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Updated on November 5, 2014

Orchids in my windowsill!

I bought an orchid about 12 years ago for my office and have been afflicted by orchid fever since then. Not only are the flowers unexpectedly beautiful, the plants can be very interesting and rewarding to grow as well. These are some of my orchids that I like to put by my kitchen sink so I have something nice to look at when I'm cleaning. I have all kinds of different types of orchids. My favorite or easiest ones to grow and bloom in my area are the Cattleya variety. I had an amazing one but I killed it. I am now looking for a new one that is mostly white with maybe a highlight of purple.

The ones I have now are Phalaenopsis, Paphiopedilum, Oncidium, Cymbidium, and Epidendrum.

Stop back as I post updates on what is going on with them.

*update April 2, 2014 we lost most of my orchids during our house fire. Now I have a reason to buy more. So, every cloud does have a silver lining!

**All photos on this lens are mine taken with my iPhone unless otherwise noted!**

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orchid spike
orchid spike

Sending up a spike

This is the most exciting time of growing orchids. When you see a spike going up from your plant. It is such an exciting time. The anticipation is half of the fun! This is the time when you want to secure the spike to a bamboo stick. The makes sure your plant doesn't sag or go off in a direction that doesn't work well. You do not want to manipulate it too much. A nice soft piece of yarn or one of these butterfly clips work well too. Just make sure there are no sharp edges. I allowed this orchid to grow towards the light but once it solidifies, I will turn it around so I can better enjoy the process.

Mystery Orchid Getting Ready to Bloom! - January - March 2013

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The first signs of the spike coming out from between the leaves.  This is a very exciting time! I repotted the plant last year and watched the roots go crazy! So rewarding to see a spike coming out.Notice the spike is trying to find the light.  Also note the leaf has a spot from too much sunlight.  But the brightness is keeping the spike going so I will leave it there.Here you can see the spike is branching out. It looks like there will be a lot of flowers. I don't remember what this plant's flowers look like so I am very excited to see them!
The first signs of the spike coming out from between the leaves.  This is a very exciting time! I repotted the plant last year and watched the roots go crazy! So rewarding to see a spike coming out.
The first signs of the spike coming out from between the leaves. This is a very exciting time! I repotted the plant last year and watched the roots go crazy! So rewarding to see a spike coming out.
Notice the spike is trying to find the light.  Also note the leaf has a spot from too much sunlight.  But the brightness is keeping the spike going so I will leave it there.
Notice the spike is trying to find the light. Also note the leaf has a spot from too much sunlight. But the brightness is keeping the spike going so I will leave it there.
Here you can see the spike is branching out. It looks like there will be a lot of flowers. I don't remember what this plant's flowers look like so I am very excited to see them!
Here you can see the spike is branching out. It looks like there will be a lot of flowers. I don't remember what this plant's flowers look like so I am very excited to see them!
Dendrobium in Bloom 2012
Dendrobium in Bloom 2012

Dendrobium Blooming

My favorite - a beautiful Dendrobium with white flowers and a blush of pink. I think they look nice in our sitting area, don't you?

These orchids are very interesting they grow as spikes with small leaves. The blooms come out of the spikes.

Gardens By The Bay
Gardens By The Bay

Gardens By The Bay

Singapore's newest attraction

On my recent trip for work to Singapore, I visited not only the National Orchid Garden in the Botanical Gardens, but I also went to the new Gardens by the bay. This is a must go to attraction for anyone travelling to Singapore. Spend at least 1/2 a day and then walk over the bridge through the Sands hotel and visit the Marina Bay shopping mall and casino. Yes, you heard me right. There is a casino in the middle of the mall. But make sure you bring your passport. Foreigners must present their passport to enter.

The Gardens by the bay are among one of my favorite places I have ever visited. Imagine enormous greenhouses laid out to teach you about different environments and plants and a greenhouse that houses a 4 story hill complete with an enormous waterfall!

A Closer Look!

This plant is so nice. The flowers have a nice color and the fragrance has a slight hint of lilac.

