I have been growing orchids for a good 4 years and it is such a rewarding activity. The excitement I feel when I see an orchid about to bloom after waiting sometimes up to a year is pretty awesome. I have added to the collection a lot over the years and have about 40 orchids now. I heat my greenhouse to about 55 degrees F in the winter which does restrict the varieties which I can grow. I don’t grow Phalaenopsis orchids as they cannot handle as they cannot handle temperatures this low.
I have a lot of success with oncidium orchids and grow may different types. When they bloom WOW do they bloom with sometimes 3 - 5 flower stalks covered in bloom.
Oddly enough I do not use any fertilizers at all. I use a timed irrigation on them in my greenhouse which sprays the entire plant, leaves and all. My goal is to create as natural of an environment as possible for them and the greenhouse gives them the level of humidity that they need.
Here are some pictures of my favorites!
After waiting about 3 years I was finally able to get this stunning Cypripedioideae orchid (Slipper Orchid) to bloom and then it bloomed for a second time in less than a few months, lucky me :)