February, 2013
Regional Report

Don't Cut Back Ornamental Grasses.

Wait till spring and new growth begins to emerge to cut back ornamental grasses. The flower heads, long stems, and wavy foliage bring texture and movement to the winter landscape. They'll provide winter protection for wildlife and food too.

Fertilize Orchids

To feed, sprinkle slow-release orchid fertilizer beads on top of the bark. Watering dissolves beads over a period of three to six months. The amount and timing depends on type of orchids you're growing. Apply according to package directions.

Monitor Orchids for Insects

Check orchids closely and often for white dots of scale and mealy bugs on and in between leaves. Rub off insects with alcohol on a cotton ball or hand spray with neem pesticide in places where insects can hide.

Circulate Air Around Orchids

Use a small fan to provide good air circulation for orchids growing in the home. This will reduce problems with disease.

Provide Indirect Light for Orchids

Bright, indirect light is best for most orchids. East window light is ideal. South and west-facing window light will do. Think tropical rain forest where the tree canopies filter sunlight. That strong yet dappled light is what you're striving for.

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