Archive for March, 2012

April Orchid Shows

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

April brings orchid shows in every hemisphere. Sydney, Budapest, Chicago, and Houston are hosting big events. The Toronto Artistic Orchid Society emphasizes traditional Chinese orchids, but grows many modern varieties, too. All are welcome to their show. April 1 North East of England Orchid Society Annual Show, Bowburn Community Centre, Bowburn, County Durham, UK April […]

Orchid Post Mortem: Orchis

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

When I first bought this unusual Japanese species at Pacific Orchid Expo 2009, I didn’t know if I could grow it. My purchase consisted of 3 tiny Orchis tubers, each smaller than a pea. Along with planting instructions for this mini terrestrial, the vendor included its Japanese name, uchouran, meaning “butterfly wing orchid.” I planted […]

Spring Shade

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

As we enjoy the sun’s ascent and longer daylight hours with spring, it’s time to move orchids from their brighter winter homes into shadier areas. Don’t wait until leaves turn yellow or sunburn. Since different orchid varieties need different light levels, consider what each requires for their spring and summer home. Many types, like Cattleyas, […]


Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

To celebrate spring’s arrival, here are some flora and fauna pictures from our recent visit to Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park. We didn’t see any orchids, but we did find a few of the garden’s other natural wonders. For much of the country, winter has hardly made an appearance. San Francisco’s weather has been […]

Weakly, Weekly

Saturday, March 17th, 2012


Project BudBurst

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Project BudBurst invites you to give science a hand. Since 2007, volunteers have been helping to monitor the climate by recording the first leaves, flowers, and fruits of plant species across the USA. This includes native North American orchids. Scientists use Project BudBurst’s data to understand how climate change affects plant growth, and they make […]

Late Winter Orchid Care

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

As winter winds down, it’s still the dry season in the native homes of many orchids. They often take the opportunity to flower before the wet season begins. Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, Oncidiums, and others need this dormant period to bloom. Even when dormant orchids spring into bloom, resist the urge to water more. Many dormant types, […]

Philadelphia Flower Show

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

The Philadelphia Flower Show is the largest indoor flower show in the country, and orchids are always a big part of the event. This year’s tropical theme, “Hawaii: Islands of Aloha,” showcases plenty of Phals, Cattleyas, Epidendrums, and Miltonias. The show is earning rave reviews in the local press and beyond. It’s even making a […]

More from the Pacific Orchid Expo

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

When it’s easy to find Phals, Oncidiums, and Epidendrums in any supermarket, it is possible to become jaded by orchids. Fortunately, the vast orchid family is always full of surprises, and these photos from Pacific Orchid Expo 2012 certainly prove my point. Whether it’s an eye-catching hybrid, an unusual species, or a fresh color combination, […]