• Teeny-Tiny Orchid Seeds

    AboutOrchids Dec 8, 2018 | 05:45 am

    How small are orchid seeds? They’re the smallest seeds in the world, like specks of dust. In fact, those little black dots in vanilla ice cream are seeds, and they’re considered large for the orchid family. The photos below show greatly enlarged images of Epidendrum seeds. Each tiny white thread is actually an individual seed. […]

  • December Orchid Events

    AboutOrchids Dec 1, 2018 | 01:00 am

    Since this is the slowest month of the year for orchid shows, I’ve added a few conference and sale listings. Many orchid societies have holiday parties this month as well, so check with your local group for more. December 1 Orchidées du Costa Rica Conférence, Société Française d’Orchidophilie, 19ième arrondissement, 17 Quai de la Seine, […]

  • New Species of Vanilla Discovered

    AboutOrchids Nov 27, 2018 | 02:30 am

    A new species of vanilla orchid has been discovered in the Amazon. Vanilla denshikoira appears to be closely related to the Vanilla planifolia we all love to eat. The new species was recently found in the northwest Amazon in Colombia, within the Guyana Shield, one of the most biodiverse regions of the world. Only two […]

  • The Sweet Scent of Brassavola Orchids

    AboutOrchids Nov 22, 2018 | 00:42 am

    Brassavola orchids feature showy, durable, fragrant flowers. These Cattleya relatives have white or greenish-yellow blooms which emit a strong, sweet fragrance at night. The most popular in cultivation is Brassavola nodosa, shown in the first row of photos above. It’s an easy species to grow. Native to Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and northern South […]

  • Smoky Orchids

    AboutOrchids Nov 15, 2018 | 22:49 pm

    Bad wildfires have brought terribly smoky conditions to the San Francisco Bay Area for the past week. Of course, this is nothing compared to the suffering of those who have lost homes and loved ones in the fires, which are over 150 miles (241 km) away. However, it is causing bad air problems. Our daily […]

  • Buenos Aires Japanese Gardens

    AboutOrchids Nov 8, 2018 | 19:13 pm

    Buenos Aires is home to an extraordinary Japanese garden. El Jardín Japonés de Buenos Aires is one of the largest Japanese gardens outside Japan. It’s located within walking distance of Buenos Aires Botanical Garden. During our visit, the venue was busy with tourists, locals, and groups of school children. It is obviously a much-loved green […]

  • November Orchid Shows

    AboutOrchids Nov 1, 2018 | 14:45 pm

    Orchid shows are great chances to enjoy incredible flowers, connect with your local orchid society, talk to experts, and buy plants. Don’t miss these valuable opportunities. November 1 – 4 Exposition et Vente d’Orchidées, Chateau de Vascoeuil, 8 rue Jules Michelet, Vascoeuil, France November 2 – 3 Sapphire Coast Orchid Club Native Show, Twyford Hall, […]

  • Buenos Aires Botanical Garden

    AboutOrchids Oct 28, 2018 | 23:10 pm

    Recently, Dave had a work trip to Buenos Aires, and I was able to come along. Of course, the Buenos Aires Botanical Garden was quickly put on our itinerary. The garden’s full name in Spanish is Jardín Botánico Carlos Thays de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires. Founded in 1898, it covers 21 acres (7 […]

  • Join the American Orchid Society

    AboutOrchids Oct 22, 2018 | 12:57 pm

    Orchid lovers have more reasons than ever to join the American Orchid Society (AOS.) Of course, there’s the great monthly Orchids magazine with gorgeous photos and superb care advice that comes with membership. But now, the AOS has also greatly expanded their online resources. All of their old magazines, going back to 1932, are now […]

  • Orchids Are in Peril

    AboutOrchids Oct 17, 2018 | 04:19 am

    Check out a colorful infographic explaining how taking plants from the wild endangers orchid survival. Many rare species are openly sold online despite conservation laws. But with limited resources, almost no money is spent to stop it. That same topic is being addressed in light of a recent London conference on the illegal wildlife trade, […]