Winter growing tips - be patient
JUNE - JULY - AUGUST
Position wind protection on the southern and western walls to keep the cold winds out. Some growers put plastic on all four walls.
Water in the mornings before 9am on clear sunny days. This allows the plants more time to dry out during the day.
Water plants every four days at the start and end of winter, and every six to seven days in mid-winter.
Watch the weather charts for very cold or wet days. You may have to adjust your watering program.
Do not fertilise heavily in the winter. Use low-nitrogen type fertilisers every 14 days at half strength.
Seasol is good as it helps the plant to be less stressed with the cold weather. It is the best anti-freeze product available and the cheapest according to University of Tasmania tests.
Use Seasol every 12 to 14 days throughout the winter to maintain cold weather protection, it will also return plants back to normal growth.
Mix Seasol at 2mLs to a litre.
Most hybrid orchids grow during the whole year. Species do not.
Remember that during the winter the sun shines less, so the plants grow slower. You cannot force them to grow quicker unless you go to a lot of expense with lighting, heat etc.