There's nothing prettier than an orchid and the nice thing about them is that the blooms last so long; for 2 months, 3 months and sometimes up to 6 months depending on the variety. Most orchids that we think about have one or two blooms on them per spike, or maybe 4 or 5, but never anything this big or anything this beautiful have we ever seen an orchid production in Texas.
This is the best kind of orchid to use in the house called Phalaenopsis and it will actually do extremely well if you have morning sun and bright window you can put it on and then sees the afternoon shade and do quite well and will rebloom and live in the house.
Now the reason why these are so big is because they have been tested and grown down at Texas A&M University Experiment Station in Weslaco by Dr. Wang and he has figured out that we need to fertilize the orchids more than we have in the past. For instance every time these are watered they're fertilized with a Peters 20-20-20 fertilizer.
They are growing in a different medium, too. Use to we to grew orchids in fur bark and now he's found that if you grow them in perlite, charcoal, and potting mix or peat moss mixture a third, third, third and fertilize every time you water, you can have some of the most beautiful flowers you can imagine.
So look at the different colors that are available and look for Phalaenopsis to be available in local nurseries soon for you to enjoy in your home for a long period of time. This is Jerry Parsons Vegetable Specialist with Texas Agriculture Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.
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