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Orchid experts on how to grow and care for the flowers

Published on Jul 12, 2014 12:33 PM
 

Some orchids, notoriously finicky plants to grow in Singapore's tropical weather, can be a source of frustration for those who try to breed them.

Besides taking years to flower, they also require delicate care, such as making sure they get the right amount of sunlight, water and growing medium.

While some people might be put off by the tedious effort, orchid enthusiasts here have found ways to ensure the plant thrives and some have even cultivated rare species.

Life! talks to three orchid gardeners, who are members of The Orchid Society of South-East Asia (Ossea) here, to find out the secrets behind their success.

 
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"My friends often ask why I rush home. I say I have to check on my 'daughters'. Though caring for them is a lot of work, I find it very therapeutic."

"My friends often ask why I rush home. I say I have to check on my 'daughters'. Though caring for them is a lot of work, I find it very therapeutic."

Mr Joseph Yeo whose orchids are also grown in the balcony