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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, 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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Friday, January 23, 2009

Top Orchid Care Tips

These top Orchid care tips should help you keep your Orchids healthy and happy. Caring for Orchids can be easy or it can be difficult, depending on what Orchid you choose. Here are our top care tips:
  1. Most Orchids love humidity. Use a humidity tray for your Orchid.
  2. Orchids don't like a lot of fertilizer at once. Fertilize weakly, weekly as you care for your Orchids.
  3. Orchids don't like direct sun on their leaves. Even if you have chosen an Orchid that likes bright light, it still doesn't want direct sun.
  4. The longest blooming Orchids are Phalaenopsis, Dendrobium, and Cymbidium Orchids. If you want a long bloom time, choose one of these o grow.
  5. The Orchids that have the biggest flowers bloom 2-4 weeks. These are Cattleya Orchids, known as the corsage Orchid.




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Saturday, March 8, 2008

Orchids That Are Easy To Grow

For people who are starting or are thinking of raising and cultivating orchids, much thought is required before proceeding.

First, you have to be completely decided. One should be willing to commit most of his or her time in taking care of the plant from start to finish. Ask yourself if you are willing to be consistent in watering the plant, or in making sure that the plant's environment is free from things that will hinder their growth. And most importantly, ask yourself if raising an orchid is what you really want to do. After going through all of these and you still are eager to find an orchid and raise it, then you're good to go.

Next thing to do is, obviously, what orchid to grow. For most starters, this can become a slight problem. If you are totally new to the cultivation and plant-growing world, you might get stumped in choosing the orchid you want.

The answer to this problem is easy. If you have no idea as to which orchid is most suitable for growing, what you need to do is pick the ones that are easiest to grow.

Each orchid is unique in a way that they are easy to grow under their own perfect condition. For starters, Phalaenopsis are easy to grow. They are the most common and are cheap. So if you fail the first time trying to grow it, you can always go back to your favorite flower shop and buy one again, without hurting your pockets.

The following are other types of orchids that are easy to grow under the right conditions:

  • Paphiopedilums or the "slipper" orchids which come in a great assortment of colors, shapes, and sizes. Specific types of these are:
    - Maudiae, a classic slipper cross and possibly the most common Paphiodeliums. They have a wide variety of colors to choose from.
    - Hybrids, those that have mottled leaves are the ones that can grow well.
    - Species
  • Phalaenopsis
  • Doritaenopsis which is a type of Phalaenopsis and a relative of genus Doritis combined. Oftentimes they have spikes that grow erect. One type of this is Talitha Klehm.
  • Phragmipedium is a previously ignored genus until recently. It is one of the easiest to grow.
  • Cattleya.
  • Vandas were widely hybridized like the Cattleyas. Some examples are Ascocenda and Ascocentrum. They like abundant amount of lightand are usually gron in baskets where their roots are out in the open.
  • Cymbidium are an ideal choice for cooler temperatures.

In certain specific conditions like an indoor environment, these orchids are recommended:

  • Phalaenopsis
  • Paphiopedilum concolor
  • Paphiopedilum sukhakulii
  • Paphiopedilum callosum X P. lawrenceanum
  • Aerangis
  • Angraecum Bulbophyllum
  • Dendrochilum
  • Oncidium papilio
  • Oncidium kramerianum
Different types of orchids for different types of growing environment. But despite these variations, all of them can be easily grown. Just throw in the right condition for your flowers like light, soil, temperature, regular watering, etcetera and you'll have orchids blossoming beautifully.

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