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The Sarcochilus Orchid: Spectacular Flowering and Easy to Grow

I love orchids and love giving tips on how to grow them in your garden.

Did you know that orchids have colonised most places on Earth? Well then, let's take a look at the cool growing Sarcochilus orchids (referred to by growers as Sarcs).

These monopodial and compact orchids are easy to grow and can make delightful houseplants positioned perhaps on a cool windowsill, in a shade-house or like mine, under a shelter. Sarcs have attractive fleshy green leaves and produce short racemes with numerous flowers, some of which are scented, like S.falcatus.

If you love flowers you will be pleasantly mesmerised when you visit an orchid show and find yourself amidst a spectacular sea of colour from whites, pinks through to reds... amongst other colours. Just let temptation run it's course and spend, spend, spend!

S. burgundy on ice - one of my favourites!

S. burgundy on ice - one of my favourites!

Sarcochilus 101

Sarcochilus come from Greek. Sarco = flesh; cheilos = lip (refers to the fleshy labellum).

There are around 15 species of these charming spring to summer flowering orchids and these are nearly all endemic to eastern Australia. In the wild, lithophytic Sarc's grow on rocky outcrops, cliffs, gullies and mountains, while the epiphytic types are at home in trees.

Sarcs thrive in shady places with plenty of air movement and quick drainage as most Sarcs in the wild endure their roots flooded regularly.

Those of you that are lovers of history might appreciate that the genus Sarcochilus was established back in 1810 by Robert Brown which was for S. falcatus (orange blossom orchid)—an epiphytic orchid.

Sarcochilus culture

You want your Sarc to produce racemes of flowers, right!

Then you must take note of the cultural requirements.

These are shade loving (I find 50 - 60% is fine), cool growing orchids. Sarcs thrive with plenty of air movement and humidity so trying to replicate the Sarcs natural environment is beneficial to their success. I have mentioned seven aspects of Sarcochilus culture below:


1. Air movement

This is crucial to Sarcs and also aids in regulating plant temperature and reducing any bacterial or fungal infections. If there is not enough air movement, then install and artificial means like a fan.


2. Temperature

Although most growers recommend temperature's 8 - 25C ( 40 - 80F) for optimal growth I use it as a guide. If anything, I am more concerned with the heat in summer when I am unable to dampen down because plants will stress when they reach around 29C and then they cease photosynthesis.

My Sarc shelter endures up to eight frosts annually. In the summer, the mercury has reached 36C on rare occasions, prompting watering down under the orchids to lower the temperature and increase the humidity.

Sarcs should never be subjected to frosts at all so this is why the shelter gets wrapped with plastic at night in the winter.

Watering can and garden hose.

Watering can and garden hose.

3. Humidity

Sarcs need to be misted daily, including the mounted Sarcs like S. hirticalcar, especially in the heat of summer.

A great method that raises the humidity is to place trays of water with pebbles in for the Sarc's to stand on without getting wet feet ,and the ideal humidity to aim for is 60%.

On hot days dampen down the floor under the Sarcs to provide that cooling humid environment. Serious shade-houses will need an automated watering system, unless you have plenty of time to regularly hose the floor!


4. Watering

Always use room temperature rainwater (if possible) and water the plants once a week (more often in hot weather) because there are no storage bulbs and Sarc's like to be kept damp. The opposite applies too as they do not like to have wet roots.

It is also wise to check that there is no water sitting is in the leaf axil or crown in evenings to decrease the chances of developing rot when it is cooler.

On hot days dampen down the floor under the Sarcs to provide that cooling humid environment. Serious shade-houses will need an automated watering system, unless there is plenty of time to regularly hose the floor!

If the leaves appear shriveled, it may not be getting enough water, so it is helpful to be able to judge the weight of dry Sarc by picking the pot up. It will need watering if it is light in weight.

Rainwater is best collected from the roof in large containers, but filling large juice bottles and leaving for several days suffices as well (I do this—space issues!).

