If you live in or near Mililani, you are in luck. It can be a good area for orchid cultivation because it’s not too hot, has good air flow thanks to the trade winds, and fairly regular rainfall. Many excellent orchid growers enjoy this environment and so can you.
Here are some essentials for successful orchid growing:
· Water- Orchid roots need to be watered but always allow them to dry out before watering again. The thicker the root the more you let it dry out.
· Sunlight- Most orchids cannot tolerate full sun, find some shade under a tree or an eve in your patio. Morning sun is less harsh and better tolerated. A shade cloth of about 60-70% shade is good.
· Air- Orchids are essentially air plants, they need good air circulation so avoid crowding. Air helps to dry off the plants and keeps fungus and bacteria growth down.
Beneficial in either slow release pellets (nutricote) every 4 months or as
crystals mixed with water and applied every 2 to 4 weeks at 1/2 strength, this
is an essential part of growing healthy plants.
Some orchids that do well in Mililani:
Epidendrum or Oncidium hybrids (can be used in
· Vanda hybrids (Neofinetia, Ascocentrum, Renanthra, Rhycostylis)
· Maxillaria tenuifolia (Coconut Orchid)
· Dendrobium hybrids (Honohono, Latouria)
· Phalaenopsis hybrids (Moth orchid) (Give less light, water twice a week)
If you want to learn more, please drop by the Kunia Orchid Society monthly meetings. Meetings are held at Mililani Ike Elementary School at 7:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month, except April and December.