Kapi-Mana News : January 31st 2012
53 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JANUARY 31, 2012 GARDENING www.tommys.co.nz Phone: 04 233 0690 99 Mana Esplanade Paremata REAL ESTATE Esplanade Realty Ltd MREINZ Licensed REAA 2008 Property Management Services Available OPEN HOME: Sunday 3:00 - 3:40pm Murray Woodley MOB: 027 446 9288 DDI: 233 5017 Susan Woodley MOB: 027 243 3657 DDI: 233 5016 CAMBORNE 48 St Ives Drive - Buyer Enquiry Welcome From $739,000 2 2 4 QUALITY, LOCATION, STYLE If you are looking for an executive style, quality home , located in a prime position then you must view this superior residence. 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This is a very spacious 3 bedroom (master with ensuite & walk-in wardrobe) plus small study, family home located in a popular cul-de-sac with harbour views from the lounge and adjoining conservatory and the north/west facing sunny deck. You will love working in the big modern kitchen with loads of storage, watch the kids play in the huge family room adjacent to the kitchen, which flows out to a sunny sheltered, private courtyard where you can enjoy a family BBQ. There is room for the trampoline and a great veggie garden which will provide fresh produce for the table. Top this off with a double internal garage and storage area plus a carport with separate access and additional room to store a boat, trailer, caravan etc. You will love living in this wonderful home. Don't hesitate, ring to view today. www.tommys.co.nz #M4238 www.open2view.com #255894 A myriad of orchids to choose from Just right: This orchid clearly enjoys having its roots contained and living amidst the trees. By VICKI PRICE The orchid family, according to Wikipedia, is one of the largest on the planet. The website says they are one of the two largest flowering plant families. Their list of species is twice as large as those of the birds and four times the number of mammals. Within these species are immense variations of foliage and flower formations. For the home gardener, there are plenty for growing both indoors or out. New Zealand has its own varieties of orchid plants, described by the NZ Native Orchid Group as shy creatures that are much overlooked here despite being found from the coast to alpine areas. New discoveries are still being made too. In 2009 it was discovered that an orchid formerly thought to grow only on Norfolk Island was growing in a patch of gorse and regenerating mahoe in an area south of Whangarei. Known com- monly as Norfolk Island ribbonroot and orchid spaghetti it isn't yet known if it also grows in other parts of the country. Some orchids are epiphytes, that is they prefer to grow on the boughs of trees or nestled into rocks. In these positions they can reap the benefits of fallen leaf debris, bird droppings and wind-blown matter to feed from through their fibrous roots as well as soak up moisture from the air. Obviously good drainage suits these orchids that collect rainwater in their bulbous root mass. To grow these yourself, you can attach an epiphyte-type plant to a suitable tree, one that has rough bark and is not too shady, poking it in a fork in the branches and tying it on well. Gardener Geoff Bryant recom- mends (in The Ultimate New Zea- land Gardening Book) surrounding the root mass with sphagnum moss and adding fertiliser at planting. A simpler way might be to position a pot-planted orchid on an old tree stump or in a bare patch amongst shrubbery. The important thing is to find out what sort of conditions your orchid prefers as there are so many variations. The plants also have differing moisture requirements depending on the time of year and their flowering pattern. Generally they need less after flowering and none during winter. Bryant says terracotta pots both look better and work well in terms of water management and they dry out quicker. Also, he says, make sure you use a specialised orchid potting mix, not soil as it will suf- focate the roots. To propagate orchids, as perennials they can be divided while dormant (after they have fin- ished flowering) or if you're want- ing to re-pot, Bryant suggests simply putting the old container into a larger pot as is, if the roots are clinging on tight to their cur- rent home. But if you are planting up new pieces of plant, ensure the root bulbs stand above the potting medium level. The advantage with pots is that you can bring flowering orchids indoors to enjoy their long display. Place them where they will get plenty of light and fresh air but experts say to avoid placing them in direct sun. Other orchids are happy growing in the ground out- side and these are the plants orig- inating in the more temperate parts of the world as compared to the humid loving tropical epiphy- tes. Ground growers and epiphytes thrive in greenhouses.
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