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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Varieties and Types of Orchids (2)

Another classification for orchids is those depending on the design or shape of their petals. For instance, the "moth orchids" or the Phalaenopsis orchid takes its name from the shape of its petals which resembles a moth diplaying his wings. The Phalaenopsis is probably the most common types that you can find and buy at the local grocery or garden store. Pink or pinkish is the most popular color for this species that is why some fashion designers have named such color as "orchid" which is of course,rather confusing since pink is not just the common color of all orchids. Wild Phalaenopsis are epiphytes, and usually grow on trees.

Another type of orchid which is also rather very popular is the Dendrobium. These are the type that are displayed in hotels and massage parlors for that "oriental" and relaxed atmosphere. The Dendrobium comes in many colors such as white, green, purple, pink, yellow, and some with combinations of such colors. Dendrobium is one of the largest orchid genera. These species live as epiphytes and lithophytes in New Zealand, Tahiti, New Guinea, Southern China, Thailand (where it is very famous), Japan and Australia.

Slipper Orchids are another type. Slipper orchids have strange appearances and there are no other types of flowers which are similar to them. Their petals have pouch-shaped lips. These orchids are terrestial. There are four genera included in this classification. They are the Paphiopedilum,Phragmipedium, Cypripedium and selenepidium. These varieties are usually hard to grow except for the Paphiopedilum which you can readily buy at orchid stores.

There is an orchid which seems to grow best in Southern California. This is the Cymbidium, more popularly known as the "Boat orchid". These are probably the most popular orchid in painting history since it is said that depictions of such flowers date back to the time of Confucius. Their petals are probably easy to paint due to its size and "showy" arrangement. The types of orchids do not stop here, as there are 700 or more genera, but these are the most popular among the types of orchids.

Author: Marty Lewis

Varieties and Types of Orchids

There are a hundred, if not thousands of types of orchids in the world and all of them are as beautiful and elegant. Orchid’s range of characters is similar to the uniqueness found in human beings. Color and texture are varied and all take your breath away. Orchids are difficult to classify due to their numerous variety, but we will do the best we can.

Of the many thousand species, we can first classify the orchids as terrestrial and epiphytes. Terrestrial orchids are "earthbound". The nutrients that their roots absorb are from the soil. They use their "below ground" root system. However, there are also orchids that have roots above and below the ground. These orchids are called semi-terrestrial. An example of this type of orchid is the Cymbidium. The Cymbidium can be found on the ground and above trees and rocks.

The other type of orchid is the epiphyte. This refers to orchids that depend on "hosts" in order to survive. This is not a remote occurrence in orchids as many plants other than orchids can also be considered as epiphytes. This type of orchids gets the nutrients from the organic matter that forms between itself and its host or partner. Also these types are quite easy to grow, they do not flower that much.  Read more - article 2

Friday, November 19, 2010

Orchids That Are Easy To Grow Indoors (3)

From -- Orchids That Are Easy To Grow Indoors (2)

Daylight is very important to orchids, although it should be remembered that in the wild, orchid plants experience a combination of both sun and shade; this ensures that it is protected from sustained strong sunlight. To replicate this natural environment consider placing the orchid adjacent to an east facing window during summer months and then relocating it in a sunnier window at the start of winter.

Planting orchids should be undertaken with some care. Do not use normal potting soil or compost as this will restrict both the water drainage as well as the circulation of air around the roots. Suitable potting mediums are either tree bark mixed with crumbled charcoal, or sphagnum moss from New Zealand.

Use urea free fertiliser when growing orchids, as the normal fertilisers containing the compound urea or carbamide, are not suitable for orchid plants. One beneficial method is to use water soluble fertiliser which can be applied during a watering sequence. A sign that an orchid is lacking adequate feeding and requires the nutrients contained in a fertiliser is the yellowing of its leaves.

Conclusion This brief overview of some of the main orchid topics provides a starting point to venture further into the exciting process of selecting, buying and then growing and caring for a special exotic and beautiful orchid plant. In addition, this may even develop into an appreciation of the diverse world of orchids and their natural habitats.

Published by: Ian Pengelly

Orchids That Are Easy To Grow Indoors (2)

 from - Orchids That Are Easy To Grow Indoors (1)

Orchid Fragrance is one characteristic that is enjoyed by all who grow and enjoy their orchid plants aE" these growers consider that no other group of floral plants produce a range of scents which can compare with the subtle aromas of the orchid family. Orchid Care When it comes to caring for orchid plants, the provision of the following basic requirements will ensure that the orchids will continue to flourish.

