CATTLEYAS, BIFOLIATES: Flower Problems

Cattleya Alliance Orchid Doctor

by Robert M. [Bert] Hamilton (Compiler)

Originally published in The Orchid Doctor in 1980 and 1988

Posted by Sys Admin almost 4 years ago.

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In December and January when most problems arise, the alliance is fussy about conditions necessary to produce good flowers because of the lack of light, etc.; good light, a steady supply of food and a buoyant atmosphere are hard to combine in overcast areas; growth becomes abnormal so additional artificial light and better air conditioning become inevitable. OR80-207
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