Phalaenopsis Sin-Yuan Golden Beauty

This stunning yellow phalaenopsis hybrid invokes the lovely warm colours of autumn. This orchid is strictly known as Doritaenopsis Sin-Yuan Golden Beauty, Doritaenopsis being the correct name for a cross between Phalaenopsis and Doritis.

Winter Gardening & Your Orchids

Vanda Royal Blue
With the colds of winter just a couple of months away (and even closer depending on where you might live), gardening enthusiasts are working on their last opportunities for autumn planting. Indeed, there are actually plenty of nice flowers and vegetables you can plant in autumn to be ready to sprout and flower when the spring season comes along.

Autumn and winter gardening is in many cases not quite as pleasant as spring and summer time outside. Generally, a few extra preparations and accessories are needed. Things like:

  • New Gloves - Some experienced gardeners prefer to work without gloves when possible, but during the cooler seasons gloves become absolutely necessary. Cold and numb fingers just can't get the job done!

  • New Contacts - Spending more time than usual outside when it's cold can result in unforeseen eye irritation, dryness, etc. It's always worth a look at Acuvue for information on dealing with these kinds of conditions through new lenses.

  • Portable Heaters - Finally, if you're really intend on spending time out in the garden past when it gets cold, a portable, battery charged heater can be a great accessory.

But even if you take these steps and consider options like these for comfortable outdoor gardening, there are some plants that simply can't handle the winter seasons, and orchids are among those plants. According to Orchid Plant Care online, orchids require temperatures between 12 degrees and 27 degrees celsius to thrive, and in most places winter dips below this range, often for weeks or months at a time. So how can you help your outdoor orchids to survive? Well, that's simple: bring them inside! Here are a few quick tips on indoor orchid care during the winter.
  • Balance Light & Temperature - Orchids ideally require roughly 12 or more hours of natural sunlight every day, and this can be tough to manage indoors. Not to mention, keeping orchids too close to windows during the winter may keep their temperatures cool. There are two solutions to this problem: one is to simply keep orchids in the centre of the most well-lit room in your home and see how they do. The other is to look into purchasing an artificial light source for your indoor plants.

  • Water By Touch - Caring for a plant indoors, during the winter, is different than outside when it's warm out, so don't rely on a watering cycle or schedule. Instead, simply keep a close eye on your orchids, and water accordingly when the soil in the plant begins to feel noticeably dry.

  • Move The Air - Circulation is important for all living things, including your winter orchids. A fan (ideally a ceiling fan) or two, even on low speeds, can do a great deal to keep air circulating and fresh, which in turn will help your orchids stay healthy.
So there you have it! It's a bit more effort, but with proper care your orchids can thrive inside all winter long!

Awe-inspiring orchid gardens around the globe

Few plants in history have been the focus of as much passion as that engendered by orchids.  The delicacy and unique beauty of these exotic flowers, so unlike anything else in the botanical world, has obsessed collectors and won the hearts of romantics.  Although they can be difficult to keep in captivity, often requiring finely tuned conditions, they have been taken from the wild in huge numbers, driving several variants to the verge of extinction.  Now that laws protect them, the best way to see rare varieties is to visit long-established orchid gardens where careful husbandry has enabled them to thrive.  Spending time in these gardens is an unforgettable experience.
Ascocenda Natcha 'Madarin'
Ascocenda Natcha 'Madarin'

National orchid garden of Singapore
This lush and beautiful garden has been dedicated to cultivating orchids since 1928.  It features the world’s largest display of tropical orchids and some stunning colour-themed collections.  Rare species are kept in the orchidarium and the mist house contains a remarkable collection of specimens bred for their scent.  The garden is easily accessible by bus.

Atlanta botanical garden, USA
With the largest collection of orchids in America, this garden uses glasshouses to recreate the environments where exotic species flourish in the wild.  The cloud forest orchids in the Tropical High Elevation House are a must-see.  Spring is the best time to visit to see as many flowers as possible in bloom.

Bogar botanical garden, Indonesia
Founded by Dutch colonists near the capital city, Jakarta, these gardens include an orchid hose with over 3,000 species.  They’re known for successfully cultivating Grammatophyllum speciousum, the world’s largest orchid.  The gardens are so popular that it’s even possible to get a direct bus there from the airport. The collection contains many rare and fragile blooms.

Ko Samui orchid garden, Thailand
Orchid lovers planning a holiday should definitely consider hotels in Ko Samui, as many species of orchid grow wild in the area.  The orchid garden on the northern coast, near Bang Po village, may be smaller and simpler than some but has a beautiful collection of tropical blooms flourishing in their native habitat.
Ascocenda 'Fuchs Gold'
Göteborg botanical garden, Sweden
The biggest garden in Sweden, this beautiful park includes four glasshouses with over 1,500 species of orchid bred from specimens collected all over the world.  Each glasshouse is set to provide different environmental conditions and between them they showcase the adaptability of these fascinating plants.

Durban botanical gardens, South Africa
In the oldest surviving botanic gardens in all of Africa there is an 82-year-old orchid collection featuring more than 9,000 plants.  It’s just a short drive from the city, on the edge of the Berea Ridge, and it also features a garden for the blind, filled with fascinating textures and scents.
Vanda 'Thai Ruby'

For many people, a visit to an orchid garden marks the start of a passion that will stay with them for life.  Despite the popularity of tropical specimens, many beautiful species can survive well in colder climates and the staff at the gardens usually have helpful advice on how to choose them, so it could be time to think about starting a small orchid garden at home.