5. Repotting and potting mix

Sarcs have a habit of clumping and can be divided by carefully removing a clump from the rest of the plant and potting on into a new pot relevant to the size of the removed clump. Always label the Sarcs and write the date on one side of the label for your records.

The potting mix I use is medium sized pinus radiata bark with gravel base for weight. I source my bark through Napier Orchid Supplies, but various types of orchid pottingmixes are available from garden centres.

Thrive produces an Orchid Potting Mix made with bark chips and peat nodules as well as a controlled food additive which lasts up to four months, but due to the warning regarding the micro-organisms in it I do not want to use it. After all, we have enough health issues without unwillingly breathing this stuff in, mask or not!

It is imperative that a free draining compost mix is used and there are many different combinations of potting medium available. It is good practice to soak the bark for 24 hours or so prior to repotting so the Sarc is remaining damp.

Generally I use smaller sized bark in small pots and medium sized bark for everything else. Remember to never over-pot! After a Sarc is carefully removed from its pot, pick off the old potting mix from the growing healthy roots and remove any dead roots using sterilised secateurs. Always remember to sterilise cutting tools (flaming is a great method!) so infection is minimised.

I dab on cinnamon powder (yes - the same you use in cooking! It has anti-fungal properties) onto the trimmed roots to reduce chances of any fungal infection. This can be purchased from supermarket bulk bins or Bin In Stores. There are anti-fungal spray concentrates on the market. Have a look at fungal infection under pests and diseases below.


6. Feeding

Weakly, weekly (note the spelling!)

I fertilise weakly (about 1/8 strength) once per week for three out of four in a month. The fourth week is for flushing out any build up of salts and any food left thus minimising the chance of burning the roots. Towards winter, I feed twice monthly decreasing to once per month during winter while the Sarcs are resting.

Always read the instructions and guidelines on fertiliser strength, the use 1/8 strength because Sarcs are not heavy feeders. There is a variety of different orchid foods are available on the market and through orchid clubs.

For those busy people with limited time there are slow release granules, and for those with time on hand (like me!) fertilisers such as Phostagen (general all purpose soluble plant food) will keep your Sarcs in good growing condition. Although the Phostagen box does not state the ratio of nitrogen, phosphate, potash and trace elements, it is popular with orchid growers.

Yates Nature's Way Bio-Gold Liquid Plant Food provides nutrients from blood and bone, fish and seaweed components which are absorbed by the foliage and the roots. The NPK ratio10:4:6 is a percentage with nitrogen being important leaf growth and potassium being important for flower development. Biogold also contains trace elements as well as growth stimulants and can be purchased as 500ml container. It instructs you to dilute 5ml/1L of water but use an even weaker solution, depending on what you buy there may be a need for a calculator to make life easier..

As potassium contributes to flowering an occasional 1g/1L of high potassium solution can be beneficial and a few Osmocote pellets in early spring for a boost.

Sarcochilus Plants That Flowered Post Sarc Show

A selection of Sarcochilus orchids

A selection of Sarcochilus orchids

7. Pests and diseases

Sarcochilus are generally known as a healthy orchid that is easy to grow, but pests are out there! Check these out!

