A Cold Wind Blows

The cold winds of winter blow all over our country bringing varied results to each region.

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Now, I will be the first to admire the beauty of a winter picture where the white fluffy snow looks peaceful and tranquil.  And if I remember my years of growing up in the Niagara Falls area of New York those winds are VERY cold!

But down here in south Florida the cold winds of winter bring more colorful results.  The citrus growers look forward to the cooler weather for it will help sweeten the juice and ripen the crop.

Another benefit of the cooler weather is that it helps set the buds for many varieties of orchids.

Now many people are under the impression that orchids are a hard plant to grow and care for.  But in actuality, they are very easy, almost thriving on neglect.  Let me tell you how I have taken care of mine for years…

Once the orchid is done blooming while indoors, the first thing I do is to cut down the stem from the blooms.  Generally I count down from the tip of the stem to where the 4th or 5th bloom had been and then trim the stem in that spot.  Of course if the stem is turning brown, I cut it back all the way.

At this point, I will repot the orchid in fresh moss or bark if it needed and give it a shot of fertilizer.  Then I attach the container to a sturdy orchid hanger had place them in a shady location. Often I will find a wonderful surprise in a few weeks and a few of the orchids will have re-bloomed.  Then I just let nature take it’s course.  If it is a dry summer, I will occasionally water the orchids where they hang, and at least once over the summer they will get a 2nd shot of fertilizer.

Then the cold winds blow, and the cooler weather sets new blooms.  This morning, when I took the above picture of the orchid, I counted 18 orchids in my Oak Trees.  Each had 2-3 stems of buds either in bloom or getting ready to bloom.  I will be able enjoy these beautify flowers for months!

Oh, if only my tomatoes where that easy to take care of….

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