Temperature and humidity are vital to the success of growing orchids. It is true that some orchids originate from temperate climates however, the majority of orchids develop best within a temperature range between 16 Celsius (60 Fahrenheit) minimum night-time temperature, to a summer temperature of 29 Celsius (85 Fahrenheit). The natural habitat of most orchid species is humid, which is why the location of the indoor orchid should be at a higher level of humidity than that of the average home. This can be achieved by placing the orchid pot on a small tray containing moist gravel or pebbles, but with the pot being clear of the water. The moisture will evaporate, producing an increased level of humidity in the vicinity of the orchid.

Watering orchids should follow, as closely as possible, to the quantity and duration of rain the orchid receives in the wild. The intervals between watering will vary according to the temperature with the watering frequency being increased in hot weather. As a guide try watering about once a week, while checking that the surface of the exposed,aerial' roots, are dried out before the next watering.  Read more........ (3)

Published by: Ian Pengelly

Orchids That Are Easy To Grow Indoors (1)

Orchids That Are Easy To Grow Indoors (1)

The increasing awareness that orchids can be grown successfully indoors has resulted in the increase in their popularity. Initially, let's review three of the popular orchid varieties that are considered to be easy to grow, together with some of their individual characteristics: Orchid Varieties and Care Requirements The following orchids are varieties of the epiphytic species which are noted for growing from the bark of trees in tropical and sub-tropical areas. Phalaenopsis Orchid, otherwise known as Moth Orchid, is a variety which has undergone cross-pollination, producing hybrids with a reputation for being able to adapt to an indoor environment. This cross-pollinating has also resulted in a wide selection of flower colours in both white tints and more defined colours. The leaves of this particular orchid type are thick and fleshy, while its blooms remain in flower from two to three months.

Cattleyas Orchid is an orchid species recognised for its beautiful colourful flowers in a wide range of colours. Generally considered to be the instantly recognisable orchid image, this plant's blooms feature a variety of markings with the petal having a frilly edge. Each orchid's blooms remain in flower for up to four weeks. Oncidium Orchid, also recognised as Dancing Lady Orchid is versatile in its tolerance to different growing conditions, particularly with regard to cooler temperatures. The blooms from this orchid range in both size and colour of flower, and will thrive within an indoor environment.

Orchid Fragrance is one characteristic that is enjoyed by all who grow and enjoy their orchid plants aE" these growers consider that no other group of floral plants produce a range of scents which can compare with the subtle aromas of the orchid family. Orchid Care When it comes to caring for orchid plants, the provision of the following basic requirements will ensure that the orchids will continue to flourish.  Read More...........(2)

Published by: Ian Pengelly

Cattleya Orchid: Factors to Keep in Mind During Their Plantation!

Cattleya orchids are special types of orchids that look a very rich and grand appearance and please everyone's heart. Hence, they are chosen for some of the prominent occasions such as corsages and others.

You may witness, different varieties of habitat of cattleya orchids. Born in the Central America, these flowers are known to have a prominent presence all over the Amazon region. You may find some of the endangered varieties of cattleya in the region that looks simply beautiful and amazing. They look favorable in many occasions and amuse the receiver with their great looks.

These flowers mainly have a strong 'pseudo bulbs' which is topped over velvety leaves. Every year, a new shoot grows on the dormant bud and thickens the existing pseudo bulb. Soon after, a fresh flower comes into existence in many different colors from purple, pink to even white. Also, you can get green-colored cattleya orchids as well.

Nowadays, many hybrids varieties have been developed over the years. Some of these can be easily grow and flower. Many of great varieties such as Sophronitis and Brassovola are the hybrid varieties of cattleya.

by.Jack Martinwood

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Top 5 Tips For Growing Orchids for Dummies

With the popular belief that orchids are very hard to look after, most people that enjoy them for their stunning beauty and extraordinary elegance are scared to grow and look after their own. They will admire them from afar but are a bit wary to have their own collection. This growing orchid
for dummies article will let help you learn orchid's basics and hopefully stop you from fearing growing orchids of your own.

Growing Orchids For Dummies Tip #1

Start by choosing an orchid that is relatively easy to grow since you are a beginner. With over 20,000 species of orchids and not including the hybrids, it is safe to say that there is an orchid that you can look after. The Phalaenopsis variety is fairly easy to take care of. They are one of the most popular kinds in the orchid family. Most people buy them for gift giving and most groceries and nurseries have them. They are suited to survive in the home environment and do not need many special requirements apart from the basics.

Before you purchase an orchid, thoroughly check out the plant first to ensure you have a healthy orchid. You do not want to buy something that is sick because if the plant dies, you will think it is your fault and be discouraged to try again and look after another one. Select an orchid with unblemished and light green leaves and that the plant is securely in place in its pot.

Growing Orchids For Dummies Tip #2

Orchids do not grow in regular soil. In the rainforests where most orchids originate from, they attach themselves on the trees and rocks so that they can grow without restrains and that their roots are able to breath. It is an orchid 101 basic that you plant your orchids in potting mixes such as tree back, charcoal, moss and wood chips for a healthy plant. Find out from the original orchid grower the best suitable potting mix for the type of orchid you purchased.