  • Slugs and snails - go out at night with a torch and a long stick and crush the snails and hand pick any off the Sarcs. They feast on the new leaf buds and flower racemes so on the one rainy night you neglect, I guarantee they will be living it large feasting. Slugs can drop down to your precious Sarcs by a disgusting slimy thread so beware! I also use snail bait like Quash ($10 at New World) which lasts after being wet. Quash is safe to use near children, animals and birds as it contains 52.3g/kg of iron EDTA chelate as the active ingredient. Compare Quash with a cheap bait like Blitzem (less than $2 at Mega 10 stores) which will last until the pellets become wet and develops mould.
  • Spider mites - these arachnids are no match for the environmental friendly Neem Oil or Yates Mavrik (harmful to the soil environment as it contains 9.6g/tau-fluvalinate and only used when mite population has got out of control when holidaying!) Check for instructions listed under ornamentsl for Mavrik and where protective gear as Mavrik could cause irritation! Apply monthly, especially in warmer, drier weather as mites find dry conditions more favourable and will weaken plants given time and an infestation from one Sarc will spread to other healthy Sarcs.
  • Aphids - use Confidor spray should these sap sucking insects get onto the flowers of Sarcs causing the flowers to become distorted.
  • Passion Vine Hoppers - the juvenile stage has been blown into my Sarc shelter from a flowering vine on the western fence and I discovered them on my Sarcs. The shock and horror! These are a sucking insect and the adult form can fly. These insects are not a general pest but if they are present in your garden, they will suck sap as long as they able! Confidor will suffice.
  • Mealybugs - these sucking insects are white, fluffy and obvious and attempt to crawl away! Spray with methylated spirits or dab cotton buds with methylated spirits on.
  • Scale Insects - the young stage are crawlers that take up residence on Sarc leaves, insert their proboscis, grow a brown shell and discolour the leaves by sucking the plant sap. I have scraped them off Sarc leaves (snapping off their proboscis' ) and used methylated spirits to clean the leaves, but I think an oil like Neem or Conqueror Oil are superior as they work by smothering the scale and killing them that way. This will need reapplying monthly to destroy all the stages of the scale.
  • Fungal Infection - with good air circulation this will not be an issue. There are anti-fungal sprays available. Yates have the 200ml Bravo Fungicide which can be applied fortnightly. the active ingredient in Bravo is 500g/L Chlorothalonil (15ml is diluted to 5L). Yates Champ DP Copper Fungicide can be applied at one to two weekly intervals during the growing season.
S. Heidi in all her glory.

S. Heidi in all her glory.

Sarcochilus hybrids

The species fitzgeraldii (ravine orchid), hartmanii (Hartmann's orchid) and falcatus (Orange Blossom orchid) have been the pick for hybridising sarcs. I have these Sarcs in my collection:

S. Tin Yin Lara (Melody x fitzgeraldii)

S. Heidi (fitzhart x hartmanii)

S. Melba (hartmanii x falcatus)

More recent Sarcochilus hybrids have been bred for superior colour, shape and traits, with names like S. Powder Puff, S.Peach Spot, and S. Sunspot.

When you visit your local orchid show, you may see these newer hybrids...the world is your oyster!

Plectochilus, third prize winner at the 2011 Sarcochilus Show in Taradale, Napier.

Plectochilus, third prize winner at the 2011 Sarcochilus Show in Taradale, Napier.

Intergeneric hybrids

There has been successful hybridising with other genera of orchids. This brings in other colours but culture is treated the same as Sarcochilus.

Plectochilus (Plectorrhiza x Sarcochilus) has beautiful lime green flowers.

Rhinochilus (Rhinerrhiza x Sarcochilus) displays spidery yellow flowers with red central markings. Unfortunately these flowers are short lived compared to Sarcochilus orchid blooms.

So now you read the info and got the facts.......it is your mission to visit an orchid show. One is never enough! Sarcs look stunningly charming in a group! Don't hold back....spend....spend....SPEND!

Suggestions

Please leave comments and suggestions for this hub as it is my first one. Thank you for reading and I hope I have encouraged you to give these charming orchids a go!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Comments

Yokey on March 12, 2020:

Many thanks for your information. I got a Sarco fitzgeraldii from Northshore Hospital's market day. It has been growing well but I just repotted it. The information you have is excellent. Many thanks.

Sandra Hardy on November 03, 2017:

I was visiting Taradale today and saw the banner for Orchid Show. Being a lover of all flowers I went inside to discover the world of Sarcochilus orchids. Totally fell in love with them, hence I purchased one. Found this website as I want to look after it. There was a lovely lady at the show who told me all about them, I had appreciated. Never heard of them before as I have many cymbidiums at home and now one of these.

Nicole Smith on September 09, 2017:

Thank you this has been a fantastic help.

