At one time in our lives, we had a large orchid collection. When we emigrated to New Zealand, we vowed not to venture back into growing orchids. Forward 10 years and in a moment of weakness we bought an orchid from Tuckers Orchid Nursery – Cattleya Intermedia Orlato var ‘Rio’.
When the orchid finished flowering, it was placed under a tree and forgotten about for several years. Suffering from neglect and lack, the orchid was left to adapt or die. I can’t remember what the trigger was, but one day we decided that we should pay a little more attention to it and give her some TLC. This started our quest to find a suitable fertiliser to feed it.
Our search led us to Len Cobb who at that time was marketing Dyna-Gro in New Zealand. The first bottle of Dyna-Gro we bought was GROW 7-9-5 and Len assured us that if we fed our orchids every week with GROW our plants would do well.
True to form we never followed his advice and probably fed her once a month. Len casually mentioned that he was ‘getting out’ of marketing Dyna-Gro and that we should consider taking it over. It took us another 3 years to make up our minds before we imported our first shipment of Dyna-Gro products.
Not long after this, we established a company Bio Leaf Plant Nutrients Ltd with the express purpose of marketing Dyna-Gro and other allied products in New Zealand.
Well what about our orchid, the first year it produced 4 flowers and now this year (2018) it has produced a magnificent crop of 26 flowers in total. It has been consistently fed with a Dyna-Gro Nutrient Solution for the past 3 years.
I guess you are wondering what are we going to do with her once she has finished flowering? Pot on into a bigger pot or break her up into smaller divisions. I don’t really know. Part of me says she is too big for the greenhouse and needs to be divided into many smaller divisions and another part says well if she produced 26 flowers this year, how many will she produce next year?
Watch this space for updates!
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