• More Blooms from a Legendary Masdevallia Orchid

    AboutOrchids Nov 28, 2023 | 23:00 pm

    I’m captivated by this legendary Masdevallia veitchiana with its bold colors. In mid-October, it opened a gorgeous flower. A few weeks later, it was followed by a second, and then a third! The oldest blossom has been damaged by the elements, but it’s still standing tall. Together, all three are putting on a great show […]

  • Would You Like to Name an Orchid?

    AboutOrchids Nov 22, 2023 | 05:29 am

    Would you like to name a new orchid? The American Orchid Society (AOS) has teamed up with expert growers who will let you name a new hybrid for a $1000 USD donation to the AOS. It’s the perfect gift for yourself or another orchid lover. The donations will be used to fund conservation, research, and […]

  • An Elegant Lady Slipper Orchid

    AboutOrchids Nov 14, 2023 | 04:40 am

    This elegant Lady Slipper reliably graces me with a single bloom over autumn and winter. It sits high above its mottled leaves on a curving stem, and lasts as long as three months. This year’s flower spike is 14 inches (36 cm) tall, and strong enough that the bloom doesn’t need staking. The rich colors […]

  • November Orchid Events

    AboutOrchids Nov 1, 2023 | 01:44 am

    Shows, sales, classes, and conferences fill this month’s calendar. Don’t miss these great orchid events. November 1 – December 5 “Orchids for Everyone” 6-Class Master Series, webinars offered by AOS Education Committee & Pennsylvania Master Gardener’s Program; $10 USD per class, free to American Orchid Society members November 3 – 4 International Vanda & Slipper […]

  • The IUCN Orchid Specialist Group Works for Conservation

    AboutOrchids Oct 21, 2023 | 04:05 am

    The IUCN Orchid Specialist Group does vital conservation work. IUCN stands for the International Union for Conservation of Nature, a global organization which strives to preserve nature and promote sustainable development. Thousands of experts volunteer their time to support IUCN’s projects, including the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The Red List scientifically assesses the […]

  • Delighting in Indoor Orchid Blooms

    AboutOrchids Oct 11, 2023 | 04:40 am

    After a few warm, sunny autumn days, we’re delighting in indoor orchids. The first two photos show my Maxillaria marginata, a great intermediate grower. Its flowers are similar to its close relative the Coconut Orchid, but not as fragrant. Long stems hold them away from the plant, so they don’t get lost in the leaves […]

  • October Orchid Events

    AboutOrchids Oct 2, 2023 | 02:11 am

    Orchid events span six continents in October. Don’t miss these opportunities to enjoy incredible flowers, take photos, buy plants, meet other orchid lovers, or learn from experts. October 4 – 15 Central California Orchid Society Show at the Big Fresno Fair, Fresno Fairgrounds, 1121 S. Chance Ave., Fresno, California October 5 – 6 Maitland & […]

  • China’s Lucrative Orchid Industry Is a Test for the Nation’s Commitment to Conservation

    AboutOrchids Sep 29, 2023 | 04:28 am

    China is a hotspot of botanical diversity, and that includes orchids. Many have been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine, but are being threatened by habitat loss and overcollection. Dozens of species of Dendrobiums are among those collected from the wild. The dried plants are added into teas or soups to help a variety […]

  • Autumn Orchid Colors

    AboutOrchids Sep 23, 2023 | 04:01 am

    The seasons cycle on as fall arrives today in the northern hemisphere.  Autumnal orchid colors include the reds, yellows, oranges, purples, and browns of falling leaves, along with the blues of a crisp, clear sky. These photos are from last winter’s Pacific Orchid Expo in San Francisco. Happy equinox.

  • Demystifying Orchid Pollination

    AboutOrchids Sep 17, 2023 | 04:23 am

    The vast, diverse orchid family uses a mind-boggling number of strategies to attract pollinators and attach pollen to them. Check out a few of their fascinating methods in the videos below — Lady in Black – Pollination in Vanilla Blowin’ in the Wind – Wind mediated pollination in orchids What Have I Done to Deserve […]