Up A Tree

For orchid lovers who live in tropical areas like Hawaii, and subtropical areas like Florida or the California Coast, attaching orchids to a tree can be a fascinating way to see how they really grow. While it’s true that “Mother Nature intended for orchids to grow in trees,” there are some pitfalls to tying a treasured plant to a branch. Master Gardener Christine Winter Juneau explains the ups and downs of going natural in an article on SunSentinel.com. If you live in a suitable climate and want to try, her article will get you started with the basics. She also suggests creative alternatives and half-measures that can provide some of that air-plant experience. If you want to get serious, though, you need to read Growing Orchids in Your Garden by Robert Friend, which gives helpful and thorough info on growing orchids up a tree.

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4 Comments on “Up A Tree”

  1. Dave Says:

    Some orchids, like Epidendrum, are also perfectly happy attaching themselves to whatever they are growing near – like the side of our house or the wooden deck!

  2. Joy Blake Says:

    Cool article. I know my orchids love a visit outside in the summer. The rain and the wind seem to make them grow with extra vigor!

  3. nancy Says:

    I may try a few outside when it warms up again. Good article.

  4. GreenThumbGuy Says:

    The article is very useful. When the weather warms up I’m going to try to hang some orchids baskets out on my big oak tree. Thanks.