• Orchids Living on the Coast

    AboutOrchids Jun 18, 2019 | 04:20 am

    Life is great on the Northern California coast, but it can be tough for plants. Strong winds and chilly fog can be big challenges for our garden. Fortunately, the vast and diverse orchid family provides lots of choices. Here are three tenacious orchids that are happily living just 1/3 mile (0.5 km) from the ocean. […]

  • Find Orchid Family Trees at OrchidRoots.com

    AboutOrchids Jun 13, 2019 | 04:34 am

    Find hybrid orchid family trees at OrchidRoots.com. This website compiles information about orchid species, hybrids, and hybrid parents. Searches can be done by looking for a named variety or browsing through genus lists. Hybridizers used to need to consult multiple volumes of The Sanders List of Orchid Hybrids for this data, until paid software offered […]

  • A Bucket Orchid’s Trap

    AboutOrchids Jun 5, 2019 | 20:12 pm

    National Geographic Wild has captured extraordinary footage of Bucket Orchids and bees. Coryanthes, or Bucket Orchids, have evolved intricate traps, complete with scented lures and dripping faucets, to detain their pollinators. While trying to gather the flower’s fragrant oils, the bees slip into a bucket of liquid, and can only escape by squeezing past the […]

  • June Orchid Events

    AboutOrchids May 31, 2019 | 22:50 pm

    From Canada to New Zealand, orchid events abound in June. Shows, sales, auctions, and speakers’ days are all great opportunities to enjoy orchids up close. June 1 North of England Orchid Society Show, Barton Village Hall, Barton, Lancashire, UK June 1 DOG Tischbewertung in Köln, Bürgerhaus Muetze, Berliner Str. 77, Köln-Mülheim Nord, Germany June 1 […]

  • Bulbophyllums Are Some of the Weirdest Orchids

    AboutOrchids May 28, 2019 | 00:30 am

    Bulbophyllums are one of the largest and strangest orchid families in the world. With over 2000 species and a growing number of hybrids, they have ridiculously diverse flower forms. Some of their blooms are large, some are tiny, and some don’t look like flowers at all. They all have fascinating, hinged floral lips which jiggle […]

  • Battling to Save Orchids in Assam, India

    AboutOrchids May 24, 2019 | 02:19 am

    The state of Assam in northeastern India is full of hundreds of orchid species. In fact, Assam’s official flower is the Foxtail Orchid, a Rhynchostylis known in Assamese as kopou phool. Sadly, native orchids have been disappearing, destroyed by deforestation, erosion, overgrazing, and the illegal plant trade. Some native orchid species cannot be found in […]

  • How to Identify Native British Orchids

    AboutOrchids May 18, 2019 | 17:08 pm

    British orchid lovers will enjoy this guide from BBC Wildlife Magazine to help identify native orchids. It shows 10 different species, ranging from Common Spotted Orchids to Lizard Orchids to Bee Orchids. There are details about where each is found, and their key distinguishing features.

  • Caring for Mother’s Day Orchids

    AboutOrchids May 12, 2019 | 09:30 am

    If you’ve received an orchid gift for Mother’s Day, basic care info can help you enjoy your plant and keep it happy. Check the tips below these photos for helpful orchid info. Watering – Orchids need good drainage, so remove wrapping paper or decorative containers before watering. Soak the plant with room-temperature water, and let […]

  • Why ‘Plant Blindness’ Matters

    AboutOrchids May 8, 2019 | 19:43 pm

    “Plant blindness” is a tendency not to notice plants. People are generally much better at noticing animals. With increased urbanization, and more time spent looking at screens, the problem has worsened. Most don’t appreciate how important plants are, and that weakens support for plant conservation. As orchids and other plants face extinction, protecting them is […]

  • Orchids in Our Spring Garden

    AboutOrchids May 6, 2019 | 02:34 am

    After a rainy winter, our spring garden has burst into bloom, with orchids and more. The first two photos are not orchids: a very tough red rose and a brilliant yellow and white Tidy Tips. We didn’t know the rose was in our backyard for a few years, since it was completely encased by a […]