Orchid Flowers

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A greenhouse can proved to be a good and ideal place to grow many plants including orchids. Light, temperature and humidity are some of the conditions which can be maintained very easily in a greenhouse. Greenhouses are of different types and sizes so before purchasing a greenhouse, you should be sure that you understand the conditions which you are going to provide to your orchids.

Light

First element which needs special consideration is light. You will have to control light conditions in your greenhouse according to the type of orchid you have grown. For example, Cattleya orchids like sunlight while Phalaenopsis orchids require bright light but not direct sunlight. They like to be placed in west. In general, orchids should be placed in an area where they can get six hours of light but not direct sunlight.

Temperature

Since orchids are tropical plants, they need heat and humidity to thrive and both of these elements are present in a greenhouse. To make orchids bloom, you will have to make sure that temperature in greenhouse varies. Orchids will bloom only if there would be a difference of 10 degree F between day and night temperatures. For maintaining such temperatures, you need to have a thermometer in your greenhouse so that you can take readings and adjust temperature accordingly.

Humidity and Ventilation

Orchids like to stay in humid conditions but they do not like to sit in water at all. Water should not pool up in leaves or in soil as it may result in diseases like rot and fungi. Moreover orchids need good air circulation so place a fan near your plants. But fan should be kept clean to avoid spread of diseases from one plant to others.

Fertilization

Orchids need to be fertilized one time a month whether orchids are grown in gardens, greenhouses or in the house. Orchids should be fertilized by a fertilizer having equal amounts of Potassium, Nitrogen and Phosphorus.

These are some necessary requirements or conditions which need to be fulfilled to grow orchids in greenhouse. Growing orchids in greenhouse is beneficial as it allows you to grow plants throughout the year. So control above given conditions in greenhouse and have a healthy orchid greenhouse to provide you pleasure in your leisure time.

In order to add interest and attraction to a rock garden, ornamentation plays an important role. For decorating a rock garden, you will need items made of stones or other natural materials so that they can go well with the overall theme and look of rock garden. Here are some suggestions for decorating a rock garden:

  • As I have said, items made of stones look really beautiful in a rock garden so I will first suggest you to use garden statues to decorate your rock garden. How to choose the right statue? You can select a garden statue in a color that matches with color of other rocks. A statue in a contrasting color also works well. Moreover, while selecting statue, make sure that it goes well with theme and mood of your rock garden. For an Asian style garden, statues of Buddha are the best while for an English-style garden, you can choose from traditional robed figures. If you want to give your rock garden a fun-filled style, you can use statues of animals like that of frogs and rabbits.

  • Another great suggestion is to use reflective items to decorate your rock garden as they create interest and attraction when light reflects off them. If you have sharp rocks in your garden, you can use gazing ball to give a contrasting look. Moreover metal wind chimes can also be used as they will provide music in addition to reflection.

  • To attract birds to your garden, you can go for bird friendly decorative items. Bird bath is the best for this purpose. Select a bird bath according to style of your garden. You can either use a hanging bird bath or a pedestal-style bird bath to be placed on a flat rock. Along with bird baths, hang bird houses and decorative bird feeders with trees. Bird feeders contain seeds for birds so they should be placed at a location where they can not create mess and clutter in your garden.

  • Finally, I will suggest you to decorate your rock garden with some water feature. What else can be better than a fountain? Fountains come in different varieties. They are made of stones or metal. While selecting a fountain, ensure that it is not too tall to mar the look of other items in your garden. You can also add a waterfall to your rock garden as sound of falling water will attract birds and will create a restful ambience. Besides building a waterfall, also dig a trench to make a stream so that it can wind through rocks.

These were some great, easy and practical suggestions which you can follow to decorate your rock garden. Follow all or any of these and make your rock garden the most beautiful part of your house.

Are you looking for a list of flowers that can be grown in greenhouse? If yes then you don’t need to worry as I am going to provide you name of some flowers which can be easily grown in greenhouses. Just look at this list and choose any of these flowers to grow in greenhouse.

African Violet

 African violets have different types and come in a variety of colors including pink, lavender, red, blue and purple. African violets do not grow by seed propagation so they are reproduced through leaf cuttings. They can thrive in a soil low in nutrition but require a lot of humidity. In greenhouse, you can easily provide them with required amount of humidity as conditions in greenhouse are controlled. But you must keep in mind one thing. To provide these flowers with humidity, do not make leaves wet as it may cause leaf spotting.

Chinese Hibiscus

This is a tropical flowering plant which is very sensitive to cold conditions. These plants produce flowers in elegant colors like pink, red, yellow and white. Its leaves are green and glossy and have tangled edges.  Chinese hibiscus requires well-drained and rich soil as well as a lot of water to grow well.

