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Knowing which orchid you are trying to grow is the key to its cultural requirements. Orchids, like all plants, need a balance of light, air, water and food to grow and flower well. 

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Beautiful and exotic, and, yes, you can grow these! Orchids are not as hard to grow as you may think. They need a balance of light, water, air temperature, and fertilizer to grow and flower well. Common varieties such as dendrobium, cymbidium, phalaenopsis, and cattleya are readily available in our area. There is a wide variety of colors, with different flower shapes/sizes, and grow well in orchid bark in relatively small containers. Their beauty may inspire you to grow your own!

Availability: Most evenings, weekends (excluding mid-March thru June.) Prefer to travel maximum of 30 minutes one-way from my home in Lee's Summit.

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Lu Tarr

Lu Tarr became a Master Gardener in 2010. Her volunteer efforts have included Kansas City’s Flower, Lawn & Garden Show, Garden ‘n Grow, Hotline, Community Gardens, and her personal favorite, Speakers Bureau.

Lu is a lifelong gardening enthusiast; it’s in her blood, as she was raised on a Northern Iowa farm. She loves being outside as much as possible, whether it’s tending to the garden or just enjoying the sunshine with her cat. During the spring, you can find her working at a local garden center, and in the past, working at an apple orchard in the fall. Monday through Friday, she enjoys being “daycare” for her grandson.

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University of Missouri Extension Master Gardener Program