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...
Fern Fibre Produces Positive Results

Fern Fibre Produces Positive Results

At the risk of sounding like a broken record I say yet again Fern Fibre produces positive results. Eight months since starting the trial I am now into the first flowering of the trial plants. At this stage only one pair in the trial has produced flowers but there have...
Growing in Fern Fibre: A Recovery Story

Growing in Fern Fibre: A Recovery Story

In November of 2016, I embarked upon a trial comparing the growth of three groups of paphiopedilum seedlings, one group planted in orchid bark, the second group in a mix of orchid bark and fern fibre, and the third in fern fibre with no additives. By August 2017 (9...
Growing Orchids is a Partnership

Growing Orchids is a Partnership

Growing Orchids is a Partnership The Orchid partnership consists of light, temperature, air movement and water without this basic partnership our plants would not survive in the first instance. We then tend to play around with the potting mix and fertilizer we use. I...