Appleblossom "tri-color" defies
orchids reminds me a lot of hunting arrowheads. You have
to find a couple and your eyes get trained to the goal
or objective. I have treasured these moments as I
climbed through rain forest or cloud forest on the Dutch
island of Saba and in the National Park on the French
island of Guadeloupe and the majestic El Yunque National
Forest in Puerto Rico.
like the tree ferns, giant ivy, philodendrons and
heliconias thrill beyond expectation but to see wild
orchids blooming takes the experience to a whole other
level. You must agree there is just something about
orchids. I am still mesmerized every time I walk into
our Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens Orchid House that
is maintained by the Deep South Orchid Society.
know many of you treasure orchids but still feel
mystified about how to grow them, get them to re-bloom
or even question a simple repotting of your plant. The
good news is that you don’t have to go to a rainforest
to see or grow an orchid nor do you have to get a
graduate degree in botany or horticulture. All you need
to do is visit one of the American Orchid Society
sanctioned orchid shows near you.
instance we are having the 30th Annual Savannah Orchid
Show April 29-May 1st at the Coastal Georgia Botanical
Gardens. But if you visit the American Orchid Society
website calendar of events you’ll find shows coming up
in Memphis, Louisiana, Iowa and 12 months of events
further demonstrating the love of the orchid.
now in our orchid house there is a Laeliocattleya called
Aussie Sunset ‘Cosmic Fire’ that will take your
breath away with its beauty. It will make you want for
all-the-world to grow this orchid. Another one called
Iwanagara Apple Blossom ‘tri-color’ simply defies
stunning as these are, did you know there are incredibly
beautiful orchids for landscape? I remember watching the
blue flowered Bletilla striata orchids flying off the
shelves at garden and patio shows in Mississippi. A fair
share flew off in to my shopping cart as well. I used
them in a filtered light bed with ferns, split-leaf
philodendrons and hostas next to a swimming pool.
Believe it or not they are cold hardy from zones 6a-9b
and reach close to 30 inches in height. There are also
more than a half dozen Bletilla selections and hybrids
readily available for us to use in the landscape.
group of terrestrial orchids for your consideration are
selections and hybrids from the genus Calanthe which are
generally cold hardy from zones 7-9. The name itself
means beautiful flower and they come to us from Japan
and China. Depending on the variety they reach 10-to-24
inches in height and perform well in fertile organic
rich soil in light shade to filtered light.
on your explorer’s hat and visit an orchid show near
you, you’ll see the world of orchids like you have
never seen them. You’ll see the best in competition
and have a once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase
the most beautiful selections for your home. You’ll
leave with a clear understanding of how to care for them