Basics on Orchids
Links to articles and information for beginning orchid growers.
2006 New Year's Resolutions
Orchid growing resolutions for 2006 for all of us to think about.
Beginner Orchid Supplies
What supplies does a new grower need keep orchids happy and growing?
A guide to some of the easiest and most popular orchids for beginning orchid enthuiasts.
Build a Species Collection
Some thoughts and recommendations on expanding your collection to include species orchids.
Buy Flowering Sized Orchids
If you are a fairly new grower, consider paying more for blooming size plants rather than the less expensive seedlings or near blooming size orchids.
Buying Orchids on Sale
Start your orchid hobby with cheap plants and work your way up to the more expensive plants. No need to over spend when you just picked up the hobby.
Buying Orchids on the Internet
Buying orchids on the internet can give you access to some of the best products available.
Cutting Orchid Keikis
Some orchids produce babies called "keikis." Here's how to take them and make a new plant.
Decorating with Orchids
You can use orchids to make a dramatic display for your large room or to showcase the simplicity and elegance of your style.
Easy to Grow Orchids
Helps orchid lovers to identify the easy to grow orchids.
Enough Light for Orchids
Are you giving your orchids enought light to re-flower? Here´s some advice on what you should be doing.
Exhibit Your Orchids in the Home
What should you do to show off your blooming orchids in the home?
Exhibiting Your Orchids
Common sense advice to those who are interested in showing off their plants at a local show. Where to start and how to set up an exhibit.
Exhibiting Your Orchids -- Before the Show
Here are some thoughts on what needs to be decided and done prior to taking your orchids to a show.
Exhibiting Your Orchids -- Preparation
Here´s what you need to know about getting your plants ready for exhibiting either at your orchid society or at an orchid show. It´s a worthwhile experience!
Expand Your Orchid Growing Space
Are you running out of space for your orchids? Here are some suggestions to help you out.
Facts about Orchids
Orchids, would you like to know what exactly are these plants? Where are they placed in the plant kingdom? What are their morphological features? If yes, then go through the article to jack up your knowledge on basic facts about orchids.
Falling Leaves – Dendrobiums
Some Dendrobiums lose their leaves in the fall. Figure out if that is why it's happening to you.
Find an Orchid Buddy
An orchid buddy is a great way to enjoy your hobby more and to learn about growing.
Getting Ready for an Ochid Show
If you plan to try putting a plant in a spring orchid show, here´s how to start. It´s not too early.
Getting Ready for Spring Repotting
Repotting is a spring ritual for orchid growers. Now is the time to plan for it and to order all the supplies you will need so the process is as easy as possible.
Getting Started with Orchids
Read my article about choosing your first orchid and how to keep it growing.
Go to an American Orchid Society Orchid Show
Go to a local orchid show to meet local nursery owners and see beautiful flowering plants.
Growing Orchids for Beginners
So you want to grow an orchid. Here are some no-nonsense thoughts on what you should really do with that first orchid.
How to Choose a Healthy Orchid
Here are some things that you can look for in a plant to help you pick a good healthy orchid.
How to Choose an Orchid
Choose an orchid which will grow under the conditions you can give it so that both you and the plant are happy.
Hurricane Preparedness for Your Orchids
Here are some thoughts on what to do for your orchids in the face of a hurricane.
Hygrometers, Thermometers and Light Meters
The most important tools you can have to grow orchids well.
ICU for Your Orchids
Here is an idea to try to save that favorite orchid that just seems to be dying no matter what you´ve done to save it.
Join an Orchid of the Month Club
Every beginner should consider seriously joining an “Orchid of the Month” club in order to have blooming orchids all year long.
Learn Through Your Local Orchid Society
Visit a local orchid society to learn about orchids that grow well in your area.
Look up the Registered Name of your Orchid
How to look up the registered name or the parents of your hybrid orchid. This can be done easily online if you know how!
Make Plans to Visit an Orchid Show
As you think about the coming year, make plans to visit an orchid show near you!
Moving Your Orchids Outdoors
Do you have a place outdoors that you can put your orchids so they can enjoy a vacation?
Name Tags in Your Orchids
Don't throw out that name tag, there are important reasons for you to keep them.
Neem Oil Systemic for Orchids
Neem oil is one of the organic systemics that orchid growers use to keep away any kind of sucking insect.
Orchid Alphabet Soup
Confused by all those letters after the names on the labels of your orchids? Check this page for a description of the most common American Orchid Society awards.
You are planning to grow orchids or you already have an orchid in possession: if you want to be a successful grower, first try to understand their natural habitat and have a peep into the natural ecological conditions of orchids.
Orchid Flowering in Nature
Have you seen orchids growing in wild? Flowering orchids in the tropical forests put up a splash of colour, especially in the dry winter months.
Orchid Glossary – Hybrids and Mericlones
Learn about the difference between hybrids and mericlones in the world of orchids.