Growing Orchids For Dummies Tip #3

Orchids love light. It is one of their basic requirements in able to grow into healthy and beautiful orchids. The best light for orchids is sunlight during the morning. Be sure to place your orchids where this is possible. Do not let your orchids receive direct midday sunlight as the ray during this time is very harsh on them. It will singe the leaves and eventually lead to your orchid's death.

If you opt for artificial light as a substitute for sunlight, make sure to place them 2 feet above your orchid. To check if your orchid is getting the right amount of light it needs, look at the color of the leaves. Light green color means your orchid is healthy, too dark of a color means not enough and yellowish to brown means that the light you provide is too much.

Growing Orchids For Dummies Tip #4

Too much water will make your orchid suffer and eventually lead to its early death. Orchids need to be watered only once or every 5 days depending on the variety. Before watering your orchid, check the pot to see if it is dry. You can test by sticking a pencil inside the pot and if the pencil is moist then there is no need to water the plant.

Growing Orchids For Dummies Tip #5
Orchids are surprising tough plants. They can stand withstand moderate variations of temperatures. The most suitable temperature however for orchids are those in the range of 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit. With this temperature, your orchid is ensured to flower during blooming season.

This growing orchid for dummies article will set you up with the basic knowledge on how to take care of your orchids. Find out as much as you can about the special requirements of your orchid to develop your beginner skills to expert orchid grower quickly.

For more valuable orchids information, please visit Orchid Growing Secrets where you will find great insights and many tips on orchid growing. Be sure to sign up for our Free Orchid Growing Mini-Course.

from articlebase

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Magic Of Orchids - eBook

Dear Friend,

I want to tell you a story about a man who had a terrible case of Orchid fever. He was obsessed with Orchids. This secretive orchid hunter and cultivator devoted his life to their care and study. He read everything, tried everything, and noted everything.

He succeeded in growing many a glorious hybrid but showed neither his orchids nor his notes to anyone. Except once! Just once Anton Thuranzsky allowed his 8-year-old daughter into his orchid house to see his breathtaking collection.

When he died, his growing secrets would have died with him if his daughter had not discovered his manuscript hidden underneath a bookcase. Packed into her suitcase she took it with her as she left Hungary for her new home in the US.

Written in his native Hungarian, it took her years of painstaking work to translate, edit, test, update, and cross-reference his original writing. And now, destined to become THE AUTHORITATIVE GUIDEBOOK on orchid care, the book is finally ready.

    That’s quite a claim isn’t it: ‘THE AUTHORITATIVE GUIDEBOOK’? But, it’s true and we can prove it because if you were to try to find the information in this Amazing Resource somewhere else, you would need volumes of books and then, you still wouldn’t find the breakthrough orchid care information covered in this 210 page instantly downloadable ebook, including photos and illustrations

Here are just some of the questions this ‘Orchid Magic’ book will answer for you about orchid care.

• Is it true that anybody can grow orchids?
Answer. Yes but you'd better know which ones. Don't be fooled, some orchids are for beginners; others are for intermediate and advanced growers. Chapter 1 tells and shows you which is which. Then the book gives you the knowledge to move from beginner to advanced.

• Can I grow orchids from seed?
Answer. Yes, Chapter 10 takes you step-by-step through the fascinating process of maturing Orchids from seeds.

• What about hybrids? Does the book tell me how to grow hybrids?
Answer. Not only does it tell you, it shows you. Do you want to grow a prize-wining hybrid? Then you need to know which Orchids to use for parents. That’s covered in Chapter 12.
Did you know that some Hybrids have sold for up to $10,000.00. Maybe you can create one that will carry your name and sell for even more.

• What did Charles Darwin discover about orchids, and is that something I really need to know?
A. Not really, but you can find the answer is Chapter 2 and it makes for great conversation.

• My orchids are looking sickly what's wrong with them?
A. Is your orchid sick or merely going through a phase? Chapter 6 answers how to diagnose one from the other. If you don't have this information you can do more harm than good because some Orchids can look sick when all they’re doing is going through a growing phase.

• What do I do about Orchid pests.
A. Chapter 9 shows and tells you how detect and deal with the various pests.

• To repot or not repot, how do I know?
A. Because a mistake in misreading the signs can kill, Chapter 8 answers when and how in great detail. Also forget about all the other potting mediums because here you learn which is quite simply the perfect orchid potting medium.

• I've heard something about Rhizoctonia what is it?
A. It's a friendly fungus, and if you feed it to your orchids they'll adore you for it. On Page 149 you’ll find the formula for duplicating the fungus's actions.

• How do I know when my Orchids need rest?
A. Just like you Orchids need their rest and different orchids employ various methods for showing you that it’s their time. Chapter 8 tells you everything you need to know about orchid resting.

