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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Internet: OrchidWire

Lost in the internet? not anymore. Good search engine will help you, such as Google and then type orchid, you will get tons of orchid website, but which one worth to visit? OrchidWire. The administrator did a very good job by cataloging the orchid website around the world and the most important the site is regularly updated. You can find the website based on several categories such as: geographic, photos, suppliers etc.

OrchidWire Resource Directory

Monday, September 12, 2005

Book: Botanica's Orchids

My comment for this book is simply fantastic. The book has more than 600 color pages with over 1200 species. This book is consider very cheap (US$16.47 if you bought from Amazon) therefore it is a must have book for both beginner and advanced grower.

This is not a how to book, which will teach you how to grow orchid. I consider this book as a reference book for orchid grower who would like to get a brief and general information about specific orchid. The color photo for each species helps identification. Even though the cultural information is very short but I think it is very useful. The book also shows some photo of orchid hybrid from several genera.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Internet: American Orchid Society

The American Orchid Society (AOS) is probably the largest orchid society in the world with almost 26000 members. You can join the society - even though you are not American or live in US ;-) for around US$ 50 and you will get 12 issue of Orchids magazine. The Orchids is very good magazine with a lot of high quality orchids photos and culture tips for both beginner and advanced grower.

Their web pages provides a lot of information such as culture sheet for many orchids genera, directory, guide to growing healthy orchid etc . You can buy books and merchandise online from AOS web.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Dipodium pictum

The plant is 1.5 meter high. Dipodium pictum grows on 50% shade, and like a lot of water and fertilizer.