• Wild Orchids of Sichuan, China

    AboutOrchids Nov 24, 2020 | 02:02 am

    Want to take a magical orchid vacation without the hassles of travel? Settle in for three video tours from Botany Boy. China’s Sichuan province is one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots, and its fabled mountains are full of remarkable orchids. These videos include basic info about these spectacular wild beauties, so you’ll know what you’re […]

  • A Treasure Trove of Central African Orchids

    AboutOrchids Nov 18, 2020 | 04:45 am

    There’s a treasure trove of Central African orchids at www.Orchid-Africa.net. This growing database offers a look at some uncommon species, and it features lots of pictures. Central African orchids aren’t as well known as their relatives from Madagascar and South Africa, but they should be. They include captivating members of the Angraecum family, Bulbophyllums, Eulophias, […]

  • Bromeliads Make Great Orchid Companion Plants

    AboutOrchids Nov 13, 2020 | 05:16 am

    Bromeliads don’t have the fame and glamour of orchids, but they’re fascinating, beautiful, and easy to grow. Some have otherworldly flower spikes, with remarkable shapes reminiscent of exploding fireworks or fantastic creatures. Others have foliage with spectacular variegation that provides year-round color. Bromeliad flowers are often tiny and fleeting, but their stunningly colorful bracts can […]

  • Artificial Intelligence Can Help Protect Orchids and Other Species

    AboutOrchids Nov 6, 2020 | 23:05 pm

    Scientists have developed a new way to figure out which orchids are at risk of extinction. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species is the most comprehensive catalog of endangered plants and animals in the world. To be assessed, each species needs a thorough scientific study of its […]

  • November Orchid Events

    AboutOrchids Nov 1, 2020 | 22:20 pm

    This month, there are a few virtual orchid events, and two in-person events with clear COVID19 precautions. November 8 Santa Barbara Orchid Estate Silent Auction, Santa Barbara, California (bid by phone, e-mail, fax, or mail; bidding ends Nov. 8th) November 12 – 16 Orquídeas de Otoño, Asociación Mexicana de Orquideología, Mexico (online with Facebook Live) […]

  • A Very Different Orchid Subspecies

    AboutOrchids Oct 28, 2020 | 04:39 am

    These brilliant magenta flowers belong to an unusual orchid subspecies. It’s a little orchid with a big name, Arpophyllum giganteum subspecies alpinum. It bears many similarities to its close relation, Arpophyllum giganteum, whose purple flowers are shown in the final photo below. Both are cool growers. They’ve been reliable bloomers for years, putting up clusters […]

  • Orchids for Biden

    AboutOrchids Oct 20, 2020 | 23:28 pm

    Four years ago, many, including me, predicted that Trump would be a catastrophe for the USA. Certainly, he has been. He has failed to face a worsening pandemic, an economic collapse, and climate change disasters. His blatant corruption, incompetence, nepotism, and immorality are on display every day. His poisonous bigotry will continue to do damage […]

  • Make Your Own Orchids with Orchid-gami

    AboutOrchids Oct 15, 2020 | 03:55 am

    Orchid-gami lets everyone to create great orchid art. It’s an educational project from the North American Orchid Conservation Center and the United States Botanic Garden. They’re created templates for 3D models of native North American orchids. Download the files for free, then print, cut, fold, and glue. Teachers, parents, and kids will love assembling orchids. […]

  • Our Early Autumn Garden

    AboutOrchids Oct 8, 2020 | 23:16 pm

    I’ve got garden pictures to share, but mostly this post is a chance to brag about my Epidendrum, which has been in constant bloom for over 17 years. It began flowering in early 2003, and has never stopped. Through heat waves, driving rains, light frosts, strong winds, pounding hailstorms, pest attacks, and smoky conditions, it […]

  • October Orchid Events

    AboutOrchids Oct 1, 2020 | 21:41 pm

    This is the first events post since March. These are virtual except for the Singapore show, which promises to follow COVID19 safety guidelines. Check with your local orchid society for more shows, meetings, talks, and sales which have gone online. October 1 – 15 San Francisco Orchid Society October Sale – Order plants online. You […]