Archive for December, 2018

Florida’s Million Orchid Project Shows How to Attach Them to Trees

Friday, December 28th, 2018

Check out the video below for expert tips on how to attach orchids to trees. As part of Florida’s Million Orchid Project, biologists are trying to teach the public how to mount orchids. Whether it’s a native species, or a favorite non-native variety, growers can mount them using the techniques explained in the video. In […]

Winter Solstice Orchids

Friday, December 21st, 2018

Orchids can even make the shortest day of the year feel tropical. Enjoy these marvelous blooms in honor of today’s solstice. They are all a reminder that flowers will bud, open, and fade. Long nights will give way to long days. Light will return. The cycles of the earth spiral on.

Orchids by the Sea

Monday, December 17th, 2018

Late autumn gives rise to a lot of outdoor orchid blooms at our home in Pacifica. Some of the flowers may be a little battered by the elements, but they can still survive for many weeks. In the past couple months, these plants have endured heavy rains, strong winds, and two weeks of bad, smoky […]

Donate to Orchid Charities

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

All of these organizations have been highlighted before on this blog as great conservation groups, doing the herculean work of saving plants on our increasingly imperiled planet. Please consider giving to them this holiday season. They are all non-profits, so donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. American Orchid Society Australian Orchid Foundation Botanic […]

Teeny-Tiny Orchid Seeds

Friday, December 7th, 2018

How small are orchid seeds? They’re the smallest seeds in the world, like specks of dust. In fact, those little black dots in vanilla ice cream are seeds, and they’re considered large for the orchid family. The photos below show greatly enlarged images of Epidendrum seeds. Each tiny white thread is actually an individual seed. […]