I will ask you to amend the bit on Yates orchid mix re the fungal/ health issue. You are correct in this by the way. The solution is wear a simple mask while opening and pour water over the surface. Leave for 5min and then you can use the product even without the mask as potential airborne bacteria is no longer floating about

Mishi on April 03, 2017:

Very helpful and informative. Bought my Sarco. Heidi at our orchid show yesterday.

Shar on February 15, 2017:

Why does my Sarcs leaves turn yellow and fall off one after another? I reported and put it in front of a picture window with sheer curtain east facing. My Phals do great here. Fan running night and day. Water with rain water at room temp in the morning only. No standing water. House temps 70F during the day and never below 55F. No drafts. It's a small plant with one healthy root and three leaves. What is wrong? I live in southern part of the Pacific Northwest region or coastal Northern California.

natures47friend (author) from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand. on June 23, 2012:

sen.sush23: I forgot about mountainous areas. Do you go to any orchid shows or do they have them anywhere near where you are?

Sushmita from Kolkata, India on June 23, 2012:

Natures47friend, you do get Sarcs in India, we have a long belt of mountain regions on the east, north east, north and even south. I have seen Sarcs in Sikkim, north-east of India.

natures47friend (author) from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand. on June 23, 2012:

livingpah2004; Thank you very much for your comments, vote and praise. Hope your niece enjoys reading this hub.

rebeccamealey; thanks for dropping by and your praise.

bridalletter; What lovely comments..thanks so much.

James McCullough; Good on you James. Thank you for reading my hub.

Pavlo Badovsky; Great ...thank you for your kind comment.

mary165; Good on you. They are rewarding. Florida may not have Sarcs as they are cooler growing but you never know! Thanks for your kind comments.

vwriter; thanks for visiting my hub. These orchids are one of the easier ones to grow. If I can grow them, they cannot be difficult.

Happyboomernurse; Thank you so much for your kind praise.

Hui; Thanks for reading my hub and your kind comments. Can orchids really be that expensive? That's amazing.

tenthingz; Nice to see you. Once you have a little knowledge, Sarcs are easy. I am so glad that you enjoyed my hub.

Angela Brummer; Great to have you drop by. Thank you for your wonderful comments.

Nick Simpson; Thanks for visiting and your praise. Low maintenance is a wonderful thing, isn't it?

natures47friend (author) from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand. on June 23, 2012:

lovedoctor926; thanks for your kind praise.

Pen Hits The Fan; Thanks for your visit. Sarcs are not hard to grow,but they have their needs like children and pets... nurturing. The key is not to over water, which could be the hard part, especially as a beginner.

sammimills; Thank you and good on your Grandma!She will be delighted when her orchid flowers and who knows.....might become an addictive hobby.

sen.sush23; Thank you very much for your comments and votes. Orchids love humidty and there are warm to hot growing types you could look at. Google Indian orchids and start from there. In New Zealand orchid growers that enjoy the warmer varieties have to heat their glasshouses. In India you would probably have to provide some shading and you would be set. Sarc are a cool growing orchid so you would have to have a 'cool house' and that would add to your power bill! Can you get Sarcs in India?

prasetio30; Great to have you visit and thanks for reading my hub, voting and sharing. Indonesia have some very beautiful orchids. Maybe you could write a hub with photos on some.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on June 23, 2012:

I love orchid and my father has small orchid garden. The flowers look beautiful when it bloom. I really enjoy the Sarcochilus Orchid from this hub and I am glad to follow your tips above. Thanks for writing. Voted up and shared. Have a nice weekend :-)

Prasetio

Sushmita from Kolkata, India on June 23, 2012:

Beautiful Hub, so detailed with all necessary information for a newbie to start growing Orchids. But though I am so enticed, the problem is temperature. It fluctuates from 25d to 40d ..this summer, it went to 42 also, and a high humidity of 60-70%. Do you think I can plant any variety with that kind of extreme weather? Voting up -useful and beautiful.

sammimills from California, USA on June 22, 2012:

Congrats on being hub of the day! My grandma has an orchid and I will tell her about this. She just started last month which makes her a beginner. Thank you for sharing.

