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Wednesday, 14 January 2015 20:09

National Geographic - Love and Lies (from 2009)


How do you spread your genes around when you're stuck in one place?

By tricking animals, including us, into falling in love.


An Orchid gallery from National Geographic Magazine,

can be found here, and it is worth a look.

Thursday, 08 January 2015 20:49

Masdevallia's today

I know that sometimes I get questioned about how they grow and what constitutes a warm growing Masdevallia. I thought I would just explain how I and others grow them on a hot, dry continent. Firstly please understand that climates vary greatly from person to person in this forum so this won't work for everyone but I think with some experimentation maybe more people will be able too in the future.

Thursday, 08 January 2015 17:25

Strange Kinds of Orchids

The orchid family (Orchidaceae) contains flowers considered some of the most beautiful and most bizarre on Earth. It is the largest family of flowering plants, encompassing more than 26,000 species with 100 to 200 species discovered annually. Those amounts don't include the thousands of named orchid hybrids and cultivars. Orchids grow naturally all over the world and are either terrestrial plants or epiphytes. Epiphytes grow on trees and rocks, and they don't need soil. Assuring pollination is the main driving force behind the creation of almost unbelievable orchid flower shapes and colors.

I was in a nursery recently and wandered into the greenhouse where they had tropical plants generally grown indoors. There were all the typical foliage plants, such as dracaena, dieffenbachia, pothos ivy and Chinese evergreens.

I saw a beautiful collection of blooming bromeliads. But what really caught my eye was a display of phalaenopsis orchids.

Monday, 05 January 2015 18:47

Nature Journal: Identifying native orchids

Orchids are tricky, sometimes even deceitful. They have evolved seemingly endless strategies for attracting and manipulating insects, their dull-witted partners in reproduction. And curious as it may seem, winter is the prime time to locate and identify two of our native orchid species.

The basal leaves of puttyroot (Aplectrum hymale) and cranefly orchis (Tipularia discolor) emerge in late summer, after the flowering period, and are conspicuous from late November into early spring. Then as the flowering stems emerge in spring, the leaves wither and disappear. For this reason, they are sometimes described as “winter-green” or “summer-deciduous” or “winter-leaf” or “hibernal” orchids, but I think of them as “winter orchids.” Both are common in rocky moist-to-dry woodlands featuring acidic soils.

Monday, 05 January 2015 14:43

Orchids fussbudgets? Hardly

I admit it. For years, the thought of growing orchids indoors was intimidating to the point I never tried. And I’m sure I’m not the only gardener who feels this way. But if so, how do you suppose our friends feel when we present them with the gift of an orchard?

In reality, despite their reputation for being finicky flower divas, orchids aren’t difficult to grow.


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