Archive for April, 2012

Orchid Shampoo

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Recently I spotted Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo at the drugstore. After buying it, I saw that it contains “Orchis mascula flower extract.” This Orchis is a terrestrial species, probably a distant second to vanilla as the most important commercial orchid. Native to an enormous range of Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and Northern […]

Orchid Photo Contest Winners

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

An orchid photo contest at the Cleveland Botanical Garden has picked some real winners. The pictures highlight the sights of the garden’s winter exhibit “Orchid Mania: This Side of Paradise.” The annual contest is co-sponsored by The Cleveland Plain Dealer and, and this year saw almost 300 entries. Check out the winners’ gallery, or […]

Orchids in Kona

Friday, April 20th, 2012

It’s easy to think that a tropical place like Hawaii is full of orchids. That’s certainly true in some parts of the islands, like Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden near Hilo. However, in other parts of Hawaii, orchids aren’t as common. Kona lies on the other side of the Big Island where rains are rare, and […]

Outdoor Orchids in San Francisco

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Welcome to a new blog category for “Growing Orchids in San Francisco” with info of interest for the Bay Area. Some old posts fit the new category, too, so I’ll go back and re-label those with local relevance. This post is the first half of a list of orchids I’ve grown outdoors over the years, […]

Santa Barbara Orchid Estate

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

When I think of Santa Barbara, I think of Cymbidiums. Recently Dave traveled there for work, and he found plenty to photograph at the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate (SBOE). With 5 acres (2 hectares) of gardens in a mild coastal climate, it’s no surprise that Cymbidiums thrive there. But Cymbidiums are only part of the […]

Vanilla Crisis

Friday, April 6th, 2012

How could the world’s most delicious orchid taste sour? Vanilla crop failures around the tropics are driving up prices for the beans. The world’s second most expensive spice (after saffron) is notoriously difficult to cultivate, and its cost is rising. Vanilla yields have fallen in India and Mexico by as much as 90% this year, […]

Why You Need to Repot Your Orchid

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

It would be nice if you never had to repot your orchid, but you do. To understand why, consider how these orchids grow high in the trees at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden. This is how many orchids live in the wild. Their roots may grow in moss or rainforest debris, but mostly they’re exposed to […]