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Orchid Bloom Spring

Rhynchostylis gigantea Orange Peach

Spring is here: A Celebration of Rhynchostylis Blooms!

Rhynchostylis gigantea leads the pack with its elegant light pink blooms, each adorned with a white spot, for the original blooms that start appearing in January. But these orchids aren’t just pretty faces. With some *TLC from passionate growers, they come in a rainbow of colors, from fiery reds to soft pinks.”

(“TLC” stands for “tender loving care.”)

And it’s not just about looks—the Rhynchostylis also fills the air with a sweet, citrusy scent, making them a joy to have around. Taking care of them is easy too. Just give them some sunlight, water them regularly (but don’t drown them!) and keep them in a moderately humid environment.

If you want to keep your Rhynchostylis happy, remember to fertilize them lightly, repot them every few years, and avoid overwatering. And most importantly, enjoy their blooms while they last—they’re a fleeting but beautiful reminder of the season’s renewal.

Whether you’re a seasoned orchid lover or just starting out, Rhynchostylis orchids are a perfect way to welcome spring into your home. So, as the world comes alive with color, make sure to seek out these floral treasures and let them brighten up your space!

This is a photo I took this month showing six colors of Rhynchostylis gigantea:

  1. Rhynchostylis gigantea (standard color)
  2. Rhynchostylis gigantea White or Alba
  3. Rhynchostylis gigantea Pink
  4. Rhynchostylis gigantea Red spot
  5. Rhynchostylis gigantea Orange
  6. Rhynchostylis gigantea Red
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January Gallery

Dendrobium fytchianum

For the first time in January, I decided to try something new. I picked up my phone and set out to photograph the orchids that grace my website, sib orchid.

Dendrobium fytchianum

Dendrobium fytchianum

First One, the Dendrobium fytchianum.

Imagine a cascade of delicate, white stars dangling from slender, arching stems. Each blossom boasts a velvety center, hinting at a touch of sunshine hidden within its pearly depths. As I zoom in, capturing the intricate veining on the petals, I lose myself in the sheer perfection of this miniature masterpiece.

Next, my lens dances with the Trichocentrum Ollie Palmer Hybrid.

This flamboyant beauty is a riot of color, a kaleidoscope of fiery dark pink, sunny white, and splashes of magenta. Its fan-shaped blooms, impossibly thin and translucent, seem to hover in midair, defying gravity with their ethereal grace. Each angle reveals a new burst of color, a playful wink from this botanical jester.

Slipping deeper into the foliage, I encounter the Bulbophyllum polliculosum,

a master of disguise. Its blooms, cunningly camouflaged against the leaves, resemble tiny green frogs perched on miniature logs. But peek closer, and you’ll discover a hidden secret – a pair of ruby red eyes peering from their leafy camouflage. This cheeky orchid plays a delightful game of peek-a-boo, testing my photographic patience, but rewarding me with a grin-inducing grin of my own.

Finally, the crown jewel of the day: the Neofinetia darwinara charm “blue moon”.

This orchid holds the night sky captive within its delicate petals. A mesmerizing shade of lavender, almost blue under the dappled sunlight, whispers of moonlit gardens and stardust meadows. Its sweet, delicate fragrance adds an olfactory dimension to its ethereal beauty, leaving me breathless with awe.

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USA Import permit Information: Orchid and Plant

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In the United States, import permits are required for purchases of 13 or more plants. Permits are free and can be quickly obtained online through the USDA website. They are valid for 5 years.

The import permit process is as follows:

  1. Visit the USDA website and complete the online permit application.
  2. Upload any required supporting documentation, such as a copy of the CITES permit from the exporting country (if applicable).
  3. Review your application and submit it.

Once your application is approved, you will receive an email notification with a link to download your import permit.

Repeat buyers who do not have an import permit may experience longer customs processing times for plant purchases.

When shipping 13 or more plants to a US address, the parcel must be clearly marked with the import permit number. The parcel will be directed to the phytosanitary station for inspection before being forwarded to the recipient.

Here are some additional benefits of obtaining an import permit:

  • Faster customs processing times
  • Ability to import a wider variety of plants
  • Reduced risk of plants being confiscated or destroyed by customs

If you are planning on importing 13 or more plants to the United States, I encourage you to obtain an import permit. The process is quick and easy, and it can save you time and hassle in the long run.

Frequently asked questions – ePermit

How to Apply for e-import permit.

Link information

USDAAPHIS – YouTube (is Help full)

USDA Plant and Plant Product Permit.

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Weekend orchid routine

Weekend orchid routine LIVING BLOG
Weekend orchid routine LIVING BLOG

Nurturing Orchids with Love and Care

Introduction:

Ah, the weekend – a time to unwind, recharge, and indulge in hobbies that fill our hearts with joy. For me, that joy takes the form of a delicate and captivating beauty: orchids. As an ardent orchid enthusiast, my weekends are dedicated to tending to these enchanting plants and ensuring they flourish under my care. Join me as I take you through my weekend orchid routine, filled with gentle watering, health checks, bug inspections, and a touch of potting magic.

