AboutOrchids.com offers information about basic care for common orchids. Orchids are very diverse plants that grow in wide varieties of environments all over the world, but this site focuses on the most common kinds of orchids available for sale and which are best suited for beginners. If you find that one of these tips or techniques is not working for you, check our resources to help you do some more research about your plant to find more advanced care information. The first step to taking care of your orchid is learning what kind of orchid it is. Most of the orchids commonly found for sale are hybrids that have been created specifically for their flowers and ease of care in homes and offices. 

    Features include pest and disease info, plant identification, photo gallery, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), forum, and a blog.  Web site is owned and maintained by Marc Cohen. San Francisco, California, USA. 






    Thanks for stopping by my Virtual Greenhouse!

    First, about me. I'm the Webmaster and Newsletter Editor for the Sacramento Orchid Society and my greenhouse is located in Elk Grove, CA. My orchids and greenhouse help me relax and have become my oasis.

    My greenhouse is a 12' x 18' aluminum framed, kit greenhouse from Conley . During the summer I have to coat it with a thick coat of shading paint and 2 layers of 47% shadecloth to prevent the summer sun from frying my orchids. I have a Jaybird fogger, a misting system and evaporative cooler running all summer long to keep the temps. down. During the winter I remove the shadecloth and have a Southern Burner vented gas heater. All my climate control systems are wired through thermostats. I also have a reverse osmosis water system installed in there which is tied to my fogger. What we do for our orchids!





    Welcome to Hoalanvietnam.org, the Web site of the Orange County Vietnamese Orchid Society, a nonprofit organization. Our Web site was created in August 2004 by Vietnamese orchid lovers in Southern California. Our aim was to help people understand orchids, especially those species that thrive in the wilderness of Vietnam. Since we started, we have had more than 10 million viewers from all over the world.

    Most of the articles are written in Vietnamese. Some of the articles are translated from lectures originally written in English by authors such as Dr. Leonid V. Averyanov from University Komarov in Saint Petersburg, Russia; Dr. Karel Petrzelka of Czechoslovakia; and Botanist Gruss Olaf of Germany. At this site, you will find many pictures, stories, poems, paintings, music, and video clips about the most beautiful, most striking, and most glamorous orchids. To find them (on their web site), please click on the links in the column on the left hand side of the main page. • Lan Rừng VN từ A-Z = Pictures of Wild Orchids of VN from A-Z
    • Tranh Hoa lan = Orchid paintings
    • Hoa lan & truyền thông = Video clips(# 13,14, 16)
    • Thư viện hình ảnh = Pictures of our society activities and orchid collections of Vietnamese growers from around the world. Going forward, we hope to translate more short stories, poems, and research papers into English and enable all orchid lovers to share their varied experiences with this most fascinating flower.


    Editor's Note:  Although not perfect, here is a link translated to English using an on-line translator. It is not perfect but could be of some help.








    The magazine is published 4 times a year, not including special issues.  Subscriptions start at $40.00 per year.  On the web site you can browse excerpts from current and past issues, and in the NVOS library are back issues that you can check out for free.    







    Welcome to the Internet Orchid Species Photo Encyclopedia

    17,867! species in 863 genera

    This Site Dedicated to Orchid Lovers Everywhere!


    This site is compiled from photos collected from growers or photo collectors around the world and I rely on them to try to be sure of their identification. As we all know, however, many plants are mislabeled and growers and collectors can't know all species in every genera, so please be advised that to the best of our knowledge the following ID's are correct.







    Names says it all.








    A personal data management system designed with orchid growers in mind. Online community and information repository for commercial orchid growers, hybridizers, advanced hobbyists and My Orchid Vault customers. Owned and operated by Sapphire Dragon Orchids. San Fernando Valley, California, USA.

    Editor's Note:  This is a database software package that the user creates an inventory from their collection.  Orchids Plusis an existing database that has the background information, culture information, parentage, and so much more, that a user can access.  AOS judges like the software so much, it is strongly recommended that they make use of it as a foundation for judging orchids.  For more information on Orchid Plus and a "lighter" version, click here.






