Orchids For All is a labor of love. Simply put, it was born out of a love of orchids. And years of experimenting to find out what worked best for me, in my home and in my climate.
What I learned along the way surprised me. Orchids – at least most of them – are relatively easy to keep, to keep happy and healthy, and to keep blooming regularly. You simply need to know what care is the same as for other plants and what is different. And then provide it. Regularly.
The bottom line? If you can keep houseplants – any houseplant, really – healthy and happy, then you can keep orchids. If your thumb is any color other than green – in other words, if someone gives you a plant and you kill it – then don’t bother. You won’t do any better with orchids.
This site is for everyone else. Everyone who has succeeded at keeping a houseplant healthy and happy for an extended period of time – measured in years. This is for everyone who is interested enough in their houseplants to find out what they want and need and provide it. Anyone who is thrilled at the thought of keeping an orchid healthy and happy and witnessing the spectacular sizes and shapes and colors when they periodically bloom.
Some orchids bloom for a matter of days. Others last for weeks and on occasion for months. In fact, my longest blooming orchid – a Phalaenopsis, or “Moth Orchid” – stayed continuously in bloom, with the same flowers for 11 straight months!
I used to think orchids generally bloomed when other plants did, in the Spring. And while they tend to be most prolific in the Spring, I now have something in bloom – or at least in bud, preparing to bloom – almost year ’round.
In fact, I’mwriting this in February when night temperatures in my “neck of the woods” are generally in the 20s and day temperatures are typically in the 30s and occasionally 40s. I do have close to a dozen plants already generating flower spikes for early spring (they will start opening in March/April). But I also I have a couple that will be blooming before the end of this month – in the dead of winter!
I can’t promise you results like this. You need a fair number of orchids of different species to get nearly year-round results. But I can promise you that you can raise healthy orchids and will be almost constantly in anticipation of the next blooms on your orchids if you follow my simple advice.
NOTE: Every orchid pictured on this site was grown and photographed in my home from my personal orchid collection.
NOTE: This site was just recently launched in February of 2017. It is being added to aggressively and regularly. So if you enjoy want you are seeing, check back often!
NOTE: Feel free to contribute! Go to the comments page and leave comments, questions, suggestions, criticism… whatever! Send me photos of you plants if you like. I would love to post other people’s beautiful orchids and success storied! The more feedback the better! Most of all, this site is, besides being an avenue for me to pour out my love of orchids, for the benefit of all casual orchid growers!