And that barely scratches the surface because what’s good for your Cattleya could kill your Phalaenopsis. Even certain orchids within the same type require different methods and with this book in your hands you’ll master everything from the easily grown Cypripediums to the temperamental hybrids. 

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Sunday, October 3, 2010

6 Tips to Make Your Orchids Bloom Healthily

Taking care of orchids is not a very demanding job. Once you know what to check and what to do, you can actually leave the plant to bloom healthily. Like any other plants, there are important things that you have to keep in mind to make your orchid growing successful. There are also some mistakes to avoid to help you make your plants bloom well.

If you plan to take care and grow orchids at home, here are some tips that you might find useful. - tips - tips - tips -

1st tips - Do not plant your orchids on the ground. Orchids grow in rocks and on trees, thus you will never get to grow an orchid if you plant in on the soil or pot it with soil. Although this is the case, you may also need to have a potting medium to allow them to grow healthily. Coconut husk chips or fiber, tree bark, granular charcoal and tree fern fiber are just a few of the medium that you can use in potting your orchids.

2nd tips -. Do not over water your orchid plants. One sure way that can kill your orchid plants is to over water it. Taking care of orchids means learning how to determine if the plant needs watering or not. Keep in mind that some varieties may absorb water longer, so you have to also check out if the medium is dry until the roots to water it again. It is important to note also that too much dryness can be a lot better for orchids than too much wetness. Keep in mind not to water your orchids at night as well.

3th tips - . Keep your orchid away from direct sunlight. It may be helpful to take note that orchids love sunlight, but too much sunlight may burn the plants and kill them. Watch out for the discoloration of the leaves. A reddish to yellowish discoloration of the leaves may mean too much direct sunlight, thus you may want to find other locations best suited for your plants.

4th tips - . Put your orchids in a place where it can experience a difference in temperature. One tip is to place your plants near the window where it can get a good amount of sunlight in the morning and a change of temperature in the evening. A change in temperature can often trigger orchids to bloom, thus consider this as well in taking care of orchids.

5th tips - . Maintain low humidity for your plants. This will allow them to absorb water from the air, but if your indoor atmosphere does not permit your orchids to get enough from the humidity, you can also control humidity by creating a humidity tray. If you have other houseplants indoors, and they thrive well, the humidity may be good for your orchids as well.

6th tips -. Overcrowding is another thing that you have to watch out for in taking care of orchids. These plants do not grow and blossom well if they are to overcrowded in the medium, thus you have to do repotting once in a while to give them enough space to grow healthily.

By :  Carolyn Anderson 

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Orchid Facts and Types Recommended

Orchids are known for there exotic flowers and fascinating growing habit and this makes them a very desirable ornamental plant for enthusiasts. The Orchid family consists of some 750 genera, almost 25,000 species and more than 100,000 hybrids.

Terrestrial Orchids:

These Orchids, as the name suggests, grow in the ground in a wide and varying habitat. The Hardy or near Hardy terrestrials, that grow in colder regions, tend to have small individual flowers that form dense spikes. After flowering they tend to die down and go into a state of rest for the winter and exist as tubers or other small storage organs underground. There are some very attractive species and many are grown in rock gardens or alpine beds.

Other terrestrials, which suit warmer conditions, are very delicate so will need to be grown in a greenhouse. In the wild they would grow on the forest floor in sheltered sites. These remain evergreen throughout the year.

Epiphytic Orchids:

These Orchids make up a large proportion of Orchids that are grown by enthusiasts. There structures and habit are very much different to that of the Terrestrial Orchids, the name Epiphytic is derived from the Greek epi which means upon, and phyton which means plant. The branches of trees are where Epiphytic Orchids make there homes. They do not feed off the tree so they are not parasites but lodgers and get there food from debris around there roots and from nutrients dissolved in rain water. Some of these Orchids live in a similar manner but on rocks and these are known as lithophytes. Epiphytes need to be grown under glass or in a conservatory.

Recommended Orchids:

Miltonia candida

Vanda Rothschildiana

Cattleya bowringiana

Cymbidium Strath Kanaid

Paphiopedilum callosum

Dendrobium nobile

When choosing your plants it is always best to buy them from a specialist Orchid nursery. They can offer valuable advice on suitable species to suit your growing conditions at home.

Alexander website Orchid Care Expert helps people learn about orchid care.

 by:  Alexander Vincent

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Information On Growing Orchids For Beginners

Orchids have so many species that can be found on every continent, except on the continent of Antarctica. They can be grown not only outdoors, but also indoors. If you want your orchid plants to live long, however, there are some orchid care instructions that you should follow. Of course, some orchid types have more growing requirements so you should learn about caring for orchids tips that suit the kind of orchids you'll be caring for. Here are some basic orchids growing tips to remember, especially if you're growing your orchids indoors:

Tip A: Place your orchid in front of a curtain covered window.