Orchid Growing Regions Around the World
Where do orchid come from? What is the location of their preferred habitats and regions, also called the orchid hot spots? Do they grow every where or are they restricted to particular areas?
Orchid Growth Types--Sympodial, Monopodial
Learn about the main growth types in orchids: Sympodial and Monopodial.
Orchid Growth Types—Epiphytes, Lithophytes, Terrestrials
What do Epiphyte, Lithophyte, and Terrestrial mean when used in relation to orchids?
Keikis are small plantlets produced by some orchids and are a great way to share your orchids with friends, or give you more plants of a favorite.
Orchid Life Cycle
Here are some fascinating facts about orchids and how they grow.
Orchid Name Tags
What does the information on a name tag mean? Why is it important? Learn how to interpret and understand what is on your orchid's tag.
Orchid pollination is a fascinating subject, you will be amazed at some of the species which pollinate the orchids.
Orchid Recordkeeping - The Orchid Journal
Keeping records on your plants will make your hobby that much more rewarding. The Orchid Journal is an excellent place to start.
What kind of supplies do you need to start growing orchids?
Orchids - A Brief Introduction
Orchids are exotic, beautiful and mysterious. But do you really know them? Let me introduce you to the world of Orchids. So that you develop an acquaintance with them first and then go on to become life long friends.
Orchids and Fragrance
Why scent is important for orchids. Orchids competition now incorporate fragrance into selection of prize winning orchids.
Orchids Grow Slowly
Does it seem like your orchids just sit there? Here's an idea that will allow you to learn how your orchids grow and develop.
Orchids with Attractive Foliage
Orchids are known for their flowers but do you know that even their foliage is quite attractive. Some of these orchids have nicely arranged leaves on the stem as well as beautiful leaves.
Paphiopedilums are one of the best orchids to grow indoors since their light requirements are very well suited to most homes.
Plan to Bring in Your Orchids
Bringing in your orchids in the fall requires planning to make it easier. Here´s what you need to do.
Potting Media for Orchids
What potting media should I use? This is one of the most persistent questions among orchid growers.
Repotting Your Orchids
Repotting doesn't have to be a chore when you do only a few at a time and have everything ready ahead of time.
Repotting Your Orchids - Oncidiums
Are your Oncidiums ready for repotting? Here´s what you need to know.
Rescuing Orchids from Root Rot
Air circulation is important to prevent root rot. Choose a medium that allows for good air circulation. Don't be afraid to repot your orchids.
Saprophytic orchids the least talked about orchids. Though some of them produce beautiful flowers, but as they are only visible during flowering season growers find them less attractive.
Scale—A Grower’s Nightmare
Learn how to identify and treat scale on your orchids.
Segregate Those New Orchids
One of the most important pieces of advice I have ever been given is to segregate new orchids until you are sure that they do not have unwelcome pests.
Should I Repot My New Orchid?
Here is some helpful information on repotting your new orchid.
Should you buy orchid seed crosses or mericlones?
Learn what the advantages and disadvantages of seed crosses and mericlones are for the orchid hobbyist.
Size Descriptions in Orchids
What do the size descriptions on orchids mean?
So you want to try growing an orchid!!
Here´s some encouraging information if you´ve always wanted to try growing an orchid but were afraid to try.
Terrestrial orchids have the widest spread distribution of all the orchids although they represent only about 25% of the total species.
The Orchid Flower
The flower of an orchid is what defines a plant as an orchid. Learn more about these fascinating flowers.
The Way Our Orchids Get Their Names
Orchids have some of the very big names. How do these end up having such unpronounceable names? There are rules governing the naming of the orchids. I have put forth some of the basic ones to make it a little clearer.
Tips For Improving Your Orchid Show Experience
Is an orchid show coming up in your area? Check this list of suggestions to make your experience more enjoyable.
Tying and Supporting Your Orchids
In order to display your orchids to their best advantage it´s important to know how to support and tie them properly.
Use Orchid Map™ to Find Orchids
Orchid Map™ is a new internet website which allows societies and vendors to enter information. It provides a great place to find orchid resources near you.
Vacation -- How To Care For Your Orchids
Here are some good suggestions for making sure that your plants will survive in good shape while you are on vacation.
Water Quality for Orchids
Water quality is one thing that is rarely considered when growing orchids, but you should be aware how important it is.
What is an Orchid Addict?
Growing orchids is addictive! See if you qualify as a real OA.
What is an Orchid?
What makes a plant an orchid?
Windowsill Growing Basics – Light
Growing orchids on windowsills requires that you understand how much light they need.
Winter Orchid Dreaming
Now is the time to look at those catalogs and decide what you want to buy in the coming year.
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What to do after you bought an orchid? How do you keep your first orchid alive? Many people often drown their orchids. Read to find out how you can help your orchid grow. With a little of care, it can reward you with beautiful flowers.
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