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Tiny Feathered Friends of Reed-Stem Epidendrums

Hummingbirds enjoy visiting my reed-stem epidendrums, where they can be found resting peacefully on the long, twisted stems of this outdoor flowering orchid. Our resident hummingbird in Southern California is the Anna’s hummingbird. These flying jewels of the sky belong to the family Trochilidae, one of the most highly specialized natural groups of birds. Nectar plants, feeders and birdbaths will attract hummingbirds as well.

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Growing Orchids in a Greenhouse

Greenhouses run the gamut from elegant conservatories to compact window greenhouses that fit snugly into a kitchen window frame. Whatever the size, similar suggestions for selection, design and installation apply. There are three major types of greenhouses to consider. The lean-to greenhouse is usually small, about 6 to 10 feet long. One of its long sides is formed by the side of the house to which it is attached. Relatively inexpensive to make and maintain, its major drawbacks are a lack of space for an expanding collection and a tendency to heat up and cool off more rapidly than is desirable.

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