Originally Posted by denvervet
I have had a Blc. Shinfong Little Sun 'young min golden boy' which blooms flourescent orange and had a bloom when I bought it two years ago this March. I have not been successful in getting it to bloom yet. What are the best conditions for this orchid? Here is pic of it. I have it in a mixture of medium bark, sphagum moss, charcoal. It gets late afternoon sun for about 2 hours and I have to water it sometimes 2 X a week as it dries out quickly in our no humidity climate. I feel 2 x a month with miracle grow full strength. Its in a cool spot too.
Looks to me like it definitely needs more light above all else! Two hours of sun at that time of day usually isn't sufficient for cattleyas to bloom. (I'm battling low light with my own plants!) Is it possible to increase the duration of light, perhaps in a south window? I also think it would much prefer morning sun and through the afternoon. Orchids generally like a rise in temperature, lighting, and humidity early in the morning to get them going (just like how we usually wake up when the sun comes up... unless its one of those "rough" mornings... hehe!).
When you say "cool room", what is the estimated day/night temp? Catts can usually take extremes, but I go by this: If I'd be reasonably comfortable being shirtless where I grow my plants, the temperature is usually fine.
The bark mix and watering frequency sound fine, as long as the roots are drying out sufficiently in between. (I also add chopped styrofoam to my mix... keeps it light and airy! Catts also seem to love a blend of just bark and osmunda) However, I'd spread out the fertilizing more evenly and at a more diluted ratio. Thats like trying to exist on one HUGE meal per week, rather than 3 average meals per day. I also usually use a blend MiracleGro Tomato Food, and some other brand's 30-10-10. I vary the ratio of each with every fertilizing treatment (gives them a balanced diet, so there isn't an excess or deficiency of any one nutrient). Once in a while through spring and summer, I throw in some Bloom Booster, and switch over to that primarily when I know each plants' bloom season is approaching. I water first with plain water, then dunk them in a bucket of fertilizer solution at 1/3-strength with every watering. Regardless of what fertilizer blend you use, the highly diluted ratio on a consistent basis is VERY IMPORTANT so you aren't "force feeding" and thus burning the roots.
Hope this helps!!!!! Let me know if you need any clarification or have questions! The plant looks healthy... just needs an extra boost to bloom and thrive!
PS- Mist with a spray bottle every day in the morning... it will LOVE it!
PPS- Sorry, didn't mean to write you a book!