Guest Author - Susan Taylor
Supplies are always appreciated by orchid growers and here are some ideas which are inexpensive and useful. The meters are good tools to help growers make sure their plants are receiving the appropriate environmental conditions for good growth; BotaniWipe is a new product that can be appreciated by any gardener; and humidity trays are a must for any indoor orchid grower.
I discovered this product at the World Orchid Congress in January where the inventor Andrew O’Brien was giving out free samples of his new BotaniWipes. They are essentially a disposable wipe impregnated with lavender and Neem Oil designed to clean plant leaves and leave them shiny. They work amazingly well and have been incorporated in the plant programs at Disney World Animal Kingdom and many other commercial institutions. The lavender makes the scent pleasant and the Neem Oil will kill any insects it touches as well as providing a natural deterrent to new insects.
The product may be purchased through many online vendors, but I recommend Quarter Acre Orchids since I know they provide great service. While you’re there, check out the Ultrasonic Fogger which can be used either in a greenhouse or in the home. At this price it would make a perfect gift for the holidays!
A light intensity meter is an excellent gift for both the experienced and novice grower. Light is one of the most difficult cultural requirements to gauge properly, especially for the windowsill grower. This meter from Carter & Holmes orchids would be a welcome gift.
Another great help for growers is the Momet™ Moisture Meter. This item is especially designed for orchid growers and will tell you when you need to water your plants. It is really helpful in the spring and fall when watering can be difficult to figure out since the seasons are changing and your plants don’t need watering and feeding on a regular schedule.
For those of you in Australia The Orchid Tray Company has a great selection of products as well as a 4 Way Meter which will measure light, PH, EC, and humidity all for a reasonable price.
Humidity trays are also a gift that any indoor gardener would appreciate. They range from inexpensive plastic trays to plant tables and solid wood trays. Humidity trays are the best way for the indoor gardener to keep humidity around plants.