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Plantidote of the Day 2011-05-20

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red orchid


Correntian JoeinSF provided this shot of an unusual red orchid, something I can't recall ever seeing before. Burgundy and various shades of dark pink are common enough, but pure red seems rare, at least around here.

A little more from JoeinSF:

I suspect that this is a laelia cattleya cross, but I wouldn't bet the farm on it. It blooms several times per year with flowers lasting for three to four weeks. I grow it in in partial sun in the kitchen window.

Urban living in a city famous for its fog makes gardening limited. For the most satisfaction for the least space, container gardening is the way to go. Luckily, the Bay Area's cool climate is a great place for many types of orchids: Cymbidiums, epidendrums will grow outside while orchids such as phalaeonopsis and oncidium thrive inside the house. The trick is to put them in a  location with the right amount of light and DON'T overwater. Thanks to their long-lasting flowers, they give a lot of pleasure for a long time.

And when your friends see your orchids, they'll think you're a plant wizard.

Thank you, JoeinSF! My plant wizard hat is off to you!!

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Submitted by Kathryn on

Here in zone 6 i have been forbidden to kill any more orchids. But it's been raining for a week, and scheduled to continue for another week. Maybe here in the new NJ tropical zone I could maybe get one to survive.
oh hell, probably not even then.

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Submitted by jerztomato on

Bletilla strata (Chinese ground orchid) If you don't have a private garden, it probably would acquire "legs".