Orchids grown on slabs or totems

Orchids grown on slabs or totems

Orchids grown on a slab or totem can excel Growing orchids is not without its challenges, says Allan Watson. Having moved from his traditional medium bark to Fernwood Fern Fibre substrate in regulation pots with award winning success, he says his next move into slab...
The proof is in the pudding

The proof is in the pudding

“Good things come to those who wait” or “The proof is in the pudding”. How often have you heard these sayings? In the view of hobby grower Allan Watson, these statements are quite apt when applied to it comes to growing orchids. Faced with the challenge of a two-year...
A grade now the norm for Phalaenopsis Nurseries

A grade now the norm for Phalaenopsis Nurseries

We are Phalaenopsis Nurseries, a commercial Phalaenopsis stem growing business based in Tauranga New Zealand. Our main business is growing stems for export and local market. About 4 ½ years ago we were approached by Alan Ford from Fernwood fibre, who asked us to do...
Results of a Two Year Trial using Tree Fern Fibre

Results of a Two Year Trial using Tree Fern Fibre

A two year trail finish date at first seemed to be a long way out, but in hind sight and in my view has been an ideal length, the reason being that two years provides opportunity to view at least two flowering cycles or total growth seasons. Three key areas to ensure...
Awards for Exceptional Orchids

Awards for Exceptional Orchids

Photo: Selwyn Hatrick with from left to right: The award winning paphiopedilums (Pavatree x Rainbow Mountain, Alex Szabo, Macabre (gratrixianum x hirsutissimum). “It’s always an exciting day when the orchid judges visit my greenhouse, and that’s just what they...
An insight into Fern Fibre Culture

An insight into Fern Fibre Culture

Fern fibre culture of orchids is not new.  A lot of tree ferns have been harvested for this purpose over the years, particularly in South American and Asian countries.  In some cases harvesting of some vulnerable species has finally resulted in them being protected...