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Ophrys & Orchis in bloom

This is a discussion on Ophrys & Orchis in bloom within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; These are pictures of my Ophrys (first and pictures) and Orchis(third picture). They are still ...

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    Default Ophrys & Orchis in bloom

    These are pictures of my Ophrys (first and pictures) and Orchis(third picture). They are still in their early stages of blooming so I will post more pictures next week. I am so excited about these

    Thanks for looking
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    I am curious to see the the blooms on your orchis, and I am a big fan of Ophrys in general. Will definitely keep an eye out for your blooming pictures!

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    Very cool. They looks really healthy too. The leaves are so shiny and clean.

    Cheers,
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    just like Laurent, i'm a huge fan of the ophrys genus too, and like bruce said, your plant does look amazingly healthy and the flowers are just wonderful!

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    I love the look of the ophrys that I have seen photos of. What type of culture do they require?

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    Good job Salvador. Are the Ophrys hard to grow?

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    Well, both the Ophrys and the Orchis require the same type of culture.

    After the blooms fade, I stop watering completely and let them dry totally, mimicing the natural cycle. In the summer in my area, it does not rain, so basically you will be left with sad looking pots in the summer. All you can see is the soil. I keep my pots outside under a pine tree where they get about three to four hours of sun.
    The trick is when you want to get them started in autumn; once it rains the first time, I start to water them weekly but before that, as I did last autumn was to add goat manure on top of the soil to get the roots starting They have round roots that stay dormant duing the dry period. They can withstand cold weather up to freezing in the winter. They bloom once the weather approaches Spring. This year we've been having a very mild winter and therefore they are blooming earlier.

    But basically yes, they are very easy to take care of. I just leave them alone, watering once a week or if it rains, I leave it to mother nature

    I have included this picture of one Orchis which I am still waiting for it to send a spike. I really like its leaves. They are wider than the others and have some sort of pattern or lines and are bigger.

    Thanks

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