Archive for August, 2008

September Orchid Shows

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

This list is just a small sampling of orchid shows taking place all over the world in September. If you’ve never been to a show before, prepare yourself for a jaw-dropping experience. Besides seeing lots of amazing flowers, you’ll have the opportunity to learn a lot about orchid care from experts and experienced growers. September […]

Word of the Day: Epiphyte

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

It’s pronounced like “epic fight” without the “c,” and it means “air plant.” Rather than growing in soil, epiphytic plants grow with their roots attached to tree branches and tree trunks. Many orchids, ferns, bromeliads, and mosses grow as air plants, taking advantage of brighter light above the shaded forest floor. Firmly attached to a […]

Watering Tips

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

As the long days of late summer unwind, most orchids should be enjoying a period of growth. Besides light and fertilizer, water is an essential element for healthy new growth. These watering tips can help you avoid some of the most common orchid care problems. – When you water, use more than just a few […]

Mi Amor

Monday, August 18th, 2008

To my wonderful husband Dave, With you in my life, the scent of orchids is even sweeter. I’d marry you over and over again (but I hope that won’t be necessary!) All my love, Marc

Orchid Conservation Alliance

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

The Orchid Conservation Alliance (OCA) believes that the best hope to preserve orchid species is to preserve their native habitats. As tropical rainforests all over the world continue to be cut, burned, and paved, orchids are losing their homes. OCA funds orchid conservation by working to purchase and protect vital habitats, including hotspots of orchid […]

Summer Garden Blooms

Friday, August 8th, 2008

We’re preempting your regular orchid programming to bring you some non-orchid photos to enjoy. After a few notable heat waves in the spring, it’s been a cool and foggy summer here on the California coast. It’s perfect weather for this unusual Fuchsia procumbens, native to New Zealand. The small, colorful flowers trail down a raised […]

Try Saying “Coelogyne”

Monday, August 4th, 2008

Say “sah-LODGE-en-ee.” Kind of rhymes with “progeny.” It may have a tough name, but these fragrant white and yellow flowers make up for it. This Coelogyne mooreana originates in the cloud forests of the mountains of Vietnam, and can handle a wide range of temperatures. Mine lives outside all year long here in San Francisco, […]

August Orchid Shows

Friday, August 1st, 2008

Besides lots of beautiful flowers to enjoy, orchid shows provide great opportunities to meet local growers and experts. There‚Äôs no better way to find good information about local growing conditions, and learn the best places to buy orchids and orchid supplies. August 2-August 29 American Orchid Society Open House for South Florida Residents, 16700 AOS […]