• Are Traders and Traffickers Winning the Orchid Battle?

    AboutOrchids Dec 13, 2017 | 05:30 am

    National Geographic reports alarming news about the disappearance of wild orchids. Many species are disappearing from their native habitats because wild plants are being poached. In fact, illegal traffickers are so good at hunting rare orchids that scientists often discover new species for sale in a market before finding them in the wild. Some varieties are […]

  • Cymbidium Season

    AboutOrchids Dec 7, 2017 | 04:15 am

    Cymbidiums adorn much of the California coast. Many varieties bloom in autumn, when orchid lovers can spot them in flowerpots and gardens on the coast of the SF Bay Area. Plants in my and my neighbors’ gardens are currently blossoming in Pacifica, and we’re enjoying another fantastic Cymbidium season. Many people are amazed that orchids […]

  • December Orchid Events

    AboutOrchids Dec 1, 2017 | 18:30 pm

    It may be the slowest month of the year for orchid shows, but there are still events around the world. Many orchid societies hold holiday celebrations or orchid auctions this month, so check with your local group for more info. December 2 – 3 Bonnet House Orchid, Garden & Gourmet Food Festival, Bonnet House, 900 […]

  • Rare Orchid Reappears After 79 Years

    AboutOrchids Nov 26, 2017 | 01:30 am

    An endangered orchid has reappeared for the first time since 1938!  The rare species, Liparis hostifolia, is known as shimakumokiriso in Japanese, and is only found on the Ogasawara Islands bordering the tropics, 620 miles (1000 km) south of Tokyo. It hadn’t been seen in decades, but a specimen was found over the summer, and […]

  • A Tough Odont Orchid

    AboutOrchids Nov 21, 2017 | 04:56 am

    Do you think that all orchids are fussy hothouse flowers? This brilliant Odont orchid lives outdoors all year long on the chilly Northern California coast. Despite heavy rains, strong winds, hail, heatwaves, and mischievous raccoons, it’s a very reliable bloomer. These flowers look delicate, but they can last three months through winter. This hybrid is […]

  • Diversity As Natural Pesticide

    AboutOrchids Nov 13, 2017 | 13:27 pm

    Scientists have published a study in Nature that explains why plant diversity discourages insect pests. Damaging insects love monocultures, large areas planted with a single crop, because they conveniently concentrate nutrients in one place. Diverse plantings have less of what they like, so bugs need to work harder in search of food. As a result, […]

  • And More from the Conservatory of Flowers

    AboutOrchids Nov 6, 2017 | 15:02 pm

    San Francisco’s Conservatory of Flowers is so packed with remarkable plants that there’s always more to explore. I’ve already done a few posts about our recent visit, but I still have photos to share. There are plenty more orchids, from brilliant Moth Orchids to bizarre Bulbophyllums. Although they aren’t orchids, the strange Bat Flower in the […]

  • November Orchid Shows

    AboutOrchids Nov 1, 2017 | 15:12 pm

    With events in every corner of the earth, it’s easy to celebrate orchids. From Santa Barbara to Lisbon, this month features plenty of shows to choose from. November 3 – 5 Massachusetts Orchid Society Show & Sale, Mahoney’s Garden Center, 242 Cambridge St., Winchester, Massachusetts November 3 – 5 Feria de Orquídeas, Parque Botánico Orquidario, […]

  • Great Website for Orchid Species

    AboutOrchids Oct 28, 2017 | 22:26 pm

    Everyone interested in orchid species should know about the Internet Orchid Species Photo Encyclopedia. I’ve mentioned this website in passing before, but it truly deserves its own post. Remarkably, this site lists 22,000 out of 28,000 orchid species! That’s almost 80% of all known orchids, with more continually added. There’s no other resource I know […]

  • A Tiny But Stubborn Stelis Orchid

    AboutOrchids Oct 22, 2017 | 22:57 pm

    In all the years I’ve been doing this blog, this tiny Stelis orchid has not bloomed — until now! It had flowered in past years, but not since 2006. I don’t know what’s made it so happy, but it now boasts eight flower spikes, despite some hot and dry weather. Dave and I were finally […]