sunlight unlike Vanda. In fact, they require bright indirect sunlight (something more than for Phalaenopsis but without a direct sun in midday). they are warm to hot growing orchids and don’t tolerate cool temperatures. It is a good idea to grow them bare-rooted without a substrate or in pure large bark in hanging baskets, just like Vanda orchids. They prefer humid air but they can tolerate somewhat dry air. Their roots look like as Vanda ones, but they are actually more tender and fragile, you should water them regularly but allow them to dry between watering, fertilizers should be applied in spring-winter months but not so abundant as for Vanda, because their growth rate is not so fast as Vanda’s.

Blooming

It normally bloom from fall to winter

photos
http://www.flowersofindia.net/catalog/slides/Foxtail%20Orchid.html

http://staugorchidsociety.org/gallery63.htm
information

https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Rhynchostylis_retusa

http://indiabiodiversity.org/species/show/230985/?max=8&offset=0&classification=265799&taxon=44959&view=grid

Rhynchostylis Orchids: Tips On Growing Foxtail Orchid Plants

http://orchids9.blogspot.in/2011/05/rhynchostylis-retusa-orchid-flower.html

http://www.antonechan.com/orchids/info/notes.htm

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Vertical gardens, Interior decorations and orchids

vertical garden

vertical garden or green wall is a wall, either free-standing or part of a building, that is partially or completely covered with vegetation and, in some cases, soil or an inorganic growing medium.

vertical gardens interior

vertical gardens interior

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vertical garden exterior

Vertical Orchid Gardens 

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vertical garden with orchid

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vertical garden vertical garden

Required hardware ?

may help the following links

http://www.chhajedgarden.com/Vertical-Wall-Panels-/Vertical-Wall-Garden-Panel-Set–Pack-of-4-Per-Set—-copy-id-237075.html
http://www.uzplanters.com/products/grovert-vertical-wall-garden
http://inhabitat.com/flora-grubb-panels-let-you-design-your-own-vertical-garden/flora-grub-vertical-garden-9/

Interior Decorations Hardware shop Links

1) http://factorydirectcraft.com/
2
http://www.zansaar.com/

Reference

1)  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_wall
2) http://www.architectureartdesigns.com/30-marvelous-vertical-garden-designs-to-inspire-you/
3) http://www.livingwallart.com/category/vertical-garden-installations/page/5/
4) http://inhabitat.com/nyc/photos-patrick-blancs-enchanting-vertical-garden-wonderland-is-laced-with-7000-orchids-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden/patrick-blanc-garden-17/?extend=1

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Dendrobium species in kerala

Seventeen species and two subspecies are found in kerala.

Some of the dendrobium species  available in kerala are of the  following:-

1) Den . aqueum

Flowers are large and white and lip yellow and puberulous .

Occurrence : Palghat District

denaqueum

2)Dendrobium barbatulum

This is a large flowered species.

Occurrence : Wayanad and Kannur Districts.

Dendrobium barbatulum

3) Dendrobium crepidatum

This species were collected  from Meghalaya . This species occurs in two forms-one with normal flowers and the other with more or less actinomorphic and self pollinating flowers .

Occurrence : Wayanad and Kannur Districts

Dendrobium crepidatum

4) Dendrobium herbaceum

These species were  collected  from ‘ East India ‘ and   it much branched and small flowered .

Occurrence : Trivandrum, Idukki, Palghat, Wayanad and Kannur Districts

Dendrobium herbaceumDendrobium herbaceum

5 ) Dendrobium macrostachyum

This species were collected from Sri Lanka. This is the most common species of Dendrobium in the lower elevations in Kerala.

Occurrence : Trivandrum, Quilon, Kottayam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palghat, Calicut, Wayanad and Kannur districts.

Dendrobium macrostachyum

6 ) Dendrobium nanum

These species were collected from Bababoodan hills in Karnataka.

Occurrence : Pathanamthitta, Palgahat and Wayanad districts.

Dendrobium nanum

7) Dendrobium-microbulbon

This species were collected  from Ootacamund in Nilgiris.

Occurrence : Trivandrum District.

dendrobium-microbulbon

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Vanda Kerala species

From the book Orchids Of India III: Biodiversity And Status Of Vanda Jones found that the variety of vanda possible in Kerala, India are

1) vanda vtessalata

vtessalata
2) vanda testacea

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3) vanda thwaitesii

thwaitesii

4)  Vanda wightii

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we believe these plants unexpectedly found in our backyard is one of these species

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Reference

http://presam77.blogspot.in/2011/04/vanda-wightii-versus-vanda-thwaitesii.html

http://pettayil.blogspot.in/

http://presam77.blogspot.in/

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Dactylorhiza fuchsii

Dactylorhiza-fuchsii

Dactylorhiza fuchsii a splendid cultivated form of this easy plant. Attractive greyish leaves are lightly covered in diffuse purple spots.
This is held below long, packed spikes of shell-pink flowers, each of which is intricately spotted and dotted with
candy pink.An easy plant, in the garden, in a moist sunny soil. The best Dactylorhiza to start with,
and one which will, in time, make a splendid garden display.

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Ophrys lutea

ophrys   lutea

Ophrys lutea is found in Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Greece and the surrounding Mediterranean islands and plus
western area North Africa in cool grassy areas of 0 to 1800m in elevation.It is found in areas with partial sun.
Plant blooms from winter to spring with two to ten 2.5 cm flowers.
Plant should be grown from seeds. Avoid fertilizers, transplanting, and fungicide because it may kill
the symbiotic fungus. Plant in low nutrient soil with partial sun.

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Cyrtochilum macranthum

cyrtochilum    -   macranthum

Cyrtochilum macranthum is native to Columbia, Ecuador and Peru. It is a protected species according to the Washington Convention.Cyrtochilum macranthum is a species in the genus Cyrtochilum which belongs to the family of the Orchidaceae (Orchideen).Cyrtochilum macranthum has simple leaves. They are linear with entire margins.The flowers are orchid-shaped and yellow. The plants bloom from May to July.

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