Orchids are some of my favorite plants because their flowers are very beautiful and they are easy to grow here in South West Florida. This blog is a brief introduction to for a hobbyist to grow in their home or in their garden.
These are favorite delights in my garden, the Wonder Garden as well as The Edison and Ford Winter garden.
During my exploration of SWFL I found other orchids that were fascinating. Below you will see some interesting samples of orchids. These include pitcher plants, vanilla, lady slipper, phaleanopsis, cattleyela and dendrobium. There are thousands of orchid varieties in a rainbow of colors,
The plants showed here are a small part of the orchid family. Check out some information about The pitcher plant and Venus fly trap at carnivorous plants.
Check put the numerous references for help in identifying and caring for orchids. I do have some recommendations for out-of-door orchid care in Florida.
Grow in moderate, not direct sunlight.
Water when the air roots are dry. This is usually every three days if there is no rain.
After they loose the flowers, cut back the blossom stem just above the node nearest to the base.
Cutoff any the portion of any leaf with black mould.
Spray with insecticide plant soap every two weeks.
Fertilize once every two to four weeks with 20-14-30
Here is a reference for carnivorous plants like the pitcher plant and the Venus fly trap: Carnivorous plants