Weekend orchid routine LIVING BLOG

Saturday Morning: Quenching Their Thirst

The sun gently filters through the curtains, signaling the start of my orchid-filled weekend. Armed with a watering can and a heart full of excitement, I make my way to the orchid corner. Each orchid’s water needs are unique, and a finger pressed into the potting mix helps gauge their thirst. As the water trickles down, I can almost feel their roots drinking in the nourishment. It’s a serene ritual that connects me to the natural world and infuses a sense of tranquility into the morning.

Saturday Midday: Leaf-by-Leaf Wellness Check

After a hearty breakfast, I embark on a thorough health inspection of my orchids. I carefully examine each leaf, checking for any signs of distress or discoloration. Healthy leaves, like vibrant emerald gems, bring a smile to my face. Should I spot any blemishes, I take note, ensuring I can track their progress and make informed decisions about treatment. This simple act of observation deepens my bond with my plants and helps me become attuned to their ever-changing needs.

Weekend orchid routine LIVING BLOG

Saturday Afternoon: A Bug’s-Eye View

As the sun reaches its zenith, I dive into another essential task: bug hunting. Armed with a magnifying glass and a keen eye, I search for any unwelcome visitors that might be feasting on my precious orchids. Catching sight of a sneaky spider mite or a tiny aphid sets off my internal protector mode. Swift action, be it with organic sprays or gentle wiping, ensures my orchids remain pest-free and continue to thrive.

Saturday Evening: A Snapshot of Progress

Before the sun dips below the horizon, I grab my camera and capture snapshots of each orchid. These photographs serve as more than just pretty images – they’re a tool for comparison and reflection. Over time, they create a visual record of growth, health, and the subtle changes that might go unnoticed. It’s a thrilling journey to witness the transformation of a delicate bud into a resplendent bloom, and these photos keep that magic alive.

Weekend orchid routine LIVING BLOG

Sunday Afternoon: A Potting Party

Sunday afternoon marks the pinnacle of my weekend orchid routine – the time to repot and rejuvenate. Gently removing an orchid from its current home, I inspect its roots, pruning away any dead or damaged parts. A fresh bed of potting mix awaits, ready to provide renewed support and nourishment. The act of potting is a dance of patience and precision, ensuring the orchid has ample space to grow and flourish. Once settled into its new abode, the orchid seems to breathe a sigh of contentment, and I’m left with a sense of accomplishment.

Conclusion:

In a world that often moves too fast, my weekend orchid routine offers a gentle sanctuary. It’s a chance to slow down, listen to nature’s whispers, and witness the quiet miracles of growth. From the early morning waterings to the delicate leaf inspections, bug hunts, and potting ceremonies – each step nurtures both the orchids and my own soul. As the weekend comes to a close, I’m left with the comforting knowledge that these blooms, like cherished friends, will continue to grace my world with their elegance and beauty.

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Care Tips: Orchid species for beginners.

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There are many different species of orchids that are suitable for beginners, but here are a few that are particularly easy to care for:

Orchid species for beginners
  1. Phalaenopsis orchids: These orchids are also known as moth orchids because the flowers resemble moths in flight. They are native to Southeast Asia and are popular among beginners because they are relatively easy to care for and produce beautiful, long-lasting flowers.
  2. Dendrobium orchids: These orchids are native to Southeast Asia and Australia and are known for their long, slender stems and clusters of small flowers. They are relatively easy to care for and make great beginners’ orchids.
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  1. Paphiopedilum orchids: These orchids, also known as lady’s slipper orchids, are native to Southeast Asia and are known for their unique, slipper-shaped flowers. They are relatively easy to care for and make great beginners’ orchids.
  2. Cattleya orchids: These orchids are native to Central and South America and are known for their large, showy flowers. They are relatively easy to care for and make great beginners’ orchids.

It’s always a good idea to research the specific care needs of any plant before you buy it, so be sure to read up on the specific care requirements of the orchid species you are interested in.

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Care & Tips: How to Water Orchids – An Easy Question with Difficult Answers

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This is a very common question about orchid care that people often ask me:

How to Water Orchids
How frequently should I water my orchid?
How much water my orchid it needs?
There isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as it depends on numerous variables. The guidance provided in this blog may not constitute a definitive answer. Let’s explore the answer together on this blog.

Orchids are delicate plants that require careful watering to thrive. Here are a few tips for watering your orchid:

  1. Water your orchid at the base of the plant, rather than on the leaves. This helps to prevent water from getting trapped in the plant’s leaves, which can lead to rot.
  2. Water your orchid early in the day, so that the plant has time to dry out before nightfall.
  3. Use room temperature water, rather than cold water, to water your orchid. Cold water can shock the plant and cause it to go into dormancy.
Oncidium Twinkle Orchid Oncidium plant yellow
  1. Avoid letting the plant sit in standing water. Make sure that the pot has drainage holes and that any excess water can drain away.
  2. Check the moisture level of the soil before watering. Orchids prefer to be evenly moist, but not waterlogged. To check the moisture level, stick your finger about an inch into the soil. If the soil feels dry, it’s time to water. If the soil feels moist, wait a few days before watering again.
  3. Use distilled or rainwater to water your orchid, as tap water can contain minerals that can build up in the soil over time and harm the plant.

By following these tips, you can help ensure that your orchid receives the proper amount of water and stays healthy and thriving.