Orchidaceae Newsletter

"Your best online source of orchids plus more" June, 2006

Hi Friends:

Summer is almost here. And yes, our daughter is home from college. She had a great first year. Now comes the year when she needs to consider what her major will be.

This month you will see an article on pruning. This is common question that we get frequently. You will also see some good books about orchids. They make good reading and have answers to your orchid problem.

Father's day is right around the corner. We have some wonderful orchids for your dad. Take a look.

To guarantee delievery and FREE 2 day shipping we must have your order in by 12 noon ET on Wednesday June 14th. Otherwise we can ship overnight and overnight with Saturday delivery for additional charges.

Happy Father's Day to all you dads. Thanks for helping us through life

This month newsletter includes: ..Our Specials for Father's Day
..Our Monthly Tip - Pruning Orchids
..some Orchid Books ..Some beautiful orchid pictures

Thanks again, Bob Roy

Specials of the Month - to June 30

Here are some stunning Orchids and Flowers for Fathers DAy or any other occasion.

Paph Vietnamese
soft pink petals and rarity of this orchid makes it a perfect orchid gift

Encyclia radiata
purple striations, can flower twice a year, blooms last 3 months, intense sweet fragrance, easy grower

Mini Orange Cattleya
Perfect for a small desk for that special someone on your gift list. The orchid stands approximately 8 inches tall.

Check out these specials as well as our "ever-blooming orchids"

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Tip of the Month

Pruning Your Orchids

The flowers have all died so when should you prune your orchids or cut the stalk back and how far? This is part of the basic care of orchids.

Once the stalk turns yellow or brown and it is obvious that no blossoms will be produced. You can then prune your orchids to within an inch from where the blossom stalk originated on the plant. You can also cut it there when it is green if you don't mind losing potential blossoms.

Another option is to just remove the end of the blossom stalk to shorten the stalk, but retain enough so that it may bloom again. If you do this, cut it back to about 1/4 inch above a node (indicated by a small leaf-like bump clasping the stalk).

Pruning your orchids stalk (spike) should cause no harm to the plant. However, some orchids will produce new bloom shoots from the nodes on the old blossom stalk, or some plants will produce small baby plants (pups) from these nodes.

The new plants may be removed and potted after they develop roots. Of course, some orchids do neither of these things. In either case, it doesn't hurt the plant if you remove the old bloom stalk; you may just miss some new blossoms or a baby plant.


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More Books
About Orchids
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Take a look at these books. They will solve your problem!

Orchids as House Plants by Rebecca Tyson Northen;
Customer Review: After doing research on the internet and libraries, my questions were not answered until I read this book. Wanting instant gratification I went directly to the index which gave me the areas to read that I needed.

The Orchid Thief : A True Story of Beauty and Obsession
by Susan Orlean

Orchidelirium is the name the Victorians gave to the flower madness that is for botanical collectors the equivalent of gold fever. Wealthy orchid fanatics of that era sent explorers (heavily armed, ...

Botanica's Orchids: Over 1200 Species by Botanica; Price
Customer Review: I liked this particular book and have found it to be most helpful. I do suggest it be used as a supplement with other books though in that is is lacking in different areas.

Culture of the Phalaenopsis Orchid by Bob Gordon;
Customer Review: Overall good book for beginner Phalaenopsis enthusiast eager to learn more than just the simplest basics. Gordon does a good job discussing elements of culture that help you understand how to adjust your care to your growing conditions. This book could use an update with lots of glossy picturs. That's my way of saying that ..

Understanding Orchids : An Uncomplicated Guide to Growing the World's Most Exotic Plants by William Cullina;
Customer Review: A good, general reference for the advanced beginner. The inclusion of the writer's personal experiences with growing are encouraging and appreciated. Excellent photography.

Orchids for Dummies by Steven Frowine
Dozens of black-and-white photographs and diagrams show you how to care for your plants. After giving the lowdown on growing orchids, as well as suggesting what tools to buy, author Steven A. Frowine covers everything from propagation to ailments plus suggesting what types to try

Orchid Pests and Diseases by James Watson
2002. Revised Edition. This update of the 1995 edition of this popular book produced by the American Orchid Society is packed with practical advice on insect and noninsect pests, bacterial and fungal diseases, orchid viruses, and physiological disorders

Picture of the Month

Phrag Kovacchi, newly discovered from Peru

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