Orchid Culture for Newcomers and other Orchid related links

Fair Lawn, NJ(Zone 6b)

This is the link which provides basic information about Orchid culture and answers most of your initial questions about Orchid keeping.

About Orchid names and naming and why you should never lose the tag:
a nice discussion about names/seedlings hybrids etc

And if you have an un-named hybrid and you want to see if it is registered or you wish to check the parentage of a hybrid go here:
nice excerpt about doing grex searches



Orchid abbreviations

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Chicago, IL(Zone 5b)

I think that this is a great idea. BUT....I don't think that Dave will go for links that are for businesses....maybe I'm wrong...I usually am... But the business can be got on the watchdog I think...


Shenandoah Valley, VA(Zone 6b)

Thanks Ursula! Here are a few more:


Jay's Key West Orchid Species Photo Encyclopedia

Orchid Society of Nova Scotia: Orchid FAQs

Orchid Genus Names and Abbreviations:

Many articles, including an Orchid FAQ, Artificial Lighting, Orchid Nutrition, Pronunciation Guide, etc:

Garden Watchdog for Orchid Companies:

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Temecula, CA(Zone 8b)


This is great!

San Francisco, CA(Zone 10a)

I have a good list of orchid links on my site:


Fredericton, NB(Zone 5a)

This listings in this link are relatively easy to search through.


Lincoln, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

Just had a rave thru my faves, found some, lots of photos here


Lincoln, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

An Aussie site with photo list


Lincoln, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

More pics


Lincoln, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

This is a good'un


Lincoln, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

The Canadian Orchid Congress with lots of links


Lincoln, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

A japanese grower of paphs, Dr Tanaka, he has some amazing paphs in the subgenus on this page, there is a link to his home page at the bottom


San Francisco, CA(Zone 10a)

Just got the first batch of photos from the Pacific Orchid Exposition, held in February of every year at Fort Mason Center, in San Francisco


There's a fairly nice sampling of what what on display and for sale at this year's show.

More coming, so bookmark the page.

-Eric in SF

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Fair Lawn, NJ(Zone 6b)

what a wonderful show!!
I really enjoyed the tour through your eyes, and I truly appreciate the labeling, which includes even the parentage. Phantastic job!

Thank you so much for posting,

Indianapolis, IN

A thread about Guarianthe but also contains useful comments about nomenclature and taxonomy.


DC metro, VA(Zone 7b)

Kew's monocots checklist: http://www.kew.org/wcsp/home.do
Pleurothallid Alliance: http://pleurothallids.com/The_Pleurothallid_Alliance.htm
Nina Rach's Stanhopea Pages: http://houstonorchidsociety.org/Stanhopea/
Semi-hydro culture: http://www.firstrays.com/semi-hydro.htm
Whitlow on Blue Cattleya breeding (1992): http://www.c-we.com/blue.cattleyas/
Orchids of Mauritius: http://www.orchids.mu/index.html
Peruvian Orchid Club: http://www.peruorchids.com/en/index.html
Guide to the orchids of Sao Tome (in French) - Guide des orchidées de São Tomé
et de Príncipe
by Par Tariq Stévart and Faustino de Oliveira: http://www.geocities.com/tstevart/GuideSTP.html

Edited to add:

Paphiopedilum culture reading room from Antec: http://ladyslipper.com/magazin.htm
SlipperOrchids.info: http://www.slipperorchids.info

Phalaenopsis (esp. photos of species and primary hybrids): http://www.phals.net/index_e.html

Some free orchid species culture sheets by Charles and Margaret Baker: http://www.orchidculture.com/COD/FREE/

Links to Japanese orchid culture info (Neofinetia, Den. monoliforme, Sedirea japonica) from New World Orchids: http://newworldorchids.com/pages/japan.htm and Neofinetia potting: http://newworldorchids.com/pages/neopotting.htm

Wilford Neptune's Dendrobium kingianum culture: http://www.nhorchids.org/pages_growing/kingianum.htm

Photos of orchids (and other things) from Colombia: http://www.flickr.com/photos/quimbaya/

Edited again to add flasking info:

Orchid Seedbank Project, with technical FAQ on sowing seeds: http://members.cox.net/ahicks51/osp/index.html

Alan Robinson's notes on a home "lab" for seeds: http://www.users.on.net/~gmcorbin/BOS/Articles/Flasking.html

PhytoTechLab, including flask medium for sale: http://www.phytotechlab.com/

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north coast nsw, Australia

www.orchidforums.net nice people and great information.