Getting
Getting

Getting Ready to Bloom

Note the distribution of the buds and the spots. You can see this will be a spotted flower.

Check back soon to see the blooms!

AOS Jan 2011
AOS Jan 2011

American Orchid Society

A great resource!

One of the first thing you may want to do is to join the A.O.S. As a member, you receive their amazing monthly magazine and access to their website. Their website is packed full of information about orchids. What you need to grow them and make them flower. It will tell you all about all the different types of orchids, tips to help you understand orchids and will direct you to your local club!

beginning to bloom
beginning to bloom

Beginning To Bloom!

I had a great surprise this morning! My orchid is now beginning to bloom. Check back soon and I will post when it is fully bloomed!

My Orchid in Bloom
My Orchid in Bloom

The First Bud In Full Bloom!!!

So it opened really fast. This morning it was just two petals open by the end of the day the whole flower opened wide. You can see it has beautiful color and form. I'll post another picture when all of the buds have bloomed. This has been a fun orchid to grow. Very easy. It just took keeping it watered and lightly fertilized. I didn't use anyting special, just miracle grow a couple of drops in a pint of water every other time I watered it. And no special growing environment. Just sitting on my windowsill above my sink.

More Photos Of Beautiful Plants

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This is my latest addition. I bought it at the Santa Monica Farmer's Market. It was only $15!SLC Jewel Box retails online for $50!SLC Jewel Box with a new bud 2014SLC Jewel Box in bloom during the Blood Moon Eclipse April 2014Blooms at the Maui Four Seasons!Another one in Maui. Found this on the way to breakfast.Box of plants from the 2014 auction!A husky boy romeo Cattleya with two buds from the 2014 auction!Husky Boy Romeo Blooming April 6 2014!Tokyo Magic x Cosmic Delight from the 2014 auction.
This is my latest addition. I bought it at the Santa Monica Farmer's Market. It was only $15!SLC Jewel Box retails online for $50!
This is my latest addition. I bought it at the Santa Monica Farmer's Market. It was only $15! SLC Jewel Box retails online for $50!
SLC Jewel Box with a new bud 2014
SLC Jewel Box with a new bud 2014
SLC Jewel Box in bloom during the Blood Moon Eclipse April 2014
SLC Jewel Box in bloom during the Blood Moon Eclipse April 2014
Blooms at the Maui Four Seasons!
Blooms at the Maui Four Seasons!
Another one in Maui. Found this on the way to breakfast.
Another one in Maui. Found this on the way to breakfast.
Box of plants from the 2014 auction!
Box of plants from the 2014 auction!
A husky boy romeo Cattleya with two buds from the 2014 auction!
A husky boy romeo Cattleya with two buds from the 2014 auction!
Husky Boy Romeo Blooming April 6 2014!
Husky Boy Romeo Blooming April 6 2014!
Tokyo Magic x Cosmic Delight from the 2014 auction.
Tokyo Magic x Cosmic Delight from the 2014 auction.
Orchid at The Huntington Library
Orchid at The Huntington Library

A Few Tips

The main thing is that I like to go to the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate and go and get a nice plant with healthy roots. Sometimes you can buy them just the plant and not in dirt. If I get a potted plant I like to get one that hasn't bloomed yet so I can enjoy the process at home. I dont' mind if the buds are there but not the flowers. The lowers on some plants will last a month so you can have a great experience for a long time. If you buy it in flower you do not know how long it has been flowering.

Usually,I do not buy them at places like Home Depot but I can't stand to not take a peek and last time I was there I found an orchid that had only spiked with some buds on it. I brought it home and put it in a bigger ceramic pot with some moss covering it over. It grew about 1 1/2 weeks more and it ended up blooming for over 6 weeks and had a total of 77 buds that bloomed. It was a beautiful yellow/amber/golden/orange flower. Unfortunately, we went on a trip and it dried out!!!!! I think that sometimes those stores get them from nurseries that over fertilze them to force them to bloom but then it kills the plant.

