The Greek myth of Orchis explains the origin of the plants. Orchis, the son of a nymph and a satyr, came upon a festival of Dionysios (Bacchus) in the forest. He drank too much, and attempted to rape a priestess of Dionysios. For his insult, he was torn apart by the Bacchanalians. His father prayed for him to be restored, but the gods instead changed him into a flower.
Photo: Charlotte York
Well, glad we got that cleared up! There are so many great myths involved in the origin of plants, which is your favorite? ~AR
Since orchids are tropical plants, temperatures below fifty degrees can cause damage. During the day most of these sensitive breed require much warmer temperatures of near eighty degrees in order to thrive. In Tampa, our winter weather can often drop sharply for days at a time from balmy to distinctly cool. At times we even experience freezing weather that can kill plants such as the orchid collection. As a necessary precaution, the orchid house has played host to this heater for the past several days ensuring the survival of our orchids. Check out those fun flames (they were a great way to heat up me while I was taking these photos, too).
ON A REMOTE ISLAND in Papua New Guinea, scientists have uncovered the world’s only known orchid to produce flowers exclusively at night that die by the next morning.
Of more than 25,000 species in the orchid, only a handful flower in the evening. The new orchid, dubbed Bulbophyllum nocturnum, is the first known one whose flowers shrivel and fall off before dawn breaks.
Dendrobium chrysopterum - discovered bybotanist Andre Schuiteman in 1990 in PNG and described by him and Ed de Vogel. Found only in the forests of Eastern New Guinea.Photo Credit: Andre Schuiteman
Sarah of Brooklyn Orchids has an eye-catching preview of the work of Patrick Blanc up on her blog! The French botanist has been pegged to design the centerpieces for our tenth annual Orchid Show, and if you haven’t had a chance to stand at the base of one of his soaring creations and look up, now is the time to save the date.
Check out Sarah’s preview in the click-through, then mark the calendar sometime between March 3 and April 22 of this year. We’ll let you know when tickets go on sale. — MN
How to grow orchids at home
You don’t need a green thumb to re-bloom them. Just follow a few simple guidelines.
Might I add that they SHOULD NOT be watered with ice cubes. “Just add ice” is the silliest notion I’ve ever heard, and it perpetuates bad plant parenting! How would you like it if every time you were thirsty you had to suck on an ice cube?