Culture & Education
Most of us will never forget the first time we saw an orchid or the excitement of bringing one home. That euphoria easily fades when we realize that precious orchid is either struggling to survive or has completely died despite our best efforts.
Orchids evolved on almost every continent in a wide variety of conditions and therefore most have a specific set of requirements they need to thrive. Five key variables should always be considered before choosing an orchid: Air Circulation, Light, Nutrition, Temperature and Humidity/Water requirements.
Understanding the needs of that orchid you found at the local nursery or local society is essential to ensuring you are able to provide that plant with a good home. Orchids requiring cool growing conditions may not be best for our back yards here in Texas, especially with our 100+ degree days or those needing bright and moist conditions are not suitable for growing in a windowsill within our homes.
In this section of the site you will find many different resources which will introduce you many popular genera as well as some that are not well known. In addition to on-line materials we invite you to join our Newcomers or Intermediate support groups which meet regularly and cover everything from the basics to more advanced cultural techniques.
The culture sheets to the right, available as a courtesy of the American Orchid Society, provide a cultural overview for some of the common species found for sale in our area. Click each icon for the Acrobat version which can be printed for future reference.
The HOS (Houston Orchid Society) is a member society of the American Orchid Society, the Southwest Regional Orchid Growers Association and is affiliated with the Orchid Digest Corporation as well as the International Phalaenopsis Alliance. The HOS is recognized as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code. Contributions to the HOS (and the affiliated Houston Judging Center) are tax-deductible.
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