    Version 1.0 Features:


    • Complete user manual with detailed screenshots and tips for using the software
    • All AOS awards since 1932 through March 2014 (with update capabilities to stay current)
    • Over 67,000 award images
    • Award searches by numerous criteria including award number, genus, name, cultivar, award class, date range, exhibitor, event, event location, center or latest awards
    • RHS hybrid data with typical updates a few times per year (under license from the RHS)
    • WCSPF species data with typical updates a few times per year (under license from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew)
    • Orchids Search (searches RHS and WCSPF data simultaneously) with the ability to search by genus, name, species/hybrid/all, registrant surname and registration date range
    • List of all genera with pronunciation guide for genus and make-up of hybrid
    • Hybrid parent search
    • Grex and progeny searches
    • Synonym search
    • Image search by genus and species/hybrid or by photographer
    • Full family trees with award photos where applicable
    • Judging handbook, training aids manual, style book and AOS list of judges
    • Species Identification Task Force forms
    • AOS specialty awards
    • Digitally delivered software, data and image updates and more
    • Improved support with online help desk (new answers being added regularly)


    A video review of the software can be found here (be advised, no sound so do not adjust your volume)


    Available for Microsoft empowered PCs only.


    PRICE:  $58.50 (USD) 






    A Science wiki from Wikia

    We document plants from the Orchidaceae family,

    which has the largest amount of flowering plants


    The Orchids Wiki is a community that focuses on providing the best information on orchids and orchid culture.


    We are currently editing 4,179 articles!


    All pages can be edited and you are welcome to join us and contribute to this wiki. Everyone is free to create a new page or edit existing pages.







    This site is dedicated to the orchids that grow (mostly)

    outside in coastal southern California, USA

    It all started with a single Cymbidium, but one orchid followed another, and now my yard is "Orchid Central". I gain great pleasure in the constant discovery of more species, and their hybrids, that can grow outside in my wonderful temperate climate. Winter frost is rare, and at worst it lasts only a few hours. Summers are generally moderate, and high temperatures above 90 deg. F (32 deg. C) are also rare. Summer nights are cool (60-68 deg. F, 15-20 deg. C). I do have a small greenhouse that ranges from 60 deg. F to 85 deg. F (15 deg. C to 30 deg. C), but most of my collection lives outside throughout the year.


    On this site, I share photos of my plants, and a bit of what I have learned about how to grow them. See the GROWING AREAS page to visualize my outdoor growing environment, and a few ideas for indoor (non-greenhouse) growing.


    Meeting the temperature needs of (mostly) tropical orchids is the biggest challenge, but even equatorial orchids from altitudes above about 3600 ft (1200 m) can tolerate my cool winter nights. My adventure has been in learning how to determine the "overlap" between the conditions that they need and the conditions that I have. See the INDEX OF PLANTS for a listing of all of the plants on this site, as well as information about my growing conditions, and other notes (such as fragrance).








    Don't let the German name be a deterrent, the web site is available in English. I even made sure you arrive at the English version. 

    More on-line store for purchasing orchids, but they do a great job describing what they sell, how best to grow it and excellent photography.  This is a great resource for researching how to grow orchids. 


    Editor's Note:

    I use there general orchid class information on this web site.





    A large and extensive collection of discussions regarding anything related to orchids.





    OrchidWire is designed, coded, and maintained by Wendell Kozak. He is in on Vancouver Island, off the west coast of Canada's mainland.  He started this project in 1996 as "Pollinia". Pollinia was a web directory, combined with a web crawler, that indexed only orchid-related sites. Both the crawling and serving was done over a dedicated 56K modem!  In 1999 HeI registered the orchidwire.com domain name. Since that time the site has undergone many changes.   The main focus now is on making OrchidWire the most comprehensive source for orchid site listings available! Listings are free.  The Napa Valley Orchid Society is included on this site.


    This site is visited by people from over 120 countries every month. I hope you enjoy your visit here, and discover many interesting sites about orchids. Please come back often!




    Editor's note:  I used this web source, focusing on "United States > California" and listed many of those web sites (links) on this web site.