The Orchid Clock

Orchids have a cycle of life. The key to understanding the annual life cycle of a plant, and knowing how to respond to it, can be depicted visually as a clock.

Orchid growers know their plants will produce flowers at a certain time of year, and will grow new leaves and rhizomes at another. By charting these on a clock face, we can better respond to the needs of the plant in terms of fertilization, watering, etc.

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Hereditary Influences of the Cattleya Alliance

The species illustrated below appear in the background of today's modern Cattleya Alliance hybrids. Each plant imparts certain traits such as color, form or size to its progeny and hybridizers have capitalized on these traits. This list of species and the traits enumerated was first published in the AOS Bulletin in January 1960 and they continue to withstand the test of time. Species names listed reflect currently accepted nomenclature.

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Time-Lapse Video Fun

​This winter I came to an unusual lull in my activities, and took the time to reflect on new ways I could convey the wonder and beauty of the orchids in my collection to our customers around the world. It was only then that I realized that each of my digital cameras have a feature I had never explored: Timer Interval shooting. Using this function, I have begun creating time-lapse videos of the orchids...

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Neofinetia Falcata - Not Just Another Pretty Face

Anyone who has heard Dr. Kristen Uthus speak about Neofenitia falcata (aka vandas) knows she is simply captivating as soon as she delivers her first line "Small, but Mighty!" inspired by her young son. Her articles are just as enchanting as if she were there in the room.  After reading this article you will know all you need to know to understand and successfully grow these amazing orchids.  Careful you will be hooked!
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