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ORCHID SOCIETY OF CANBERRA'S SPRING SHOW
Stick to the basic rules with orchids
The beautiful phalaenopsis orchid flowers in both bright and low light.
In the garden
A visit to the Orchid Society of
Canberra s annual spring show will
reveal that most popular and
commonly available orchids are not
difficult to grow if you follow a few
The show will be held at the Wesley
Centre in National Circuit on
Saturday, September 26, from 9am to
5pm and Sunday September 27 from
noon until 4pm. Admission is $5 for
Cool-growing orchids like cattleyas,
dendrobiums, vandas and cymbidiums
can be taken outside and grown under
dappled shade in the heat of summer --
to prevent sunburn, where they should
be watered regularly -- sometimes
twice a day, and fertilised every two to
Move plants into direct sunlight in
late summer and early autumn, reduce
watering to every seven to 10 days;
cease further feeding and make sure
the plants are back indoors by mid-
April when you should be able to look
forward to late winter and spring
bloom with an incredibly long
Phalaenopsis (pictured), which are
distributed from tropical Asia to New
Guinea and north-eastern Australia,
flower in both bright and low light but
need warm conditions with high
humidity. Grow them in clear plastic
pots, which allows you to see that the
roots remain healthy, and select a
potting medium that can be kept damp
-- coco peat or medium bark is fine.
Be careful not to let them either dry
out or become sodden, otherwise the
roots will rot. After flowering has
finished, if you cut off the stem just
above the third node the plant may
well produce more, although
somewhat smaller, flowers from the
The Orchid Society s publication
Growing Orchids in Cool Climate
Australia will be on sale at the show.
Members of the society will be
available to offer advice on orchid
care; demonstrate repotting; and
answer any queries you may have.
Loosen the soil between
shrubs while removing weeds
then top dress garden beds
with a thin layer of compost
and cow manure. Top up with
mulches of chopped lucerne
or pea straw once the soil
begins to warm up.
If you are buying tomato
plants to nurse along in small
pots under shelter before
planting out in late October,
avoid the long lanky ones in
favour of stockier, sturdy
seedlings that have a bluish
tinge to their stems.
Remove the spent blooms
from spring flowering annuals
such as pansies. It will help to
extend the flowering display
considerably by redirecting
energy into producing further
flowering stems rather than
Silvering of foliage on both
azaleas and rhododendrons in
active growth is usually
caused by the azalea lacebug,
a sap-sucking insect pest.
Confidor in tablet form, used
AFTER flowering (which won't
then affect bees), is
to grow vegies
Help is at hand for anybody who wants
to reap the benefits of growing
vegetables, even in a small space.
Cultivating your bodyweight or
more in healthy veg each year is an
achievable goal, especially with the
support of a project based in the
100kilos.org was set up to make it
easier to reach the tonne target, even in
a patch measuring a couple of square
The group is getting organised for
spring with a seed starter session from
10am to noon at Murrumbateman
Village Market on Saturday.
Last year s event was a success as
more than 100 people packed seed
trays to take home in two hours.
At the session, visitors will learn the
Spring Roll way to grow seeds with
no fuss and they will leave with freshly
planted seeds for the garden.
Knowledgeable project volunteers
will be on hand to give advice.
Visit 100kilos.org for details.
THE BEST OF HANDMADE
CREATIVITY UP FOR SALE
Bigger than ever, the Handmade
Market is on at Exhibition Park in
Canberra s Budawang and Coorong
buildings this weekend. The stalls will
showcase a variety of original
products, from fashion and jewellery
to homewares and children s items.
The food court is back with a delicious
array of gourmet treats as well as a
wine bar and boutique beer, coffee and
hot chocolate outlets. EPIC is open
from 10am to 4pm on both days and
entry is free.
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