• Orchids Are in Peril

    AboutOrchids Oct 17, 2018 | 04:19 am

    Check out a colorful infographic explaining how taking plants from the wild endangers orchid survival. Many rare species are openly sold online despite conservation laws. But with limited resources, almost no money is spent to stop it. That same topic is being addressed in light of a recent London conference on the illegal wildlife trade, […]

  • A Great, Big Spider Orchid

    AboutOrchids Oct 14, 2018 | 01:15 am

    I don’t mind having a big spider in our home, as long as it’s a Spider Orchid. Also known as a Brassia, this Spider Orchid has very large flowers, over 14 inches (36 cm) tall! Its long petals certainly create a spidery impression. This plant was a great buy at a local grocery store a couple […]

  • The Century-Long Scientific Journey of the Affordable Grocery Store Orchid

    AboutOrchids Oct 6, 2018 | 20:38 pm

    Atlas Obscura delves into a century of scientific advances which brought tropical orchids to your local grocery store. At the start of the 1900’s, growers began to unravel the secrets of how to germinate orchid seed, such as the essential role of fungi. Biologists started to clone orchids in the 1950’s, which would transform the […]

  • October Orchid Shows

    AboutOrchids Oct 1, 2018 | 13:10 pm

    From Mexico City to Kansas City to Nairobi to Emu Plains, Australia, orchids are loved around the globe. Check out these great events happening everywhere in their honor. October 2 Plantation Orchid Society Auction, Deicke Auditorium, 5701 Cypress Rd., Plantation, Florida October 3 – 14 Big Fresno Fair Orchid Show, Fresno Fairgrounds, Floriculture Building, 2011 […]

  • An Orchid Gala Under Glass

    AboutOrchids Sep 27, 2018 | 21:33 pm

    Head to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park for the Dracula Ball at the Conservatory of Flowers on Thursday, October 18th. This elegant dinner event with limited tickets will benefit the Conservatory and its collection of rare orchids, including Draculas. Guests will enjoy a program from Ron Gagliardo, chief horticulturist at the dazzling new Seattle Spheres. […]

  • Orchids for the Equinox

    AboutOrchids Sep 22, 2018 | 14:00 pm

    Enjoy these amazing orchids for today’s equinox. Autumn is usually the warmest time of year for us on the Northern California coast. The fog pulls back, and we can finally bask in the sun that’s been baking everyone else. Last year, that meant record-breaking heatwaves in September. This year, so far, it’s been milder. We […]

  • Vanilla Could Spice Up Florida Agriculture

    AboutOrchids Sep 18, 2018 | 03:40 am

    Now that vanilla beans cost as much as silver, the world’s most delicious orchid is in the news a lot, and scientists are investigating the possibilities of vanilla farms in South Florida. Since vanilla is a vine that climbs trees, it could be “co-cropped” in avocado, citrus, or nut orchards. Farmers could harvest the beans […]

  • Tiny Flowers at Orchids in the Park

    AboutOrchids Sep 13, 2018 | 03:23 am

    Big flowers get more attention, but don’t overlook the little ones. They may be tiny, or downright tough to see, but small orchid flowers are just as intricate and fascinating as showier blooms. These photos from July’s Orchids in the Park event highlight a few of their marvels. Dave’s and my cameras can compensate a […]

  • Fighting the Vanilla Thieves of Madagascar

    AboutOrchids Sep 6, 2018 | 16:08 pm

    Vanilla has been in the news a lot lately, with skyrocketing prices contributing to crime problems in Madagascar. The BBC delves into the story, and explains what happens when vanilla costs almost as much as silver.

  • September Orchid Shows

    AboutOrchids Sep 1, 2018 | 15:32 pm

    September brings busy orchid show schedules around the world, especially in South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Can’t find a show near you? Check with your local orchid society for more info. September 1 Alfred County Orchid Society Spring Display, Hibiscus Mall, 19 Wartski Dr., Margate, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa September 1 Redlands Orchid Society Spring […]