Have you tried to grow orchids at home and not had a lot of success? Imagine an orchid jungle in the basement with Cattleya and other sun-loving orchids in bloom! The secret is high-intensity discharge (HID) lights developed especially for growing plants. There are two types of bulbs used in HID ﬁxtures: metal halide and sodium. These bulbs produce different light spectrums. … [Read more...] about Growing Orchids in the Basement
Since early July, volunteers have been out on the Minnesota prairie taking a very special census of a threatened prairie wildflower. The prairie fringed orchid has been on the U.S. List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants since 1989, and the annual census gives researchers important data necessary in the protection of the delicate orchid and its habitat. The … [Read more...] about Western Prairie Fringed Orchid
The New Jersey Pinelands are noted by amateur and professional botanists alike for the many species of native wild orchids, some considered rare. The schedule below is approximate and is intended only to serve as a guide. Blooming periods may vary depending on climate patterns and other growing conditions. KEY: E = early; M = middle; L = late; Months indicated … [Read more...] about Blooming Schedule for Pinelands Orchids
The workshop Orchid Care Management will show the possibilities for small/midsize business of growing orchids in the hothouse. While emphasis will be on small orchid nursery, the methods outlined at the workshop are also applicable to larger scale orchid growing operation. Also covered in the workshop is the choice of orchid species, orchid care, orchid distribution and orchid … [Read more...] about Orchid Care Management Workshop, June 2011
B. S. Williams published the first edition of “The Orchid Grower’s Manual” in 1851. The book still holds both entertaining and educational value. Below is a vivid illustration from this wonderful book. … [Read more...] about Orchid Growers Manual – Williams B.S.
Orchidelirium is the name given to the 19th century phenomenon of orchid collection mania that started in England. New exotic orchid species were sold at auctions in London, fetching exorbitant prices. Rich orchid collectors of the Victorian era sent agents to far parts of the world in search of exotic varieties of orchids. Two important highlights that reflect this … [Read more...] about Orchidelirium
REPRINTED FROM THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 1895: There is a conservatory in Alameda where a man has for his private education a finer collection of orchids than can be boasted of by any other single owner on this coast. The nian is J. C. Siegfried, and he spends money like water and time as though life was eternity—and all over orchids. Fortunately he is wealthy … [Read more...] about From Our Archives: The Finest Collection of Orchids in California
REPRINTED FROM THE SUN, JANUARY 31, 1853:Passing along either of the great uptown venues one cannot help noticing time beautiful display of orchid flowers In the florist windows A dozen years ago very few of these gorgeous blossoms found their way to the city florists. Those then grown in the country were mostly confined to private conservatories and to nurserymen who dealt In … [Read more...] about From Our Archives: Orchid Flowers