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How To Say Coelogyne

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Fortunately, Coelogyne orchids are easier to grow than they are to pronounce. This glorious genus of orchids originates in Southeast Asia, in a large area stretching from India and China to Indonesia, New Guinea, the Philippines, and Fiji. Many varieties have tumbling cascades of fragrant blooms. Their brilliantly-colored flower lips often feature weird ridges and […]

There Are Always More Moth Orchids

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

Moth Orchids are one of the most popular houseplants in the world, and there’s a steady stream of new varieties. These photos highlight some of the latest hybrid trends. Many feature new patterns or color mixes. Others are bigger, rounder, and flatter. Miniatures are smaller than ever, and harlequins continue to flaunt their artistry. Some […]

Orchids for the Equinox

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

Welcome today’s spring equinox with more photos from the recent Pacific Orchid Expo. Northern California has been greeted with a chilly rain to mark the day. Our rainy season was late this winter, but began in earnest a few weeks ago. It should be enough to keep our multi-year drought at bay. Of course, it’s […]

More Photos from the Pacific Orchid Expo

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

There aren’t enough superlatives to do justice to the Pacific Orchid Expo. These photos, and those in the first post, are just a drop in the bucket of the plants that recently adorned the Hall of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. Every year, the show features extravagant colors, rich perfumes, and fascinating orchid diversity. With […]

Pacific Orchid Expo 2018

Monday, February 26th, 2018

San Francisco celebrated another wonderful Pacific Orchid Expo this past weekend. A first pass through my photos has yielded these stunning blooms from the event. Now in its second year at the Hall of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, the show is smaller than it was for many years at Fort Mason’s larger facility. However, […]

66th Pacific Orchid Expo Is Coming This Weekend

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

The 66th Pacific Orchid Expo takes place this weekend in San Francisco, February 23rd – 25th. This year’s theme is “Curiouser and Curiouser, Orchids in Wonderland.” It’s one of the largest orchid shows in the world, and features tens of thousands of orchids, as well as other fascinating plants. It’s truly a wonderful sight, and […]

Valentine Orchid Care

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Now that you have a beautiful Valentine orchid, what do you do with it? Don’t panic! Most orchids don’t deserve their difficult reputations. A few care tips can help you keep your orchid happy. Identify your orchid – Moth Orchids, like the three in the row of photos above, are the most popular. Lady Slippers […]

The Orchid I Want For Valentine’s Day

Sunday, February 11th, 2018

At AboutOrchids, we love all types of orchids, but some really stand above the rest. For example, the stunning Lady Slipper ornament pictured below is a priceless antique, full of gold, diamonds, and rubies. If it weren’t locked up in a museum, it could be a great Valentine’s Day gift. Dave spotted this beauty at […]

Winter Blooms in Our Garden

Monday, February 5th, 2018

The Northern California coast is already a beautiful place, but winter orchid blooms make it even better. The plants in these photos are reliable performers in our garden every year. We grow lots of Cymbidiums, which do very well in our climate. And so do some other orchid varieties, like cool-growing Zygos, Epidendrums, Laelias, and […]

AboutOrchids Is 10 Years Old Today!

Saturday, January 20th, 2018

AboutOrchids is 10 years old today! As we approach 900 posts over a decade, it’s easy to look back and see how the blog (and I) have grown. When somebody asks how I still come up with new posts after all these years, the answer is that I’m still learning, too. And the more I […]