Amy L. Tarr from Home on June 22, 2012:

I've always liked orchids but figured they were too hard for me. Beautiful photos of them.

lovedoctor926 on June 22, 2012:

A very well-presented hub. The white hybrids are lovely.

natures47friend (author) from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand. on June 22, 2012:

SuzieHQ; thanx for your votes - all of them! and thank you for your wonderful comment.

pstrabie48; orchids are beautiful - especially when they flower! Sarcs are cool growers and need some shade. There are many types of orchids including the more tropical. Florida will have Orchid Clubs or Societies where you could find out about what is the easiest to grow in your temperatures. Have fun!

jasontoheal; thank you so much for your visit.

starstream; thank you for you visit and comments. You sound like an artist and I will pop over to check out your hub on painting orchids. I see you have a link on your second comment - I am visiting now!

Tomry; thanks for your visit. That was sad about your orchid...they do enjoy some air movement or rot and worse can happen! But you have learned the hard way. Maybe you can teach your wife while they look nice in the bathroom, it is not ideal for the plant! Cinnamon is a lot cheaper and easier to obtain from supermarkets..or the like. Good luck if you get another orchid!

Milli from USA on June 22, 2012:

My niece is crazy about Orchids. I am gonna forward this hub to her. Beautiful and informative article with photos

Voted up.

Congrats on HOTD!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on June 22, 2012:

I would love to try growing orchids, but I had better practice on some other flowers first. Thanks for the idea, might try to grow orchids some day. Cool Hub and congrats on the HOTD!

Brenda Kyle from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA on June 22, 2012:

You did a perfect job with your first hub. The information was so detailed and helpful; I am interested in the orchid and feel like I understand enough to take great care of one. I like the pictures and the extra details about cinnamon and the bugs. I can tell, we are all looking forward to your next hub!

James McCullough from Kelowna, British Columbia on June 22, 2012:

Never knew there was so much to planting orchids before. Excellent information, now to start my garden.

Pavlo Badovskyi from Kyiv, Ukraine on June 22, 2012:

I love orchids! they are so nice. You wrote a great hub!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on June 22, 2012:

I enjoy growing orchids. They are so rewarding with their blooms. I'm not familiar with this Sarcochilus orchid. I'll have to look for it locally. Congrats on HOTD! I voted this Hub UP,

vwriter from US on June 22, 2012:

This is a great hub. The orchids look absolutely beautiful. I've never attempted to grow orchids, maybe I'll give it a shot.

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on June 22, 2012:

Congrats on earning Hub of the Day for this comprehensive and beautifully illustrated hub about Sarcochilus orchids.

I love all orchids and going to flower shows, and will be on the look-out for this species the next time I'm fortunate enough to be at a show.

Voted up across the board except for funny.

Hui (蕙) on June 22, 2012:

Great knowledge, neat writing and useful information! In Chinese culture, orchid family is noble, and talking about it should be with full respect and appreciation. One orchid plant with all-good shape could be priceless, or say one million China yuan (about 150,000US$), in selling market. There are other 3 kinds of plants, plum, bamboo, and chrysanthemum, which are, together with orchid, highly regarded by ancient Chinese.

tenthingz from somewhere in middle America on June 22, 2012:

Orchids are a little intimidating but you've made them less so with your detailed instructions. Still, I think I'm just a voyeur for now. Love the pictures and clear instructions.

Angela Brummer from Lincoln, Nebraska on June 22, 2012:

Very beautiful and informative hub!

NickSimpson from Jacksonville, Illinois on June 22, 2012:

Awesome hub, but as I can see I am not the first person to point that out. I am not big into plants so much, but I can respect your awesome work here and these look like some beautiful and low maintenance flowers that would be great for the home or office.

