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    Mickey Carnell – Lady Slipper Orchid Culture – January 2017

    By | January 23rd, 2017|Categories: Orchid Culture, Speakers|Tags: , , , , |

    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 | November 14th, 2016|Categories: Orchid Culture, Speakers|Tags: , , |

    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 | October 13th, 2016|Categories: Orchid Culture, Speakers|Tags: , , , |

    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

    By | September 10th, 2016|Categories: Orchid Culture, Speakers|Tags: , |

    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 | July 17th, 2016|Categories: Orchid Culture, Speakers|Tags: , , |

    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 | July 17th, 2016|Categories: Orchid Culture, Speakers|Tags: , , , , |

    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 | May 15th, 2016|Categories: Orchid Culture|Tags: , |

    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 | May 11th, 2016|Categories: Orchid Culture|Tags: , |

    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 | April 2nd, 2016|Categories: Orchid Culture, Speakers|Tags: , , , , , |

    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

    By | February 23rd, 2016|Categories: Orchid Culture|Tags: , , |

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

    Prem Subrahmanyam – Native Orchids – February 2016

    By | February 21st, 2016|Categories: Speakers|Tags: , |

    Prem Subrahmanyan is an expert on native orchids. Unwilling to spend hours wading through alligator infested swamps to get a glimpse of rare orchids blooming in the wild I was grateful to hear his stories

    Top 5 Orchids for Beginners in Southwest Florida

    By | February 21st, 2016|Categories: Orchid Culture|Tags: , , , , |

    Many people think orchids are very difficult to grow. There are, however, several easy to grow orchids to build your confidence: Phalaenopsis - Modern hybridization has made this classic orchid a resilient beauty. Phals thrive