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Mickey Carnell – Lady Slipper Orchid Culture – January 2017

By Lia Andrews. I have had beginner’s luck with many orchids: dendrobiums, cattleyas, phalaenopsis, and even vandaceous orchids, but my two paphiopedilums are barely hanging on. They’re alive but they are not happy, and they

Barb Murza – Orchid Fungal Infection – October 2016

by Lia Andrews Expert grower and Southwest Florida Orchid Society president Barbara Murza explains identification, prevention, and treatment of the mortal enemy of our orchids: fungus. This is perhaps the most important topic we have

John Romano – Soft Cane Dendrobiums – September 2016

by Lia Andrews As a Chinese Medicine doctor I have a special connection with this group of orchids. In Chinese dendrobiums are called Shí Hú 石斛 (literally “rock herb” ) due to the habit of growing

Martin Motes – Florida Orchid Culture – August 2016

notes recorded by Lia Andrews from Martin Motes' video: There are seemingly endless varieties of orchids. In fact, one in 10 flowers in the world is an orchid. Florida orchid growing is unique and requires

David Genovese – Vanda Culture – July 2016

by Lia Andrews. Award-winning hybridizer and grower, David Genovese shares how he grows vandas: SUN There are 3 main types of vandas: terete, strap-leaf, and semi-terete (a hybrid between the two). Terete vandas can be

Gary Murza – Orchids & Water Quality – June 2016

by Lia Andrews. Water quality is a big deal, especially when it comes to orchids. Barb and Gary Murza found this out the hard way when they moved from Miami to Sanibel a few years

Growing Bare Root Orchids: An Organic Experiment

by Lia Andrews Phalaenopsis hybrid I admit I was a little sad to wake up this morning to one single (albeit beautiful) flowering orchid after we attended the Redlands Orchid Festival yesterday. She

What Not to Do with Orchids; Dendrobium Anosmum & Dendrobium Phalaenopsis

by Lia Andrews Some of my favorite orchids are the cascading dendrobiums of the dendrobium, callista, and phalaenopsis sub groups. These display true Fire (startling and fun) and Water (drama and romance) qualities. I began

Dan & Margie’s Orchids – Orchids Made Easy – March 2016

by Lia Andrews. Dan and Margie gave an excellent on the basics of orchid for 3 of the most popular orchid types. To purchase orchids or for expert advice contact Dan & Margie through their

Orchid Recommended Reading List

Florida Orchid Growing; Month to Month - by Martin Motes, PhD