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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Orchid Greenhouses Can Help

Using a greenhouse to grow Orchids at home can be a good way to control temperature, humidity, air movement, and lighting. We have just updated our greenhouses page here.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Jump Start on Growing Your First Orchids

This post is to give you a jump start on growing your first Orchids. To me, the perfect start to growing Orchids would be to get the items below. This should all come to around $100-150 and you'll be all set to go!
  1. Buy a good Orchid book. This is a good book if you like beautiful large photos. Or, here is a book with more copy which has a good simplification. If you want to save money, this Ortho book is always a good one. If you don't like to read and prefer a DVD, here's a good DVD.
  2. Phalaenopsis Orchid plants are the easiest to grow if you have a shady spot indoors. They bloom for a nice long time. This is a nice Phalaenopsis Orchid collection to start with.
  3. Dendrobiums are great Orchids for that bright window inside the house. This particular Dendrobium is a long blooming type, also called a Phalaenopsis type Dendrobium.
  4. For repotting eventually, this is a good bark for both of the above Orchids.
  5. This Orchid fertilizer works well for the above Orchids.
  6. A humidity tray is very important in growing Orchids, since Orchids are from tropical climates. Here is a good humidity tray meant for one Orchid. Or, here is a large humidity tray which can work for 3-4 Orchids.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

2009 Pacific Orchid Exposition in San Francisco CA

If you have not been before, this is the year not to miss the Pacific Orchid Exposition in San Francisco CA. It takes place March 5-8, 2009 at Fort Mason. With the huge number of Orchid displays, tables with Orchids for sale, and green theme, it is sure to be great this year. Here is more information.

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Saturday, March 8, 2008

How To Choose What Orchids to Buy

For First Time Orchid Buyers

Orchids are beautiful to look at. They look good in one’s backyard or garden. People who appreciate flowers will sure be taken in awe of these colorful and cute flowers.

While some are just plainly satisfied by looking at orchids, other people become interested in purchasing these plants. Some may buy orchids just to put them in their respective gardens. Others may be also interested in raising and cultivating them for business purposes. Whatever their reasons maybe, they must first decide which type of orchids they want to buy.

In choosing the right kind of orchids, one must take note of these three things:

  • types of orchids which you think you can effectively grow
  • the available space for your orchids
  • the kind of environment your orchids will grow in

Orchids come in different kinds, each one unique in their ability to adapt to their environment and grow depending on it. Before you decide in buying a particular orchid, make sure that what you will get is the kind that you can effectively grow depending on the growing condition that you have. One must put into consideration the kind of shade or sun available, and the space available. You must also make sure that you are committed to regularly water your plant for them to grow and bloom.

Going to the actual process of buying that orchid that keeps nagging the back of your mind, take note that there are varieties that are best suitable for first-time buyers. They are the following:

  • Phalaenopsis Orchids. They are also referred to as Moth Orchids. They are among the types of orchids that are easy to grow. Orchids that belong to this group have several large flowers on each spike which remain open for six weeks or more. The Moth orchids are common in most stores. They can also extend their blooming period when a spike is cut after the original flowers are gone by developing a new spike below the original one.

    Phals (as some would call this type of orchids) are ideal for first-time buyers because they are inexpensive and their being common.

  • Paphiopedilum Orchids. They also go by the name Venus Slipper Orchid. This kind is easily identified because of its one flower per stalk quality. However, there are varieties that have multiple flowers. Paphiopedilums are fairly simple to grow provided that they have the accurate temperature range.

  • Dendrobium Orchids. This type is long-lasting and is characterized by many blossoms. When mature, they often times split when small additional plantlets are produced.

  • Oncidium Orchids. Oncidiums are easy to grow because they belong to a large group that has different species which originate in broad varieties of climate. They are commonly referred to as “dancing girls”.

  • Cattleya hybrids are also recommended for those first-time buyers because they are also easy to grow, and also those that belong in the Vanda group.
Most importantly, in purchasing your pretty orchids, make sure to select the healthy orchids (you can ask your friendly orchid seller for this). This will ensure that you are in the right track. Combine it with tender, loving care (flowers need this too), regular watering and the right kind of environment to grow in, your orchids are sure to bloom in no time!

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