Monday, April 25, 2011

Orchids Galore!

This lovely orchid photo was taken at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens near my home in Richmond, VA. Orchids Galore! ran from mid-March through April in their spectacular 11,000 square-foot Conservatory. Click on the photo above for more photos of these gorgeous and exotic plants. I'm not by any means an expert, but here are a few things I've learned about growing orchids: (1) you should water them lightly, a couple of ice cubes about once a week will do; or (2) I have recently started watering mine with a week solution of a special orchid fertilizer so I can get them to bloom more often. They do take long rests, but the bloom period lasts a good couple of weeks.

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