For the past year, most of the topics I've covered in my monthly orchid care tips have come from questions I've received at my classes and presentations. I would now like to open this up to anyone who may have a question on orchid care. Send your question to my email address listed at the bottom of this page. I will go through the questions I receive each month and pick one to address here.
February Orchid Care Tip
What's in a Name?
I have the privilege of speaking again this March at the Philadelphia International Flower Show’s Gardener’s Stage. For any of you who live in the Northeast US, this is a wonderful show that has both business and individual competition categories, educational presentations, and a marketplace. My presentation this year is Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 4:00pm and is titled, “What’s in a Name? Identifying Your Orchid”.
I chose this topic from the orchid classes that I teach throughout the country. My classes are BYOO (Bring Your Own Orchid). I like to give the participants the opportunity to bring in any of their own orchids that they may have questions about. More and more people bring me unlabeled or mislabeled orchids they have inherited or bought. At a recent class, someone brought in a rather sickly looking orchid that they wanted help reviving. They told me it was an Oncidium orchid that had been bought unlabeled and unblooming at a flea market. They decided it was an Oncidium as it looked like other Oncidiums they had at home. So, it was cared for it by keeping it in a warm environment and allowing the media to dry out between waterings.
This would have been great care had the plant been an Oncidium. It was actually a Cymbidium orchid. However, in their defense, those are two orchid plants that can look very much alike when not blooming. The problem was that Cymbidium orchids like cooler temperatures and need to be watered before their media completely dries out as they are semi-terrestrial orchids. This prompted my choice of topic for this year’s flower show and I decided to share parts of that presentation over the next few months here.