In the native habitat of many orchids these extremely dry seasons will be followed by torrential rains, during which the plant awakens and puts forth new growth that will culminate in bloom. It is during the time of dormancy that collectors gather and ship orchids with the least danger of shock and damage. Many a plant has died en route, having been shipped after growth has re-commenced, when the fresh young roots and tender bulbs are easily broken or rotted.
If shipped when completely dormant and dry, they will comfortably survive the long overseas journey and the fumigation, required on arrival.
By watching his plants, the grower will learn to recognize their needs. When the plant feels the need of rest, usually during the winter months, active growth ceases and the plant ‘stands still.