Don't over or underwater and do not over fertilize. Only buy an orchid that you know what it is. They should have a tag or stick that tells you the species or hybrid. When you bring it home, log into the AOS.org website and find out how it likes to be taken care of.

Don't be intimidated by orchids! They are not that hard and actually seem to do better when you sort of ignore them!

Just have FUN!

Who do you love?

Another at the Huntington Library
Another at the Huntington Library

There are more but these are the most common.

What is your favorite orchid to grow?

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Do you like to grow orchids?

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      James Jordan 3 years ago from Burbank, CA

      @Tom Maybrier: When it seems to get too tall to support itself make sure you stake it so it doesn't topple over. Make sure it is getting enough light and that you are using a little bit of fertilizer from time to time. It will do fine!

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      Tom Maybrier 3 years ago

      Really cool lens. I grow Phalaenopsis and Dendrobiums. I have Denodrobium (phal type) that's sending up a new cane - no idea what will happen next!

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      Snakesmum 3 years ago

      Have got a few orchids, but they all live outside. They seem to like it there, and we don't get snow so they survive the winter. Great photos of your orchids.

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      Mommy 3 years ago from The Fabulous Midwest

      I absolutely love orchids. Beautiful pics!

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      James Jordan 3 years ago from Burbank, CA

      @BarbaraCasey: You should do it. They are actually pretty easy. You just need to be patient.

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      BarbaraCasey 3 years ago

      I've never tried to grow orchids, but your enthusiasm is giving me ideas. Thank you!

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      BarbaraCasey 3 years ago

      I've never tried to grow orchids, but your enthusiasm is giving me ideas. Thank you!

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      No, haven't ever tried. Maybe after I learned more about them I would get it a try. They are pretty.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      Drop dead gorgeous flowers. I had two before but couldn't keep either alive for long. Think I'm going to have to try again!

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      ToxicFreeClub 4 years ago

      Now if I could just get a green thumb

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      James Jordan 4 years ago from Burbank, CA

      @marianmiamian: Share some of your photos!

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      marianmiamian 4 years ago

      I love orchids very much and also have a few. Enjoyed your lens. Will check back often.

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      James Jordan 4 years ago from Burbank, CA

      @GrammieOlivia: Oh wow! That would be amazing. Send me the link and I'll tweet it once it is there! Thank you so much! A lot of my lenses got unpublished and I am hoping the rest I have are ok! So, it is nice to get such a nice message. J

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      Tanya Jones 4 years ago from Texas USA

      i've never tried to grow orchids. if i ever do, i'll refer back to this lens.

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      James Jordan 4 years ago from Burbank, CA

      @Dhookraj Singh: I grow all of mine in my house.

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      Dhookraj Singh 4 years ago

      Now I wish i had a garden.

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      GrammieOlivia 4 years ago

      Yes! I have put this on the Weekend Gardeners FB page! I think there are lots of people who will enjoy this lens........

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      James Jordan 4 years ago from Burbank, CA

      @Arachnea: They are super easy, take the plunge!

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Nice orchids you've got there!

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      LaptopLeader 4 years ago

      I don't grow orchids, but... Those are some cool orchids you got there. Awesome!

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      marktplaatsshop 4 years ago

      You have beatifull orchids, and made a great lens about them. I also had orchids but have done them away recently, because my kittens always throw them on the ground, and they no longer where beautiful plants, so for me no more plants on the windowsill at the moment. Thanks for visiting and liking my lens on animal cruelty

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      I once grew some beautiful orchids I brought back from Hawaii, my cat thought they were delicious.

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      James Jordan 5 years ago from Burbank, CA

      @Lady Lorelei: Thanks for checking back! One of my orchids just bloomed 24 flowers. I took pictures just need to upload them. This lens is an easy one to keep updating. I just take pictures of my newest acquisitions!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Just realized that I had visited your orchid article once before. It certainly is a wonderful springtime garden flower collection to visit. I love your photos.

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      mrdata 5 years ago

      I love orchids and they are my favorite flowers! Thanks for sharing your amazing ones!

