Autumn Colors

Celebrate today’s equinox with these brilliant orchid colors. Autumn arrives as the northern half of the globe tilts away from the sun, and nights grow longer.

Laelia hybridLady Slipper hybridProsthechea species

These flowers represent only a few of those on display at a recent monthly meeting of the San Francisco Orchid Society. On the first Tuesday evening of every month, everyone is welcome to enjoy blooms like these at the San Francisco County Fair Building. Many local orchid societies feature similar events with impressive displays. If summer’s departure has you yearning for floral fare, check out your local orchid society for some autumn colors.

Disa flowerMini Dendrobium speciesMiltonia flower

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4 Comments on “Autumn Colors”

  1. Joan Says:

    Do I cut stems off all the way to root/growing material after blooms fall off?
    If all the leaves have fallen off is my plant dead? Too much water, I’m thinking…..
    I commented with thesea questions recently but can’t find it or answers!!
    I’ll remember this time on equinox date….!
    Thanks so much…I have NO experience with these beautiful varied floweres.
    Your pictures are SO lovely and inspiring.
    Kind Regards,

  2. Marc Says:

    Hi Joan. I’m glad you’re enjoying the pictures. For your orchid, you should start by identifying what kind of orchid you have so you can better learn its care needs. You don’t need its exact name, just the family where it belongs. Most orchids sold today are Phals, or Moth Orchids, so that’s a good place to start.

    Here are tips to cut back flower stems. You can cut them off with a clean blade. Cut them down as far as possible without damaging nearby leaves or roots. If all the leaves have fallen off, it’s possible that your orchid is one of the deciduous kinds which loses its leaves over winter. There are varieties of Dendrobiums, Cycnoches, and others which do this, and then regrow new leaves in spring. However, if your orchid is not of these types, then it’s a bad sign. It probably won’t recover from losing all its leaves. Losing all the leaves can be caused by many different factors, so you may need to do some detective work to figure out whether it was too much water, too little water, cold temps, or allowing the pot to sit in water for too long. Good luck!

  3. Joan Says:

    Dear Marc,
    thanks so much for your answers…I don’t think my orchids are deciduous because I just noticed that the leaves hadn’t really turned any other color than a healthy dark green; they just seemed to rot away at the very bottom and fall off. I’m thinking too much water. These were the two that I bought at K-Mart and I just followed the instructions on them. I bought two others at Home Depot and they seem to be too damp also but are still blooming. I also followed the watering instructions for them too. And I bought a very small, very pretty orchid at Trader Joe’s…seems to be doing the best of all of them!
    Basically, the first two called for just running water thru the root area once every 10 days and letting it drain completely. The second two called for 1/4 cup each week and the last one called for letting 1 ice cube melted on the top every week.
    So, I guess I’ll just have to do more research on which type I have. Sure would have been nice to have that info included with each plant….j
    Thanks again Marc!
    Happy Lord’s Day,

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