Archive for December, 2015

January Orchid Shows

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

It’s no surprise to find orchid events in California, Florida, and Puerto Rico this month. But it’s a little surprising to see shows during the frigid winters of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Massachusetts. Visitors to these events will quickly defrost to enjoy an instant tropical getaway. January 2 Deutsche Orchideengesellschaft Tischbewertung, Hannover Herrenhäuser Gärten, Hanover, Germany […]

Holiday Orchid Care Guide

Saturday, December 26th, 2015

Wondering what to do with your gift orchid? It’s beautiful, but can you possibly keep such a fragile thing alive? Relax, most orchids sold today are easy to grow. Check the orchid care tips below to learn how to keep your plant happy. What kind is it? –  Identify your orchid to learn more about […]

A Very Tropical Solstice

Monday, December 21st, 2015

With the severe drought in California, I can’t complain about today’s chilly solstice rain in the SF Bay Area. However, I can find warm, tropical inspiration in these photos from our summer trip to London. No orchids this time — instead these feature the Waterlily House at Kew Gardens. It’s tough to take a bad […]

Key to Native Orchids of New Zealand

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Kiwi orchid lovers have a great new app to help them identify native New Zealand species. With over 1500 images, users can identify over 120 varieties. The app is available for both Android and Apple devices.

An Orchid Paradise in India

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

In the Indian state of Odisha, a new orchid project is starting. India is jumping into the commercial orchid market. Those are Den Phals in the article’s photos.

Blue Moth Orchids

Friday, December 11th, 2015

Are these blue Moth Orchids too good to be true? Well, yes, they are. There are no true blue Moth Orchids. Instead, these plants have white flowers which have been injected with dye. That info is contained somewhere on the label, but many people don’t spot it, and don’t realize that these aren’t what they […]

Easy Cool Growing Orchid Species

Sunday, December 6th, 2015

Following up on my earlier post about easy orchid species, here’s my list of easy cool growers. Unlike most orchid species, those listed below are as easy to grow as hybrids. Once again, this is not any sort of complete list, just a few that I know best. I’ve grown all of these varieties outdoors […]

December Orchid Shows

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Even during a slow month for orchid shows, the events still span the globe. Many orchid societies also have holiday sales and auctions, so check with your local group for more orchid happenings. December 3 – 6 Exposición Internacional de Orquídeas, Convento Santo Domingo de Guzman, Cobán, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala December 4 – 6 Orchid […]