Roses

Roses need a lot of protection and care in winter so gardeners living in cold regions can grow roses in greenhouse. Roses in greenhouse can either be grown in pots or ground but in both cases they require quick draining soil. Although roses require full and bright sunlight for at least 8 hours a day, they can be grown in greenhouse under artificial lights. For growing roses in greenhouse, you will require maintaining temperature between 70 and 80 F. Roses should be watered once a week and fertilized monthly with rose fertilizers or fish emulsion.

Lilies

Lilies require protection from cold and wet conditions so they can be grown in greenhouse by providing them with warmth to keep them blooming for longer period of time. Lilies can be grown in quick draining soil in either ground or pots. Make sure that soil also contain compost and is completely packed around lily bulbs to reduce air pockets. Lilies required to be watered with 1 to 2 inches of water a week. To supplement natural daylight, use lights in greenhouse to provide lilies with 6 to 8 hours of light.

Chenille Plant

Chenille plant grows up to 5 to 6 feet tall and produces 6 to 8 inches long leaves. Flowers of this plant create almost 18 inches long drooping clusters in bright red color but flowers appear only on female plants. Chenille plants can tolerate any type of soil provided that soil provides the plant with good drainage.

Orchids

Orchids are both cold and warm sensitive. They mostly like to be grown indoors so are best to grow in greenhouses because in greenhouses, their specific lighting and temperature conditions can be fulfilled easily. Orchids should be grown in those greenhouses which have opaque windows so that they can filter light to protect orchids from burning. Temperature requirements are between 70 and 80 degrees F during day and between 50 and 60 degrees F at night. To maintain this temperature, you can use fans and heaters. Orchids should be watered only when they become dry but you can mist greenhouse after every three days to maintain humidity level.

Butterflies not only add beauty to our garden but they also provide services of pollinating flowers. During their entire life cycle, butterflies need a variety of plants. To fulfill their needs, you are required to provide them with right plants. Here in this article, I am providing you a list of some perennials which you can grow in your garden. These perennials will surely make butterflies flock to your garden.

Bee Balm

As its name suggests, bee balm attracts bees but at the same time, this perennial attract butterflies. These plants produce pink, purple or red flowers which are arranged in whirling clusters. Being hummingbird magnets, these perennials do best when they are provided with moist soil.

Black-eyed Susan

Blooming from summer to cold, black-eyed susan is a popular perennial as well as an exceptional resource of nectar for butterflies. Butterflies including swallowtails and monarchs are especially attracted towards these perennials.

Garden Phlox

This perennial produces flowers in clusters which grow atop of dark green leaves on vertical stems. They are very attractive and fragrant and need full sun to thrive. Garden Phlox provides nectar to butterflies in summer and fall. Grow these plants and you will see different kinds of butterflies in your garden.

Blanket Flower

Blanket Flower is drought tolerant as well as handles poor soil conditions. It produces yellow and red bi-color flowers from May to frost. You can easily grow these flowers as they require low maintenance. They attract swallowtails, whites and sulphurs.

Butterfly Weed

This perennial produces bright orange flowers which especially attract monarch butterflies. Reason is that these perennials not only produce nectar but also act as host plants for caterpillars. These flowers attract swallowtails, spring azures, giant swallowtails and of course monarchs.

Blazing Star

Blazing Star can prove to be an interesting addition to a perennial garden as it attracts butterflies with its jazzy purple spike of flowers. These perennials attract buckeyes butterflies.

Coneflowers

These perennials produce flowers in different colors including white, orange, yellow, oink and purple. These flowers have a brown center and are produced abundantly on sturdy stems. Butterflies love these drought tolerant perennials. They require partial shade or full sun to thrive.

Butterfly Bush

Butterfly Bush produces flowers clusters which act as butterfly magnets. They prove to be excellent perennials when grown around patios and decks. These drought tolerant flowers require full sun to grow. Flowers grow in different colors like yellow, white, pink, blue and purple.

That is a list of some perennials which are popularly known for attracting butterflies. Grow these in your garden and enjoy watching different kinds of butterflies.

Do you want to grow Vanda orchids in pots? If yes then you must know that secret of successful growing of Vanda orchids in pot lies in the care of its roots. I have also grown Vanda orchids in pots. It seems complex but with some care and by following some tips, it becomes simple and easy. Here are these tips:

