Growing orchids indoors this winter

Growing orchids indoors this winter

Having orchids indoors during the winter months is one of the things that keeps me from going crazy during this season. I’m not sure if there is anything better than checking out my orchids indoors while there is snow falling outside! This lovely little miniature orchid was an impulse by from a visit to Home Depot. I am a sucker for all of the things near the checkout line, so a display of small orchids for $6.99 wasn’t even worth fighting. Large or small, you can get an orchid bloom again. I find that most orchid flowers last 3-4 months in our house if they were purchased in good condition with a several of the balloon-like blooms yet to open. What a deal these orchids are compared to cut flowers!… Read Full Post
Will my orchid bloom again?

Will my orchid bloom again?

As the last bloom falls from my orchid I find myself asking the important question, “Will my orchid bloom again?” How do you know what to look for and is there anything you can do to encourage another flower? This lovely little miniature orchid was an impulse by from a visit to Home Depot. I am a sucker for all of the things near the checkout line, so a display of small orchids for $6.99 wasn’t even worth fighting.   Large or small, you can get an orchid bloom again. I find that most orchid flowers last 3-4 months in our house if they were purchased in good condition with a several of the balloon-like blooms yet to open. What a deal these orchids are compared to cut flowers!… Read Full Post
Orchids at Franklin Park Conservatory

Orchids at Franklin Park Conservatory

A trip to Ohio in January?  Why not? A couple of weeks ago now I flew to Columbus to speak at the Midwest Green Industry Xperience, MGIX, and had just enough time to sneak away from the convention center to see Orchids at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden. The modern facade on the front is strategically combined with the very formal Palm House, build in 1895. The design of this grand Victorian-style glass greenhouse was influenced by the success of Chicago’s World Fair and Colombian Exposition in 1893. The high roofline of the Palm House let the tall palms grow, and even houses this glowing Chihuly glass sculpture. I arrived late in the afternoon and had just enough time to hustle my way through each of the greenhouses.… Read Full Post
Create Your Own Orchid Green Wall

Create Your Own Orchid Green Wall

As part of our garden renovations a big change was taking down the large sweet viburnum on the corner of our shed.  I completely understand that this plant is in the wrong place. While many people try to keep Viburnum obovatum as a 3 foot tall shrub, it truly wants to be a 30 foot tall tree. I knew for a long time that this needed to come out, but it has been the place for me to plant orchids in trees as a fail safe way to grow my orchids. So finally this tree has been removed. Right plant, right place never rang more true.   This has left me with the very predictable issues of now both having many orchids that need a new home and a now very visible garden shed.… Read Full Post
Vanda Orchids

Vanda Orchids

Have you ever walked by something so pretty you just couldn’t resist? Or maybe a piece of food that just smelled so good that you had to have a bite? Well, that is me and my love for Vanda orchids. I neeeed them. Vanda orchids come in the most amazing colors and have huge flowers that will stop you in your tracks. A single flower can be nearly 3″ across. Nowadays, florists use that species of orchids for making luxurious bouquets.  Vanda orchids are distinctively different from other types of orchids in that they do not need to be in any type of orchid bark or moss, and prefer to grow simply hanging in the air. The name ‘epiphyte’ comes from the Greek word ‘epi’ meaning ‘upon’ and ‘phyton’ meaning ‘plant’.… Read Full Post
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