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      Tammy69 LM 5 years ago

      I have grown orchids before and even worked at an orchid nursery. I got the fever too. Now I've seen these beautiful plants, I'm seriously going to start growing them again.

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      James Jordan 5 years ago from Burbank, CA

      @Tammy69 LM: Can't wait to see your lens on orchids!

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      James Jordan 5 years ago from Burbank, CA

      @RedHairedRockHead: Talk with your local orchid group. They can give you recommendations about what plants do the best in your environment.

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      RedHairedRockHead 5 years ago

      I would like to try...I live in Chicago, I wonder if they wold do ok outdoors and then winter inside?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My sister in-law has a green thumb when it comes to growing orchids indoors or outdoors. They are pretty flowers, and so is you lens. :)

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      James Jordan 5 years ago from Burbank, CA

      @Snakesmum: you should post some pictures!

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      Snakesmum 5 years ago

      I have a few orchids, but they all live outside. Some are flowering at the moment, some are sending up spikes. Our season is opposite to yours, of course!

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      Takkhis 5 years ago

      I have orchids plants, they are beautiful.

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      seegreen 6 years ago

      I've bought the odd orchid. What I love about them is that the bloom stays for such a long time. Often when I think of buying flowers for the house I buy an orchid instead. Cheaper, lasts longer, and looks stunning.

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      No, but I love them.

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      WriterJanis2 6 years ago

      Love orchids, but don't have the gift of a green thumb.

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      girlfriendfactory 6 years ago

      I wish I could. I am not good with plants lately. Just not attentive enough. Yours are gorgeous! They remind me of Hawaii. This is a terrific lens and it can be found among the other blessed lenses at Flyby Wingings They may call me an aimless wanderer, but not all who wander are aimless and I'm glad I wandered upon this! ~Ren

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      James Jordan 6 years ago from Burbank, CA

      @Virginia Allain: Just jump in! Orchids are the kind of plants that actually thrive on bad behavior! The first orchid I had 'died' only to come back full force and bloom on its own. I'm sure you can have the same experience too!

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I always admire orchid plants I see in nurseries, but I'm afraid to get started with them. Since I'm pretty successful with most potted plants, I just need to overcome my fears that I'll kill the pretty things.

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      Ruth Coffee 7 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      Your orchids are beautiful. I had one once a long time ago, given to me as a gift. I don't know what kind it was, or for that matter, what happened to it. I think plants hold more interest for me now though and I would probably be more attentive of it.

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      James Jordan 7 years ago from Burbank, CA

      @KimGiancaterino: Don't do anything to it until after it blooms. Find out what kind of orchid it is and then look up what it's needs are. Some orchids don't even like soil!!!

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      I only have one orchid at the moment and it's nearly ready to bloom. I think it needs more soil, but I don't want to shock it. Have you ever watched the Nero Wolfe series with Maury Chaykin? I think you'd like it. He's an orchid lover for sure!

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      Jhangora LM 7 years ago

      Havn't tried ever but ur Orchid looks amazing.

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      ohcaroline 7 years ago

      Orchids are so fun to grow. Can't wait to grow them again.

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Love growing them but I live in an alpine area now and don't have the time to give them the attention they like. Featured this on Save Planet Earth - Flowers

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Love growing them but I live in an alpine area now and don't have the time to give them the attention they like. Featured this on Save Planet Earth

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      PrettyWorld 7 years ago

      No - only outdoor plants for me, and we get winter here.

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      YsisHb 7 years ago

      Thanks for your welcome.

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      James Jordan 7 years ago from Burbank, CA

      @Adriana Daniela: Check out the website www.aos.org for tips and trips on your orchid. There are different types so you need to approach their care a bit dfferent. One thing that works best for me is to sort of ignore them it seems that when they always do best! And DON'T over-water!

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      ohcaroline 7 years ago

      Excellent article. i enjoyed it.

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      Adriana 7 years ago from New Market

      I love orchids, but almost always I can only keep them for one season. Can't make them bloom the following year :(

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Those are real beautiful orchids, loved the photograph.

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