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


The 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 The Cymbidiums Orchids

The 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 The 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

The Vanda Alliance Orchids

These are large monopodial orchids growing naturally from India and China down to Australia and the Philippines. They can be grown in pots, but most of the roots will prefer to wander around outside the pot. Culture in baskets is preferable but they need to be suspended, as the roots tend to hang downwards. A … Continue reading The Vanda Alliance 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

Light For Orchids

Light is another critical factor in growing and inducing orchid plants to bloom. In fact, lack of adequate light is the chief reason for an orchid's failure to bloom. On the other hand, too much of a good thing is a problem, as well - for instance, when it results in sunburn. And although some … Continue reading Light For Orchids

Watering And Feeding Orchids

Orchids are supposed to do best if the water is slightly on the acidic side, with a pH of about 6.5. However, they have been grown successfully in alkaline water with a pH of 7.5. Most municipal water supplies will present no problems, but there are exceptions. Water high in calcium and magnesium salts can … Continue reading Watering And Feeding Orchids

History Of Orchids

The earliest known orchids (the Mediterranean region), were named Orchis-an earthy reference to the Greek word for testicle, because of their twin oval tubers. These and other orchids from time to time have been considered useful in medicine, but the only orchid of true economic value is Vanilla planifolia, the source of vanilla flavoring. This orchid … Continue reading History Of Orchids