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Compost on Garden Orchids UK

Compost is a mix of peats and wood fibres that will make up for any deficiencies in your garden soil and ensure your plants receive the nutrients that they need. Adding it to your soil is the ideal way to create an optimum growing environment, and there’s a simple way to add it to the mix. Our partners YouGarden have premium grade for sale that’s perfect for your budding plants.

Compost category at YouGarden

Our multi purpose composting is of the very highest grade to enable your garden to reach it’s full potential. We use only the very best ingredients so it’s of the highest quality and allows the greatest amount of air to reach your plants. It’s specially formulated to help your plants and flowers to grow and bloom perfectly.

A well composted garden is simply the best way to get the most from your plants and flowers with the least time and effort on our part. Please don’t assume that the cheap product you can buy from a local DIY store is of high quality. Our products for sale here at YouGarden contains high grade peats and wood fibres to create a perfect growing environment, you’ll be able to tell the difference from the light and fluffy feel. Just add it to your existing beds or pots and rest in the knowledge that your garden is well provided with nutrient rich soil.

Compost

Using compost will ensure that your soil holds plenty of moisture for your growing plants, unlike regular soil that is often deficient in water holding materials, so your hard work watering and caring for your plants simply drains away. Add composting to the mix and you’ll know that your plants are offered the very best environment in which they can flourish.

Garden composting can also be a fantastic deterrent to unwanted seeds, plants and weeds. Simply adding it to an already established bed can help your existing plants flourish, while acting as a barrier to any weeds trying to take seed amongst your hard work!

Just use our high quality multi purpose compost available on the YouGarden website and be assured that you’ve given your garden the very best, and that you will reap the rewards this season and for seasons to come! It is so important to provide your beds and garden with an optimum growing environment, and our composting product is the easy way to achieve that perfect balance for your seedlings.

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Serpentine Night, the Californian Epipactis gigantea hardy orchid

The Serpentine Night hardy orchid is a Californian Epipactis gigantea that Phytesia managed to reproduce and breed in its lab.
Serpentine Night

Prolific, fast-growing Serpentine Night Epipactis orchids

The Epipactis genus is well represented around the planet. Epipactis is one of the most prolific orchids, and over the seasons, the plants spread widely with underground rhizomes. Planted under good conditions, these orchids can rapidly grow colonies of several dozen plants.

This orchid thrives in flowerbeds as well as around water, and also does quite well potted. Cool, humid, light soil is optimal.

The Epipactis gigantea ‘Serpentine Night’ cultivar is a Californian variety of Epipactis gigantea

This variety is notable for its dark, red-purple leaves. It’s a large, easy to grow, and hardy garden orchid, blooming from late May through July with nuanced orange-yellow inflorescences.

To help you discover those magnificent garden orchid, Phytesia is currently offering a 10% discount on all epipactis. 

Discover the many flower colors in our full range of Epipactis varieties

 – Epipactis gigantea (giant helleborine or stream orchid) is a terrestrial orchid from the Western United States, also named Californian Epipactis. This species can reach as high as 70cm after a few years.

 – Epipactis palustris (marsh helleborine) originates from Europe. Its hanging, purplish green-brown flowers have purple-striped white labella, borne in bunches on the stem. Epipactis palustris grows best in sunlit humid zones.

 – Epipactis ‘Sabine’ is a hybrid between Epipactis gigantea and Epipactis palustris. This is a really easy orchid to grow. Flowers bloom from a floral shaft between 70 and 100 cm long. The beautiful flowers are a delicious mix of colors from yellow to red, with pink tones.

Serpentine Night, our nice hardy orchid

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End of Year Flash Sales at Phytesia – 30% OFF a Garden Orchid every day

The next 10 days, enjoy a Flash Sales daily discount on a garden orchid at Phytesia if you’re member of the Phytesia Club (get it for free HERE).

Start with our Flash Sales on Bletilla Ochracea

This Tuesday December 20 till Wednesday December 21, get -30% OFF the Bletilla Ochracea using the code you will receive by email.

Bletilla Ochracea Flash Sales

Phytesia is the World leading lab in breeding rare orchids

We respect the biological rhythms of plants. We do not store the plants in cold storage and does not sell plants bred in greenhouses, esthetically nice but fragile.

Our hardy orchids are growing high in their pots, outside or in unheated greenhouse open, in conditions similar to those of a garden. Thus, the plants you will receive will of course be adapted to the European climate and “accustomed” to resist temperatures largely negative … All our varieties are grown and between 2 and 5 years before commercialization. Plants sold on this site are adult plants (flowering in the year).

We will ship a garden orchid at any time during the year

All our plants are delivered in 1l jar (containing the appropriate substrate). Depending on the time of your order, you’ll receive a dormant plant (fall – winter bulbs or underground rhizomes in their pot), or a growing plant (spring: orchid vegetation). We do not deliver the plants during flowering to avoid damaging it.

We control the quality of each of our garden orchids before shipment, and compliance of the package with the command. If a plant seems small, we put it aside.

If, despite our efforts, you were disappointed with a plant you received, please send us an email to [email protected].