Most resources on growing orchids for beginners will advise you to put your orchid plant by the window that's covered with sheer/thin curtains. In this way, your orchids can receive the amount of sunlight it needs in order to survive. Part of orchid care instructions is for you to make it a point not to expose the orchid to direct sunlight, so covering the windows with thin curtains is a good idea. Of course, too little sun light is also bad for your orchid's health, so it should always be placed by the windowsill with curtains in the morning and in the late afternoon as that is the time where the right amount of sunlight can be received by your orchid plants.

Tip B: Water your indoor orchid appropriately.

When caring for orchids, you should also know when's the right time to water them as well as how frequent the watering should be. During wintery months, orchids should be watered only once per week. Orchid care instructions for summer watering, however requires you to water orchids two times per week. Most books and articles on growing orchids for beginners, though, reiterates that the amount of watering may vary based on the orchid genus you have, the potting container you are using, and the climate in your location.

Tip C: Feed your plant the right amount of fertilizer.

One of the orchids growing tips that you should utilize is to fertilize the orchids properly. Feeding your orchid plant with a quart of orchid fertilizer every time you water it is enough. Be sure to make use of a good kind of fertilizer - one that has potassium, nitrogen, and phosphorus is best for your indoor orchid.

Caring for orchids is not as hard as some people may believe. For as long as you learn and follow orchid care instructions to the letter, you can never go wrong. If this is your first time growing orchids in your home, you should read up on this topic: growing orchids for beginners, whether online or offline.

By :  Karen Winton

Thursday, September 16, 2010



 Botanical Name Common Name Grow it Because ...
Brassia Spider Orchid Eotic, elongated flowers
Cattleya Cattleya Large, colorful, very exotic flowers often intensely fragrant -- miniature varieties bloom more often.
Dendrobium Spray Orchid Tall orchids with lots of flowers in many different colors, sizes, and shapes
Encyclia cochleata Octopus Orchid Unusual flower shape is eye-catching.
Ludisia Jewel Orchid Foliage is so attractive that plants look great even when not in bloom. Flowers open gradually.
Miltonia Pansy Orchid Large flowers in striking colors
Oncidium Dancing Ladies Tall bloom spikes covered with flowers, often fragrant, as with chocolate-scented “Sherry Baby"
Paphiopedilum Lady Slipper Flowers in low light, exotic looking blooms
Phalaenopsis Moth Orchid Blooms last longer than any other orchid, 4 mos.
Phragmipedium Phrags Long bloom period, difficult to over water

by Amber Freda

Sunday, June 20, 2010

The History of Orchids

Most of us regard the orchid as a beautiful, exotic and romantic flower Most are also unaware of their spectacular history and the passionate efforts which have gone into finding, cataloguing and creating the orchids which we enjoy today
Most of us regard the orchid as a beautiful, exotic and romantic flower. Most are also unaware of their spectacular history and the passionate efforts which have gone into finding, cataloguing and creating the orchids which we enjoy today.

A register of orchids is held at the Royal Horticultural Society in London. The Vanilla orchid was the first to enter Europe back in 1510. This was the source for the second most expensive flavouring extract (the most expensive being the saffron crocus). Over a hundred years passed, until in 1635 when the Cypripedium reginae was imported from North America, this is when orchids were first appreciated for their decorative features. The interest in the orchid blossomed from this point onwards. However, even as late as the 1800 it was very rare to fine a collector with more than a few samples. In 1804 both the Berlin and the Paris Botanical Gardens both only held seven species of exotic orchid! The Viennese had the most with a whole eleven special which in England there were merely three exotic orchids. These low numbers were not for want of trying, countries were importing orchids all the time, however, they were dying in transit, or not being kept in conditions which allowed for the plants to survive their new climates.

Jean Linden was instrumental in increasing our knowledge of orchids, when in 1845 he travelled to South and Central America to study the orchids? natural environment. The reports which Linden wrote were crucial in the recreation of the moist environments which we now associate with most orchids.

Many of the early entrepreneurs who thought that this would be the way to make their millions were cut short in their ventures as they experienced huge losses as a result of the number of orchids not surviving the initial journeys. There were only four successful companies in Britain, one of them being Sanders, who continued to grow in the orchid market for many years afterwards.

In the early nineteenth century Dr Salisbury studied the germination of the orchid and from this much was learnt which enabled the industry to progress and many of the orchids which were imported suddenly became a more viable investment. With this new knowledge a gardener working for Veitch first tried to cross different orchid species in 1853. It was not until 1856 that the first orchid hybrid was created. From this time on many more hybrids were to be created. Mr Dominy who managed this probably had no idea how important this was and how it would change the future of orchid cultivation. To this day the perfect black orchid is still being sort after and is still illusive.

