"Show Stoppers"

Every once in a while, an orchid produces a floral display that stops people in their tracks. A Dendrobium boasting six long spikes, an Oncidium touting a dozen branches, or a lady slipper developing four blossoms. While all the popular genera are capable of this sort of fire power, it seems to rarely happen. Here are the factors that have to come together to make the perfect storm:

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How to Build an Orchid Lath House

One of the secrets to cultivating orchids successfully in this part of the country is to put the plants outside for the summer. Night temperatures usually don't fall below 60 degrees F during the months of June, July, and August and the humidity is high. Epiphytes thrive in these rainforest-like conditions. What confounds hobbyists, however, is how to provide proper light levels.

 

Orchid Displays in Resort Hotels

Visitors who walk into four and five star hotels expect to be dazzled by the decor whether it's the architecture, furniture, or flowers. Orchids, with their long lasting blossoms and wide range of colors, rarely disappoint and have long been used in interior spaces. Recently, floral designers are using a new technique to show off their orchids. They are combining blooming plants with cut flowers to make over-the-top arrangements.

 

Bletillas

Orchids continue to get easier and easier to grow. Hybridizers have been working round the clock developing new and improved varieties particularly in the areas of Phalaenopsis and Oncidiums. Commercial nurseries have been implementing state-of-the-art cultural techniques in order to bring their crop to market as quickly as possible. The exciting news for the consumer is that today's plants provide years of enjoyment with only minimal care. 

 

Pendant Orchids

Orchids are full of surprises.

There are the ‘grocery store’ varieties, better known as phalaenopsis, whose long sprays of colorful blooms seem to last forever. Then there are the more exotic types with unusual flowers and fancy names like Lady Slippers and Dancing Ladies. The crème de la crème of the orchid world are, arguably, the cattleyas whose grand blossoms adorned royalty a century and a half ago.

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