Welcome to a new and exciting edition of Orchidaceae


1. Your June Specials
2. RSS The New Technology That Is Grabbing Hold
3. A New Way To Grow Orchid Plants


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$55.95 wiht Free 2 day FedEx

Pretty yellow coloration of blooms with sepals lime than yellow. Large nose inside labellum with stripes extending to a a fuschia throat. Inner petals have fuschia colored tips. Compact growth of foliage. Mildly fragrant.

Priced at $57.95 with Free 2 day FedEx

Upon receipt of your Internet order, we go to the greenhouse and hand select the orchid that you ordered. We always select the nicest orchid from the a crop to make sure you get the nicest orchid possible. Our orchids are carefully packaged and misted before they are shipped. You get fresh orchids right out of the greenhouse at a great price! This orchid comes with living Deer Moss shown. Stands about 36 inches tall. Easy to care for and longlasting. Great for the beginner

Priced at $55.95 with Free 2 day FedEx

America's most popular flowering plant - at least we think so. The beauty of orchids is exemplified in our phal. orchid called Phal. (Brother Oxford - Sara Gold) which produces thick flowers that are almost hard to the touch. The flowers appear to glow and the center is a bright fuschia. Sent in our handsome wicker basket with crossbar. Orchid stands approximately 24 inches tall. Sent in bud and bloom. Rare

RSS - The New Technology
That Could Replace EMail

RSS can stand for Real Simple Syndication, Rich Site Summary and there are more. But despite what the "real" name may stand for, it is becoming the "new way" of communication with people and customers. It is a revolutionary new tool that gives you the control.

Replace Email?

It is a way for both individuals or businesses to let others know what is going on or what is happening on an ongoing basis. It gets us further from the reaches of email spam. Spam is becoming so common now that an increasing number of us are finding ways to get around this. Have you seen the many anti-spam software on the market?

RSS Feeds?

RSS feeds is actually the information you get from the RSS site. So, for example, you get the NY Times RSS information. The information from the NY Times is called their RSS feed.

Obtaining RSS feeds is totally in your hands. So, if you want to receive the "orchids-plus-more" RSS feed it will be up to you. All you need to do is add our RSS feed "URL" into your RSS reader.

RSS Reader?

The only technology you will need is a RSS Reader and there are many. I recommend FeedDemon as a very good RSS Reader. With Feed Demon you can read the feeds fast because they are set up just like a newspaper. Once you have the reader and entered the RSS URLs it is up to you when you find a favorite hobby or news item, just click on the news item and off you go to read the article.

For example our RSS URL is: http://www.orchids-plus-more.com/support-files/orchids-rss.xml Remember you need to copy and and paste the URL not click on it.

So RSS is the new technology being embraced by not only individuals but businesses as well. You are able to get all your news like CNN's or NY Times, updates from business and even individuals when you want it. There are now thousands of such feeds available and remember you have all the control - it is up to you to place the URL of the feed into your reader.

Eventually, you will not be receiving those emails that can clog your system and you won't get spammed.

Guess what, I have come across something that may interest you as an orchid lover. It is hydroponics. What is hydroponics?

Well, it is growing plants without soil. There are different systems that can be used, but all in all they have the same thing in common. It is the use of nutrients - water mixture poured over inert substance called aggregates.

Here are some of the benefits I have found to using hydroponics:

  • easy to use
  • no wondering when to water
  • disease free growth
  • more vigorous growth
  • less maintenance

Ease of use goes without saying. With hydroponics the plant is placed in a special pot and is surrounded by aggregates. More on types of aggregates at a later time. The aggregates will not only hold water but also can trap air. They also allow for more freer air movement.

After transplanting a plant into a hydroponic system there is nothing to do except add nutrient ladened water. Yes, that's it, water as needed according to the system you use and watch your orchid plants grow.

Taking The Guesswork Out Of Watering

I think the neatest part comes with knowing when to water and taking the guess work out of it. No more wondering is this orchid dry enough to need water or am I giving it too much water.

The guess work is gone because the system you use allows you to know when to water. You could even go on vacation and not worry about how the neighbor or your mother will do with watering your orchids. Will they be alive when you get back?

No Soil - Less Chance For Disease

Because there is no soil being used and the aggregates are inert there is much less of a chance for the orchids to get disease. You do not have to worry about root rot and other diseases.

It's The Nutrients That Make The Difference

The nutrients used are the same as are usually obtained from the soil. They usually will come with the system that is purchased but may be but in any store that deals with hydroponics. The nutrients may be a bit more expensive then traditional fertilizers. You can get them either as organic or chemical nutrients.

Substitutes for Media

There are different medium used in hydroponics. There are LECA, Allflour, and Lava Rock amongst the most common.

  • LECA - (lecation) - which is a clay aggregate made into pellets. The clay is heated to 2000 degrees F and develops a hard shell with tiny air sacs. It provides for air circulation due to there round size and can trap water. This is what I recommend.
  • Lava Rock - it is a natural product dug out of the ground and used as is. These are porous on the surface and can trap excess fertilizer.
  • Allflour - is made similar to the lecation rock but is not heated to the same high temperature. This makes the aggregate much weaker and can get crushed easily

Easy To Start

I have been using this a several of my orchids and have been impressed so far with the results. During the first month I used the "rooting" nutrients every 2-3 days. I filled the planter with the rooting nutrients and let the plant stand in it for about 1 minute, then emptied the nutrients back into the bottle for re-use. After the first month I then used the system with its watering indicator with "blooming" nutrients. It is so nice to use an indicator to know when to water.

I bought my system, the pots, LECA, and nutrients from Creative Hydroponics

Look At The Growth!

You will notice that your hydroponically grown orchids will grow faster and better. Usually there is between 30 - 50% faster growth. This is because the water used has nutrients that the plants love. The nutrients really enhance the growth of the orchids. You will see the blooms which can be larger and last longer.

As you can see with a system like these require a whole lot less maintenance for the orchids. It is a self contained system that is very easy to use.

Wow, I didn't think growing orchids could get any easier.

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