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The Orchids Are Ready To Strut Their Stuff

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The Orchids Are Ready To Strut Their Stuff

Each winter the Missouri Botanical Garden escorts its large collection of orchids from around the world out of their cozy greenhouse for all to enjoy. A stroll through the 2015 Orchid Show: Orchids and Their Pollinators promises to once again transport you to a tropical paradise where they show off their beautiful and bountiful blooms. The hobby of raising and growing orchids is a pastime that offers sweet rewards. A number of orchid species are easily grown in the home and have become quite popular over the last few years. Not only are many varieties available but they are much more affordable as well.  For an expert list of orchids to try your hand at growing see our popular Visual Guide Top 10 Orchids for the Home.  If the pictures in the guide don’t entice you, a visit to the orchid show will seal the deal.

One frequent question we get here at the William. T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening is how and when to repot an orchid houseplant. This task is perplexing to many since orchid structure is the same as any plant (has roots, stem, leaves and flowers) but these parts are adapted to its way of life and differ somewhat from familiar plants which are grown in the garden. Most cultivated orchids are epiphytes.  The word “epiphyte” (EP-ih-fite) means “air plant” or literally “to grow upon a plant.”  The other type of orchid is called a terrestrial, which means “growing in the ground.” Most of the native orchids of the United States and Europe are terrestrials.  Two new Visual Guides have been created to walk you through the process of successfully repotting two popular epiphytic orchids.  These guides also teach you how to identify the different growth patterns of orchid plants and give tips when to and not to repot.  They can be found in the Gardening Help section of our website under Visual Guides entitled: Repotting Phalaenopsis (Moth) & Other Monopodial Orchids and, Repotting Cattleya & Other Sympodial Orchids. These easy-to-follow guides take the mystery out of repotting which is an important key to caring for orchids in the home.

Come and experience the 2015 Orchid Show and if the spirit moves you take one of these beauties home to enjoy.

A good resource for garden pests is the Advice, Tips and Resources  page found in Gardening Help. It has detailed information on all the pests that might decide to visit your garden.

Jan Gowen, Kemper Horticulture Assistant

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