Archive for April, 2010

More Orchid Buying Tips

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010


Volunteers and Other Arrivals

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

If you’ve ever decided that a weed was pretty, you’ll understand the botanical definition of “volunteer.” A volunteer is a plant that arrives in a garden, usually as seed, blown by wind or carried by bird. It’s a weed if you don’t want to keep it; it’s a volunteer if you do. My rule of […]

Earth Day

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

It’s true that orchids and volcanoes have coexisted for eons, but this tale of troubles for the Dutch orchid industry adds a new angle (the news story starts with similar woes in the salmon industry, and the orchids are a few paragraphs down.) With air traffic backlogged in Northern Europe, Cymbidiums grown in Holland may […]

Jewel Orchid

Monday, April 19th, 2010

With such spectacular flowers, orchid leaves usually don’t capture too much attention. However, Jewel Orchids have foliage that steals the show. Many Jewel Orchid varieties are best suited for experienced orchid growers, but Ludisias are easy to grow. The American Orchid Society calls Ludisia “A Foolproof Orchid.” link no longer works They sport dark green […]


Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

As the days grow longer with spring, the season brings some orchid chores, including repotting. Orchid repotting can be intimidating for beginning growers, so in addition to the basics, I have a few more hints to help: Orchids that have just finished blooming often enter a cycle of new leaf and root growth. This is […]


Friday, April 9th, 2010

Native to the Comoros Islands near Madagascar, this species of Jumellea is an easy grower with delightful flowers. It holds crystal white blooms on long stems, giving the appearance that they’re floating around the plant. Nectar spurs are long, narrow tubes with a drop of nectar at the bottom, and they’re good clues that this […]

Spring News

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Ghost Orchids have been making news on both sides of the pond, and this time, it’s Florida’s turn. The same Ghost Orchid that I blogged about last year is up to it again. It’s bloomed unexpectedly early in the season, but that should be no surprise considering its other quirks. This particular Ghost Orchid grows […]

April Orchid Shows

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

With shows on every continent this month, it’s a great time to check one out. You’ll see lots of gorgeous flowers and meet local experts, growers, and vendors. You’ll bring home memories, photos, or plants, or maybe all three. April 2 – 3 Charlottesville Orchid Society Show, Fashion Square Mall, Rt. 29 North, Charlottesville, Virginia […]