Archive for July, 2010

Forcing Phals to Rebloom

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Phals, or Moth Orchids, are the most popular orchid varieties in the world. One of their fascinating traits is that healthy Phal plants can rebloom. While some Epidendrum and Oncidium varieties can bloom again from broken flower spikes (the stems that holds the flowers,) this process is most reliable with Phals. Their flowers last for […]

Little Purple Stars

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

This tiny orchid’s name is bigger than the plant itself. Lepanthopsis astrophora is a Masdevallia relative, and it’s easier to grow than it is to pronounce. Its species name translates from the Latin as “producing stars,” and since this orchid can bloom for months at a time, it certainly earns the moniker. It helps to […]

Summer Watering

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Summer has been heating up the northern half of the planet, and it’s important to remember that orchid care instructions are always subject to change. If you follow a too-rigid watering schedule, then you may notice your orchid suffering about now. On hot summer days, orchids need extra water. Plants in homes and offices may […]

Keiki – A Baby Orchid

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

A keiki is a baby orchid that grows as an offshoot of its mother plant. Keiki is the Hawaiian word for baby or child, and it’s pronounced “kay-kee.” Besides their Hawaiian name, they’re sometimes called aerials or plantlets. By growing keikis, orchids can reproduce without flowering and seeding. Some orchid varieties are more likely to […]

Super Ghost

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

While the rare and elusive Ghost Orchid can pop up in some unusual places, the most reliable spot to see one in bloom is the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples, Florida. This July, one happy plant is again visible from the comfort of their boardwalk. With 14 flower buds that will open over the next […]

Urban Jungle

Monday, July 5th, 2010

With a small deck and backyard garden, Dave and I have a limited amount of green space in our San Francisco apartment. We make up for lack of square footage with plant density, and in our mild climate, there’s always something growing and blooming. But our urban jungle really comes alive in summer. Among this […]

July Orchid Shows

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Winter in the Southern Hemisphere brings lots of orchid shows in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Orchid lovers in the USA and UK may need to look a little harder, but can still find some summer shows to scratch that orchid itch. July 1 – 3 Alfred County Winter Orchid Show, Margate Methodist Church […]