How to Glue Mount Small Orchids

In this article, we will discover how you can glue mount small orchids to an attractive mound. In a previous article, we discovered how to mount an orchid to give a hanging display, but in this article, a different method is shown that uses a slightly different approach to how you can have a beautiful orchid display without spending too much.

Many orchids that you found in shops are epiphytes and climbers and can be used for this task. Plants that belong to the Maxillaria family. These plants also have long rhizomes, as do Bulbophyllums, Brassavolas and Brazilian Miltonias. These …

How to Mount Orchid for a Hanging Display

In this article, we will discuss an unusual way of displaying your orchids in by actually mount them on a piece of wood. Many orchids that you buy from shops or garden centres are epiphytes that can root high on tree branches or trunks of host trees. For those who wish to exploit these growing conditions, it can create a simple but stunning hanging display by transferring plants, such as Cattleyas or Epidendrums, to a plank of wood or even better on a piece of bark.

In this way, it will look more natural and liberated from its confines in …

How to Repot a Typical Paphiopedilum

In this article, we will learn how to repot a typical Paphiopedilum, which believe it or not, is one of the easiest orchids to repot. You may wonder why this is so, but this is because Paphiopedilums are the closest to a standard houseplant in its requirements. It is one of the easier orchids to repot as you will see in this article.

They do not have thick rhizomes and thick roots, which are easier to clean and then repot, and you do not need any tools.


First, you will need a Paphiopedilum that needs …

How to Repot a Typical Vanda-Type Orchid

In this article, we will discuss why you want to repot a Vanda-type orchid and the process itself. Vandaceous orchids can grow straggly as they reach for the sky, making them look out of place.  When this state is reached you know that it is time to repot it.

To do this, you will need to firmly stake the plant in the centre, so that the centre of gravity of the roots is closer to the centre to give a more balanced plant.


First, as ever you will need to sterilize any knives, scissors, …

How to Repot and Divide Cymbidiums

In this article, we will discuss how to repot and divide members of the Cymbidiums. This is an important job as cymbidiums tend to overwhelm small pots very quickly and as a result, they need to be potted on and divided quite frequently.

The process of repotting can lead to divisions being made and for the grower the opportunity to prune off dead roots and for the growing media to be refreshed. If you do this right you could divide a healthy cymbidium into two plants and so increasing your stock for free.


First, …

How to Repot Cattleya Orchids using Styrofoam Peanuts

In this article, we will discuss how to repot a Cattleya orchid by using a packaging material that often has no other use –Styrofoam peanuts.  Styrofoam peanuts often make an excellent additive to the orchid potting mix, as it will aid drainage at the bottom of the pot.

Another advantage is that it allows the home grower to use less bark. If you do this, make sure that you do not use peanuts that will dissolve in water. The best way to check for this is to place a few of them in a bowl of water and to see …

Repotting and Dividing an Oncidium

In this article, we will discuss how to repot a typical, evergreen oncidium. Plants with the Oncidium family are vigorous growers and have extensive new root systems.

This would mean that the plant will exhaust the nutrients in the growing media around the orchid, making repotting a necessary task that needs to be carried out at least every two years. You are repotting to give the roots more room to grow, but also for the plants to have access to a new source of nutrients.


First, as always you need to sterilize your …

How to Repot a Dendrobium

In this article, we will discuss the best way to repot a Dendrobium. Dendrobiums are wonderful and attractive orchids but they soon will outgrow their own home and they will need to be repotted. In this article, you will find out how to do this.

The dendrobiums have short rhizomes and fine roots that can be easily damaged. This means it is best to repot in a slightly small plastic pot, where the plant is stabled and well staked.


First, you will need to disinfect any tools that you will be using, be a knife, secateurs, lever …

How to Grow and Get the Best from your Indoor Primulas

In this article, we will be discussing how to grow the popular outdoor plant primulas indoor. At one time primulas were popular indoor plants, but not much so today. I wish now to revive this trend and tell you how to grow these beautiful colourful flowers indoors.

Often you will find primulas on sale in garden centres and shops in late winter and early spring, where they can bring cheer and colour to often a bleak time of year.

Garden primroses consist of several species that are often hybrids and cultivars that are derived from Primula vulgaris and Primula veris. …

Growing and Getting the Best from your Senecio Houseplants

In this article, we will be discussing how to get the best from your Senecio houseplants. Senecios are such a large genus with thousands of different varieties of them, where some are classed as succulents.

Most are known as outdoor species, with some of them are the familiar yellow-flowering weeds you see in the garden. They are interesting plants with some of them trailing over the ground, whilst others are shrubby plants. The annual species are often grown outdoors and not suitable to be grown indoors.

In this article, we will look at the indoor varieties that are suitable to …