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Orchid fever heats up London
by RHS
January 13, 2008

This spring the RHS London Orchid Show heats up the capital once again as it returns with a selection of the most beautiful, rare and exotic orchids in the world at the RHS Lawrence Hall, Westminster.

On Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 March 2008 visitors can discover and buy orchids from the experts at one of the world’s longest running orchid shows. Exhibitors from as far afield as Taiwan, Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil are unveiling new orchids, as well as returning with old favourites. From the elegant to the exquisite there are thousands of orchids to choose from, with a plant to suit every budget.

Ushering in spring with style, the RHS and the National Association of Flower Arranging Societies (NAFAS) will be presenting a parade of exotic Easter bonnets, each featuring orchids as the signature flower and visitors will be able to vote for their favourite.

At the exclusive Preview Evening on Friday 14 March (6.30pm-9pm) visitors can relax with a complimentary glass of wine and have the first pick of thousands of orchids available to buy.

Visitors to the show can talk directly to the best breeders in the industry, enjoy free talks on orchid-related topics and get advice from RHS experts, as well as buy plants, books and gifts.

RHS orchid expert Lucinda Lachelin gives her top tips on how to look after your orchid:

Over watering is probably the biggest killer of orchids, so if in doubt about watering - don’t, especially during the winter months when many have slowed down their growth. Don’t go to the other extreme, however, and treat them like a cactus.

Keep a close eye out for pests, catching them early on will mean control is much easier.

If you are able to put your cymbidium out in the garden in light shade from late May to mid September, you can encourage the plants to put on flower spikes.

As orchids come into spike do not twist the pot around as this can result in the buds twisting around the stem as they grow towards the light.

To book tickets for the RHS London Orchid Show 2008, call 0845 612 1253 or for further information go to www.rhs.co.uk/flowershows

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