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Great Orchid Gifts for Kids

Wednesday, December 7th, 2022

Kids will get stuck on orchids with the American Orchid Society’s (AOS) engaging gifts for children. The Stuck on Orchids sticker book includes stickers, basic info, and opportunities for coloring. It covers seven of the most common orchid varieties. The Orchid Nonsense Coloring Book features over 40 designs of orchids, animals, and characters, ready for […]

The Orchid Marketplace is Live!

Tuesday, September 14th, 2021

The American Orchid Society (AOS) has launched the Orchid Marketplace. This new service connects everyone with the world’s top vendors for orchids, supplies, books, greenhouses, and even jewelry. It’s all in one place, with direct links to vendor sites. AOS members save a minimum of 5% on all purchases, and may save more with added […]

Million Orchid Project Restoration Kits

Wednesday, May 5th, 2021

Looking for a special gift? How about kits that help save Florida’s endangered native orchid species? Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is offering rare orchids seedlings for sale for local residents. They’re all part of Florida’s Million Orchid Project, modeled after Singapore’s success at restoring its endangered species by planting lots of them everywhere, even in […]

More Mother’s Day Orchids

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Moth Orchids, or Phals, have been popular Mother’s Day gifts for years, but sometimes it’s time for something different. The orchid world has endless variety to choose from; these photos show just a tiny sample of what’s available besides Phals. Other popular varieties include Dendrobiums,¬†Cymbidiums, Dancing Lady Orchids, Lady Slippers, Pansy Orchids, and Epidendrums. Each […]

Disposable Orchids

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

Disposable orchids are part of modern life. Once the blooms finish, the plant goes into the trash or the compost bin. If you want more flowers, then buy a new plant. That’s the idea behind most orchids sold today, like these modern hybrids in today’s photos. Each new and improved variety is a glorious work […]

Orchid Hybrid Vigor

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Shopping for the perfect Mother’s Day gift? An orchid hybrid is your best bet. Hybrids are crosses between closely related plants. Breeders cross-pollinate different orchid varieties, and then choose the best offspring. Hybrid vigor emerges when the best traits from both parents create tougher descendants. They are often easy to grow and flower, and hardy […]

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. […]

Why Moth Orchids Are Great for Beginners

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Moth Orchids, or Phals, are some of the most popular houseplants in the world. Thanks to their beauty, elegance, and toughness, Phals now live in countless homes and offices. If you’re buying an orchid gift, especially for an orchid beginner, there’s no better choice. Here are few reasons why: Moth Orchids have very long lasting […]

Orchid Specialties

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

As the largest and most diverse flower family, orchids can be overwhelming. To make them more manageable, many growers specialize. With 30,000 species, and over 150,000 hybrids, there are countless ways to find a niche in the orchid world. Here are a few: Collect mini’s – Miniature orchids are short on stature, but full of […]

Valentine Orchids

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Can’t decide which orchid to choose for your valentine? With tens of thousands of orchid varieties, it can be a monumental task. Fortunately, AboutOrchids is here to help. Below are three common types which will find their mark like cupid’s arrow. Happy orchid shopping! Phals, or Moth Orchids, are the most popular orchids sold.¬†With good […]