Orchid facts, Did you know? New!
The number of orchid species equals about four times the number of mammal species, or more than twice the number of bird species. That's a lot of orchids!
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(because I know you can't get enough)- What's up ya'll? I know consistency is the key so we are proud to send you the firstnewsletter for 2009. I wish everyone a prosperous new year in this great year ahead.- We have a great article for you about Winter Orchids, enjoy!
~ Winter Orchids by Phillip Estenson ~
One of the best things about orchids is that you can find bloomingorchids year round. At this time of the year, the most popular orchidhouseplant, Phalaenopsis, is blooming. These plants have long gracefulinflorescences (stems) holding large flowers. They will last up tofour months under good household conditions and are a real bargainwhen compared to other blooming plants or cut flowers. The flowerscome in a variety of colors from white, pink, purple, red, orange,and yellow.Another winter favorite is the Cymbidium orchid. These cheerful plants will flower for around two months in a variety of colorsand sizes. They come in a variety of colors from white with coloredlips, through the oranges and reds, and lavenders. They have been bred for years and it is possible to find almost any color or color combination that you wish. The standard size will produce inflorescencesof approximately 3 feet or, or 90 centimeters; the compact and miniature plants are somewhat smaller and the inflorescences only one or two(2) feet or 30-60 centimeters. They are very popular on the west coastin the United States and are often used in outdoor plantings in thenorthern part of the state where there are cool but not freezingtemperatures. My favorite variety to brighten up a dull January isthe lemon yellow varieties with up to 15 flowers on an inflorescence.Many Oncidium Alliance plants are now blooming with a profusion of small flowers that will move in a breeze. Their fanciful name, DancingLadies, describes exactly how the flowers look as they move. They comein an amazing variety of sizes and colors for all decorating needs and