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Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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"treat yourself to one of these exotic beauties" the green scene If you want a bit of fragrance then look for a Cattleya or the corsage n TEMPERATURE – try to maintain average summer temperatures of 70- orchid; it is popular with florists but is also a good houseplant. This 75 degrees F; winter temperatures 60-65 degrees F. Dropping the night- epiphyte has beautiful, waxy flowers four to six inches across with the time temperature by 10 degrees is important to allow flowers to set. bonus of a lovely fragrance. As they are quite large plants they need n HUMIDITY space but there are "mini-catts" which are just as lovely if space is an a shallow gravel-filled tray covered with water is a good option. Misting issue. The Cattleya require more light than either the moth or slipper provides only temporary moisture, lasting just a couple of hours. orchids so give them a southern exposure in the winter; they enjoy n FERTILIZER being outdoors during the summer season in a bright but shaded spot. fertilizer at half strength once weekly during the active growing season, If you want to add any of these beauties to your houseplant family here are some basic rules for a more successful experience: n LIGHT – as much as possible but no direct sunlight, please; it will scorch and eventually kill the plant. n WATER – the rule of thumb is to water weekly but overwatering kills; do not allow plants to sit in water. Terrestrial types need to remain – moist air is important and humidifiers help in the winter; – follow the old adage of "weakly, weekly." Use a liquid spring through fall, but none in winter. While you await the spring blooms outdoors, treat yourself to one of these exotic beauties for your indoor garden. You won't be disappointed. RUTH FURMAN is a Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist (MCH). She trained in horticulture in England and spent many happy years working and gardening there. To reach Ms. Furman, email her at: Ruth@wellesleywestonmagazine.com. moist but always allow epiphytes to dry out. s p r i n g 2 0 1 3 | We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e 19

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