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Posted by admin on July 19, 2010 in Uncategorized with 4 Comments


Orchids have long been a sign of like and favored as either a corsage worn on the dress, or as a wrist band at most Proms. Most orchids have no scent, but their beauty and elegant colors give the wearer a sense of pride, not quite felt with wearing a Carnation. They are a thing of beauty in themselves, and the colors are bright and magnificent. The stems can be cut, and easily placed in a vase, as they call attention to themselves by lighting up any room with their multiple colors and shapes. Yet in order for them to remain at their best, you need to know the specifics of how to take care of Orchids properly.
•  Water the orchids. Water painstakingly when dry and allow the media to dry between watering. The plants use more water when they are in flower. Mist the foliage between watering but avoid spraying water directly on flowers as it makes them susceptible to fungus which will make them rot.Keep evenly moist and never let the media dry out absolutely. Remove the inner pot from the decorative one, place in the sink or in the shower if you have many. Add orchid food to a watering can or container, and absolutely water the base. Allow the water to absolutely drain before replacing it into the decorative pottery planter. Never allow it to sit in water, as it will kill the plant. Orchids are not planted in earth, but in the shell of a coconut, bark or cork. Their roots grow from the top, and not the bottom as usually found in plants. Also avoid excessive water in the center of the plant where new leaves grow as it may cause rot.
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Keep the right temperature. 65-85ºF (18-30ºC) is best. For brief periods, they can withstand temperatures ranging from 60 to 100ºF (16-37ºC) but they dislike sudden temperature changes. Cold temperatures will cause the leaves to turn yellow and eventually drop off. If this happens, remove the yellow foliage and continue caring for the plant normally. During the winter, do not feed the plant. In late spring, start applying a balanced compost every other watering, using 1/3 the normal concentration.
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Watch for new growth. This will be in the form of a new cane growing from the base of the ancient ones. Under right situation, the new cane can be larger than the mother cane before it is ready to bloom again.
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Maintain the blooms. Peak blooming time starts from late winter, primarily February and March. Blooms normally last from 4 to 12 weeks. When the blooms fade, cut off the spike ½ inch above where it projects from the foliage. Cool nighttime temperatures (from -20ºF below daytime temperature) help to initiate blooms. With proper care, the plant should grow and bloom annually.
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Feed the orchid. During the winter, do not feed the plant. In late spring, start applying a balanced compost every other watering, using 1/3 the normal concentration. New growth will be in the form of a new cane growing from the base of the ancient ones. Under right situation, the new cane can be larger than the mother cane before it is ready to bloom again.\
•  Re-pot when necessary. All orchids prefer being somewhat root-bound with their roots protruding from the top of the media. But, as plants produce more new canes or spikes, they can eventually outgrow their pot. Carefully replant your plant into a larger pot with porous media and excellent drainage. When watering them, remove the inner pot from the outer clay pot, make sure all the water has drained out from the holes on the bottom, and then replace it.

Re-pot when necessary. All orchids prefer being somewhat root-bound with their roots protruding from the top of the media. But, as plants produce more new canes or spikes, they can eventually outgrow their pot. Carefully replant your plant into a larger pot with porous media and excellent drainage. When watering them, remove the inner pot from the outer clay pot, make sure all the water has drained out from the holes on the bottom, and then replace it.

edit Warnings
•    Orchids are susceptible to a number of insect and disease problems.
•    Common insect pests include mealybugs, spider mites, scales and thrips. Scales are usually attached to the underside of the leaves, and heavily infested plants should be discarded.
•    Physically removing the scales and then controlling the immature stages with chemical sprays may help lightly infested plants. Snails and slugs can feed on buds, blossoms, leaves and tender stems.
•    Diseases that are commonly a problem on orchids include leaf spots, petal blight, and different fungi such as black rot. Another common problem is the failure to flower, which is typically due to poor growing situation, especially imperfect light and/or compost.
•    Viruses are currently an incurable problem and can be hard to differentiate from fungal infections. Getting a second opinion from a professional is always a excellent thought if you are unsure. If your orchid has a virus, dispose of it immediately and disinfect your pot painstakingly if you plot to reuse it.

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Posted by admin on July 25, 2009 in Sites for Sale with 3 Comments


A part of our main ‘business’ is building niche sites. Some of them we keep and some of them we sell to have a managable number of sites in our portofolio. In this section we will list some of our current sites for sale. If you are looking for a niche site and can’t find one here send us an email as we might have such a site but not already listed or if you want a site designed specifically we can do so at very competitive prices, starting at $197.

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