There was an EXCELLENT speaker who works for the arboretum, who clued us all in on use of 6-benzyl adenine spray to stimulate cytokinins in the plant which results in abundence of growth and flowers. This is what commercial growers use to produce those Christmas cactus that you see for sale just loaded with buds. Control of fungal and viral diseases was also discussed. Another substance ws touched on; gibberellic acid which is used on cammelias and roses to stimulate flowering. All in all, a very fascinating lecture which I will use as a basis for further research into these substances.
With the epis done blooming, I can still enjoy the phaleonopsis and miltonias. That pendant pink phalaenopsis has been in bloom since April! The cattleyas outside should bloom in another month or so.
It's been a cool summer so far, the plants are doing well!! It hasn't gone much over 78 degrees most days; we've only had a couple of days in the 90s.