ABOUT US

 
Nado Lenkic





I'm Nado Lenkic, and have been growing cymbidium orchids since 1981.
I love what I do.

Springfield Orchids is a small one person retail operation that I started in 1985 in Kalamunda, Western Australia - some 25 km east of Perth.
The nursery specialises in the breeding, growing and selling of cymbidium orchids to the public and enthusiasts.
Why cymbidiums? Because I believe cymbidiums are the best performing outdoor orchids in Perth and are very long lasting when in flower. With just a little knowledge, they are easy to grow and bloom.
My aim has always been to produce well grown quality plants and to help customers with consistently reliable service.


It is pleasing to offer a nice range of new seedlings for the first time in several years.
The seedlings include six new peloric crossings; seven miniature and twelve standard crossings.
Progeny of some potentially new exciting parents -  including Owzat 'Swan Valley Rose', Coastline 'Beauty', Coastline 'Leader', Coastline 'Queen', Bossanova 'Electric Pink, Successful 'Gamble', Royalty 'Bouquet', Lowmeralda 'Graceful Anna', Captivating 'Pink on White', and Elusive Butterfly 'Warm Glow' - are being offered for the first time.
Don't forget to click on the CATALOGUE icon above to view my up-to-date Mericlone listing.

At Springfield Orchids, plants are grown year round (with the exception of several species which are put under a solid roof during the winter months only) in a shade house under 70% black knitted shade cloth. They are not mollycoddled in any way. Kalamunda experiences temperatures as low as zero degrees Celsius in winter, up to about 45 degrees on exceptionally hot summer days. The plants are grown in black plastic pots on 50cm high steel mesh benches. The potting mix consists of 75% premium coco peat and 25% perlite. Cymbidiums planted out of flask are grown in sphagnum moss for 6 to 9 months. Watering is done by hand, usually every second day in summer and once or twice a week in autumn and spring. Plants are rarely treated with pesticides or fungicides.

Fertilising is mainly reliant on 12 month slow release fertilisers such as Nutricote and Osmocote applied once a year in spring. Smaller plants are liquid fed in their first 12 months.

The main changes that I have made to my culture over the past ten years or so, include
(1) the phasing out of pine bark and using a coco peat/perlite potting mix
(2) deflasking seedlings and mericlones into cell trays instead of the traditional community pots.
(3) reverting to hand watering all my plants
(4) cooling my plants around sunset during the hot summer months to promote greater flowering.
(5) the use of Seagold (liquid kelp) after dividing and when transplanting.

Happy growing and feel free to contact me or pop in to the nursery for any assistance.