Brooklyn Orchids

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There are limitless places on the interwebz where you can seek out information on how to care for orchids. Obviously if you’re reading this you’ve found one such destination, but reading multiple sources will help give you a deeper understanding of what to do with your favorite houseplants. I never rely on just one website when I’m researching what to do with my orchids. So I’d like to recommend another source for getting great, detailed tips and advice on orchid care: sign up for the free Orchids Made Easy newsletter! Ryan “The Orchid Guy” Levesque will bring tons of helpful orchid information straight to your inbox and it won’t cost you a dime.

Just some of the topics that Ryan’s newsletters covers are as follows:

  • How to get your orchid to rebloom
  • What to do do immediately after blooms drop
  • How to identify your orchids so that you can give them the proper care
  • The five most important things to do when you bring an orchid home
  • How to tell if you’re overwatering or underwatering your orchid
  • When and how often to fertilize your orchid
  • How to tell when you should repot your orchid
  • What yellow leaves mean and what to do about them
  • Find out what’s eating or damaging your plant and how to get rid of it

Click here to sign up for Ryan’s newsletter…and enjoy!

Last Day for Green Thumb Club Special Offer!

Have you taken advantage of the Brooklyn Orchids special offer on the Orchids Made Easy Green Thumb Club membership yet? There’s not much time left! The coupon code BKLN13 expires TONIGHT (June 9) at midnight, so you’ve got the rest of the day to sign up and get 50% off of 12 months worth of valuable orchid care lessons. The regular price is $19.95/month but my code is good for $9.95/month for the whole year!

I’ve contributed to these lessons as a co-author, so I can personally vouch for this program. Here’s a recap of what you get when you sign up:

Every week, you’ll receive a new and exciting orchid lesson delivered via email. You’ll access the lesson by following a special private link to a password-protected website. Each lesson covers a fun orchid care topic in step-by-step detail, complete with photos, videos, diagrams and more.

Topics include:

  • Greenhouse growing
  • Making your own fertilizer
  • Repotting
  • Drying and pressing your flowers
  • Growing orchids under lights
  • How to grow on mounts, stumps, & trees
  • Pairing your orchids with their natural “buddies” like African violets, cacti, and carnivorous plants
  • Diagnosing and treating practically every possible pest and disease
  • Plus lessons on how to care for ALL of the most popular varieties including: Phals, Cattleyas, Cymbidiums, Dendrobiums, Oncidiums, Vandas, Miltoniopsis, Masdevallias, Brassias, Odontoglossum, Epidendrums, Zygopetalums, and many more.

Click here to sign up for the Green Thumb Club and don’t forget to enter coupon code BKLN13 when you check out! You really don’t want to miss out on this.  🙂

Brooklyn Orchids Featured on Orchids Made Easy

Lil’ ol’ me at an orchid nursery

The wonderful Ryan and Laura over at Orchids Made Easy asked me for an interview (awww, shucks) about how I got into orchids and my blog that you’re reading right now. Of course I agreed to the interview! Read the interview here to find out more about my foray into the world of orchids and how I got started blogging about them. I talk about my favorite orchid, and offer up what in my humble opinion are a couple of the best tips for orchid growing.

I’d like to say a big thank you to Ryan and Laura for featuring me and my blog! It’s so great to know that people are actually visiting my site and learning from it in the process. Anything to help out our fellow orchid lovers.  🙂

Oh — and while I’m at it: happy summer to everyone! Hope you all got to enjoy the long weekend and eat some tasty grilled foodstuffs…I know I sure did.

Blog Housekeeping, Brooklyn Orchids 2013 Calendar Now Available, and December Spike Report

My mom’s beautiful, fragrant Brassavola nodosa in bloom over Thanksgiving

Exciting things are afoot here at Brooklyn Orchids. First and foremost, I’m happy to announce that I’ve finally switched over to my own my boyfriend’s website host, which will allow me a lot more flexibility in customizing my site. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time, and with the help of my wonderful boyfriend (thankyouthankyouthankyou my dear!!), the time is now.

What does this mean for you as a reader? So far, not much, but you can expect to start seeing some changes here and there. I’m not very well versed in web tech stuff, so it’s going to take me awhile to figure how to do what I want to do around here. In the meantime, if you see anything weird going on with my blog, please don’t hesitate to comment and let me know!

The next announcement I have is that the Brooklyn Orchids 2013 Calendar is now available in my Zazzle store! The calendar is $23.00 and includes twelve months of my original orchid photography, mostly from my visit to the Orchid Show this past spring. It makes a great holiday gift for the orchid fiend in your life (and a great gift for yourself, of course!). I’ve also added a bunch of great new products to my store, including a variety of orchid iPhone cases, iPad cases, Kindle cases, and aluminum water bottles. I’m going to be adding even more products to the store soon. If you have any requests for a specific orchid photo of mine on a particular product, please let me know!

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Mid-November Update on My Orchid Collection

I have some new developments to write about since my last post about the nice surprise I woke up to almost a month ago. Since then, all of the buds on that Oncidium have opened up, and the plant has a lovely spray of lightly fragranced blooms:

Oncidium in full bloom

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