After growing bromeliads successfully,  I decided it was time for a new challenge. My target was orchids. Orchids require a temperature range consistent with their place of origin: some demand high temperatures and flourish in a hothouse, others are quite content with the temperature of the typical home (temperate house), still others are unhappy if the temperature rises above 60 degrees (cool house).


Cattleya mossiae

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SLC Hazel Boyd 'Sunset' AO/AOS

Ascocentrum curvifolium
Native to Burma, Thailand and Laos

Cattleya maxima
native to the coastal dry forests of Ecuador and northern Peru

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Cattleya lueddemanniana

Dendrobium chrysotoxum
 India, Burma, Thailand, China and Laos
high light during winter and a short dry rest period - intermediate - half shade - fragrant

 Cattleya gaskelliana
intermediate - half shade - fragrant

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Dendrobium aggregatum

Stenorrhynchos speciosus
An epiphyte found growing on oaks in mixed woods, cultivation: keep moist, grow in humus or moss

Dendrochilum pangasinanense
intermediate - half shade - fragrant

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Schomburgkia superbiens syn.
Laelia superbiens
Mexico and Nicaragua


Angraecum sesquipedale
The comet orchid from Madagascar

SLC Jewel Box 'Scheherazade' AM/AOS

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BLC Toshie Aoki 'Pokai' AM/AOS


Oncidium spacelatum
Mexico, Costa Rica and Venezuela
intermediate - half shade

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Rhyncholaelia digbyana
A beauty from Honduras

Phalaenopsis aphrodite
Philippines and Taiwan - hot house - half shade - grows well on a windowsill

Lockhartia serra
Native to Ecuador,  flowers several times a year - intermediate - half shade

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Paphiopedilum affine
China, Philippines, India 
A rare plant - intermediate - shade

Vanda 'Bangkok blue'
hot house - half shade - a prolific bloomer

Dendrobium pierardii syn.  Dendrobium aphyllum
an epiphyte native to India, Burma, Thailand and Malaya, fragrant

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Paphiopedilum armeniacum
native to China, the plant has been the center of conservation efforts

Bifrenaria harrisonia
Southern Brazil  
hot house - half shade - fragrant

Anguloa clowesii
the tulip orchid, found in the central and eastern range of the Andes in Columbia and part of Venezuela

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 BLC Bryce.Canyon'Splendiferous'x

Cattleya maxima
Native to the coastal dry forests of Ecuador and northern Peru,  intermediate - half shade - fragrant

Dendrobium aggregatum
Southern China, India, Indochinese peninsula - intermediate - half shade

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Laelia sincorana
Brazil - intermediate - half shade

Brassia 'Rex' 
intermediate - half shade - fragrant

Phragmipedium caudatum
Known from Columbia to Bolivia


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 Ludisia discolor
India, Indonesia, Indochinese peninsula
velvet burgundy foliage - keep it moist - intermediate - half shade to shade

Dendrobium discolor var. broomfieldii
 grow along the coastal strip of Queensland (Australia), mainly in bushes quite close to the ocean. Mostly over 2 m tall and produce many keikis. Very high light, stand high temperatures and dry to wet conditions

Cattleya labiata autumnalis 'Fowleyania'

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Anguloa clowesii
the tulip orchid, found in the central and eastern range of the Andes in Columbia and part of Venezuela

BLC Toshie Aoki 'Pokai' AM/AOS
BLC Bryce.Canyon'Splendiferous'x Fred.Stewart'C.O


Miltonia 'Cumba'

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Cattleya labiata
native to Brazil, they form a stable population in the wild, fragrant

Lycaste aromatica
An epiphyte, native to  Mexico, Guatemala, and Nicaragua, found in oak woodlands and on limestone cliffs; intermediate - half shade - fragrant

SLC Jewel Box 'Scheherazade' AM/AOS

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Cattleya mossiae
the species is native to the Columbian Andes, the flowers are variable in color

Bulbophyllum medusae
native to Thailand, Borneo and the Philippines
grown under warm conditions - an eye-catching species


Cattleya lawrenceana
found in inland mountains of the Guyana region of northeastern South America

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Phal. 'Chuck Hagen' x Phal. 'Hilo Lip'


"Orchids in Michigan" - USA Zone 5


The environmental requirement for each species depends upon the orchids native habitat. 
Before you buy plants, try to research the cultural conditions and how to provide them.
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