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Cyber Monday Orchids on our site

Register to the Phytesia club to get the exclusive voucher codes for Cyber Monday Orchids at Phytesia.

Cyber Monday Orchids: -40% on Reginae, Formosanum and Alba

Cyber Monday Orchids

You can register through the popup or through this form:

Cyber Monday Orchids offer: -40%

The 20% offer is on the 3 following orchids:
Cypripedium Reginae (603161361517)
Cypripedium Formosanum (603161361494)
Pleione Formosana Alba (603161361234)

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Black Friday Orchids on our site

Register to the Phytesia club to get the exclusive voucher codes for Black Friday Orchids at Phytesia.

Black Friday Orchids

You can register through the popup or through this form:

Black Friday Orchids offers from -20% to 30%

The 20% offer is on the 4 following orchids:
– Bletilla purple (603161361579)
– Pleione Tongariro (603161361593)
– Epipactis gigantea (603161361548)
– Cypripedium kentucky (603161361500)

Also, you can get a special offer totalling -30% + Free Shipping by opting for the new Black Friday bundle with 6 incredible plants.

The 6 following plants are part of this bundle:

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20% OFF: promo on Cypripedium Fasciolatum this weekend

We have a nice Cypripedium promo offer with our Cypripedium Fasciolatum this weekend (November 11-13 2016) on Phytesia-Orchids. Get the voucher code by registering.

20% OFF: promo on Cypripedium Fasciolatum this weekend

Cypripedium Fasciolatum

Get a 20% discount by registering to this form by Sunday November 13 at Midnight

Cypripedium promo: all you need to know

  • This garden orchid is part of Phytesia’s Easy Garden series and comes packed in a 1 liter container, flowering size plant, 1-2 shoots.
  • The Cypripedium Fasciolatum will flourish into a Pink-mauve flower from April to May up to 30-50 cm.
  • This Hardy (-20°C) orchid will survive the winter if you leave it in a Semi-shade location of your garden.

More info

Planting  the Cypripedium Fasciolatum

Cypripedium prefer soil that is low in organic matter and has good draining properties. Airing the soil is recommended, using a mineral substrate (at least 50%) such as sand, Argex, pouzzolane or ideally lava stone (vulca). As organic matter, a little finely crushed pine bark or some compost based on coconut leaves or fibres could be added.

It is important not only that the rhizomes of the Cypripedium do not desiccate in summer but also that they are not immersed in winter. The various mineral substrates will ensure good moisture retention in summer while encouraging good drainage during the winter.

Exposure

In the garden, we recommend planting Cypripedium in a cool, shaded or semi-shaded place. Sunlight at the hottest hours of the day is to be avoided.

Growth phases of the Cypripedium Fasciolatum

During the winter, the plant persists in rhizome form and does not require any special protection.

The new Cypripedium shoots usually appear during April. Once started, the vegetation grows very quickly; in 3 to 5 weeks, the foliage has opened out. The flowering extends from the end of April to June. At the end of the summer, the foliage yellows then fades before disappearing completely. Cypripedium then go into their winter dormancy.

Over the years and following the successive growth and dormancy cycles, Cypripedium not only become stronger but also multiply, thanks to the annual appearance of new shoots.

More Cypripedium Orchids at Phytesia

If you’re interested in our Cypripedium promo, you will also like the other Cypripedium hardy orchids:

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20% OFF: Cypripedium promo on Formosanum this weekend

We have a nice Cypripedium promo offer with our Cypripedium Formosanum this weekend (November 4-6 2016) on Phytesia-Orchids. Get the voucher code by registering.

20% OFF: Cypripedium promo on Formosanum this weekend

Cypripedium Promo

Get a 20% discount by registering to this form by Sunday November 6

Cypripedium promo: all you need to know

  • This garden orchid is part of Phytesia’s Easy Garden series and comes packed in a 1 liter container, flowering size plant, 1-2 shoots.
  • The Cypripedium formosanum will flourish into a Pink-mauve flower from April to May up to 30-50 cm.
  • This Hardy (-20°C) orchid will survive the winter if you leave it in a Semi-shade location of your garden.

More info

Planting  the Cypripedium Formosanum

Cypripedium prefer soil that is low in organic matter and has good draining properties. Airing the soil is recommended, using a mineral substrate (at least 50%) such as sand, Argex, pouzzolane or ideally lava stone (vulca). As organic matter, a little finely crushed pine bark or some compost based on coconut leaves or fibres could be added.

It is important not only that the rhizomes of the Cypripedium do not desiccate in summer but also that they are not immersed in winter. The various mineral substrates will ensure good moisture retention in summer while encouraging good drainage during the winter.

Exposure

In the garden, we recommend planting Cypripedium in a cool, shaded or semi-shaded place. Sunlight at the hottest hours of the day is to be avoided.

Growth phases of the Cypripedium Formosanum

During the winter, the plant persists in rhizome form and does not require any special protection.

The new Cypripedium shoots usually appear during April. Once started, the vegetation grows very quickly; in 3 to 5 weeks, the foliage has opened out. The flowering extends from the end of April to June. At the end of the summer, the foliage yellows then fades before disappearing completely. Cypripedium then go into their winter dormancy.