Today the special and rare qualities of the orchid are appreciated. In many areas there are species of orchid which are considered endangered and you can be prosecuted for picking or damaging these in any way. Some orchids are definitely for viewing only. The orchid family is the largest flower family known and will continue to grow with hybrids being created each year.Jon Kelly is a published author who writes on many diverse subjects that includes advice and tips on Orchids. We hope to provide you with informative articles you can rely on. To find out more please visit:

Saturday, June 12, 2010

All About Orchids

The orchid flower comes from a very diverse and the largest flowering family on the planet. It is also one of the oldest, 100 million years or soorchids have been growing on earth. This reason plus they are very versatile has enabled many species to multiple and multiple. It is believed that there are more the 35,000 species of orchid. There are also many more hybrid varieties of this wonderful flower family.

Although orchids have been around for a while they are still very popular. In fact, in recent years the have become more and more popular. They were first cultivated a few centuries ago although there beauty has been appreciated much longer than that. The Chinese and Japanese cultures were writing aboutorchids a few thousand years ago. Up the 20th century orchid cultivation remained in the spheres of the wealthy. In England, the aristocracy were keen orchid growers ever since the first global traders brought them back from the far corners of the world.

Everybody knows that vanilla comes from a plant. You may be surprised to know that it is actually an orchid where vanilla is derived, the planifolia to give it its correct name. Vanilla is solely grown for its commercial value as opposed to most otherorchids which are very beautiful plants and grown for their beauty. Many farmers around the world grow the orchid crop just for the vanilla seeds.

There are many orchid fanatics around due to the beauty of the orchid flower. It is not only humans that appreciate orchids, insects are attracted to orchids which in turn assists in reproduction.

There are flying insects such as bees which attracted into the pollinia of one particular orchid. The Bee Orchid looks very much like a female bee. The male be believes it is approaching a female when it is in fact assisting in the pollination process.

Here are some other examples of how orchids have evolved to reproduce:

Orchids with long stems that dance in the wind which look like butterflies.

Practical orchids which have landing platforms for insects to rest.

Orchids with slippery surfaces which insects slip on and fall into the flower ensuring nectar is brushed into the pollina.

The Angreacum Sesquipidales emits a scent to attract moths. In fact, Darwin wrote about this particular orchid. He predicted that a moth would be the insect to pollinate this orchid because the white flowered orchid emitted its scent at night.

Nigel owns OrchidCareExpert, a website which contains lots of useful information if you wish to know more about orchid care orchid care.

by:   Nigel Howell

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Buying Your First Orchid

Things to Know Before Orchid Fever Turns Into Orchid Panic 

Try to walk past a florist's shop window full of orchids without turning your head. Go on, I dare you! How could you not pause to look at something so exquisite in beauty and complexity? There is an undeniable star quality present in orchids that sets them apart from garden-variety geraniums and pansies. Many a wallflower has been left behind in the orchid's rise in popularity over the years to its current status as one of the most popular flowering plants sold the world over.

Now, before you rush out and buy the first orchid that catches your fancy, you might want to pause for a moment to get better acquainted. For starters, you should ask how long the blooms last. Will it bloom again and is there anything you should do to help it along? Do you plan on keeping this plant for a few years, or will you simply discard it once its blooms have faded?

Most orchid flowers should last somewhere between two and six weeks in the home. For a much longer bloom period, choose phalaenopsis orchids, which can last anywhere from one to four months or more in bright, indirect light. Since the great majority of orchids sold every year are phalaenopsis, commonly called moth orchids, chances are this is the variety that you are most familiar with.

Moth orchid blooms can measure anywhere from 2-4" in diameter and are mostly found in white or shades of purple. For an interesting variation, look for striped or spotted moth orchids. Among my personal favorites are the white Harlequin-style varieties bearing spots in shades of burgundy and purple. Also of note are the harder to find, but spectacular-looking, yellow moth orchid cultivars with red stripes. Miniature moth orchids are also available in diminutive 1" diameter blooms and can be found in a wide range of colors.

If your conditions tend to be a bit on the shady side, try the very exotic-looking paphiopedilums, also called lady slipper orchids. You might also have success growing Ludisia discolor, the jewel orchid, which has wonderful blackish-brown leaves with reddish-brown stripes and bears tiny columnar clusters of white flowers.

For a sunny window try oncidiums, a large group of orchids commonly referred to as ‘dancing ladies,’ so called because their large sprays of blooms appear to dance in the wind. You might also look at cattleyas, a particularly showy, colorful, and often deliciously fragrant group of orchids.

A few other things to take note of when shopping for orchids are an equal mix of buds and open blooms, healthy looking green leaves free of spots or abrasions, and a vigorous root system. Buying an orchid with around three-quarters of its blooms already open will ensure greater longevity and enjoyment of your orchid flowers.

