Introduction to the Orchid

Many roads lead to Rome….

What applies to the trip to Rome can also be applied to orchid culture. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all culture. And there is certainly no generally applicable guide that brings equal success with all genera and species. Rather, it is a combination of several factors that must be taken into account. Water is not just water, light is not always the same brightness, not every fertilizer is the right one for every water quality. Potted, tied on, bare-root – the decision depends on where the species is native, how and where it grows there, whether I cultivate it in a showcase, a greenhouse or on the windowsill, and last but not least, how much time I want to and can invest in the culture.

Most orchid lovers would be lying if they said they had never died of an orchid because of a cultural error.
DieOrchidee 71(6), 2020 contained a humorous article about the most common cultural mistakes that each of us has had with one or the other orchid. “Fifty ways to leave your lover“ or “What’s the quickest way to get rid of your orchids” can be accessed here as a PDF. Have fun while reading!

Plants are living beings with different requirements and therefore orchid culture is an ongoing process. Even after decades of experience, you can still learn and improve your culture, or you can pass on and share your experience.

Clubs like ours are particularly suitable for this. At regular face-to-face group meetings, members can exchange ideas, provide support when problems arise or simply enjoy the plants they have brought with them. Exhibitions and all the other events are highlights of the orchid year – people meet, talk shop, have fun together. With our member magazine “The Orchid”, interesting articles on the subject of orchids with great plant and landscape pictures come every 2 months into the house and of course we are also present online.

Chiloschista parishii

Photo: German Orchid Society
Chiloschista parishii ‘Erika’ received the gold medal for the state of culture – a truly excellent cultivated clone.

Coelogyne cristata

Photo: German Orchid Society
With properly coordinated culture factors, some species can develop into real bushes. Franz Glanz has been presenting this excellently cultivated Coelogyne cristata at spring exhibitions for many years, which is regularly honored with the gold medal for the state of cultivation and is often named champion of the show.

For anyone who wants to optimize their cultivation conditions, we offer all kinds of basic information about the individual cultivation factors and additional knowledge about orchids with the following sub-items:

  • Temperature
  • Light
  • water
  • Fertilizer
  • Substrate
  • Taxonomy
  • Terms

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