Saturday, April 24, 2010

More Orchids for Mother's Day

Make mom smile with a bouquet of flowers! Take mom over the top with a living orchid plant from  There is no doubt mom deserves something special for Mother's Day so here is a collection of Mother's Day orchids to help you commemorate mom's special day.

White Phalaenopsis Orchid

Vuyl. Cambria Plush

Rehfieldara Pacific Empire

Burr. Castle Issa

Colm. Wildcat "Yellow Buttefly"

Cymbidium Eastern Wind

Cymbidium Kenny "Best"

Dgmra. Flying High Pacific Paradise

Dtps. Taida Salu "Alisan"

Odbrs. Kenneth Bivens Santa Barbara

Odcdm. Catante Pacific Sun Spot

Odcdm. Tiger Crow Golden Girl

Oncidium Sharry Baby "Sweet Fragrance" AM/AOS

Phalaenopsis I-hsin Sunflower

Doritaenopsis Auspices Lip #1

Phalaenopsis Nankung's Beau

Phalaenopsis Nankung's Beau

Phalaenopsis Wedding Promenade

Phalaenopsis Yu Pin Pearl

Purple Phalaenopsis (green buds and green back petals)

Purple phalaenopsis (very special plant)

Rehfieldara Pacific Empire

Phalaenopsis (name unknown)

Vuyl. Cambria Plush

White Phalaenopsis Orchid

Wils. Aloha Sparks Pele's Glow

Wils. Aloha Sparks Pele's Glow

Monday, April 19, 2010

Mother's Day Orchids to Delight Mom on Her Big Day

Mother's Day is a special day for mom! Commemorate mom's special day by sending a living orchid plant! Here are some Mother's Day orchids in bloom right now and throughout May.

Vuyl. Cambria Plush
White Phalaenopsis Orchid
Gdlr. Pacific Truffle Surrogate Star

Dgmra. Flying High Pacific Paradise

Odcdm. Catante Pacific Sun Spot

Colm. Wildcat Yellow Cat

Cymbidium Nut Taida

Bllra. Lunatic Fringe Orchid Isle

More Mother's Day orchids at

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Kathy, here's the answer to your orchid bloom question

Orchid Question: When the flower has bloomed and then starts to dry up should i clip it off or let it fall off?

Dear Kathy,
Most of us may be too busy to monitor our orchids as much as we'd like to. Occasionally, an orchid bloom will dry on the plant since we didn't have enough time to pinch it or the bloom may just fall off the orchid. I like to pinch the dead blooms from the plant, before they have fallen off the orchid. You should always remove the dead flowers not only on plants but flower bouquets too. You don't want anything dead near you, not to mention it makes the rest of the flowers look prettier when you remove the dead flowers. So, if you see a dead or wilting flower, clip it off with scissors or pinch it off with your fingers. I use my fingers, unless the bloom just falls off on its own.

I water my orchids with filtered water. I have a 75 gallon aquarium and when I find an orchid in my house that is feather weight from not watering, I will dunk it in the aquarium and soak the growing media. It's a little tricky when the orchid is grown in bark! All other orchids are watered using a watering can and purified water. I use the aquarium dunking technique only on very dry orchids and my fish don't seem to mind.

Here are some photos of orchids in my home. I am lucky because orchids re-bloom in my house and my opinion is, if your home feels comfortable to you (temperature, tone) it will feel comfortable to your orchids. So drum-roll please, here are the photos of orchids in my home that have re-bloomed on their own, woohoo.

Phalaenopsis Taisuco Elfin re-bloomed!

Cut cymbidium orchid stem from my garden

Dtps. Taida Salu Alisan has bloomed for nine months!

More beautiful orchids that are not in my home :)
Dtps. Taida Salu "Alisan" the red phalaenopsis

Dendrobium Nobile (no name - grown in Calif0rnia)

Pink phalaenopsis orchid (purple phalaenopsis are common, pink ones are not)

Phalaenopsis Nobby's Amy FS5-11

Phalaenopsis Sogo David - a real standout color combination

Phalaenopsis striped flower

Teacup orchid

Gdlra. Pacific Truffle "Surrogate Star"

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Egg-stra Beautiful Yellow Orchids for Easter

I found my daughter's bright yellow Easter basket and bright yellow Easter ears. We will be needing them because we will be spending the day at the park just like last year for an Easter egg hunt and fun. I need to give my daughter's basket to her godmother so she can fill it with goodies before Sunday. I'm taking my mom a yellow orchid for her table. Wow! It's Easter, spring is here and everything looks so beautiful, especially when you are always surrounded by orchids. Happy Easter everyone!

Here a some photos of some of my favorite yellow orchids, enjoy!Dendrobium chrysotoxum

Oncidium Cheiro Kukoo Tokyo

Cymbidium Golden Elf Sundust

Odcdm. Tiger Crow Golden Girl

Cymbidium Golden Ruby Sunset

Dendrobium Speciosumgracilicaule (yellow flower type), rare

Dtps. Chian Xen Queen JB18

Dtps. KV Charmer

Phalaenopsis Sogo David