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north coast nsw, Australia

A new orchid forum needing new members. come and start some posts.....www.orchidforums.com

north coast nsw, Australia

Anyone know any good Australian forum sites?

Fair Lawn, NJ(Zone 6b)

coming from the second link given on top of the stickies:

north coast nsw, Australia

I 'm more after a aussie forum on the net not nurseries/sellers. thanks!

Fair Lawn, NJ(Zone 6b)

Yes, you said that, my mistake.


north coast nsw, Australia


Ranburne, AL(Zone 8b)

I am interested in getting Orchid again.I lost mine moving.I will be more than glad to return when I gt started..Thanks in advance..Porsha

Ranburne, AL(Zone 8b)

Thanks so much for all the info. I think my problem is all the rain and keeping to wet..Any comments ?

St John's, Antigua and Barbuda(Zone 10a)

I have been away too long.......this is my orchid driftwood feature.

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Bolingbrook, IL(Zone 5a)

Are there any orchids that can survive Chicago winters? They are so beautiful - and so expensive. I don't want to buy one and immediatly kill it.

Chicago, IL(Zone 5b)

Hi Mableruth,

My DD lives in Chi Town and with her VERY bright windows, she does wonders with phals. They don't go out in the summer either.

Good Luck,


St John's, Antigua and Barbuda(Zone 10a)

Good morning all,
I recently got a dendrobium nobile, it has now finished blooming and I would like to put it outside, will it be able to cope with full sun? I am zone 11.

north coast nsw, Australia

Dens do cope pretty well with alot of sun. I'd gradually get it use to the sun though. Esp. if its been growing in way less light, don't just put it straight out in full sun. Maybe not full afternoon sun, just morning.

Santa Ana, CA(Zone 10b)

I'm assuming that you have high humidity. If so, Bree is absolutely correct. Where I live, our humidity is very low in late summer and fall, so I give my Dens. filtered sun.

St John's, Antigua and Barbuda(Zone 10a)

Thanks guys I will move it slowly....BTW will it bllom again soon or will be one of those that takes another year to give it lovely blooms again?

north coast nsw, Australia

Yearly i think like alot of orchids.

North Richland Hills, TX(Zone 8a)

I am new to orchid growing & would like to know a good place to purchase some orchids.
Since we are now entering Fall here in Texas & it is still warm, I saw that Vanda/Ascocenda orchids like the warmer temps & thought I might start with these.
Any recommendations for sellers of these would be appreciated.
I did a search on Dave's Garden for sellers of Vanda/Ascocenda orchids, but didn't find anything. Maybe I was looking in the wrong place.

north coast nsw, Australia

Just google orchid nurseries/growers in your area. http://www.orchidmall.com/plants.htm

Alameda, CA(Zone 9b)

Species & Primary Hybrid Slipper Orchids (Paphs & Phrags) and Phals.
All the following are frequently updated

Primary Paphiopedilums:
Primary Phragmipedium Hybrids:

In each case there are numerous photos of the species plants and recognized varieties
Species Paphiopedilums:
Species Phragmipediums:

Primary Phalaenopsis Hybrids (in French):


Fleming Island, FL(Zone 9a)

How do I translate the info on the tag with the plant to look it up in Plant files?
The tag reads: Wils. Castle Issa 'Hilo Bay'

Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA(Zone 7b)

In your case you have a Wisonara which is abbreviated Wils.. for a list of current abbreviations look here https://www.firstrays.com/PDF/Orchid%20Genera%20%20Abbreviations%20Sorted%20by%20Name.pdf

The rest is a bit more complicated but with some practice you eventually get the hang of it. That said, most of us mess up. lol This is a good explanation http://www.orchidkarma.com/about-orchids/orchid-nomenclature/ I suggest starting at genus and working your way down. The family and subfamily are of interest from a botanical standpoint, but not a part of the tag. Neither is alliance. However, knowing the alliance can help down the line when you want a look at the broader picture of a group of orchids to compare and contrast their habits. Hope this helps.

Fleming Island, FL(Zone 9a)

Thanks.................... I've never been one for knowing the "technical" terms. Guess it's time to learn.

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