Black, brown, or yellow spotting on an orchid's leaves or roots could be a sign that improper watering, extreme temperatures, or a fungal problem may exist, and these plants are better off avoided altogether.

Healthy orchid roots are thick and white or greenish-white, and they may be growing so vigorously that they've escaped from their containers entirely and are hanging over the sides. This is an indication of good health, as orchids grown in their native rainforest environment like to have their roots dangling in the tree canopy to catch run-off from moisture and nutrients. You should saturate all of an orchid's roots every time you water to prevent dieback of either roots or foliage.

Following these steps will ensure months or even years of satisfaction from your new orchid, as well as a refreshing taste of the tropics indoors to enjoy year-round.

More information about the author and celebrated New York City landscape designer Amber Freda can be found on her website,

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Wedding Flowers On A Budget

Florists don't specialize in cheap wedding flowers so if you're buying the flowers through a florist order flowers that will be in season. Daffodils are beautiful and not very expensive in the spring but horrendously priced at other times of year. Roses, carnations and mums are year round flowers usually reasonably priced.

Flexibility in your color choices can bring down costs. Yellow and white are the most common flower colors, followed by red. Blue is rare, as is purple. True black in nature doesn't exist. If you have got to have black, use silk flowers. You can mix silk flowers with real ones as long as the silks are small flowered.

Florist prices depend on the variety of the flower, how many flowers and how long it takes to make the arrangement. Wedding flowers aren't cheap at a florist. The simpler the arrangement, the less time they have to spend on it, the less expensive the arrangements. If you have got to have exotic flowers like orchids, place one stem in a tall slender vase. You'll get the glamour at a lesser cost. You can use oriental lilies the same way. Usually there are three flowers on each stem. Place one stem in each narrow tall vase.

To really save on flowers and get cheap wedding flowers, don't use a florist. Grocery stores these days have a fabulous assortment of blossoms and bouquets. And they come in a variety of colors. If you want an arrangement for each table at your reception, buy an inexpensive glass vase and a bunch of flowers from the grocer. Place flowers in vase and you're done. If the colors are of paramount importance you can talk to the flower manager to see what she/he has ordered for the week of your wedding. You can then have the correct color bouquets saved just for you.

Roses are only expensive at two times a year, Valentine's and Mother Day. Other times of the year they can be had for as little as $10 a dozen. Buy five dozen and you have enough for ten tables when you fill in with greenery. You can also buy flowers wholesale online. Just make sure that you don't need a retailer's license and that the minimum quantity is something realistic. 12 dozen roses sounds like a lot, but if you have 8 tables at your reception, the cake table, and a drinks table, you've just used 12 dozen roses. Keep in mind flowers from wholesalers are shipped in the tightly closed bud state. You will need some place to store the flowers and keep them in water. And leave enough time, two or three days after delivery for the buds to open up a bit.

Whether you order the flowers online or pick them up from your grocers the flowers need to be prepared. Strip off all the leaves from the stem that will be below the water line in the vase. Recut each stem at a 45 degree angle and immediately put in a bucket of ice water. If the buds are tightly closed and you want them to open place the buckets in a warm brightly lit room. If you want to slow down the flower's from opening place the buckets in a dark cool room.

The easiest way to transport the flowers from home to the wedding site is to keep them in the buckets and place them in the vases at the site.

You can save money on cheap wedding flowers and your guests will never know. Your wedding will still be beautiful.

Author Resource:- Get your free copy of Weddings on a Budget. Dee Power is the author of several nonfiction books. She loves coming up with cheap wedding ideas.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Three Types of Orchid Pots

There are three common types of orchid pots. They include plastic, terracotta, and basket. The best type of pot for you depends on the potting mix, type of orchid, and location that you're growing the plant. You may also want to consider how often you will need to repot the orchid. Let's take a look at the three main types oforchid pots.


One of the most common types of orchid pots is the plastic variety. Plastic pots have the advantage of being lightweight. Clear plastic is popular as it allows you to keep an eye on the roots to make sure pests and diseases aren't damaging them. Plasticorchid pots also retain water longer than clay pots.

It's usually best to use these pots indoors since the wind can easily blow them over if they're used outside. Also if you use plastic orchid pots outside, they will eventually be damaged by UV light. If you do want a plastic design for use outside, you should at least make sure it has a light color. Therefore, it won't heat up as much in the sun.


Terracotta or clay orchid pots are also common. These designs are much heavier than their plastic cousins. However, the added weight gives them more stability to withstand strong winds. As mentioned earlier, terracottaorchid pots lose water faster than plastic pots. Most designs only have one drainage hole located in the bottom, but some special designs also have drainage holes located on the sides.