Thanks for sharing,

Nick

Dreamer at heart from Northern California on June 22, 2012:

I always have loved orchids but was afraid to grow them. Right now my little orchid is done blooming and I am hoping it will send up a new flower shoot soon.

If you think orchids are beautiful and are interested in painting a picture of them you may want to visit my hub here. https://hubpages.com/art/Oil-Painting-Orchids...

TomRy from USA on June 22, 2012:

Thank you for the great information, now I know why mine died after a few years, my wife had moved it to the bathroom. It didn't get any air. And the trick with the cinnamon powder, awesome.

Dreamer at heart from Northern California on June 22, 2012:

These little flowers are such a joy to see. I enjoyed reading about how to grow them. Recently I wrote and article on painting orchids here at hub pages. Thanks

jasontoheal on June 22, 2012:

Very thorough article, and a beautiful plant. Thumbs up.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on June 22, 2012:

natures47friend...Well, you have me hooked. I am a huge lover of plants especailly blooming ones. I have always admired orhids but have always been intimidated by them as I was always told how toucy, high maintenance, and difficult they are to grow. You had me with 'easy to grow.'

Now I will take the plunge.

Thanks for sharing this information and congratulations on hub of the day.

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on June 22, 2012:

Congrats on a superb hub, worthy as HOTD!! As a huge lover of flowers, orchids being a favorite, you have really put everything you need to know in here!! voted everything!

natures47friend (author) from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand. on June 22, 2012:

Hi RTalloni and ThelmaAlberts; thank you so much for your kind praise and votes.

I was surprised as I had just checked my e-mails....its exciting!

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on June 22, 2012:

Congratulations on the hub of the day! Thanks for the great information. Voted up and awesome.

RTalloni on June 22, 2012:

Congrats on your award for a beautiful Hub of the Day! Thanks for information on these lovely orchids.

natures47friend (author) from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand. on May 02, 2012:

Hi lamaudraleigh; orchids are such an amazing group of plants. They can be costly, but there could be an orchid show around your area sometime. If you don't grow them, go and see people who do and you can admire theirs!

natures47friend (author) from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand. on May 02, 2012:

Hi Natashalh; thank you for dropping by and voting!

You must live in a warmer climate. There are tropical and warm growing types of orchids too. Some of them are beautiful.

natures47friend (author) from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand. on May 02, 2012:

Hi angie ashbourne; thanks for your visit and comment.

angie ashbourne on April 21, 2012:

Hi! Beautiful orchids, thanks for the great information. Angie

Natasha from Hawaii on April 21, 2012:

Those are really pretty flowers! I'd always heard orchids are difficult to grow, but I'd never actually looked up their requirements. I had no idea they just stop photosynthesis when they get to warm. With that in mind, I don't think I will be able to personally grow orchids any time soon, but still very interesting information and voted accordingly!

iamaudraleigh on April 21, 2012:

natures47friend, I have always admired orchids. Howerver, we only see them in grocery stores in Upstate New York and are expensive. I like your hub, it taught me something new! Your pictures are pretty :) Voted up and shared!

natures47friend (author) from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand. on February 15, 2012:

Hi oceansnsunsets, orchids are beautiful plants and I get great pleasure out of them. I'm sure you will too, when you decide to start growing them. Thanks for your visit.

Paula from The Midwest, USA on February 14, 2012:

Great information on this orchid! I hope to grow my own orchids soon, perhaps one day! I think they are simply stunning and so gorgeous. It's a joy to learn more about them. I recently went to an orchid show and took many photos of orchids. I just love them!

natures47friend (author) from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand. on January 12, 2012:

DougBerry - thanks for your praise and visit.The trick is to keep your water plants alive and happy.

