Orchid Notes & Culture

Disaster in the Greenhouse

As you might be aware, I was gone for about ten days for a visit to Pakistan. In preparation for my absence I set everything right in the greenhouse and hoped for the best. Sadly, though, upon my return I found quite a few of my plants either dead or dying. Surprisingly, the only plants…

New Growths in My Plants

As we are experiencing an early spring in Texas, quite a few of my plants have started developing some remarkable new growths. This means a lot to me as this was my first attempt at getting my plants through the winter after some really untimely repottings. Here sre some pictures:  

Post-Winter Report

I started my hobby in the early fall of 2011. At first, I was only planning to grow a few orchids using all available windowsills in my house. But pretty soon in the process, I decided to invest in. greenhouse. Now, I do not have a lot of disposable income, so I bought the least…

My First Mounted Orchids

A few weeks ago I attended the first meeting of Greater North Texas Orchid Society, my home organization. Toward the end of the meeting I was also able to purchase a blooming size C. aclandiae ‘California’ x ‘Dark Rook’. Considered a dwarf, C. aclandiae needs very specific culture requirements. Besides other things, its roots must…

My First Orchid Society Meeting

Today I attended my first meeting as a member of Greater North Texas Orchid society. This meeting, for me, has opened a whole new exciting activity that I will be looking forward to every month. Most of the times the meetings that I attend or am invited to are academic and scholarly in nature, which,…

Orchids: From Seed to Community Pot

It takes from six months to one year for a seed capsule to mature. It is not uncommon for a seed capsule to contain 10,000 to 100,000 seeds. Some seed capsules may contain as many as 3,000,000 seeds. Orchid seeds are very transparent and very small, tiny specs, at times barely visible to the human…