Archive for May, 2014

Mexicoa: A Charming Mini Orchid

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Meet Mexicoa, a sunny, fragrant mini orchid. I bought this plant a few years ago, and it’s been a reliable bloomer so far. These cheery yellow flowers have been a welcome harbinger of spring. As the name suggests, this species is native to Mexico. It can handle warm daytime temps as long as it has […]

North American Orchid Conservation Center

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

The North American Orchid Conservation Center (NAOCC) works to save endangered orchids in the USA and Canada. About 250 orchid species are native to North America, and many are threatened by habitat destruction, climate change, and illegal poaching. The NAOCC was created by the Smithsonian Institution and the US Botanic Garden to conserve these native treasures. […]

Night Fragrant Orchids

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

What do the Ghost Orchid and Darwin’s Orchid have in common? Besides their sparkling white blooms, they are also night fragrant orchids. They have no scent during the day, and turn on their perfumes when it’s dark. The six photos below represent just a fraction of night fragrant orchid varieties. I’ve included a few more […]

Orchids on Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Orchids have become such popular Mother’s Day gifts that moms are becoming orchid addicts as a result. They’ve discovered what many already know — orchids are easy and rewarding with a few basic care tips. Many orchids can sport their glorious blooms for weeks or even months. To get the most life out of your […]

Let Orchids Dry Before Watering

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

It’s important to let orchids dry between waterings. Roots and potting material need time to dry out. This period helps prevent roots from rotting or developing disease. Cattleyas and Oncidiums need to dry well, since damp conditions can kill them. Moth Orchids, Masdevallias, and Lady Slippers want to dry just a little, and need water […]

May Orchid Shows

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Finding orchid lovers in Florida and Hawaii is no surprise, but how about Scotland and Latvia? Orchid lovers and orchid shows span the globe. Many shows are perfectly timed for Mother’s Day weekend. May 1 – 3 Mackay & District Orchid Society Show, Mt. Pleasant Shopping Centre, Mackay, Queensland, Australia May 1 – 3 Pine […]