DougBerry from Abilene, TX on January 12, 2012:

Very nice piece. About all I've ever been able to grow is catnip and water plants. Then again, the pond does all the work, I just point and go, "look at the pretty plants."

natures47friend (author) from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand. on December 21, 2011:

girltalksshop - thankyou...Merry Xmas.

girltalksshop on December 21, 2011:

Beautiful flower! Voted up and interesting. Great hub! : )

natures47friend (author) from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand. on December 21, 2011:

ripplemaker - thank you for your kind feedback...I have been and voted but not on my nominated hub...tempting...lol

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on December 21, 2011:

Beautiful! And especially that you can share from your own personal experience of growing orchids. Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination. To read and vote, follow this link or read your email: https://pattyinglishms.hubpages.com/hubnuggets6/hu...

natures47friend (author) from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand. on December 20, 2011:

Hi Derdriu;

Thank you so much for your praise...Merry Xmas to you and your family.

Derdriu on December 20, 2011:

Natures47Friend, What a helpful, interesting, knowledgeable presentation on the sarcs! In particular, you do a great job of identifying the critical growing conditions and problems to meet and solve when growing sarcs. It's helpful the way you tell exactly how to meet each condition and end each problem. It also is interesting the way you give background information on sarcs, including word origin and meaning.

Thank you for sharing, Welcome to HubPages, voted up + all,

Derdriu

natures47friend (author) from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand. on December 18, 2011:

Hi Cardelean

Thank you for your visit.

Orchids do need feeding and love humidity like a saucer with pebbles and water, so the plant does not sit in the water as the roots rot very easily.

Orchids can be frustrating sometimes, often conditions are not right or maybe it was in need of repotting as potting mix can break down too. Thanks again.

cardelean from Michigan on December 17, 2011:

I have an orchid that I received as a Mother's Day gift several years ago. It flowered regularly for a long time but has not in about a year. I must admit that I really don't know anything about growing orchids but I have no idea what kind I have or how to get it to flower again.

In any case, you have a wonderful, well put together hub and the photos are beautiful. Congrats on your nomination and welcome to Hubpages!

natures47friend (author) from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand. on December 17, 2011:

Hi wordscribe43, thank you so much.

It is amazing what we can see and read on the internet.....15 years ago I was nervous of computers, now would not be without one...There are lovely tropical orchids I know I will probably never see personally but can see on the net....thanks for your visit.

Elsie Nelson from Pacific Northwest, USA on December 16, 2011:

Wow, what a beautiful and well done hub. I adore orchids, I really do. I so wish I had a green thumb, but alas I can live vicariously through people like you. Congrats on the nomination, by the way. Very well-deserved.

natures47friend (author) from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand. on December 13, 2011:

Hi stars 439 - thank you. Merry Xmas to you and your family.

stars439 from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. on December 12, 2011:

A very lovely garden flower, and so much knowledge for it's growth. Thank you. God Bless You Dear Heart.

natures47friend (author) from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand. on December 11, 2011:

Hi formosangirl....they are pretty.

formosangirl from Los Angeles on December 11, 2011:

I have not seen these locally. Maybe at an orchid garden in Hawaii, but they are absolutely beautiful.

natures47friend (author) from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand. on December 09, 2011:

Sandyspider; Thankyou for your comment.

Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin, USA on December 09, 2011:

Very informative hub.

natures47friend (author) from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand. on December 08, 2011:

Hi DonnaCosmato. That's wonderful of you to share...thank you so much!

And thank you for your comments too.

Donna Cosmato from USA on December 08, 2011:

This is an excellent first hub with awesome images! I especially liked how you decoded the scientific name of the plant into plain English. I voted this up and shared it:)

natures47friend (author) from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand. on December 06, 2011:

Hi wilderness. Thank you. Orchids are lovely to look at when in flower, but they have to be looked after. You do need some spare time.

Dan Harmon from Boise, Idaho on December 05, 2011:

Beautiful photos! I love orchids, but am not a horticulturist at all. A thumb about as black as it gets.

natures47friend (author) from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand. on December 05, 2011:

Hi Homesteadbound - Thankyou so much for your positive comments. I did spend a bit of time on the layout.

