Archive for February, 2014

Pacific Orchid Expo 2014

Monday, February 24th, 2014

If you didn’t make it to last weekend’s Pacific Orchid Expo in San Francisco, you missed an incredible show. This year’s displays featured thousands of varieties of extraordinary flowers. With so many photographic treats in every direction, it was tough to know which way to turn. Brilliant colors and rich fragrances beckoned from dozens of […]

Pacific Orchid Expo Opens

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

The San Francisco Orchid Society invites you to Pacific Orchid Expo 2014, starting with tonight’s opening gala. The show continues through Sunday. It’s the largest show in the country, with 150,000 orchids on display or on sale. Tickets are available online or at the door. Sometimes I hear a question like “Why go to an […]

The Best Orchid Pots

Monday, February 17th, 2014

The Wall Street Journal has taken an interest in orchid pots. As air plants, orchids love a moist breeze across their roots. Flower pots with holes in their sides, in addition to bottom drainage holes, have better air circulation. With small openings, lattices, or slits, these pots are ideal for many orchids. Whether a container […]

Caring for a Valentine Orchid

Friday, February 14th, 2014

With their beauty and elegance, it’s easy to see how orchids are challenging roses as valentine favorites. If you receive one as a valentine gift, check the care tips below the eye candy to help your orchid grow and thrive. What kind? –¬† Identifying your orchid can help you understand its care needs. Most orchids […]

More 2014 Winter Orchid Exhibits

Monday, February 10th, 2014

It’s no wonder that so many botanical gardens feature orchid displays over winter. These exhibits offer the warmth and beauty of a tropical vacation. And don’t forget the displays listed previously in this earlier post and this one, too. February 13 – March 10 Explore “Mille et une Orchidees”, where a thousand and one orchids […]

Orchids As Cut Flowers

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Orchids have become valentine favorites, both as potted plants and as cut flowers. Potted plants, however, can inspire worries about their care. Cut orchid flowers have the same beauty and elegance without the worry. As cut flowers, orchids make the perfect valentine gift. Phals, Cattleyas,¬†Cymbidiums, Dendrobiums, Oncidiums, and Paphs are often sold as cut flowers. […]