  • Before bringing a Vanda orchid to your home, make sure that the plant is healthy and is not suffering from any visible problem like withered or discolored leaves and flowers.
  • Now you will shift Vanda orchid plant from container to your own clay pot. Fill your clay pot with large chunks of fir bark. Fir bark is needed to add in larger chunks as these chunks support potted orchid plants. As I mentioned earlier, roots of Vanda orchids grow outside container so if you see some roots outside existing container, spray them with water before putting plant in new pot. Misting the roots will make them more flexible and will save them from damaging while putting plant in new pot.
  • After doing this, you will now require choosing a suitable location for placing this pot. Vanda orchid pot should be placed in a moist location where it can receive air circulation as well as a lot of light. If you don’t know how much light Vanda orchid should have, you can see the leaves which indicate this fact by changing their appearance. If leaves become droopy, it indicates that Vanda orchid need more light. On the other hand, if leaves become red, it indicates that plant is receiving too much of light.
  • You will also require maintaining the humidity level in the location where your pot is located.   Humidity level should be kept at 80% and for this, you can use a humidifier. If you don’t have a humidifier, place potted plant on a tray filled with water and sand in equal parts. Continue replacing water in tray as it evaporates and measure accurate humidity level with a humidity meter.
  • Potted Vanda orchid should be watered daily in a way that medium soaks completely but medium should be dried in between two watering. During warmer weather conditions, water potted Vanda orchids more frequently as compared to that in cooler season.
  • Make sure that day time temperature does not exceed 95 degrees F and night temperature should be maintained between 60 and 70 degrees F.
  • Potted Vanda orchids will need to be fertilized once a week in summer but in winter fertilize once every two weeks. You can use all-purpose house plant fertilizer for this purpose. As far as amount of fertilizer is concerned, use 1/4th of amount suggested for houseplants.

These were some tips which are needed to follow to grow Vanda orchids in pots. Fulfill these requirements and have beautiful blue, red and yellow Vanda orchids in your home.

Despite of hot summer, many flowers bloom in August. If you also want to add colors to your garden in late summer, you can have a number of options of beautiful and bright flowers that can bloom in sleepy and hot August. You can not only grow these flowers for garden beauty but also for making bouquets. Here are names of some flowers which bloom in August.

Hibiscus

Hibiscus is a hardy perennial which grows in variety of colors, sizes and fragrances. Actually they are tropical flowers which require ample sunlight and moisture to grow well. These flowers start blooming in late spring and continuously bloom through July and August.

Lilies

There are different types of lily flowers which bloom in August including water lilies, tiger lilies and gold band lilies. Tiger lilies generate orange flowers having black spots. This lily blooms in delayed July and beginning of August. Gold band lily produce exotic white blooms. All varieties of lilies need enough space to grow and protection from summer sun.

Turtlehead

Growing in humid areas, turtleheads are small flowers which bloom from July to September. They mostly produce flowers of white and pink color.

Hydrangea

These are ever green bushes which produce flowers in different colors including white, purple, blue and pink. They are easy to grow bushes and can grow 3 to 10 feet tall. They require morning sun to grow but they should be protected from noon and afternoon sun.

Dahlias

August proves to be the peak blooming season for dahlias. Dahlias come in colors like white, orange, yellow, red and purple. They can tolerate all types of soil and require full sun to grow.

These were some flowers which bloom in August. If you are interested in growing these flowers, plant them at proper time and watch them blooming beautifully in August.

Climbing roses are of different types. We all know climbing roses for their strong fragrance but there are some varieties of climbing roses which do not have smell but they bloom all summer. On the other hand, there are some climbing roses which have smell but they do not bloom all summer long. Here I have made a list of those climbing roses which you can bloom all summer to add beauty, color and height to your garden.

Golden Showers

Golden Showers are climate dependent and grow up to 15 feet tall. They generate masses of scented flowers having golden yellow color. Golden Showers are capable of tolerating poor soil conditions and shade so are somewhat easy to grow.

Climbing Blaze

Climbing blaze is also known as blaze rose. It is one of the most famous types of climbing roses which can grow 15 feet tall in a few numbers of years. Producing roses of scarlet color, they can bloom all season long.

Handel

It is a showy rose which produces clusters of big pink fragrant flowers. Its branches may grow up to 12 feet and have dark green and shiny foliage. Handel is not completely disease resistant plant but with proper garden hygiene, it can be protected.

William Baffin

William Baffin is also a type of climbing rose which produces pink colored double blossoms which continuously bloom throughout summer season. If proper care is taken of this rose, it can grow as much as 10 feet tall. This type of climbing rose is also resistant to common diseases of roses like dark spots and rust.

New Dawn

New Dawn produces soft and bright pink buds which later fade to ivory color since the rose blooms completely. This disease resistant rose grows as a climber but if it is pruned heavily, it starts growing like a shrub.

Darlow’s Enigma

This climbing rose has clusters of tiny and fragrant flowers. It can also be grown as a shrub and can grow up to 8 feet but if it is grown as a climber, it can grow mush larger.

Rhode Island Red

It is a hardy and disease resistant climbing rose which produces flowers of red color. This beautiful climbing rose can delight you with its striking flowers from earlier June until frost.

These were some climbing roses which you can grow in your garden. Remember that climbing roses need same care as needed by other types of roses. If you want them to produce blooms continuously, they will need to be watered and fertilized regularly.