Hi Alicia - Thank you very much too. I'm debating on what to write about next...Xmas school holidays are nearly here and I will be fighting over the computer with my daughter!....lol

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 04, 2011:

You hub is filled with great information and the photos are lovely, natures47friend. This is a wonderful first hub. Welcome to HubPages!

Cindy Murdoch from Texas on December 04, 2011:

This hub is very well laid out and very well written. You have shared a lot of useful and detailed information, and you have included some very beautiful photos.

Welcome to hubpages and you are off to a great start.

natures47friend (author) from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand. on December 03, 2011:

Hi Lucybelle. Thanks for your positive comment. I'm thrilled you love orchids. Happy orchiding!...lol

natures47friend (author) from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand. on December 03, 2011:

Hi Delores Monet. That so sad about your orchid dying, but things happen..and cats maybe to blame.....lol. One of our cats thinks he needs to jump up on the lower shelf and knocks orchids from their perch! So I have no spaces now and that seems to work. Thanks for your comment and voting up and good luck with your new venture.

Bonny OBrien from Troy, N.Y. on December 03, 2011:

I love orchids, and this is an awesome hub, with lots of great info. Voted up and interesting.

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on December 03, 2011:

Voted up and awesome. You have inspired me to try my hand (again) at growing some orchids. I had 2, one which actually flowered. I was so happy, but a couple months ago, one died, and the other looks very sad. Maybe it misses its companion. Maybe I should blame The Cat.

natures47friend (author) from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand. on December 03, 2011:

Thank you Redelf for your positive comments. They certainly are beautiful.

Have a great day!

RedElf from Canada on December 03, 2011:

I have never grown orchids, but they certainly are unique and beautiful. Love the photos! Welcome to HubPages - you are off to a great start!

natures47friend (author) from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand. on December 03, 2011:

Thank you Peggy. Orchids are lovely when in flower, but some people are not too keen when they are not in flower. It is rewarding to see them in flower though.I know why growers get excited now whereas before I'd think...'yeah right...this guy is full of himself and a weirdo!' So,it does make you change.....lol..thanks again.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 02, 2011:

I have never tried growing orchids but certainly admire them for their beauty. Great information packed first hub with pretty photos to match. Welcome to HubPages!

natures47friend (author) from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand. on December 02, 2011:

Debby, thank you for you comments. What a shame you lost all your orchids! These are cooler growing and as long as they are protected from frosts and the winter elements they grow. And you do not need to use electricity to keep them warm. ((hugs)) to you too.

Janine

Debby Bruck on December 02, 2011:

Hello Nature ~ I voted up, awesome and beautiful for a truly terrific and complete tutorial on growing glorious orchids. My favorite photo was "A selection of Sarcochilus orchids" because I thought it was a picture postcard painting of vibrant colors. I can't believe these are your orchid collections. Many years ago we had a greenhouse full of orchids, but a winter storm knocked out the power and froze everything. I think that dampened our spirits and we did not renew the plants.

I'm in awe of your energy and care of plants and pets. ((HUGS)) to New Zealand friend, Debby

natures47friend (author) from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand. on December 02, 2011:

Hi pinoy101, Thank you so much for your comment. Your neighbour will love them!

SusieQ42, Thanks for your feedback. Orchids are beautiful. I love some of the warm growing types, but do not have the space or the money for the power bills...lol

JTWalters; thank you so much for your comments. I actually was concerned about the layout, but now I am happy. Thank you again.

JT Walters from Florida on December 02, 2011:

Hello Nature,

I saw your post on the forum and as an affirmation that everyone deserves a chance I read your article. It is really well put together. The lay out is great and the pcitures are fabulous. I can't wait to see what other hubs you publish.

All My Best,

Thumbs up and awesome!!

JT

SusieQ42 on December 02, 2011:

Great interesting hub. I love your photos, especially Heidi! No, I'm not an orchid grower, although I find them very beautiful. Thanks for the great info.

pinoy101 from Philippines on December 01, 2011:

Hi natures47friend! My neighbor loves orchids so I'm gonna let her see this. Voted up and beautiful!