The Slipper Orchids.

The slipper orchids are not likely to be confused with any others; with the exception of a single species, all the members of the subfamily Cypripedioideae have the lip or labellum modified into a pouch, an inflated bag-shaped organ. If you can imagine a dainty foot nestled in this pouch, you'll comprehend these orchids' charming … Continue reading The Slipper Orchids.

Cymbidiums Orchids.

Easy culture and a lavish show of long-lasting flowers have made cymbidiums favorites with gardeners and commercial cut-flower growers alike. Standard cymbidium hybrids produce multiple 3- to 4-foot flower spikes from February to early May (some as early as Christmas), and each spike may contain as many as thirty 4- to 5-inch flowers. The flowers … Continue reading Cymbidiums Orchids.

Dendrobium Orchids.

The dendrobium tribe includes only four genera, three of which are not widely grown. The fourth, Dendrobium, more than compensates with its enormous number of species; estimates range from 900 to 1,400 or even more. Natives grow from India, China, and Japan through Indonesia to Australia, New Zealand, and the islands of the Pacific. These … Continue reading Dendrobium Orchids.

The Cattleya Alliance Orchids.

This widely available and easily grown group of orchids contains some of the showiest flowers in the family. It includes not only the familiar Cattleya but also the very similar Laelia and the highly variable Epidendrum and Encyclia. Lesser known in their own right, but valuable as parents in a complex assemblage of hybrids, are … Continue reading The Cattleya Alliance Orchids.

The Oncidium Alliance Orchids.

The plants described below belong to a sub-tribe known as the Oncidiinae. They grow naturally in the tropical and sub-tropical Americas and the Caribbean, mainly as epiphytes. There are a confusing number of genera and hundreds of species. Some sections interbreed freely in cultivation and there are a large number of intergeneric names. The taxonomists … Continue reading The Oncidium Alliance Orchids.

Orchid Glossary.

Alba: White form of a flower. AM: Award of Merit. Second-highest flower-quality award given by the American Orchid Society for plants scoring 79.5-89.4 award points. An AM can also be bestowed by the Royal Horticultural Society (AM/RHS). Angraecoid: Term used to describe the monopodial orchids that belong to the African Angraeceum orchids and their close relatives. AOS: American Orchid … Continue reading Orchid Glossary.

Propagation Of Orchids.

Propagating orchids by division, through offshoots, or by raising seedlings is easily within the realm of most home growers. The method you choose depends on the type of orchid and on how much time you want to devote to the process. Dividing Orchids The easiest method of creating new orchids is by division. When you … Continue reading Propagation Of Orchids.

Temperature, Humidity, Ventilation for Orchids.

Orchids enjoy the same temperatures that we do 70° to 80°F (21° to 27°C) during the day, with a drop of 10° to 15°F (5° to 9°C) at night. As you see catalogs you will encounter the terms warm-growing, cool-growing, and intermediate. These all refer to a species' minimum winter nighttime temperatures - that is, … Continue reading Temperature, Humidity, Ventilation for Orchids.

Problems With Orchids.

Orchids can live in cultivation for many years - up to 100 years in established botanical gardens, for example. But for this to happen, growing conditions have to be right and any problems must be dealt with promptly. Over time, orchids progress in peaks and valleys. They advance toward a peak, producing optimum growth and … Continue reading Problems With Orchids.

Orchids – The Growing Environment.

Orchids In The Home. You do not have to have a greenhouse to grow orchids. If you can grow a houseplant, you can enjoy growing orchids. Also, if your climate is suitable, orchids grown indoors over winter can be moved outside to a protected area for the summer. As light is essential for orchids, the … Continue reading Orchids – The Growing Environment.