One of the last common types of orchid pots is the basket design. These pots are best suited for sprawling plants with pendant flowers. The basket designs are usually constructed of wood, mesh, wire, or plastic. The advantage of basketorchid pots is that they allow air to circulate better than any other type. A disadvantage of basket designs is that the potting mix will dry out quickly. You will also need to place blocks in theseorchid pots to support the plant.

Now that you know something about the common types of pots, why not stop by to learn about caring for orchids. Learn how to take proper care of orchids so that you can grow the most beautiful flowers. Stop by today!

by . D.Swain

Monday, May 17, 2010

Growing Conditions of Orchids

Orchids are without doubt very beautiful plants, but they can be challenging to grow. Orchids are found naturally in the wild, normally anchored to trees, so providing the right conditions for your Orchid will help you to produce both Healthy and Beautiful plants.

There are many different species of Orchids and there growing conditions will vary from species to species but here is some useful information to help you care for you Orchid correctly.

Providing the Correct amount of light:

Providing the correct amount of light for your Orchid is vital, they need the suns light to carry out Photosynthesis, (which is the process in which plants turn sunlight/energy into sugars for food).

You can determine to correct level of light by monitoring the colour of the leaves. Orchid leaves should be light green in colour. If the Orchid is exposed to too much light the leaves will turn yellow or reddish in colour and you should move your Orchid to a shadier spot. On the contrast to your Orchid is positioned in a place with too little light the leaves will turn dark green in colour.

Watering & Humidity:

These two factors are perhaps the most important when caring for your Orchid. There are, of course, many factors to consider when watering yourOrchids , such as pot size, the smaller the pot the more likely it is to dry out quicker. The climate, if growing inside or out, is also a factor to be considered. In the summer months someOrchids may need to be watered everyday but during the winter watering will be less frequent. Watering should be frequent enough to avoid drying out the compost but not to the extent so as to make the compost soggy. Once or twice a week is usually sufficient for most of the year.

Rain water is recommended but drinkable tape water is quite safe. Your plants should be watered in the morning and water on the foliage should not remain there too long or leaf scorch may be the result if the plant is exposed to strong sunlight.

During the growing season Orchids require high humidity levels. This can be achieved by damping down the surroundings; this is done by fine spraying water on and around your Orchid. Do this early in the morning and again avoid water scorching of the leaves.


Most Orchids require free air moving conditions, but they do not like cold drafts. There roots are specially adapted to be exposed to air circulation so providing the right compost and containers for yourOrchids is vital if you want to produce both Healthy and Beautiful plants.

by.Author Level: 1Alexander Vincent

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Orchid Care: Fertilization and Pest Control.

Caring for orchids requires a bit of knowledge about the pests that tend to attack them, as well as proper fertilization techniques to help them grow. The stronger your plants, the better they will be able to resist common diseases and insects, and the best way to keeporchids healthy and strong is to fertilize them.

Orchid plant care is an area that has been heavily studied, particularly as many of the tropical species grow on tree branches, anchoring themselves to a host and appearing to thrive on thin air. While the more terrestrial orchid species tend to be easier to grow, they still require special care.

Pests That Attack Orchids:

Orchids have many natural enemies and anyone attempting orchid care at home will need to be aware of these. Some of the most common pests include slugs and snails, which are usually not difficult to get rid of. Others, however, are. Mealybugs, whitefly, and mites are also enemies oforchids.

There is also an aphid called the orchid aphid which attacks these plants. Aphids exist everywhere that orchids do, and because of this, they are a great threat to the flowering plants. Orchid care includes watching for these tiny pests, which are often not much bigger than a speck. These multiply rapidly, but like most pests, can be banished if caught early on when there are only a few. For this reason, it`s just good sense to check your plants for insects on a regular basis.
For many interested in orchid care, biocontrol is the preferred method of keeping nasty insects at bay. Using friendly insects that eat the pests and don`t hurt the orchid can be a good way to go if you don`t want to risk chemical sprays. However, orchid plant care also requires proper feeding and fertilization to ensure the hardiness of the plant.

Orchid Care: Fertilization:

Most orchid care guides will tell you that the fertilization depends on the species of orchid, and this is true to an extent. While various species have their preferences, the majority do well with soluble fertilizers or plant food.

There are actually fertilizers specially formulated for growing orchids and these provide just the right balance of nutrients for the plants. If you choose to go with a more generic type of fertilizer with a 20-20-20 balance.

Orchids tend to grow in the wild where little nutrition is found. Understanding this, it is best to keep your orchid plant care efforts to a minimum. Manyorchids are killed by giving them too much fertilizer or by over watering them. So, when feeding orchids, it is best to use about half the recommended dosage on the package and to use the fertilizer in place of water. Orchids only need to be fed once a month or so.

While orchids are not quite as delicate as many people assume, they do still require some special care. Making sure that you don`t over-fertilize theorchids and immediately dealing with any pests, before they get out of hand, is the best way to ensure top notch orchid plant care.

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