Brooklyn Orchids

Tips on Caring for a Sick Orchid

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Exhibit A: wrinkled, limp, yellowing leaf

A few of the most common questions I hear from readers are:

  • “My orchid’s leaves are wrinkled/turning yellow/drooping/falling off, what does this mean?”
  • “My orchid’s roots are brown/mushy/hollow, what should I do?”
  • “My orchid is sick, how do I save it?”

So I thought it was high time I wrote a post with advice on how to nurse an orchid back to health. Please note that these tips specifically refer to Phalaenopsis (aka Moth Orchid) care, because that is the most popular type of household orchid. Also, I’m not going to discuss how to treat orchid pest or viral/bacterial problems in this post…we’ll save those for another day.

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My First Orchid Evenings at NYBG

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Orchid Evenings

I finally attended Orchid Evenings at the New York Botanical Garden this past Saturday—and I had a wonderful time!

My husband and I didn’t have any plans for the weekend, but he had his company car so we had more freedom to get around the city. On Saturday morning it dawned on me that having the car gave us the perfect opportunity to drive up to the NYBG for Orchid Evenings, so we bought our tickets online for the 7pm entry. Regular tickets are $35 apiece and include one signature cocktail; if you’re between the ages of 21 and 40 and you want to spend $100 per person you can upgrade to the Young Garden Circle Lounge for a private entrance, open bar, light bites, vodka taste testing, and more access inside the Conservatory. Read more

Visiting Norman’s Orchids in Montclair, California

My husband and I recently returned from a much-needed vacation in Southern California. He’s from Glendale (a Los Angeles suburb) so we started off there, then spent a few nights in Hermosa Beach. From HB we drove to Palm Desert and stayed a few nights, then returned to Glendale for a night before flying back home.

For some reason it didn’t occur to me to research local orchid growers prior to our trip, but a couple minutes into our drive to Palm Desert I thought, “hey, we should see if there are any orchid nurseries along the way!” So I searched “orchid nursery” on Google Maps’ new pit stop feature…and lo and behold, a whole bunch of places popped up. The first one I saw was Norman’s Orchids—whose website I’ve browsed many times before—and it was only located about 10 minutes out of the way on our drive. The decision was a no-brainer: we had to stop by on our mini road trip!

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The NYBG Orchid Show: Orchidelirium is Almost Here!

The New York Botanical Garden’s annual Orchid Show officially kicks off this Saturday, February 27th and I’m sad to say I won’t be able to go immediately because I’ll be on vacation (though…I’m really not sorry to be going on vacation).

Image Credit: NYBG.org
Image Credit: NYBG.org

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2016 NYBG Orchid Show Dates + Planning Tips

With each new year I get excited because to me a new year means a new Orchid Show at New York Botanical Garden! IMG_4288

The Orchid Show is what initially started my obsession with these plants, and I’ve made it a point to attend at least once every year since I first went in 2009. Last year I even had the opportunity to attend on member preview day before the show opened to the public!

When is the 2016 Orchid Show? This year it will run from February 27 through April 17. Tickets are not available yet, but you can sign up to receive ticket alerts when they do go on sale.

After having attended the show for the past few years, I have some planning tips: Read more

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