Over the years and following the successive growth and dormancy cycles, Cypripedium not only become stronger but also multiply, thanks to the annual appearance of new shoots.

More Cypripedium Orchids at Phytesia

If you’re interested in our Cypripedium promo, you will also like the other Cypripedium hardy orchids:

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Bletilla Ochracea yellow rare orchid, available again

After several months of shortage, the rare orchid Bletilla ochracea is again available at Phytesia

Bletilla Ochracea

Unlike most hardy orchids that prefer cool and moist places, orchids of the genus Bletilla tolerate full sun.

The ideal planting time is autumn. The bulbs will develop their new shoots from April. A bouquet of long sheets is then introduced.

The ocher yellow flowers appear in summer, they are in number 6 to 10, worn in loose spikes along the flower stem. Having enlivened the garden for about one month, the flowers disappear, but not the foliage. At least not right away; it fades in November. The plant then completely disappears from view and its pseudo-bulb goes dormant until the following spring.

Get a 10% discount by registering to this form by Sunday November 6/h3>

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Choosing Orchid pots when repotting

Choosing orchid pots when repotting is a tricky exercise. Decide what size orchid pots to use when repotting your semi-hardy hardy orchid. Pleione, Calanthes and Spiranthes are semi-hardy (-10°) orchids. This means they have to be protected when Winter reaches below -10°c. When repotting an orchid, you’ll need a pot just an inch or so bigger than the pot the orchid originally came in.

Choosing Orchid Pots

You want to provide a little more space, but not too much – otherwise, the orchid will concentrate its energy on growing roots, and you won’t see flowering for many months. Look for a plastic, clay, glass or ceramic pot suitable for your orchid size.

Orchid pots must have drainage holes

Make sure the new pot has drainage holes. If it doesn’t drain properly, the orchid roots will rot.
Some orchid species have roots that can photosynthesize. If you have a Phalaenopsis, consider getting a clear glass or plastic pot to let the sunlight in.
If you need to choose a pot that’s on the larger side, you might want to add some broken terra cotta chips to the bottom of the pot. This will help the potting material in the middle of the pot, which tends to stay wet, drain more effectively.

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Growing Hardy Orchids: our 3 favorite books

Our favorite book on Growing Hardy Orchids is a best seller from Kew Growing. You will find our Top 3 in this post.

Growing Hardy Orchids (Kew Growing) Paperback – 1 Sep 2011

Authors: Philip Seaton, Margaret Ramsay, Phillip Cribb, Grace Prendergast, John Haggar.

Growing Hardy Orchids

Growing Hardy Orchids introduces an exciting array of orchids from 47 diverse varieties. They can be cultivated in a cool greenhouse or outside, in their rightful place among other temperate garden plants.

This book takes important lessons from the orchids’ natural histories and life cycles. Also, the authors provide practical information.

It covers all aspects of growing hardy orchids:

  • raising plants from seed,
  • vegetative propagation,
  • cultivation in pots and in open ground,
  • coping with pests,
  • diseases and orchid conservation.

By focusing on orchids that are ‘easy to raise’, including hardy hybrids, this great book shows you why you should use orchids in your garden.

About the Authors

Philip Seaton is former editor of the Orchid Review and the author of Growing Windowsill Orchids (Kew Publishing).

Margaret Ramsay is an expert in micropropagation and the reintroduction of endangered orchids into the wild.

Phillip Cribb is a leading orchid specialist and former Deputy Keeper of the Herbarium and Curator of the Orchid Herbarium at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Grace Prendergast is an expert on raising hardy orchids from seed.

John Haggar is a preeminent grower of hardy European orchids.

In the same topic, we like very much those 2 books as well:

The RHS Orchids book

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Follow RHS show-how and know-how for orchids that look great all year round with the minimum time and effort.

Inspirational and practical tips and step-by-steps will show you how to choose, grow and care for orchids in your home or garden, from encouraging them to reflower, to arranging them to dazzling effect.

Plus, find an A -Z photographic orchid gallery with in-depth plant profiles and advice on increasingly popular hardy outdoor varieties. Get results, whether you’re a green-fingered guru or a gardening novice. For more step-by-step gardening advice, pick up other titles from this series.

Phytesia is a proud member of the RHS society.

The Orchid Expert: Name that orchid – and get it to flower again

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The Orchid Expert is one of the books in the Expert series written by the world’s best-selling gardening author.

Orchids are the supermodels of the plant world, but how do you look after them? The label is usually not much help. There may be little or no background to what it is or what it needs, and sadly the plants are often thrown away once the flowers have faded.

The Orchid Expert shows you how to get them to bloom again, and so transform them into permanent members of your home. Unique Expert-style diagrams show you how to put a name to that orchid and also reveal the secrets of successful care. Troubles are clearly illustrated and answered, and the weird and wonderful life story of these fascinating plants is explained. With full-page colour photographs of the beautiful and the unusual, The Orchid Expert wipes away the mystery of these magical flowers.