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Dig It! Orchids (29 January 2018)

Dig It! // Gardening & Green Spaces// WRS// General // Jan. 30, 2018

January is the month in Switzerland when orchids are often on show, and last week I was at a magnificent orchid show in Bern. The show was in the greenhouses of the City of Bern, in the superb setting of the Elfenau Park, and was organised by the Swiss Orchid Society, which comprises of several regional enthusiast groups. You can find out about joining their regional groups on the website, www.orchideen.ch I was really taken with the Tiger Orchids, or Gramatophyllum speciosum, and was very pleased to find that they aren't just a collectors rarity, but can be bought in Switzerland relatively easily. Alex Portilla of Ecuagenera, the specialist from Ecuador recommends trying Cattleyas, if you haven't grown orchids before, they like plenty of like and little water, a couple of times a week in summer and once in winter. Have a look at Alex's other beautiful plants on www.ecuagenera.com

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