Orchids have a name because the divas of the plant international: fussy, difficult-to-grow crops that—on most sensible of all that—are prohibitively dear. yet there are many orchids that any one can develop. Orchids aren't any more challenging than usual houseplants reminiscent of the African violet, and will be made to thrive and bloom in usual indoor stipulations. you simply want to know what makes them chuffed. Bloom-Again Orchids highlights the best, so much fuss unfastened kinds and contains valuable pointers on the place to shop for orchids and the way to maintain them in bloom. all the fifty profiles makes a speciality of a ordinarily to be had orchid sort and contains a description, picture, chart of simple turning out to be necessities, and a convenient twelve-point record. So if you have continuously been intrigued through orchids yet have been apprehensive approximately taking care of them, placed your concerns apart. Bloom-Again Orchids will flip you from a would-be orchid fan into the proud proprietor of fit crops that might bloom yr after 12 months.
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Such jumbling creates plants with great hybrid vigor. Aliceara Sunday Best is a free-flowering compact hybrid with long-petalled flowers that look like they’re jumping for joy. The cultivar ‘Ontario’ has a big, long, prettily patterned fuchsia lip coupled with mahogany striped petals and sepals—it reminds me of a cosmic explosion. The 5 in. (13 cm) long blooms, six to eight on each spike above bright green grassy leaves, are subtly fragrant. Another lovely cultivar is ‘Muffin’. It’s paler with a dusty rose lip that develops a wonderful greenish edge with age.
The intergeneric Aliceara combines the best of Spider Orchid (Brassia), Pansy Orchid (Miltonia), and Dancing Lady Orchid (Oncidium). A bit of trivia: anytime you see “ara” at the end of an orchid genus, it means at least three genera are in the DNA. Such jumbling creates plants with great hybrid vigor. Aliceara Sunday Best is a free-flowering compact hybrid with long-petalled flowers that look like they’re jumping for joy. The cultivar ‘Ontario’ has a big, long, prettily patterned fuchsia lip coupled with mahogany striped petals and sepals—it reminds me of a cosmic explosion.
Repot after bloom when the pot is outgrown. Splash Petals usually flower once a year, but new hybrids often repeat bloom. Many are fragrant. Depending upon the cross, plant size can be compact to tall. You’ll covet them all. PRONOUNCED KAT-lee-ah THE PLANT Compact to large sympodial epiphyte; elongated pseudobulb, one to two leathery leaves, two- or three-toned Cattleya-type blooms LIGHT NEEDS Medium; any window but northern TEMPERATURE RANGE Intermediate; days 65–85°F (18–29°C), winter nights 55–60°F (13–16°C) POTTING NEEDS Medium orchid bark, clay or plastic pot BLOOM TIME Various Splash Petal Cattleyas Orchid checklist: Grows on sunny windowsill Long-lasting flowers Sprays of multiple flowers Big flowers Great cut flower Noted for fragrance Attractive plant habit Once-a-week watering and fertilizer Repeat bloom Grows under fluorescent lights Grows easily into specimen Most Splash Petal orchids, including the ones pictured here, have their origin in Cattleya intermedia var.